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Atlas Records Five Goals in Mocs Victory at Montevallo

Atlas Records Five Goals in Mocs Victory at Montevallo

MONTEVALLO, AL - Florida Southern College men's lacrosse picked up its first win of the season with a 20-12 victory at the University of Montevallo. Freshmen Jeff Atlas tied a program record with five assists in a game. Atlas ended the afternoon with five goals for a total of ten points. The Mocs (1-1) had six players record multiple goals, while the Falcons (1-4) had just three.  

Skyler Sarkisian and Sean Nolan helped lead the Mocs offense with three goals each. Joe Appio, Dalton Simpson, and Liam Winwood all had a multi-goal game, while three others found the back of the net.  

HOW IT HAPPENED
 Florida Southern opened the scoring at 13:17 when Atlas took a feed from Nolan to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead, a lead they would never relinquish. En route to a record-setting day, Atlas assisted on an Austen Lison goal to give the Mocs an early 2-0 lead. After going up 3-1 the Mocs would watch the Falcons come back to tie the game at three with just two seconds to go in the first quarter. 
 The Mocs made sure to set the tone early in the second quarter as they would open the frame on a 3-0 run thanks to goals from L. Winwood and Sarkisian, both assisted by Atlas and an unassisted goal from Sarkisian to put the Mocs up 6-3 at the 10:25 mark. Montevallo got one back just two minutes later but Florida Southern took the ensuing faceoff to the offensive zone to see Dalton Simpson put the Mocs back up by three. Atlas recorded his second of five goals before Nolan closed out the first half giving the Mocs an 8-4 lead.   
 Florida Southern would come out of the 10-minute break with a trio of goals from Atlas, Appio, and Sarkisian. The Falcons ended the Mocs 6-0 run at the 10:40 mark as Thomas Vaesen recorded his first two goals on the afternoon to cut the Mocs lead to six. Florida Southern closed out the third quarter on a 4-1 run, with goals from Simpson, Nolan and a pair of goals from Atlas. Three of the final four goals from the Mocs in the third quarter were assisted by L. Winwood.  
 Vaesen recorded four of the Falcons five goals in the final quarter as the fourth quarter was the only frame in which the Mocs were outscored. The Falcons' sophomore totaled six goals on the afternoon. Andrew Medeiros recorded his first collegiate goal in a frame that saw the two teams trade goals back and forth. 
 Freshmen Maxwell Freestone made 12 saves in his collegiate debut for his first win. 

INSIDE THE NUMBERS
 Florida Southern forced 22 turnovers by Montevallo while committing 25 of its own. The Mocs picked up a program tying record of 59 ground balls to the Falcons 38 on the afternoon. 
 The Moccasins outshot the Falcons, 64-45 and won 23-of-35 faceoffs, including a near perfect faceoff result of 10-for-11 in the third quarter. Florida Southern converted 20-24 clear attempts.    
 Both teams team converted a pair of man-up opportunities. The Mocs had seven chances while the Falcons had nine. 
 The win marked the programs 75th all-time victory. 32 combined goals by both teams is now fourth all-time in the Moccasin record book.
 The Mocs 35 points on the day ties the program record for third all-time. 
 Ten points for Atlas ties Dane Sorensen for second on the all-time record for total points in a game. 

UP NEXT
 Florida Southern will open the home portion of its schedule when they host Emmanuel (March 3) at Moccasin Field.