Talks Saves 20 as No. 8 PBA Edges Georgia Southern

STATESBORO, Ga. A road win is never easy, but Palm Beach Atlantic got it done on Saturday against a gritty and talented Georgia Southern program. The Eagles, who had already notched a win against No. 23 St. Andrews earlier in the year, came ready to play in front of a large and vocal GSU crowd.

It was the Eagles on the board first, but Palm Beach Atlantic matched the opening goal on a Dave Schultz shot from Bobby Hantske. PBA and Georgia Southern would trade goals twice more, with junior Dominic Scalzo matching the GSU effort both times. A Hantske goal put the Sailfish on top, 4-3, with 5:57 remaining in the first quarter.

Defensively, Georgia Southern slowed down the PBA pace of play and forced 26 turnovers over the course of the game. The Eagles defense held Palm Beach Atlantic scoreless for 30:23 throughout the midpoint of the game (an unassisted goal by Scalzo at 5:34 of the third quarter broke the scoreless streak).

In the fourth, PBA came alive, outscoring Georgia Southern 6-3 down the stretch to claim the victory. Scalzo led the offense with four goals, while Joe Ciringione finished with one goal and three assists.

Senior Ryan Talks made twenty saves (a season high) to go along with a 66% save percentage.


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