FROSTBURG, Md. – On a night with so many questions, Florida Southern College men's lacrosse took to the field for a game against Frostburg State University. The game was originally scheduled to be played at Homewood Field on the campus of Johns Hopkins University. Throughout the afternoon, college campuses across the nation began to announce the cancelation of their spring sports, this included Johns Hopkins. The game would be moved to Frostburg State's campus.
Moccasin head coach Marty Ward recognized what was going on in the world of college athletics and sent his seniors out to serve as the teams' captains. Despite a valiant effort, the Mocs (3-4) would drop the contest 16-8 as Frostburg State improved to 5-0.
Senior attack Joe Appio, and sophomore Sean Nolan recorded a team-high two goals each. Sophomore Jeff Atlas would record two assists in the loss. Senior Gunther Lubonski made the start for the Mocs and won 13-of-22 faceoffs for the visitors.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- 1st Quarter | Frostburg State opened the contest with a goal at 11:05 to take a 1-0 lead. Southern would tie the game at 1-1, as the sophomore duo of Jeff Atlas and Sean Nolan would team up for the Mocs first goal. FSU would use a pair of unassisted goals over the final five minutes of the first 15 minutes to put the visitors up 3-1.
- 2nd Quarter | Southern would watch the home team grow its lead to 6-1 over the first three minutes of the second quarter. Nolan would end the nearly seven minutes of scoreless action spanning the first two quarters. The Mocs would trade goals with Frostburg State over the final five minutes as Appio and freshman Thomas Frank found the back of the net. Southern would trail 8-4 at the half.
- 3rd Quarter | Frostburg State opened the third quarter with a pair of goals to increase their lead to 10-4. Senior Skylar Sarkisian scored to cut the home team lead to five. That would be all for the Mocs in the third quarter as the home team added another goal to close out the quarter. Frostburg State would lead 11-5 after 45 minutes of play.
- 4th Quarter | Frostburg State used a 3-0 run to open the final quarter to all but put away the game. Appio would take a feed from freshman Griffin Imwalle to end Frostburg States 4-0 run spanning the final two quarters. Junior Edward May put together the Mocs first run of the game as he put away an unassisted goal at the 8:26 mark of the final quarter. As it appeared the Mocs would gain momentum their offense would go cold. Frostburg State would use this time to tack on two more goals to extend their lead to 16-7. Imwalle ended the Mocs scoring drought as he found the back of the net with 37 seconds remaining. Southern would fall 16-8.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Shot totals were practically even, the Mocs fired off 43 shots, 24 of which were on goal. Frostburg State recorded 45 total shots, 28 of which were on goal.
- Southern got booked on two penalties for a total of two minutes. The home team was called for three penalties for a total of two minutes.
- Frostburg State picked up 41 groundballs to 33 by the Mocs. Which included a team-high from senior Ben Price. Senior Kevin Dyer picked up three, and classmates Chris Cariello and Joe Neubauer each picked up a ground ball.
- Ward would tab senior Drew Van de Motter to make the start for the visitors and he made four saves as he played the entire first half. Freshman Chris Della Jacono made one save and sophomore Maxwell Freestone made seven saves. In total, the Mocs goalies made 12 saves.