Florida Southern Advances to Final

In NCAA DII action, the Florida Southern Moccasins Pulled off a thrilling 12-11 Victory.

Kevin M. Neibauer.

LaxPhilly– A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

In a thriller at the Parker Family Complex in beautiful Winter Park, Florida, the #14 Florida Southern University Moccasins (12-5, 5-2 SSC) worked overtime to get the best of #10 Rollins Tars (12-3, 5-2 SSC), 12-11.

To the Game

Rollins jumped to a 2-0 lead with just 2:43 played courtesy of Finn Jent (1g,1a) followed by Grant Hansen setting up Jack Johnstone (3g,1a).

Jeff Atlas (1g,2a) stemmed the tide at 8:57 before Bailey Pringle (1g) countered just fifty eight seconds later to end the opening stanza with Rollins in charge, 3-1.

Next Quarter

As is normally the case in NCAA lacrosse, the second quarter opened wide with ten scores.

Edward May (3g,1a) at 14:21, Andrew Medeiros (1g), Brendan Glasser (1g) and Jay Minor (1g) put a four goal run together to give the Mocs a 5-3 edge.

Taking the hit, Hansen set up Justin White (4g) followed with Hansen going back to work on a Marshall Ellison (1g) marker, with Hansen making it three helpers in a row on a second from White

Rollins flipped the lead in their direction, 6-5.

The rallies continued with FSU countering for three fueled by, May and Sean Nolan (5g) hitting net twice in just ten seconds.

The first was unassisted with :11 left and the second, with :01 to end the half with an 8-6 Mocs lead.

Third..

As wild as the second was, only one goal would be scored.

Hansen did the work for Johnstone to knot the score at 8-8.

It marked only the third time the Moccasins were blanked in a quarter with two of the feats owned by Rollins.

Things Heating Up

Johnstone made it three in a row for the Tars with :44 played.

Hansen (1g,5a) followed by an unassisted marker from White made it a four goal uprising to push it to a 10-8 Rollins advantage.

May stopped the run at 7:08 followed by Atlas setting up Nolan at 5:51 to set the stage for the wild finish.

White and Nolan exchanged net benders just seven seconds apart to end regulation with the 11-11 score.

Extra Time..

A wild celebration would kick off when Atlas, set up behind the Rollins net, found an open Nolan who put the Mocs to a date in the Championship match up.

Things:

• Shots went the way of Rollins, 45-38 with on goal showing a 21-18 Rollins edge

• Turnovers had The Mocs with 22 to 16 for Rollins.

• Turnovers had 22 for FSu and 16 for Rollins

• Ground balls were nearly even, 31-30 the Rollins direction.

• Face offs had Kevin Horowitz winning 13 of 27 with 10 Ground balls that included winning the pivotal overtime face off for FSU.

• FSU takes on the top ranked Tampa team in the Sunshine State Conference Final.

• Of note, FSU and Tampa Women also meet in their Conference Championship.

Overtime Classic in the Sunshine State.

Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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