March 10, 2012

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Florida Southern Upsets No. 10 Catawba

from press release

LAKELAND, Fla.
- The Moccasins seniors tallied seven goals and six assists, including scoring the first five Florida Southern goals of the game, to lift the Moccasins to a 13-8 win over 10th-ranked Catawba. With the win the Moccasins remain unbeaten at home and improve to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the DSC, while Catawba falls to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.

The Moccasins offense came out firing outshooting Catawba 11-6 in the opening period. Just under seven minutes remaining Jon Freda found Mat Thompson cutting to the cage for a goal to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead. One minute later, Dane Sorensen connected with Thompson to extend the Mocs lead to 2-0. Steven Ridolfo's goal cut the lead to 2-1 after the opening period.

John Scheich goal's evened the score 2-2 with 13:36 remaining in the second quarter. It was the closest the Indians got to taking the lead. Florida Southern took advantage of an Indians turnover as Spencer Parry found Thompson for his second hat trick of the season to give the Mocs a 3-2 advantage. Then Sorensen found Freda, Adam Ismaeil, and Shane Tompkins for goals to give the Mocs a 6-2 lead at halftime.

The scoring continued in the second half as Jeff Shields found Thompson for his 14th goal of the season. Catawba scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 7-4 after three quarters.

Dan Krispinsky won the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter, one of his ten wins on the day, to give the Mocs control. On the ensuing possession, Krispinsky found Ricky DeMicco for his first goal of the game. After Catawba scored twice, DeMicco and Thompson netted back-to-back goals to give the Mocs a 10-6 lead with 10:05 remaining in the game. After the two teams traded goals twice, Sorensen scored a goal with 51 seconds left for the 13-8 final.

It's Florida Southern first win against a ranked opponent since March 19, 2011 when the Mocs upset 7th-ranked Mars Hill 9-8 in overtime.

Soresen led the Moccasins with six points, while Thompson and Freda each tallied five.

The Moccasins defense held Braden Artem, the DSC leader in points per game, scoreless. Andrew Almansberger had 12 saves in the game, while Larry Gress led the team with six ground balls.

Florida Southern will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina to face Queens next Friday. Game time is 7 p.m.


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