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Trailing by 2 in the 3rdQ, #18 FSC Men go on 9-2 Run to win 18-13 over #20 Saint Leo; Robichaud/Frank/Tighe/Cook 16G for FSC, Raucci 5G for SLU – Both Recaps

Stoneman alum Thomas Frank 4G/1A, Lakeland alum Kaleb Cook 3G/1A and SJP alum Nick Shannon 8GBs/3CTOs for FSC. Providence alum Guy Bistrow 1G/2A, Lake Mary alum Chase Strait 11 saves for SLU.

via the school press releases/websites


#18 Florida Southern Uses Dominant Second Half to Eclipse #20 Lions

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The 18th-ranked Florida Southern College men’s lacrosse team returned to the win column Wednesday night taking down 20th-ranked Saint Leo University on the road following a 30-minute weather delay. The two teams battled intermittent rain storms throughout the contest but it was a dominant second half that gave the Moccasins an 18-13 victory.
The win evens out the Mocs’ Sunshine State Conference record at 2-2 on the year while they move to 8-4 overall. The Lions dropped to 7-3 including 1-2 in league play.
A quartet of goal scorers starred for the Mocs as junior Brydon Robichaud led the way scoring a career-high five goals while dishing out two assists for a career-best seven-point performance. Graduate student Thomas Frank continued his recent hot streak scoring four goals for the second-straight game while also handing out his first assist of the season. Sophomore Nolan Tighe chipped in four goals of his own while senior Kaleb Cook added three goals and an assist. Sophomore Anthony Guglielmo and freshman Grant Ansted each tallied a goal as well.
Graduate student Nick Shannon led the defensive effort forcing three turnovers to move within striking distance of the career record at FSC. He is now just six caused turnovers away from tying the record of 123 held by Austen Lison (2016-19). Shannon also scooped up a team-high tying eight ground balls.
Sophomore Jacob Czyz went 14-of-27 (.518) at the ‘X’ while classmate Luke Henricksen was 2-of-8 (.250). Czyz picked up eight ground balls to share the team lead with Shannon while Henricksen earned two ground balls.
Senior Michael Simone played all 60 minutes in goal and made seven saves to earn his eighth win of the season.
The Lions were led by John Raucci who scored five goals including four in the opening 30 minutes. Two others chipped in hat tricks including Greg Palmer and Matthew Cleary.
FSC out-shot the hosts 43-33 including 24-11 in the second half. The Mocs also won the turnover battle 19-14 while both teams had a pair of failed clears. The Lions won the ground ball battle 40-36 and did not get called for a single penalty. The Mocs were served with a pair of penalties for a total of 1:30 which the Lions went 1-of-2 in extra-man opportunities.
The first 30 minutes of action was back and forth with both teams holding leads but a late run by the Lions gave the hosts a 10-8 advantage at the break. The Mocs came out firing in the second half and out-scored the Lions 6-2 in the third quarter. The two team traded the opening two goals of the period before the Mocs rattled off five-straight. Tighe scored two of the five goals in the streak while Robichaud provided the other three including the game-winning 14th goal of the game for the Mocs with 54 seconds left in the period. The Lions snuck in a goal with 19 seconds remaining to cut the deficit to 14-12.
The dominance continued in the fourth quarter as the Mocs out-scored the Lions 4-1. Frank opened the scoring as he scored just 40 seconds into the period. Both teams went silent over the next seven-plus minutes until Robichaud broke the drought at the 6:29 mark finishing off an assist from Matt Flammenspeck. The Lions scored their final goal of the game just under a minute later at 5:43 before Cook put in the final two goals of the game for the Mocs. His first came just 43 seconds after the Lions final goal and the final tally of the game came at the 3:06 mark.
The Mocs will return to Lakeland before taking on another ranked opponent as the sixth-ranked Rollins College Tars visit Berend Field Saturday night for a 7 p.m. contest.  


#20 Men’s Lacrosse Falls 18-13 in Rainy Matchup Against #18 Florida Southern

by Jonathan Glass | Director of Athletic Communications

SAINT LEO, Fla. – University Turf Stadium on the campus of Saint Leo University was the site for a highly touted USILA Top 20 men’s lacrosse match up between #20 Saint Leo and #18 Florida Southern on Wednesday night. It was a tale of two halves as the Lions and netted 10 goals in the first half but just three in the second as Florida Southern won 18-13.

John Raucci led the Lions attack with five goals. Greg Palmer and Matthew Cleary added three goals each. Guy Bistrow and Ben Baker also added a goal a piece in the loss. Chase Strait made 11 saves on the night.


  • The defense came out strong to open the game as the two teams combined for seven shots over the first five minutes of action.
  • Greg Palmer found the back of the net to open the scoring five minutes into the game. It took just 90 seconds for the Lions to take a 2-0 lead as Matthew Cleary tallied his first goal of the game.
  • After the Mocs got on the board, goals by Palmer and Raucci put the home team up by three with just under four minutes remaining in the opening quarter.
  • Florida Southern closed out the first quarter on a 3-0 run including a game tying goal with one second remaining.
  • Southern grew its lead to two goals to open the second quarter. Raucci and Bistrow scored just 62 second apart to tie the game at 6-6. The teams traded goals late in the second quarter before the Lions closed out the first half on a 3-0 run. Saint Leo took a 10-8 lead into the halftime break.
  • After a Florida Southern goal opened the second half, Raucci netted his fifth goal of the game to give the home team an 11-9 advantage.
  • The visitors responded with a 5-0 run to turn an 11-9 deficit into a 14-11 advantage.
  • With 19 second remaining in the third quarter, Palmer pulled the Lions within two as FSC took a 14-12 lead into the final quarter.
  • The Lions were held to just a single goal in the final 15 minutes of play on a goal by Matthew Cleary at the 5:43 mark of the fourth.

The Lions are on the road this weekend at Palm Beach Atlantic. The opening faceoff in West Palm Beach is scheduled for 3 p.m. and fans that can’t make the trip to watch the Lions in person can watch the game live on the SSC Digital Network.