LAKELAND, Fla. – The Saint Leo men's lacrosse team concluded its 2014 season in the Sunshine State Conference Championship semifinal round, falling to tenth-ranked Florida Southern by a final score of 18-7 on Saturday afternoon at Barnett Field. The loss drops the Lions to a record of 8-7, while the Moccasins advance to an overall mark of 11-3.
The second-seeded Mocs will advance to the first ever SSC Championship game, and will square off against University of Tampa on Saturday, April 26.
The Mocs were led in scoring by Dane Sorensen, who tallied a blistering 12 points on the afternoon as he scored a career high 10 goals and added two assists. In total, four Mocs put goals on the board, while four earned assists.
Will Cothron won 16-of-27 faceoff attempts on the afternoon, earning 12 ground balls for a game high. Defensively, Paul Aramanda caused two turnovers, and Dave Moore earned nine saves in cage while facing 42 shots and 27 shots on goal from the Mocs.
In goal for Florida Southern, Matt Lalli earned the win as he made 13 saves while allowing just seven goals in 59 minutes of play. Logan Muether closed out the final minute, but did not see any action.
Florida Southern pulled out to a 3-0 lead, including two goals by Sorensen, before Saint Leo could put a point on the board by a goal from Obermeyer with seven minutes on the clock. Sorensen tallied his third of the day two minutes later to extend the Mocs' lead to 4-1, but a goal by Kavanagh closed out the first quarter with the Lions trailing by two, 4-2.
Florida Southern held Saint Leo silent in the second stanza, while posting four goals of their own, to set the score at 8-2 at the half.
The Mocs continued their success, thanks to Sorensen's on-target performance, through the final two quarters, outscoring Saint Leo 10-5 to close out the game with an 11 goal lead, 18-7.
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