Mocs Fall 10-8 in DSC Finals
Florida Southern had a one goal lead entering the fourth quarter, but was unable pull it out as they fell 10-8 to Catawba College in the Deep South Conference championship game. The Mocs finished the season 8-7, while Catawba improved to 12-3.
The Indians struck first as Trevor Sieracki scored back-to-back goals to give Catawba a 2-0 lead. Minutes later Kevin Naslonski dodged his way towards the cage and scored the Mocs first goal. Corey Brown and Ike Hopper each added a goal to give the Mocs a 3-2 lead with 1:50 left in the opening period. Catawba would tie the game 3-3 as Sieracki scored his third goal of the game.
Florida Southern took advantage of an Indian penalty as Naslonski would find Hopper for the man-up goal 40 seconds into the second quarter. After an Indians goal, A.J Monteleone found Brown for his second goal of the game and gave the Mocs a 5-4 advantage. Then Catawba scored three straight goals to take a 7-5 lead. Just under a minute left in the half Hopper found Nasklonski for a goal and cut the lead to 7-6.
Two minutes into the second half Corey Brown’s shot found the back of the cage to tie the game 7-7. Mat Thompson would score the go ahead goal with five minutes left in the quarter giving the Mocs an 8-7 lead. Florida Southern’s defense held the Indians attack scoreless in the third quarter. Goalie Andrew Almansberger had three of his eight saves in the quarter.
John Scheich would score back-to-back goals for the Indians in the fourth quarter to give them a 9-8 lead. Braden Artem would add a goal with 2:39 left for the 10-8 final. Florida Southern had several shots in the closing minutes but couldn’t convert.
Brown led the Moccasins with three goals, while Hopper and Naslonski each added 2 goals and an assist. Chas LaDue won 14 faceoff and Adam Ismaeil led the team with seven ground balls.
This season the Moccasins set program highs in wins and conference wins. Deep South Conference tournament runner-up is the best finish in the program’s three-year history.