MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern College men's lacrosse was unable to overcome an early 3-0 deficit in a 19-8 loss at Florida Tech on Saturday at Panther Stadium.
The Moccasins (6-5, 1-1 SSC) dropped their first Sunshine State Conference contest of the year while the Panthers (6-4, 2-0) stayed atop the conference standings.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Tech seized the momentum early by scoring the first goal of the game with 12:43 to go in the first quarter. The Panthers would tack on two more goals before Florida Southern finally got on the board when Adam Utter scored at the 2:58 mark.
• Liam Winwood was able to bring the Mocs within one (3-2) with his first goal of the day in the closing seconds of the first, but the Panthers scored within the first two minutes of the second quarter to push the lead back to two.
• Winwood would score his second goal with 12:26 to go in the opening half to make it 4-3, but Florida Tech two-straight scores to make it 6-3. The Mocs got back within two on Tyler Kopen's man-up goal with 10:48 on the clock, but the Panthers outscored the Mocs 2-1 to close out the half and take an 8-5 lead into the locker room.
• The Panthers pushed their lead to five goals (10-5) by scoring the first two goals of the second half. Kyle Silverstein found the back of the net with 6:41 to go in the third quarter, but it was all the closer Florida Southern would get as the Panthers scored the next four goals, and outscored the Mocs 7-2 in the fourth quarter, to seal the victory.
• Florida Tech finished with a slight 39-38 edge in shots and made 15 saves to Florida Southern's seven. The Panthers won 18-of-31 faceoffs, and Florida Southern finished just 1-for-6 in man-up opportunities.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern fell to 4-2 all-time against Florida Tech, including 1-2 in road games. The Mocs also dropped to 4-2 on the road this season.
• Winwood led the Mocs with three goals on five shots, and picked up an assist on Kopen's goal in the second quarter. Silverstein finished with two goals, while Cody Dyer, Kopen and Utter each scored one.
• Kevin Dyer picked up an assist on his older brother's goal with 6:37 to go in the fourth quarter. It was the fourth time this season that the Dyer brothers have teamed up for a goal. Kevin has assisted on three of Cody's 20 goals, while Cody has assisted on one of Kevin's five goals this season.
• Florida Southern returns home on Wednesday at 7 p.m. to face No. 13 Tampa. The Mocs head to Rollins on April 15, before wrapping up the regular season at home against Lynn on April 22.