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FSC: Late Rally Not Enough for Men’s Lacrosse – Lose to #5 NYIT 10-5

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
via press release – photo via FSC web site   LAKELAND, FL – Florida Southern College men’s lacrosse came up short in a 10-7 loss to No. 5 NYIT on Friday night at Bryant Stadium. The Moccasins (2-3) battled back from an early theee-goal deficit to pull within one late in the third quarter, but the Bears (2-0) hung on for the victory. HOW IT HAPPENED • NYIT got on the board first with a goal just three minutes into the opening quarter, but Florida Southern responded with the equalizer when Roy Decker found the back of the net just 40 seconds later to tie it at 1-1 with 11:20 on the clock. • The Bears answered back with three-straight goals, all of which came in the last four minutes of the quarter, to take a 4-1 lead after the first 15 minutes of play. • Back-to-back goals from Colin Bayer and Seth Leonard pulled the Mocs within one (4-3) with 8:31 to go in the second quarter, but NYIT’s Shlomo Amar won the ensuing faceoff, picked up the ground ball, and ran the length of the field to score just seven seconds after the Mocs. • The Bears would strike two more times to close out the first half and looked to be in total control as they took a 7-3 lead into the locker room. • Florida Southern opened the second half with back-to-back goals in the first five minutes of the third quarter to close the gap to two goals, and got within one (7-6) when Tyler Kopen scored on a man-up opportunity with 3:19 to go in the third. NYIT scored with 1:32 left in the quarter to extend the lead to two (8-6). • NYIT added what looked to be an insurance goal with 11:25 left in the game to take a 9-6 lead, but Florida Southern made things interesting with a goal at the 1:46 mark to get within two. The Bears were able to seal the win when they scored with 34 seconds left to make the final 10-7. INSIDE THE NUMBERS • Florida Southern fell to 0-2 all-time against NYIT. The Moccasins also dropped to 41-30 all-time in games at Bryant Stadium. • The Mocs outshot NYIT 42-39, but committed 13 turnovers. The Bears made 17 saves while Moccasin goalie Matt Lalli stopped 16 shots. The Mocs finished just 2-of-7 on man-up opportunities. • Leonard and Kopen each tallied two goals in the game, while Leonard added two assists to his stat line. Austen Lison collected a game-high 10 ground balls and nearly scored twice on point-blank shots that just missed the net. • Lalli recorded double-digit saves for the fourth time this year, and has recorded a school-record 569 career saves. UP NEXT • Florida Southern will hit the road for games at Lincoln Memorial (March 8) and Indianapolis (March 11). The Mocs return home for back-to-back games against Alabama-Huntsville (March 16) and Colorado Mesa (March 19) before opening conference play at Saint Leo on March 24.