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FGCU TOPS TENNESSEE WESLEYAN

By Tom Twyford, 04/28/12, 1:23AM EDT

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 The Florida Gulf Coast University Men's Lacrosse Club beat Tennessee Wesleyan College in the quarterfinals of the Southeastern Lacrosse Conference (SELC) Playoffs tonight.  The post season play is being held near Atlanta, Georgia.  The Eagles jumped to a 4 to 1 lead during the first quarter of play until a passing storm accompanied by lightning resulted in a one hour game delay.  FGCU came out cold after the weather delay and failed to score any additional goals before the half allowing Tennessee to claw their way back into the game.  The Eagles held onto a slim 4 to 3 lead at halftime.  During the final two quarters of play both teams went back and forth keeping the score close, and attending fans on the edge of their seats.  Tennessee's strong defensive play shut down the Eagles usually potent attack.   Neither team lead by more than one goal throughout the second half of play.  FGCU middie Alec Christy from Winter Park, Florida scored a crisp top-shelf goal late in the fourth quarter to give the Eagles a one point lead.  With less than a minute to play FGCU was flagged with a penalty that resulted in them playing man-down the remainder of the game.  Tennessee took advantage of the situation and was able to quickly move the ball down field and get off a quality shot on goal.  FGCU goalie Mark Bell of Columbus, New Jersey rose to the occasion and made an outstanding save, one of many during the exciting game.  With the win FGCU now advances to the Final Four in the SELC Playoffs.