Seminoles Rally for Shootout Title and Harkins' 100th Win

The Florida State Men's Lacrosse team rallied from a 5-2 deficit to earn an 8-5 win over Michigan State to win the 2010 Southern Shootout on Sunday. The win moved the Seminoles to 6-0 (2-0 SELC) on the season, and gave Head Coach Bill Harkins his 100th win at Florida State.

Florida State and Michigan State reached Sunday's game with two wins in the tournament. The Seminoles beat Boston College 14-9 on Friday, and Georgia 12-4 on Saturday. The Spartans beat Georgia 18-4 on Friday, and Boston College 12-10 on Saturday. This marked the first time in the history of the Southern Shootout that a pair of 2-0 teams played on the final day of the tournament.

Against Michigan State, the Seminoles took a 2-1 first quarter lead on goals from Josh Eustice and Matt Dumbleton, but the Spartans scored 4 goals in the first 5 minutes of the second quarter to take a 5-2 lead. Seminole captain Jon Yates brought the Seminoles to 5-3 heading into the half. The Seminoles took the lead on third quarter goals from Tom Byrne, Garrett German, and captain Robert Lee. Eustice and Byrne tallied their second goals in the fourth quarter to secure an 8-5 come-from-behind victory for Florida State.

The Seminole defense held the Spartans scoreless for the final 40:11 of the game. Goalie John Goodrich had 19 saves for the Seminoles, and was helped by sound play by 2010 Southern Shootout Defensive Most Valuable Player Rolly O'Meilia. Harkins earned his 100th victory just six games into his seventh season at Florida State, which makes him the fastest coach to reach 100 victories in MCLA history. His career record of 100-28 gives him a winning percentage of 0.781 as Seminole Head Coach.

2010-02-22



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