WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. –– No. 16 Palm Beach Atlantic used a 6-0 fourth quarter to implement a stunning reversal against Miami, turning a 12-8 deficit into a 14-12 win. The Sailfish (3-1) were led by Greg Swanson (Boca Raton, Fla./Boca Raton), who scored five points against the Hurricanes (3-4).
In a game of runs, it was Palm Beach Atlantic who took the first swing, racing out to a 5-0 lead after one quarter. PBA has outscored all opponents 15-0 in the first quarter in their previous three contests, a school record. After 18:39 of scoreless lacrosse,
Miami got on the board, igniting a ferocious Hurricanes rally that limited the Sailfish lead to 7-5 at halftime. The momentum continued with the Canes as they built a 12-8 lead on the backing of a 7-1 third quarter, while outscoring PBA 12-3 during the stretch.
Sparked on an EMO goal by Mike Mastracchio (Jupiter, Fla./St. Leo Univ.) at 12:34 of the fourth quarter, Palm Beach Atlantic found itself in the midst of a comeback effort. The name of the game was efficiency for the 'Fish, who shot 50 percent in the final stanza (6-for-12) while winning all each of the fourth quarter faceoffs. Goals by Colt Burton (Denver, Colo./Cherry Creek), Grayson Smith (West Palm Beach, Fla./The King's Academy), and Mastracchio tied the game at 12-12 before junior Camden Baggs (Summerville, S.C./Ashley Ridge) netted the game winning goal at 7:13.
Another goal from Burton at 1:51 was the icing on the cake, giving the Sailfish the victory.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Sophomore faceoff specialist Scotty Brown (Coopersburg, Pa./Southern Lehigh) finished with a 72.4% faceoff percentage (21/29), one assist, and twelve ground balls. His efforts were vital in both Palm Beach Atlantic runs, including PBA's 5-0 start to begin the game, where Scotty was 9-for-9. In the late stages of the second half, Scotty was again perfect, finishing 8-for-8 in a 6-0 Sailfish quarter that led to the comeback victory.
SURVIVING AND THRIVING
The win against Miami saw eight Sailfish register points, seven of whom were multiple-point scorers. The offensive production is music to the ears of Sailfish fans, who saw Palm Beach Atlantic without four key offensive contributors. Rob Aycock, Payne McIntosh, Steven Cox, and Dan Wilkerson were all inactive against the 'Canes; they lead a group of nine injured 'Fish.
Palm Beach Atlantic committed a season-low fourteen turnovers against Miami, compared to eight caused turnovers by Sailfish defenders. Total turnovers were not recorded for Miami during Saturday night's game.
After Saturday night’s 14-12 win against Miami, Palm Beach Atlantic continues a winning streak that dates back to February 12, 2010. That’s five straight wins for the Sailfish, who now lead the overall series 5-3 (a number that began when the ‘Fish joined the SELC in 2007-2008).
WHAT'S ON TAP
Having just wrapped up a three game homestand, Palm Beach Atlantic will hit the road for a spring break trip to Knoxville, Tennessee. They'll start with No. 8 Grove City College on Sat., Mar. 5 (3:00 p.m.) before taking on No. 1 University of Dayton, last year's national champion, on Sunday (1:00 p.m.). On Tue., Mar. 8 (1:00 p.m.), the Sailfish will wrap up an extended weekend of games against No. 10 Siena Heights University. All games will be played on the campus of the Christian Academy of Knoxville.