Sailfish Blast Rollins 6-1 to Claim School's First NCAA Region Championship
November 20, 2015
Written by: Will Johansen, Sports Information Assistant
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla.- For the first time since joining the NCAA, the Sailfish have been crowned South Region Champions. The ‘Fish (17-1-1) defeated Sunshine State Conference foe Rollins College (13-8-0) 6-1 Friday night in front of a crowd of over 1,100 at the Rinker Athletic Campus. The Sailfish were lead by Cleef Desir and Phill Cardoso who each scored two goals on the night.
Palm Beach Atlantic got the game rolling in the 11th minute as Lucas DaSilva scored from inside the box after getting the ball off of two quick passes from Lucas Kuscevic and Jermaine Metz. The goal was DaSilva’s 17th on the season.
A few opportunities arose for both sides over the next thirty minutes, but neither team were able to connect until Cleef Desir found the net off a header from Lucas Coutinho in the 44th minute, giving the Sailfish a 2-0 lead that they would take into the half.
Alexis Martinez split the deficit for the Tars when he blasted an unassisted goal in the 53rd minute, but it would be the only time Rollins saw the back of the net on the evening.
Desir picked up right where he left off in the 68th minute, finishing inside the box after two beautiful passes from Phill Cardoso and Lucas Coutinho, giving the ‘Fish a 3-1 advantage.
With time expiring and the Sailfish leading 3-1, Phill Cardoso scored two unassisted goals to extend the PBA lead to 5-1. His first goal came off a deflection inside the box in the 74th minute, and in the 81st minute he broke free and scored off a one-on-one vs the Tars’ keeper Drew Trautmann.
Senior defender Michael O'Sullivan finished things off, scoring his first goal of the year in the 84th minute to bring the game to it’s final score of 6-1.
Steeven Raymont (17-1-1) picked up four saves on the night, bringing him 44 on the season.
The Sailfish are back in action Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Elite Eight, as they host the Southeast Region Champions Pfeiffer University, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Final Four in Pensacola, Fla. Sunday’s match is at the Rinker Athletic Campus, and is set to begin at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available to purchase at the RAC.
Note- The win over Rollins College is career win No. 200 for head coach Brian McMahon