Hofstetter Wins Second Player-of-the-Week Award
For the second time this year, Florida Southern's Zach Hofstetter is the Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Week. The senior from Lakeland's George Jenkins High School tallied four goals and one assist in wins over Saint Leo and Clearwater Christian last week, allowing him to re-claim his spot as the NCAA Division II national scoring leader with 41 points.
Hofstetter and the Moccasins started their week with a 4-0 win at SSC rival Saint Leo on Wednesday. After a scoreless first half, the Mocs got on the board in the 51st minute on a goal by Luke Jenner before Hofstetter scored three times in the final 20 minutes. Two of those goals came just 38 seconds apart in the 84th and 85th minutes, sealing the Mocs' largest win in conference play since a 6-1 win over Florida Tech in 2005. It also made Hofstetter only the fourth player in team history to record a hat trick in SSC play, and it was the second hat trick of his career.
Saturday night, Hofstetter added three more points to his total when he assisted the first goal of a 2-0 win at Clearwater Christian, and later scored the second one. It was his fifth straight game with at least one goal, leaving him one game short of the school record set by Alan Grossman spanning the 1972-73 seasons. Saturday also marked the eighth time this season Hofstetter had at least three points in a match, and he's had at least two points in all but two of those matches.
Hofstetter needs just six more points to tie the school's single season record of 47, which has been held by Grossman since 1973. He's already only the second player in team history with at least 40 in one season. His 78 career points rank fifth on the school's all-time list. He has 16 goals and nine assists this year, and 28 goals and 22 assists in his career to rank fifth and second respectively.
Florida Southern has two games remaining in the regular season, both at home. The Moccasins will host Barry on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., and Rollins on Thursday, October 27, also at 7:00 p.m. Barry features the nation's second leading scorer in Mark Anderson (18 goals and 38 points), while Rollins was last year's NCAA Division II national runner-up. The Mocs handed both of those teams their only conference losses in 2010.