FSU returns to winning ways at home

Mar 29, 2006
Colleen O'Connell

Florida State got back to their winning ways at Harkins Field on Wednesday, March 29 with a dominating 20-5 win over the Broncos of Santa Clara University.
Each quarter saw at least one stand-out Seminole goal. In the first quarter, senior Bryan Waters looked to have an open-net goal when he lobbed the ball towards the goal. However, junior attackman Grover Light snatched the ball out of mid-air and took the shot instead.
“It was my time to shine,” said Light. “I was in between three guys and just saw the opportunity coming. I just put my stick up and got the ball.”
The second quarter saw another Light goal, but this time with a little more variation. While on defense, sophomore Mack Ruiz checked the ball away from the Santa Clara offense. Ruiz proceeded to pick up the groundball, dished it to senior Brad Wilson, who took off towards the Bronco goal. Wilson went on to quickly pass the ball to rookie attack Brandon Purcell, who immediately passed it to an open Light.
“I just was right there,” said Light. “It was just the basic lacrosse skills of catching and throwing and connecting the dots.”
The second half saw two one-on-one goals scored by the Seminoles. The first came when Wilson checked the ball out of a Santa Clara stick on the Santa Clara half of the field. Sophomore Nick Geppert collected the groundball and scored on the one-on-one challenge against Santa Clara goalie Phil Donnici in the third quarter. The fourth quarter saw another dangerous Santa Clara turnover, but this time deep in the Bronco zone. After an initial save on a Corey Noonan shot, Santa Clara goalie Mike Ford looked to clear the ball, only to have Noonan steal the ball away from him.
“More than anything, I love riding,” said Noonan. “A good percentage of the time I’ll steal the ball away and we’ll get a goal off of it.”
In addition to having several stand-out goals, the Seminoles also saw dominating efforts in all aspects of the game. Florida State dominated face-offs, going 21-for-28 overall and 9-for-9 in the first quarter alone. The ‘Noles also outshot the Broncos 69-20 and collected more groundballs (50-19).
Florida State gets underway again at Harkins Field at 8:00 p.m. when they take on Vanderbilt University in what will the Tribe’s second of three games held in a five-day time period.
 
Game Summary:
Santa Clara:  1    2    1    1-5
Florida State: 7    6    3    4-20
Goals:
Florida State- Noonan-5, Herzog-3, Light-3, Geppert-2, Purcell-2, Wilson-2, Corrente-1, Matherly-1, Waters-1
Santa Clara- Brittain-3, Boehmer-1, Cho-1
Assists:
Florida State- Purcell-3, Corrente-2, Light-2, Herzog-1, Jarry-1, Noonan-1, Waters-1
Santa Clara- Brittain-1, Grant-1
Shots:
Santa Clara:    5     5     7    3-20
Florida State: 14   19   20   16-69
Groundballs:
Santa Clara:    5    3     8    3-19
Florida State: 15   10   13  12-50
Face-offs:
Florida State: 21-28 (Team)
            Dunning- 16-19
            Lombard- 5-7
            Barr- 0-2
Santa Clara: 7-28 (Team)
            Lasnik- 3-13
            Reardon- 2-6
            Cho- 2-9


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