MELBOURNE, FL - Maxwell Freestone proved to be a brick wall in goal for Florida Southern College men's lacrosse as it picked up an 11-8 victory at Florida Tech to close out the 2019 season. The Mocs (9-7, 4-3 SSC) finished with a plus .500 winning percentage in conference play for the first time since 2014. The Panthers dropped to 7-5 overall and 3-4 in SSC play.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Liam Winwood put the Mocs up 1-0 early in the first quarter as he picked up a loose ball and fired it home for the games first goal. The Panthers would score the next two goals to take a 2-1 lead over the Mocs midway through the first quarter. At the 5:28 mark, Zach Wilson found the back of the net for his second goal in as many games to tie the score at 2-2. Following a Florida Southern timeout, Carson Wallace put the Mocs back on top at 3-2. With just 11 seconds remaining in the first quarter, Reid Chaconas tied the game at 3-3. Maxwell Freestone made a key save in goal for the Mocs to keep the game tied at 3-3 heading into the second quarter.
- After the two teams combined for 10 shots to open the second quarter, Wallace was able to sneak one past the FIT goalie to give the Mocs a 4-3 lead. Winwood would give the Mocs their first two-goal lead of the game. Florida Tech's Luke Palmisano would cut the Mocs lead back to one. Less than a minute later, Joe Appio gave the Mocs another two-goal lead. Florida Southern would take a 6-4 lead into the half.
- Florida Southern looked to break away from the Panthers early in the third quarter as they fired off three shots in the first 66 seconds of the third quarter. The two teams would fight to put a third-quarter goal on the board but it wouldn't be till the 5:41 mark when FIT's Chaconas brought the Panthers within one. Appio added another goal for the Mocs off a feed from Sean Nolan for the seventh Moccasin goal. Florida Tech would rally off a pair of goals to tie the game at 7-7 heading into the final quarter.
- Nolan put the Mocs back on top with a goal at early in the final quarter as this time he took a feed from Appio for an 8-7 advantage to the visitors. Appio added on the eventual game-winning goal at the 11:49 mark for a 9-7 Mocs lead. Kyle Silverstein scored the final two goals for the Mocs as he put the Mocs up 10-7 and got one back after the Panthers added on a goal to win 11-8.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Florida Southern avenged last year's OT loss in Lakeland and improved to 5-3 all-time against Florida Tech. Florida Southern is now 2-2 in Melbourne.
- Florida Southern picked up 23 groundballs to Florida Tech's 34. Both teams failed to convert on man-up chances as the Mocs had four and the Panthers had three.
- The Mocs caused 12 of the Panthers 18 turnovers.
- The Mocs won 10 faceoffs on the night.
- Jeff Atlas finished the season as the team's leader in points with 72. The freshman had 30 goals and 42 assists. Nolan was second on the team with 68 points as he totaled 45 goals and 23 assists.
- Atlas finishes his first year in second place in individual single-season totals with 72 points behind Dane Sorensen with 76 in 2014.