Florida Tech’s Ryan Land SSC Specialist of the Week After Conference Record-Breaking Performance

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Land's 28 face-off wins are the most by any player in a game in SSC history

After a pair of brilliant performances last week, Ryan Land has been named the Sunshine State Conference’s Specialist of the Week. This is his first time receiving the award. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – After a pair of brilliant performances last week, Ryan Land has been named the Sunshine State Conference’s Specialist of the Week. This is his first time receiving the award.

Land was a dominant force at the face-off x last week, as he set school and SSC records, etched his name in the NCAA record books, and all the while leading Florida Tech to a 2-0 record. The senior won 44-of-56 face-offs during the week to go along with 22 ground balls and one goal.

In the first contest of the week, the Ellicott City, Maryland product went 16-of-19 at the x and collected eight ground balls as Tech routed Nichols College, 24-6, on Tuesday.

In Saturday’s SSC opener against No. 20 Rollins, Land put on a performance never seen before in the SSC, and one that has been achieved only a few times by a single player in NCAA Division II history.

The senior went 28-of-37 on face-offs in the game and tied a school record with 14 ground balls. Land also added a goal in the game, finding the top corner of Rollins’ net to give Tech its first lead of the game, 13-12 early in the fourth quarter.

Without his performance against Rollins, the Panthers would have never mounted the largest comeback win in program history, rallying from an 8-0 deficit to defeat the Tars, 17-16.

Land’s 28 face-off wins are the most by any player in a game in SSC history as well as the eighth most in NCAA DII history. He was just three wins away from tying the DII single-game record of 31.

The men’s lacrosse team is back in action Wednesday, Mar. 27, with a key SSC matchup with Tampa on the road. Start time between Tech and the Spartans is set for 8 p.m. at the Naimoli Family Athletic Complex in Tampa, Florida.

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