Florida Southern vs. Tampa
February 8, 2013
The Game Story:
M. Lacrosse
Mocs Fall, 12-7, in Season-Opener Against Spartans
February 8, 2013
Kevin Naslonski finished the night with three points, 2 goals 1 assist
Box Score
LAKELAND – Florida Southern Men’s Lacrosse (0-1, 0-1 DSC) started their season tonight against rival Tampa (1-0, 1-0 DSC) and a quick start by the Moccasins was silenced by a big second and fourth period by the Spartans as the Mocs lost their first game of the season 12-7.
Much like the first game last season against Tampa the Mocs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead as junior Kevin Naslonski (East Setauket, New York) and sophomore Jeff Shields (Manlius, New York) scored the first two goals of the season for FSC. Even with the quick start by the Mocs the Spartans were right there to counter, scoring the next two goals before junior Dan Krispinsky (Ft. Myers, Fla.) put the Mocs back ahead only eight seconds after Tampa put in the equalizer. The Mocs would end the first period up one, 3-2.
The second period was a different story however. The Spartans would score the first four goals of the period, taking a 6-3 lead, before junior Shane Tompkins (Bel, Del.) scored back-to-back goals to pull the Mocs within one, 6-5.
That is as close as the Mocs would get the rest of the way though. Tampa would go into halftime up 7-5 and come out and score the lone goal of the third period giving the Spartans an 8-5 lead heading into the fourth and final period.
Tampa’s Joey McMahan would open the fourth period with two goals giving him a game-high four goals on the night. It wouldn’t be till the 5:13 mark of the fourth period before the Mocs would get back on the board, going almost two full periods without scoring. Each team would score once again before the conclusion of the game giving us the final score of 12-7 in favor of Tampa.
Leading the Mocs on the night was Tompkins and Naslonski as both scored two goals and assisted on another, giving both three points for the game. Almost every statistical category was virtually even but the Spartans did hold a slight advantage in shots at plus-three while FSC did pick-up two more ground balls than their opponents as well as win three more face-offs. The main statistical factor and game changer was the minus-12 advantage in turnovers the Spartans held over the Mocs.
Krispinsky went 13-of-23 at face-off and picked up a team-leading four ground balls; sophomore Trennell Boggans (Syracuse, New York) also picked up four ground balls for the Mocs.
The Mocs will get back to action in two weeks, taking on Lindenwood at home on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. once again at Bryant Stadium.