INDIANAPOLIS - Matt Lalli came up with another brilliant performance in goal, and Cody Dyer scored three times as Florida Southern College men's lacrosse cruised to an 8-4 win at Indianapolis on Saturday.
The Moccasins (4-3) raced out to a 4-0 lead and held the Greyhounds (2-3) scoreless for the first 28 minutes of play en route to their second-straight road win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Adam Utter gave Florida Southern the early lead when he scored an unassisted goal with 9:53 to go in the first quarter. Cody Dyer added a man-up goal on an assist from Chris Cariello just four minutes later to make it 2-0.
• Kevin Dyer and Tyler Kopen each found the back of the net in the second quarter to put the Mocs up 4-0. Indianapolis looked as if it stole momentum by scoring twice in the final two minutes to make it 4-2, but K. Dyer struck again with nine seconds left in the half to give the Mocs a 5-2 lead at the break.
• The goal gave Florida Southern a much-needed burts of momentum as the Mocs scored three-straight goals to open the second half and blow the game wide open (8-2). Austen Lison scored the first goal of the half and C. Dyer added two more in the third.
• Florida Southern was held scoreless in the fourth quarter, but did not allow the Greyhounds to score until the final minute, when Indianapolis scored two meaningless goals to make the final 8-4.
• The Greyhounds finished with a 40-30 edge in shots, but Lalli came up with 16 saves to help the Mocs to victory. Florida Southern finished with a slim 8-7 edge in faceoffs, and was 1-of-4 in extra man opportunities while Indianapolis went 0-of-3.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 2-0 all-time against Indianapolis. The Moccasins defeated the Greyhounds in Lakeland last year.
• Lalli made double-digit saves for the fourth-straight game and the sixth time in seven games this season. He has made 102 saves through seven games, and has been named SSC Defensive Player of the Week once and USILA National Defensive Player of the Week once.
• Cody Dyer scored nine goals during Florida Southern's two-game road trip this week. He had six in the win over Lincoln Memorial and as three games this year with at least three goals.
• Florida Southern returns home on March 16 to face Alabama-Huntsville before hosting Colorado Mesa on March 19. The Mocs begin conference play on March 24 at Saint Leo.