BOCA RATON - Florida Southern used a goal with 54 seconds left in the second overtime period here Saturday evening from sophomore midfielder Cody Gray to post a come-from-behind 11-10 Sunshine State Conference victory over Lynn University at Bobby Campbell Stadium.
The victory snapped a two-game losing skid for the Moccasins and improved their record to 9-7 overall and 2-2 in the SSC, while Lynn fell to 8-5 overall and 1-3 in the SSC. The victory should all but assure the Mocs of earning one of four spots in this year's SSC Tournament, which begins on April 29 at the site of the regular season champion.
It was the first-ever double overtime game for the Mocs in the eight year history of the program and the team's second overtime game of the season as they picked up a 9-8 home win over Walsh on Feb. 19.
Entering the fourth quarter, the Mocs held a 9-8 lead, before the Fighting Knights tied the game 28 seconds into the quarter on a man-up goal by Anthony Rainone. The goal was the second of night for Rainone.
Lynn would take its first lead of the game since late in the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Austin Jerhoff with 7:54 left in regulation, but the Mocs would tie the game on goal by sophomore midfielder Lucas Claude (Calgary, Alberta) with 3:17 left in the quarter. Claude finished the game with four goals on nine shots.
Following Claude's goal, Lynn had two shots on goal saved by junior goalie Matt Lalli (New Milford, Conn.) and the Mocs had a chance to win the game in regulation but a shot by freshman midfielder Nick Gutmann (Long Island, N.Y.) with nine seconds remaining was saved by LU goalie Pat Brothers to force overtime.
In the first overtime, the teams combined to take a total of four shots, including three by Lynn, but none of those shots were able to find the net to force a second overtime. In fact, Lynn had two shots on goal in the final seven seconds that were both saved by Lalli.
Much like the first overtime, both teams combined to take a total of six shots as Lynn had four, including two on goal, while the Mocs had just two shots as senior midfielder Kyle McLaughlin (Woolrich Township, N.J.) had a shot on goal with 1:24 left and then Gray's game winning shot came 30 seconds later.
Along with Claude's four goals, Gray added three goals and Gutmann scored two goals in the Mocs victory.
The Mocs opened the scoring in Saturday's game on an unassisted goal by Gray nearly two minutes into the contest. The Riverview, Fla., native has now scored a goal in four of his last five games.
Lynn, though, would score three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead just four-plus minutes into the game.
The Mocs would close out the first quarter with an unassisted goal by junior midfielder Jack Pedernales (Charlotte, N.C.) with 1:32 left in the quarter to pull FSC within a goal at 3-2.
FSC would then score three straight goals in the opening eight minutes of the second quarter to take a 5-3 lead. Gutmann would score the first two goals of the quarter and Claude would score the third goal off of an assist by freshman attacker Liam Winwood (Kings Park, N.Y.).
The Fighting Knights would answer with three consecutive goals over a span of nearly two-plus minutes to take a 6-5 lead.
FSC responded with goals from junior attacker Tyler Kopen (Wynnewood, Pa.) and Claude to take a 7-6 lead at the half. The goal by Kopen extended his goal scoring streak to 13 consecutive games.
After Mikey Urso scored a goal just 21 seconds into the third quarter to help the Fighting Knights tie the game at 7-all, the Mocs used back-to-back unassisted goals from Gray and Claude to retake the lead at 9-7.
LU's Stephen Polsinelli pushed the Fighting Knights within a goal at 9-8 after scoring a goal with 2:10 left in the third quarter.
Jerhoff paced the Fighting Knight with three goals and added two assists for five points, while Rainone had two goals and an assist for three points in the loss.
On the night, the Mocs outshot Lynn, 46-45, but both teams each recorded 25 shots on goal.
Gutmann led the way with a career-high 11 shots, while Claude had nine shots and junior attacker Cody Dyer (Slingerlands, N.Y.) finished with six shots. Gutmann, Claude and Kopen combined for 14 of FSC's 25 shots on goal.
Lynn won the ground ball battle as the Fighting Knights held a 42-29 edge, including eight from Chris Lasprogata. Freshman midfielder Austen Lison (Leesburg, Va.) led the Mocs with four ground balls.
Another area where the Mocs struggled at on Saturday was in the face-off circle as FSC was 5-for-24 and Lynn finished 19-for-24 on the night.
Saturday's game was a match-up between two of the top goalies in the league - Lalli and Brothers and both of those players had strong games between the pipes.
Lalli, who played a school record 67:06 minutes in the game, finished with 15 saves and two ground balls, while allowing 10 goals. Lalli entered the leading the league in saves per game and was third in save percentage.
Meanwhile, Brothers played the entire game between the pipes for Lynn and finished with 14 saves, four ground balls and two caused turnovers, while allowing 11 goals. Brothers came into the game second in the SSC in both saves per game and save percentage.
The Mocs will close out the regular season next Saturday, April 23 as they host Saint Leo in a 12 p.m. game for Senior Day at Bryant Stadium. Prior to the beginning of Saturday's game, the Mocs will honor its five-member senior class in a pregame ceremony. The five seniors this season are McLaughlin, midfielder Del Donnelly (Cochrane, Alberta), midfielder Tyler Novak (Holbrook, N.Y), midfielder Jonny Riley (Murrysville, Pa.) and goalie Daniel Rivas (Baldwin, N.Y.).