LAKELAND – The Florida Southern men's lacrosse team used a record-setting performance in its victory over Lees-McRae to snap a three-game losing streak at Bryant Stadium Tuesday night.
The Moccasins (2-5, 0-0 SSC) tied a program record for goals in a game and established a new record for margin of victory in a 28-3 blowout of the Bobcats (0-5, 0-2 Conference Carolinas).
The Mocs also set single-game records for assists (19), points (47), shots (72) and faceoff victories (27) while falling one shy of the record for ground balls in a game with 58. The three goals allowed mark the third-fewest surrendered in a game in the team's six-and-a-half seasons.
The Bobcats only outgained the Mocs in saves. Lees-McRae goalkeeper Jordan Lombardo made 15 saves while playing a complete 60 minutes.
Fourteen different players scored a goal for the Mocs. Sophomore Cody Dyer (Slingerlands, N.Y.) led the way with six goals and eight points, both career highs. Freshman Colin Bayer (Merrick, N.Y.) scored his first two career goals and finished second on the team with six points. Fellow freshmen Cody Gray (Riverview, Fla.) and Zach Salazar (Tampa, Fla.) turned in their first career hat tricks, and senior midfielder Brendan Mykle-Winkler (Langley, B.C.) added three goals of his own.
Senior attackman Dane Sorensen (Victoria, B.C.) collected three points with two goals and one assist, bringing him five points away from becoming the first player in FSC history to reach 200-career points.
Sophomore midfielder Andrew Fisher (Monkton, Md.) tied the team single-game record with victories in 21 of his 26 faceoff attempts and gathered a game-high 11 ground balls, tied for the third-most in a single game. Senior defenseman Trenell Boggans (Syracuse, N.Y.) caused four turnovers to lead all defensemen.
Dyer scored five of the team's first nine goals. FSC netted the first eight goals of the game and led 10-1 after the first quarter. Lees-McRae's Dalton Lamb got the Bobcats on the board first, but the Mocs would score the next 19 goals to pull ahead 27-1. Junior midfielder Del Donnelly (Cochrane, Alberta) scored his first career goal to end the run and give the Mocs the 26-goal advantage with 8:38 to play in the fourth quarter.
Sophomore goaltender Austin Suarez (Fort Myers, Fla.) earned the win, the first of his career, after making his-ever start. He allowed one goal and made two saves in the first quarter. Goalies Matt Lalli (New Milford, Conn.), Michael Greco (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) and Daniel Rivas (Baldwin, N.Y.) each played one quarter of relief.
Florida Southern will look to use the dominate win to jumpstart its season. The Mocs aim for the upset of No. 11 Mercyhurst in their next matchup on Thursday, March 12 at 7 p.m. at Bryant Stadium.