FGCU Outguns Non-Conference Opponents
Lafayette, Louisiana - Coming off their win against second-ranked Grand Valley State (Michigan) held in Lake Worth, Florida early last week, the Florida Gulf Coast University Men’s Lacrosse Club then travelled to Louisiana to wrap up their spring break games on the road. The Eagles walked away with two non-conference wins against the University of Louisiana – Lafayette and St. Edward’s University (Texas), both members of the MCLA’s Lone Star Alliance.
The Eagles match against ULL got off to an auspicious start. While attempting to clear the ball on their first possession the Cajuns let a pass to the goalie slide into their own net scoring a goal for FGCU. Riding the wave of good fortune, attackman Charlie Porter (Islamorada, FL) struck on the Eagles next possession with what would be the first of three goals he would score during the game. Much of the first period play was unsettled for FGCU, as if they had not fully shaken off the effects of the long bus ride north. The Eagles were only up 2 to 1 at the end of the first quarter. The Gulf Coast squad went into the second quarter man-up. It didn’t take long for them to find their rhythm in the second period of play, going on a three-goal run with scores by attackman Travis Esposito (Ft. Myers, FL) and middy Danny Meyer (Jupiter, FL), which boosted the Eagles lead 5 to 2. Meyer would also notch a hat trick by game’s end. FGCU dominated offensive play throughout the second quarter with a barrage of shots on goal, but many of those looks did not find their mark with multiple attempts hitting the pipe. The Cajuns goalie also answered the call by making some excellent saves during the period. By halftime FGCU was up by a score of 9 to 3.
The Eagles offensive dominance continued in the third quarter scoring four unanswered goals, one of which was highlighted by a coast to coast dash and assist by middy Alec Christy (Winter Park, FL). The Cajuns took advantage of FGCU being two men down late in third quarter to score their only goal of that period. FGCU kept the pressure on throughout the final quarter of play and cruised to victory by a score of 15 to 5. Contributing to the win were Eagles face off specialist Tommy Twyford (North Palm Beach, FL) who won 17 of 21 whistles, midfielder Kevin Meyer (Jupiter) who posted 3 assists, attackman Shane Noble (Flagler Beach, FL) who scored 2 goals and had 2 assists and goalie Tyler Morrone (Ft. Myers) who had 5 saves in the net. A total of nine different players scored goals for FGCU during the match underscoring the team’s depth of talent.
The following evening FGCU faced off against the St. Edward’s University Hilltoppers. The Eagles scored early and often from the first whistle. FGCU went up 3 to 0 within the first three and half minutes of play. From that point on FGCU overwhelmed St. Edwards in all aspects of the game winning the lopsided match by a score of 26 to 0.
The Eagles next game will be against SELC conference opponent Georgia Southern. The game is set for Sunday, March 17th at 2 p.m. at FGCU.