SSC Men: FSC 15-12 over FIT – Both Recaps
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#16 Mocs Stifle Panthers on Senior Night
LAKELAND, Fla. – The 16th-ranked Florida Southern men’s lacrosse team had to wait an extra two and a half hours Saturday night to face the Florida Tech Panthers in the Moccasins’ final home game of 2023. Due to lightning in the area, the originally scheduled 7 p.m. start was delayed until 9:30 but a capacity crowd stuck around to cheer on the 23 seniors and the rest of the Moccasins who captured a tough 15-12 victory over the Panthers.
The Mocs, who originally planned to honor their seniors in a postgame ceremony, made the decision to move the Senior Night ceremony indoors to the Jenkins Field House where the 23 seniors plus senior manager Madi Wood were honored in a pregame ceremony prior to the weather delay expiring.
Once the Mocs and Panthers were allowed to take the field, it was all Mocs early as FSC scored four goals in the opening three-plus minutes of action. The Panthers would rally to tie the game at 4-4 just over a minute into the second quarter. The Panthers took their first lead of the contest less than a minute later at 5-4 with 12:44 left in the first half. The Mocs closed out the half out-scoring the Panthers 4-1 to take an 8-6 halftime lead.
The Panthers came out strong in the second half and out-scored the Mocs 4-2 over the third period to tie the game at 10-10 heading into the final frame. The Mocs and Panthers traded goals over the opening five minutes of the fourth before a 4-0 run by the Mocs over a six-plus minute period gave FSC a 15-11 lead with just over two minutes remaining. The Panthers tacked on one more late goal for the final tally 15-12.
Sophomore Matt Flammenspeck led the Moccasin effort with six points off of four goals and a pair of assists. Freshman Nolan Tighe chipped in four goals of his own and an assist for a five-point day. Senior Sean Nolan got rolling again with a three goal, two assist night to finish with five points as well. Junior Kaleb Cook was the only other multiple goal scorer as he finished with two scores on the night.
Seniors Zac Fitzgerald and Nick Shannon led the defensive effort with three caused turnovers each while junior goalkeeper Michael Simone earned his ninth victory of the season while making nine saves and moving to 9-2 on the year.
Freshman Luke Henricksen took all 31 face offs for the Mocs and finished 14-of-31 (.452) on the night with a team-best nine ground balls.
The Mocs will be back in action next Saturday, April 22 as they close out the 2023 regular season on the road at Palm Beach Atlantic.
|14:37||FSC – Nolan Tighe Assisted by Matt Flammenspeck||0||1|
|14:11||FSC – Sean Nolan Assisted by Andrew Medeiros||0||2|
|12:47||FSC – Nolan Tighe Assisted by Matt Flammenspeck||0||3|
|11:38||FSC – Matt Flammenspeck Assisted by Mason McQuiggin||0||4|
|10:06||FT – Collin Stewart Assisted by Noah Stecher||1||4|
|06:00||FT – Collin Stewart||2||4|
|04:37||FT – Gavin Wessel||3||4|
|13:36||FT – Collin Stewart Assisted by Noah Stecher||4||4|
|12:44||FT – Nicky Vreeland||5||4|
|09:38||FSC – Jay Minor||5||5|
|06:32||FSC – Nolan Tighe||5||6|
|04:37||FSC – Sean Nolan||5||7|
|03:22||FT – Collin Stewart Assisted by Zach Rozgonyi||6||7|
|00:39||FSC – Matt Flammenspeck Assisted by Jay Minor||6||8|
|12:48||FT – Zach Rozgonyi Assisted by Collin Stewart||7||8|
|09:50||FSC – Sean Nolan Assisted by Nolan Tighe||7||9|
|07:16||FSC – Matt Flammenspeck Assisted by Sean Nolan||7||10|
|04:19||FT – Jakob Terpak||8||10|
|03:26||FT – Nate Deplancke Assisted by Zach Rozgonyi||9||10|
|02:29||FT – Zach Rozgonyi Assisted by Elliot Yacu||10||10|
|11:35||FSC – Kaleb Cook||10||11|
|09:18||FT – Noah Stecher Assisted by Gary Lozito||11||11|
|08:49||FSC – Matt Flammenspeck Assisted by Lucas Sommers||11||12|
|06:26||FSC – Kaleb Cook||11||13|
|04:12||FSC – Nolan Tighe Assisted by Sean Nolan||11||14|
|02:08||FSC – Griffin Phillips||11||15|
|01:38||FT – Collin Stewart Assisted by Zach Rozgonyi||12||15|
Men’s Lacrosse Comes Up Short Against #16 Florida Southern
LAKELAND, Fla. – Florida Tech men’s lacrosse traveled to Lakeland to take on the Mocs’ in an SSC matchup but first had to wait two and a half hours due to weather. It was a slow start for Tech, but the Panthers rallied back quickly and never stopped battling.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Florida Tech 12, #16 Florida Southern 15
Records: Florida Tech (7-6, 3-3 SSC) | Florida Southern (11-4, 4-2 SSC)
Locations: Lakeland, Fla.
- The Mocs came out strong going on a 4-0 run in the opening three-plus minutes of action
- Back-to-back goals from Collin Stewart cut the deficit 4-2 with 6 minutes left in the first.
- Gavin Wessel scored a man-down goal in transition to make it 4-3 going into the second period.
- The Panthers tied it up, 4-4, just one minute into the frame as Stecher found Stewart for the goal.
- Nicky Vreeland gave Tech their first lead with 12:44 to go.
- FSC outscored Tech 4-1 to take a 8-6 lead into the break. Tech’s goal came from Stewart on an assist from Rozgonyi.
- Tech came out strong in the second half outscoring the Mocs 4-2 to tie the game 10-10 heading into the final frame.
- Rozgonyi found the back of the net on a feed from Stewart with 12:48 to go.
- Jakob Terpak scored on an unassisted effort with 4:19 remaining.
- Ronzgonyi found Nate Deplanke to make it a one-goal game before scoring one of his own, assisted by Elliot Yacu, to tie it up.
- Teams traded goals over the opening five minutes of the fourth before a 4-0 run by the Mocs over a six-plus minute period gave FSC a 15-11 lead.
- Tech’s goal came from Noah Stecher assisted by Gary Lozito.
- Panthers were able to tack on one more late goal by the duo of Stewart and Rozgonyi for the final tally 15-12
“We’re proud of the way our guys battled tonight,” said Coach MacArthur. “A lengthy bus ride, several hours of a weather delay and a slow start digging ourselves a 4-0 hole, but they never quit on themselves or each other.”
- Collin Stewart led all players with five goals, one assist, one ground ball, and one caused turnover.
- Rozgonyi finished with five points on three assists and two goals. He also collected one ground ball.
- Gavin Wessel recorded one goal and three ground balls.
- Nicky Vreeland tallied one goal and two ground balls.
- Noah Stecher added a goal and two assists.
- Jakob Terpak added a goal.
- Sam Balch led the defense with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
- JP Panchookian finished with four ground balls, and two caused turnovers.
- Cooper Leonard went 10-18 at the X and collected two ground balls.
- Jax Francisco recorded 10 saves on 25 shots on goal.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE:
- Florida Tech finished with the advantage in shots (44-36) while FSC edged out the Panthers in ground balls (36-35).
- Tech went 20-27 on clears, FSC went 19-22
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- Florida Tech moves to 5-6 all-time against the Mocs
- Zach Rozgonyi’s five points moved him into a tie for third on the all-time career points list with 131.
- Jack Maranto entered the all-time top 10 in program history for ground balls with 94.
- Collin Stewart’s five goals tied his career-high.
UP NEXT: Florida Tech is back at home Saturday, April 22 to close out the regular season against Rollins. The contest is set to begin at 11 a.m.
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