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It’s a great time of the year to be a Florida Gulf Coast Eagles fan. Dunk City is back! Fans were able to check out this year’s men’s and women’s basketball teams for the first time on Friday night at the Dunk City After Dark Midnight Madness event. Click here to other photos.
Hundreds packed the arena to catch the Eagles basketball teams run, jump and soar to the basket in anticipation of another winning season.
This year Lehigh Acres Gazette will be sponsoring a Lehigh Acres night at one the Women’s games, stay tuned to the Lehigh Acres Gazette for details.
Weekly honors continue to roll in for Tabby Tindell as she has been chosen as an honorable mention pick to the TopDrawerSoccer.com Team of the Week. Tindell put two goals on the board on Sunday afternoon to guide the Eagles (1-0) to a 2-1 victory over Pac-12 foe Arizona (1-1) in its season opener. The Team of the Week recognizes the top performances of players nationwide.
Individuals from national powers, Ohio State, Stanford, South Carolina, Florida State, UCLA, Notre Dame, Penn State, California, Arkansas, Arizona State, DePaul, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan State are all represented on the list alongside Tindell. Check out the full Team of the Week here.
A sophomore slump does not appear to be on the horizon for Co-Atlantic Sun Preseason Player of the Year Tabby Tindell who put two goals on the board on Sunday afternoon to guide the FGCU women’s soccer team (1-0) to a 2-1 victory over Pac-12 foe Arizona (1-1) in its season opener.
The Eagles were fresh after lightning delayed the start of their season on Friday night when the Green and Blue were set to take on nationally ranked UCF. Sophomore Tabby Tindell (Ocala, Fla./Trinity Catholic HS)picked up right where she left off at the end of the 2013 season, scoring the first goal of 2014 and 16th of her young career in the 19th in minute. Arizona would tie the score early in the second half but it was Tindell who took a brilliant service from Shannen Wacker (Parker, Colo./Ponderosa HS) in the 72nd minute, drove down the middle of the field, made a quick move in the box and beat the keeper for the eventual game-winning goal.
Opening its eighth season in program history, the FGCU women’s soccer team kicks off the 2014 campaign with a pair of challenging games against high caliber opponents at the FGCU Soccer Complex beginning with a Friday evening match opposite nationally ranked UCF before squaring off with Pac-12 foe Arizona on Sunday afternoon.
FGCU concluded the 2013 season with a 13-3-4 record and a 7-0-2 mark in the A-Sun before falling in penalty kicks in the A-Sun Championship game after battling Jacksonville for 110 minutes to a scoreless tie. The numbers last year would suggest that it was the greatest season offensively in FGCU women’s soccer history. The Eagles set program single-season records in points (130), goals (43), shots (384), shots per game (19.20), shots on goal (180) and shots on goal per game (9.00). FGCU returns 84.6 percent of its scoring (110 of 130 points) for the 2014 campaign.
Bryant Perrella’s victory wasn’t as quick as his previous two fights, but he methodically broke down Cristian Steele to the body before ending the fight with a knockout in the second round to stay undefeated at 6-0 Friday night.
Nicknamed Good Fella, the Lehigh Acres resident dropped Steele twice in the second with vicious body shots. Then Perrella finished off Steele by going up top to drop him a third time. The referee stopped the fight at 2 minutes, 18 seconds of the second round.
It was Perrella’s third victory since April, with his other two wins coming by first-round knockout.
Before Perrella came out to Indio for the fight, he paid a visit to his uncle Tommy Perrella, who was in declining health. The last words Tommy said to his nephew was, “Blast him.”
Tommy died Wednesday as Bryant Perrella was flying into Indio.
After seven days of competition at the 2014 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships, four from the FGCU swimming and diving team collected a total 12 medals in the biannual event, which ran July 1-7 at the Aquatic Centre of Barbados.
“I’m very excited to see our girls do so well on a global stage and qualify for another major international meet,” head coach Neal Studd said. “FGCU is now the dominant force in Caribbean swimming. I am looking forward to translating this success into the upcoming season.”
FGCU second baseman Jake Noll has been named to the 2014 Perfect Game Freshman All-America Second Team on Friday, adding to the already impressive list of accolades that the young star as collected this year. Noll is also the Louisville Slugger National Freshman Player of the Year, a Louisville Slugger Third Team All-American, an NCBWA 2014 Freshman All-America First Team selection, Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year, A-Sun First Team selection and A-Sun All-Freshman Team member.
“This is just more great recognition for the great year Jake had,” head coach Dave Tollett added. “He worked very hard to get to where he is today and he has a bright future in our program.”
Noll (Punta Gorda, Fla./Charlotte HS) was brilliant during his freshman campaign serving as the catalyst at the top of the FGCU lineup. The Punta Gorda native became the first FGCU player in program history to earn Freshman of the Year honors from the A-Sun. He collected a program record 101 hits this season which ranks second in the nation behind the A-Sun Player of the Year, Max Pentecost while also stealing an A-Sun best and FGCU single-season record 25 bases. Noll broke the single-season hits record in the first inning of the A-Sun semifinal game against Lipscomb with his first and only triple of the season.
WP | Nick Deckert (7-5): 8.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 3 BB, 5 SO
LP | Denton Norman (7-6): 1.1 IP, 4 H, 7 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO
WP | Ian Martinez-McGraw (9-3): 9.0 IP, 11 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 4 BB, 3 SO
LP | Mario Leon (1-2): 1.1 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 0 SO
FORT MYERS, Fla. – After forcing No. 4 Lipscomb (33-27) into an elimination game courtesy of a 10-5 win Saturday afternoon, the top-seeded FGCU baseball team (39-22) dropped an 11-4 decision Saturday night to the Bisons in the Atlantic Sun Conference Championship at Swanson Stadium.
The loss eliminates the Eagles from the double-elimination tournament, while Lipscomb advances to the championship final against No. 3 seed Kennesaw State on Sunday at 1 p.m. on ESPN3. The Bisons will need to defeat the Owls (who are 3-0 in tournament action) twice to earn the conference’s automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament. If Lipscomb wins the first game, the two teams will square off 30 minutes after the contest’s completion.