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Volume IX, Issue 13

EVERYBODY PLAYS IN MOCS’ BASKETBALL OPENER ... It’s always fun to start the season with a game in which everybody gets to play and that’s exactly what the men’s basketball team did Wednesday night. 

All 15 players in uniform saw at least five minutes of game action, as the Moccasins coasted to a 103-61 victory over Puerto Rico-Rio Piedras.  The Moccasins scored the first 15 points in the game and built a 57-26 advantage at halftime.  John Thompson, who played just 18 minutes, led the scoring parade with 24 points, 22 in the first half, and also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds for a double-double, his 14th as a Moccasin.  Rion Rayfield, who sat out the two exhibition games against South Florida and Miami due to a stress fracture in his foot, scored 11 points.  Cameron Wooten, who missed all of last season with an injury, tallied 13 points off the bench.  The Moccasins play back-to-back home contests next week prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.  Tuesday night at 7:30 they’ll take on Puerto Rico-Bayamon, then Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. the opponent will be Saint Ambrose, an NAIA school from Iowa. 

LADY MOCS SPLIT IN MIDWEST .. .In splitting their first two games of the season in the Midwest, the women’s basketball team showed that it definitely has some offensive firepower.  Megan Dzikas and Chelsea Johnson both are averaging over 20 points in the Lady Mocs’ first two contests.  Dzikas had 23 points and five steals, while Johnson had 25 points in a season-opening 89-74 loss to a hot-shooting Wisconsin-Parkside team that shot 57.4% from the field.  The next night, in an 81-77 win at Lewis, Dzikas fired in 24 points and grabbed nine rebounds, while Johnson added 16 points.  Johnson already has moved up two places on the Moccasin career scoring list this season.  She started the season in 15th place with 1,042 points and now is 13th with 1,083.  The Moccasins play a pair of games in the Sleep Inn Classic at Saint Leo this weekend.  Friday at 5:30 p.m. they’ll meet Puerto Rico-Bayamon, the same team they’ll meet in a 5:30 p.m. home game Tuesday night.  Saturday at 5:30 p.m. they’ll go against Georgia Southwestern.

CROSS COUNTRY SET FOR D-II CHAMPIONSHIPS ... Evansville, Ind., is the site for the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championship Saturday.  The men’s team and Carolyne Kwambai as an individual will be competing.  The women’s race starts at noon (CT), followed by the men’s race at 1 p.m. (CT).  Ben Martucci, Eric Larson and Drew Martucci have led the men’s team all season.  This is the fifth trip to the Division II Championship for the men.  They were 20th in 2004, 13th in 2005, 15th in 2006 and 21st in 2007.  Kwambai will be running her final race for the Moccasins and is making her fourth straight appearance in the national championship meet.  She was a freshman in 2006, when the Lady Mocs qualified as a team, and qualified as an individual each of the last two years.  She placed 31st in 2006, 55th in 2007 and 82nd in 2008.  The weather forecast for Evansville Saturday calls for partly cloudy skies and a high temperature in the upper 50s.

BUSY WEEKEND FOR SWIMMERS ... The swimming team returns to the pool for its first competition since Oct. 30.  They’ll compete in back-to-back meets Friday and Saturday.  Friday they’ll travel to Ft. Pierce for a double-dual meet against junior college powerhouse Indian River and Daytona State College.  Indian River, where Moccasin head coach Duncan Sherrard formerly coached before coming to FSC, has won 34 consecutive men’s national junior college championships and 26 consecutive women’s national junior college championships.  Saturday the Moccasins are back in their home pool for a noon dual meet against Rollins at the Hollis Wellness Center Pool.

TENNIS TEAMS WILL START SPRING RANKED IN TOP 20 ... The tennis teams will start their spring seasons ranked in the top 20 in Division II.  In the final ITA rankings for the fall, the men are ranked 13th and the women are ranked 16th.  Individually, Roman Schirmaier is ranked 39th in men’s singles.  All-American Senka Softic is ranked fourth in women’s singles. Schirmaier was 12-6, all at #1 singles, and was a first-team All-Sunshine State Conference selection, as well as team MVP last spring.  Softic was 19-2 in singles last spring, all at #1, and received her second straight Sunshine State Conference Player of the Year Award after going 8-0 in SSC matches.  This fall she won the ITA South Region Championship and placed third at the ITA National Small College Championship.  She will start the spring season needing 16 wins to become FSC's career leader in singles victories.  She has 55.  Alison Avey (1982-85) is the FSC career leader with 70. Softic and freshman Agnese Rozite are ranked 17th in doubles.

LATE GOALS ENDS WOMEN’S SOCCER SEASON IN NCAA TOURNAMENT ... For 64 minutes the women’s soccer team held the nation’s second-highest scoring team to just one goal in their first-round game in the NCAA Tournament last Friday at Pensacola.  However, North Alabama was able to score two goals in the final 26 minutes to pull out a 3-2 win.  First-half goals by Princess Haley and Ashlie Haas had given the Moccasins a 2-1 lead to start the second half.  North Alabama tied the game with a goal in the 64th minute, then tallied what would be the game-winner with less than five minutes left in the game.  The Moccasins, who were making their second straight NCAA Tournament appearance, finished their season with a record of 12-8-1, their third straight season with at least 12 wins under coach Ben Strawbridge.

BORECKA, PIETKIEWICZ EARN ALL-SSC VOLLEYBALL HONORS ... Julia Borecka and Anne Pietkiewicz received All-Sunshine State Conference recognition on the All-SSC Volleyball Team announced Thursday.  Borecka, who led the team in kills and hitting percentage, was a first-team selection.  Pietkiewicz, who led the team in aces and was second in kills and digs, was named to the all-freshman team.  The Moccasins finished the season with a 14-18 record, 5-11 in the SSC. 
   
MOCCASIN BASEBALL FUNDRAISER JAN. 14 ... The annual Moccasin baseball fund raiser, the Joe Niekro Memorial Pro-Celebrity Golf Tournament, will be held Jan. 14, 2010, at Lone Palm Golf Course. The 24th annual event will feature a full day of activities that will include 18 holes of golf starting at noon, a social hour at 5:30 p.m., a steak and shrimp dinner at 6:30 p.m., followed by an auction and the awarding of prizes. The tournament entry form and additional details regarding sponsorships are available at the FSC baseball web site by clicking on the Niekro Golf Tournament link.

THE MOCS REPORT ... The weekly Mocs Report can be heard on WLKF (1430 AM) in Lakeland  each Friday at approximately 7:35 a.m.  FSC Sports Information Director Bill Turnage provides information and updates on Moccasin Athletics each week with Mayhem in the AM host Seth Mela.

MOCCASIN UPDATES ... SnakeBytes is just one way to follow the Mocs. Fans also can get the  latest scores and schedule updates from the FSC Sports Information Hotline. Call 680-3954 locally or toll-free at 1-800-825-MOCS (6627). You also can sign up for e-scores and have Moccasin results come to your cell phone or computer.  Go to the Moccasin athletics web site at www.fscmocs.com, click on the Multi Media link, then click on the e-scores link to sign up. Become a fan of the Mocs on Facebook at http://bit.ly/fscmocs or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/fsc_athletics

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