The Florida State Men's Club Lacrosse team defeated the Florida Gators last night 15-14. The team started the game hot, scoring three goals in the first quarter but quickly squandered their lead giving up seven goals in the second quarter. As the game moved on the Seminoles continued to give up goals, even being down by as much as three at a point in the third quarter. Going into the fourth quarter down by one, the men went on to score five goals and put up a great defensive stand holding off a late rally by the Gators.
Luke Donovan led the team in goals and assists with four and three respectively. Brett Angerer gave the team three goals of his own while Joey Byrne scored two goals. Nick Papagikos, Garrett German, Sean Haggerty, Andrew Kiggen, Adam McCall, and Evan Davis each contributed with a goal of their own.
Last night's win clinched the division title for the reigning 2011 SELC champs and brings the their record to 12-4 going into the SELC tournament which starts Friday, April 27th at 8 PM. The team will face off against Alabama to begin tournament play at Chattahoochee High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. The Noles rolled the Tide 18-2 in their meeting earlier this season.
This is a team that has not lost a regular season home game in the last four years. Senior captain and defensive mid-fielder Rolly O'Meilia will graduate having never lost a game at home. On a night honoring the seniors, there could not have been a better crowd than the nearly 3,000 people that showed up to Bill Harkin's Field.
#8 Rolly O'Meilia
#21 Bradshaw Chamberlin
#44 TJ Dugan
Be sure to watch the inspiring story on graduating senior Rolly O'Meilia from WCTV. The kid is tough. After having a stroke his freshman year, he has continued to show excellence in the sport of lacrosse and as a Nole. Pictures and story after the jump.
O'Meilia Overcomes Setback to Remain Perfect:
The Florida State Men's Club Lacrosse team has steadily begun to come into the picture on campus as a team look out for in the future. The team won the 2011 SELC tournament and continue to compete in the MCLA. The team is looking to head into Division I play in the near future but needs help from alumni, the community, and fulfillment of Title IX for this to become a reality. The team is in desperate need of your support. A fundraiser has begun to help ease their financial issues. Any donations made are tax-deductible and greatly appreciated. Please help support the team moving forward. You will be sponsoring student-athletes that pay to play as each member of the team pays dues out of his own pocket to represent FSU on the lacrosse field. Please donate by simply clicking the link below. Thank you and go Noles!
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