Four Score Hat Tricks in Florida Southern's Win Over Converse
from press release
The 15th-ranked Moccasins had four players score at least three goals while Katie Hammerer made seven saves as Florida Southern defeated Converse 21-7 Friday afternoon at Bryant Stadium. With the win the Moccasins improve to 9-3, while Converse falls to 5-7.
Danielle LaDuca won the opening draw control and on the ensuing possession Megan Asper netted an unassisted to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead. Just over a minute later, Caitlin Chase found Mara Mason in front of the cage for a goal. The Mocs scored three unanswered goals to take a 5-0 lead with 23:46 remaining in the first half. Courtney Cambra and Brianna Hoffman scored back-to-back goals for the Valkyries to cut the lead to 5-2.
Alexa Caffrey won the draw control and LaDuca convert it for her 20th goal of the season. Florida Southern scored seven straight goals, including three by Maureen Cromer, to take a 13-2 lead. Hoffman scored a man-up goal to cut the lead to 13-3 at the half. The Moccasins defense forced 13 turnovers and Hammerer's seven saves all came in the first half.
The offensive attack continued in the second half. LaDuca converted a free position shot to extend the Mocs lead to 14-3. The Mocs won the next draw control and Katie Ferree found Asper for her team-leading 27th goal of the season. Florida Southern tallied three more goals to take an 18-3 lead with 22:49 left in the second half. After a Valkyries' goal, Katie Gladhill and Kiani Carroll scored back-to-back goals to give the Mocs a 20-4 lead. Hoffman's goal cut the lead to 20-5, before Ferree connected with Erin Duke for the Mocs final goal of the game. Converse scored the final two goals for the 21-7 final.
Asper led the Mocs with three goals, two assists, and seven draw controls, while LaDuca and Cromer each netted four goals. Mason tallied three goals and one assist in the game. Lorianne Hoover picked up four draw controls and tallied two points.
Gladhill led the defense with three caused turnovers, while Melissa Halstead had caused two turnovers and picked up four ground balls.
The Moccasins return to action tomorrow at Bryant Stadium when they host Queens at 3:30 p.m. The Mocs are dedicating the game for "Lax 4 Leigh" and fans are encouraged to wear purple.