Florida Southern Drops Saturday Home Contest to Rollins

Florida Southern Drops Saturday Home Contest to Rollins
LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College men's lacrosse erased an early one-goal lead by Rollins and held a 5-4 lead early in the second quarter, but was outscored 6-1 over the final eight and a half minutes of the first half in a 16-11 loss on Saturday at Moccasin Field. The Moccasins (7-5, 2-2 SSC) would rally back from a four-goal deficit in the second half to pull within one score on two occasions, but the Tars (5-5, 2-2) score five of the final six goals of the game to send the Mocs to their second-straight loss in Sunshine State Conference play.
Colin Bayer and Dalton Simpson led the Florida Southern offense with three goals apiece in the loss. Five different Moccasins would also tally a goal, but Rollins got five goals from Connor Ashton and outscored Florida Southern 7-4 in the second quarter en route to the win.

• Florida Southern watched as Rollins opened the scoring just a minute and ten seconds in to the opening quarter. But Simpson played a role in both of the Moccasins first two goals to take a 2-1 advantage midway through the first. Simpson would score the first Florida Southern goal on the afternoon on a feed from Liam Winwood with 7:27 to go in the first quarter, and 41 seconds later, recorded an assist on Cody Gray's second goal of the season to put the Mocs up 2-1. Three and a half minutes later, Rollins would close out the first quarter with a pair of goals to regain the lead at 3-2. 
• The Mocs began the second quarter on a roll as Carson Wallace and Bayer each found the back of the net. Faceoff specialist Kevin Horwitz recorded his third assist on the season as Bayer put Florida Southern up 4-3. Less than a minute later, the Tars would tie it up at 4-4 with 13:22 to go in the opening half. For the third and final time in the match, the Mocs would put the advantage back in their favor as Simpson recorded his second goal of the game. In a span of three minutes, Rollins' Joey Cinque would put the Tars up for good at 7-5. Austen Lison cut the Mocs deficit to a single goal before Rollins would close out the first half on 3-0 run.
• Florida Southern would answer Rollins' 3-0 run to close out the first half with a 3-0 run of its own to begin the second half. Simpson recorded his 13th goal on the season and Winwood found the back of the net for the sixth time on the year, and at eight minutes in the third Kevin Dyer added the Mocs third goal of the second half to make it 10-9. Rollins answered at the 5:19 mark to push its lead back to two (11-9), but Bayer would find the back of the net just 38 seconds later to make it a one-goal game (11-10). However, the Tars struck twice more in the final four minutes of the third and took a 13-11 edge into the final quarter. 
• The fourth quarter was all Rollins as it added three goals and held the Mocs scoreless over the final 15 minutes to win 16-11. Florida Southern fired off nine shots, none on goal, in the final quarter. 

• Florida Southern fell to Rollins for just the third time in program history as they lead the all-time series 8-3 against the Tars. Simpson tied a season-high with three goals in the loss, as Bayer was one shy of his season-high total in goals, also with three. Lison picked up nine ground balls and Horwitz grabbed seven. Florida Southern won the ground ball game 35-30. Horwitz and the Mocs edged Kyle Sudol and the Tars on the faceoffs, as Horwitz won 16 of 30 faceoffs. Shots were nearly even as the Tars finished with a slight 39-35 edge. Both teams each turned the ball over19 times on Saturday. 
• The Moccasins recorded 16 successful clears on 22 chances, while Rollins went 19-22 on the clear attempt. Freshman goalie Matt Stocks saw action for the first time since the Mocs' 16-9 win over Alabama-Huntsville and made three saves. 

• Florida Southern will continue its homestand when Saint Leo (April 11) makes its first visit to Moccasin Field. The Mocs will host Florida Tech (April 14) for Senior Day before closing out the regular season with their first-ever meeting with the Embry-Riddle Eagles on April 21 in Daytona Beach.