posted 03.20.2014 at 3.38 p.m. by Matt DaSilva

Lynn Player Apprehends Hit-and-Run Suspect

Brandon Rothstein caused one heck of a turnover Wednesday.

Rothstein, a senior defenseman for the first-year Lynn University men's lacrosse team, tackled and detained a suspected hit-and-run driver for Boca Raton (Fla.) police, according to a report by NBC affiliate WPTV. The driver reportedly fleed from a collision under pursuit, turned into the university, crashed into a trailer being pulled by a pickup and then tried to flee by foot near the Knights' stadium — where players were boarding a bus for a game at Rollins.

Rothstein spotted the suspect and dropped his belongings.

"I said, 'I'm taking him down,'" he told WPTV. "It was like 110 percent."

Rothstein, a criminal justice major, holds a master ranking in the International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) and the United States Practical Shooter Association (USPSA) as a competitive shooter. He needed only his bare hands for this takedown.

"I'm very territorial of our campus and the dude was just running through campus, causing a scene," Rothstein said.

The driver, later identified as 25-year-old Spencer Cohen, was arrested.

"It's something that's in his blood that he had a real life experience doing," Lynn coach Bryan Kingsbury said. "Hopefully next time he'll have a badge on him."