MELBOURNE, FL - Florida Southern College men's lacrosse goalkeeper Matt Lalli has earned his third Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week Award of the year, the conference office announced on Monday.
Lalli earned the award after recording 17 saves in Saturday's 9-8 road win at Rollins. He made two key saves in man-down situations to help lead the Mocs to victory over the Tars, who entered the week receiving votes in the USILA Coaches Poll.
In addition to his save total, Lalli also collected two ground balls. He made nine of his saves in the second half, including five in the third quarter. During the third quarter, the Moccasins turned the tide by outscoring Rollins 3-0 and turning a 4-3 deficit into a 6-3 lead.
Lalli has made at least 10 saves in nine different games this season, and his 17 stops on Saturday marked his second-highest total of the season (22 vs. No. 17 Lake Erie on Feb. 28). He now ranks 10th nationally in saves per game (13.15) and is 16th in save percentage (.561).
With his most recent honor, Lalli has now been named the SSC Defensive Player of the Week eight times in his career, the second-highest total in conference history.
Florida Southern wraps up its regular season with a pivotal conference showdown against Lynn on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Bryant Stadium. Lalli is one of nine seniors who will be recognized during pregame Senior Night activities.