SAINT LEO, FL - Tyler Kopen scored five goals and Seth Leonard tallied seven points as Florida Southern College men's lacrosse knocked off No. 15 Saint Leo on Friday in the Sunshine State Conference opener at University Turf Field.
The Moccasins (6-4, 1-0 SSC) raced out to an early 4-0 lead and held off a furious rally by the Lions (7-2, 0-1) to pick up their second win of the season over a ranked opponent.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern dominated early on, racing out to a 4-0 lead less than 10 minutes into the game. Kopen scored three times in the first nine minutes of the first quarter, and Seth Leonard added another goal to give the Mocs a 4-0 advantage with 6:43 to go in the first.
• Saint Leo would get on the board thanks to a man-up goal with 4:33 on the clock, but Leonard answered with his second goal of the night to push the lead back to four (5-1) at the end of the first.
• Colin Bayer would open the second-quarter scoring to give the Moccasins their biggest first-half lead at 6-1, but back-to-back goals from the Lions cut the deficit to three (6-3) with 6:43 to go in the first half.
• Leading 7-4 with less than five minutes to play in the second quarter, the Mocs would close out the half with three-straight goals to take a 10-4 lead into the locker room.
• Adam Utter found the back of the net with 14:23 to go in the third quarter to give Florida Southern it's largest lead of the game (11-4), but the Lions would score six of the next seven goals to draw within two (12-10) with 11:02 left in the game.
• Kopen, Leonard and Cody Dyer would all come up with key goals in the final 10 minutes of action to keep the Mocs in front, allowing enough room to survive a pair of Saint Leo goals in the final three minutes.
• Both teams finished with 40 shots on the night, and Florida Southern won 17-of-31 faceoffs and completed 14-of-18 clears. The Lions held a 37-29 edge in ground balls, and forced the Moccasins into 18 turnovers, but converted just 3-of-12 man-up opportunities.
• The teams were called for a combined 23 penalties, 12 for the Moccasins and 11 for the Lions. Florida Southern converted 5-of-8 man-up chances.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 10-4 all-time against Saint Leo, including 4-2 when facing the Lions on the road. The Mocs picked up their second win over a ranked team this season after topping then No. 17 Lake Erie on Feb. 28. Florida Southern is 6-25 all-time against ranked foes.
• Kopen posted his third-straight multi-goal performance of the year. He has scored 17 goals this season, 13 of which have come in the last three games.
• Matt Lalli made 14 saves in goal, marking his eighth game of the season with at least 10 saves. He has posted double-digit save totals against each of FSC's ranked opponents this year, making a combined 66 saves against ranked teams.
• Leonard finished with seven total points on three goals and four assists. His performance marked his second multi-goal and fourth multi-assist game of the year. He has recorded 13 assists this year, with seven coming in the last two games.
• Florida Southern heads to Florida Tech for another conference showdown on April 1 before returning home to face No. 14 Tampa on April 5.