MOUNT OLIVE, NC - Florida Southern College men's lacrosse was unable to overcome a late run by Mount Olive in the fourth quarter. The Mocs (2-3) were shutout in the third quarter, which allowed the Trojans (6-1) to build a lead on their way to the win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | The Mocs found the scoreboard first as Carson Wallace put the Mocs on the board early in the first quarter. Mount Olive tied the game at 1-1 at the 9:13 mark before the Mocs got two goals from Jeff Atlas and Liam Winwood. Wingate would answer with a pair of goals to take a 2-1 lead. The Trojans would go on 3-0 run to take a 4-3 lead. Florida Southern would get a goal from Atlas off a feed from L. Winwood to tied the game 4-4.
- 2nd Quarter | Gutmann scored both of the Mocs goals in the second quarter with a UMO goal sandwiched in between the two goals. Gutmann gave the Mocs a 5-4 lead to open the second quarter on a feed from Joe Appio at the 14:15 mark. His second goal of the frame came at the 8:10 mark off a pass from Skylar Sarkisian to give the Mocs a 6-5 lead. That lead would be the final lead the Mocs would have on the afternoon as Mount Olive would close out the first half with a pair of goals from Thatcher Clark to take a 7-6 lead at the half.
- 3rd Quarter | The two goals to end the first half for the Trojans would begin a string of seven straight goals over the final three quarters. Mount Olive's first goal came at the 11:32 mark. UMO's second goal of the frame came six and a half minutes later from Gunner Parson.
- 4th Quarter | Mount Olive would continue its run of goals with three to open the final quarter. Tyler Keele would put two behind the Mocs goalie with a Connor Watson goal in between the Keele goals. Florida Southern would close out the game with two goals from Atlas and Zach Wilson but those would not be enough as Trojans would come out victorious, 12-8.
- Florida Southern finished with 40 shots, and tallied five assists and 35 ground balls.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Sean Nolan failed to record a point for the first time this season.
- Kevin Horwitz six of nine faceoffs for the Mocs, while Jeff Phelps was eight for 14. Both teams failed to convert on man-up chances as each had five opportunities.
- Max Freestone made 12 saves on 24 shots on goal in net for Florida Southern.
- Florida Southern returns home for five straight at Moccasin Field. First up is Westminster (UT) on March 13. The Mocs will open up 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).