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.
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.
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.
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.
• 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.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.