Sunshine State Conference Players of the Week for 4/18/16!
via press release Men’s Lacrosse Jake Schmidt / University of Tampa / Sr. / Mid / Rochester, N.Y. Schmidt takes SSC Offensive Player of the Week with a five-point performance against No. 20 Saint Leo last week. The Rochester, New York native scored four times on eight shots including the game winning goal against the Lions. Schmidt also added an assist in the 12-7 Spartan victory. Tampa is now 11-2 overall, 4-0 in SSC Play. Matt Lalli / Florida Southern College / Sr. / Goalkeeper / New Milford, Conn. Lalli is awarded his third SSC Defensive Player of the Week honor after his performance against No. 20 Lynn. Lalli recorded 17 saves while facing 46 shots for the Moccasins as they upset the Fighting Knights, 11-10, in double overtime. The New Milford, Connecticut native had a save-percentage of 0.630 and added two groundballs in the win. Florida Southern is now 9-7 on the year, 2-2 in SSC play. Christopher Lasprogata / Lynn University / So. / Midfielder / Ardmore, Pa. Lasprogata is named SSC Specialist of the Week for the second time after a valiant effort against Florida Southern this week. Lasprogata won 13 of 15 faceoffs for a winning percentage of 87% in an 11-10 double overtime loss. The Ardmore, Pennsylvania native picked up eight groundballs in the game. Lynn is now 8-5 overall and 1-3 in SSC play. Women’s Lacrosse Meghan O’Brien / Florida Southern College / So. / Attack / Rochester, N.Y. For the second time this season O’Brien is SSC Offensive Player of the Week. In a 16-4 win at Florida Tech, O’Brien scored four goals and had a career high four assists. Her total of eight points is a new career high. It is the fifth time the Rochester, New York native scored multiple times in a game this season. Florida Southern is now 12-3 overall and 2-0 in SSC play. Abby Coccagna / University of Tampa / Fr. / Defender / Baltimore, Md. Coccagna is this week’s SSC Defensive Player of the Week after leading the Tampa women’s to two victories. Against Ave Maria, Coccagna anchored a Spartan defense that held the Gyrenes scoreless on just three shots in the opening half. The defender notched a ground ball and a caused turnover in the game. The 17-1 win was the lowest opposing score the Spartans have allowed in program history. In another program first, Tampa won its first SSC game with a 8-7 win over Saint Leo. Coccagna scooped up a career-high six ground balls while causing a pair of turnovers. She played a major role in limiting the Lions’ top two scorers, Abbie Ross and Kelsey Burns, to one goal each. Tampa is now 5-9 overall and 1-3 in SSC play.