March 4, 2013

Florida Southern Deals Stonehill Another Upset Loss

from press release

LAKELAND, Fla. – Fifteenth-ranked Florida Southern captured a win against the program's highest ranked opponent after knocking off seventh-ranked Stonehill, 16-12, here Monday evening at Bryant Stadium.

The Moccasins, who improved to 3-1 on the season, would trade two goals with the Skyhawks, who fell to 0-2, in the first six minutes before a 3-0 run started by Caitlin Chase (Mt. Laurel, N.J) propelled the Mocs into a 5-2 lead. Chase was stellar on the night earning a season-high eight points in the victory over Stonehill, who fell to fourth-ranked Rollins College 16-15 two nights ago.

Stonehill, who was only the second ranked opponent the Mocs had beaten in their two year history, the last was 10th-ranked Mercyhurst on Feb. 25, 2012, got as close as 7-5 before FSC stretched the lead to 10-5. The Skyhawks would score with 27 seconds remaining in the half to close within 10-6 before halftime.

It looked like the Mocs would give away their lead as Stonehill scored three straight goals, four minutes out of the half, to get within 10-9. That's as close as the Skyhawks would get however. Following the three straight goals by Stonehill, FSC would go on a 4-1 run to regain their four point lead, 14-10. Over the final 9:26 FSC and Stonehill would trade baskets to reach the final score of 16-12.

Chase tallied eight or more points for the fourth time in her career as well as the first of the season, as she scored three goals and assisted on five others. She would score all three of her goals in the first half and was a part of four of the first five points by the Mocs. Chase also leads the team in total points with 20 through the first four games.

Also earning a hat-trick for the Mocs was senior Danielle LaDuca (Webster, N.Y), who tallied four goals and senior Mara Mason (Rochester, N.Y.), who added two goals to go along with her three goals, and freshmanAshley Robertson (Elicott City, Md.).

Starting in goal for the first time this season and earning her second victory was junior Katie Hammerer(California, Md.). Hammerer stopped 11 of the 28 shots she faced. Also coming up big on the defensive side was sophomore Melissa Halstead (Miller Place, N.Y.) who picked up six ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Sophomore Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.) won a team-high seven draw controls for the Mocs.

Earning the loss for the Skyhawks was Ashley Armstrong who fell to 0-2 on the season. Armstrong faced 24 FSC shots and recorded only one save on the night. Kayla Green and Mikayla Couch both scored four goals during the game.


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