LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College men's lacrosse raced out to an early lead, then allowed six-unanswered goals before rallying late to grab a 13-12 upset of No. 17 Lake Erie College on Tuesday at Bryant Stadium.
The Moccasins (2-2) scored the first four goals of the game, but the Storm (0-2) put home six-straight to jump in front. Florida Southern used five third-quarter goals to regain the lead, and scored in the final minutes to pick up the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern started the game on fire as the Mocs scored four goals in the first six minutes to storm out to a 4-0 lead. Colin Bayer scored the Moccasins' first two goals less than two minutes in, and Adam Utter and Lucas Claude each found the back of the net to give Florida Southern the early lead.
• Lake Erie responded with three goals in the final eight minutes of the first quarter, and carried that momentum into the second quarter as the Storm struck three more times in the early stages of the second quarter. Two of the Storm's three second-quarter goals were scored within six seconds of each other.
• Seth Leonard put an end to the run as he scored with 5:09 left in the second quarter to pull the Mocs within one (6-5), but Lake Erie jumped back in front by two (7-5) with 1:30 left. Cody Dyer scored a key goal when he found the back of the net with 37 seconds to go in the first half to cut the deficit to just one (7-6) at the half.
• The Moccasins exploded on offense in the third quarter, scoring five goals. Lake Erie actually scored the first goal of the second half with 12:25 on the clock, but the Mocs scored three in a row to take a 9-8 lead, and never trailed again.
• Florida Southern led by as many as two goals (11-9) late in the third quarter, but the Storm would answer with back-to-back goals to tie things up at the beginning of the fourth quarter. Bayer scored his third goal with 11:37 left to give the Mocs a 12-11 lead, but Lake Erie responded to tie the game at 12-12 with 8:35 on the clock.
• With the score tied and time winding down, Logan Brubaker fired a shot while being harrassed by a pair of defenders, and scored while falling to the ground to give Florida Southern the game-winner.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 2-0 all-time against Lake Erie and moved to 41-29 all-time in home games. Both of the Mocs' wins in the series have come when the Storm were ranked in the USILA coaches poll.
• Lake Erie outshot Florida Southern 48-39, but Matt Lalli and Cody Christie combined to make 24 saves for the Moccasins. Lalli made 18 saves to tie for the fourth-highest single-game total in school history. Christie made six stops in 1:46 of relief when Lalli briefly left the field following a collision with a Lake Erie player.
• Florida Southern won 15-of-28 faceoffs, with Ashton Ceppos winning 14. The Mocs recorded 19 successsful clears while Lake Erie had 21. The Storm finished with a 30-24 edge in ground balls.
• Bayer led the Moccasins with three goals and two assists, and Austen Lison picked up a game-high nine ground balls. Florida Southern was whistled for seven penalties while Lake Erie was charged with four.
• Florida Southern returns to action on Friday when it faces No. 5 NYIT at 7 p.m. at Bryant Stadium. The Mocs will then head north to take on Lincoln Memorial (March 8) and Indianapolis (March 11) before returning home two-straight non-conference games.