LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College men's lacrosse senior Liam Winwood gave the home crowd a night they will not forget as he put the winning goal past the Westminster goalie with 3:17 remaining in extra time. The Mocs (3-3) scored three unanswered fourth-quarter goals to send the game to overtime against the Griffins (1-2).
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | The Mocs went down 2-0 to the Griffins early in the first quarter, but quickly erased the visitors lead as Dalton Simpson and Gunther Lubonski scored in the span of less than 30 seconds. Wallace would tie the game at 3-3 before Westminster would close out the first quarter with a pair of goals to lead 5-3.
- 2nd Quarter | Kyle Silverstein opened the second quarter bringing the Mocs deficit to one goal. The Griffins would jump out a three-goal lead before the Mocs got a goal from freshmen Craig Connor off a feed from fellow freshmen Jeff Atlas. With 26 seconds till the break, Cole Flinders put the visitors back up by three. Westminster would take an 8-5 lead into the half.
- 3rd Quarter | Nolan cut the visitors lead to two at the 14:14 mark of the third quarter. In what would seem like the Griffins were running away with the game, they would go on a 3-0 run to jump out to a 10-6 lead midway through the quarter. Nolan and Wallace would add on a pair of goals before the two teams would trade goals to end the quarter.
- 4th Quarter | The Mocs used four unanswered goals to end the third and in three in the fourth quarter to tied the game at 13-13 to send the game to overtime. With 1:24 left in the final quarter Joe Appio took a feed from Nick Gutmann to tie the game at 13-13. As time would expire freshmen goalie Max Freestone made a clutch save to keep the score at 13-13.
- Overtime | Exiting a timeout called by the home team, Winwood took a ball to the top of the offensive zone for the Mocs and fired one screaming pass the Westminster goalie to send the Griffins packing.
- Florida Southern finished with 44 shots, and tallied seven assists and picked up 37 ground balls.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Sean Nolan extended his career goal total to 19 goals.
- Kevin Horwitz and Lubonski combined to win 14 of 28 faceoffs for the Mocs, while Jeff Phelps and Connor Benyo each went one for two on the faceoff. The Mocs converted one man-up chance and the Griffins had two successful man-up chances as each team had four opportunities.
- Maxwell Freestone made 11 saves on 24 shots on goal in net for Florida Southern.
- Florida Southern opens SSC play when Lynn (March 16) comes to Lakeland. Then they welcome in Colorado State-Pueblo (March 19), Belmont Abbey (March 22), and Colorado Mesa (March 24).