Seniors Lead Mocs to 13-8 Upset over #10 Catawba
The Moccasin seniors tallied seven goals and six assists, including the first five FSC goals of the game, to lift the Moccasins to a 13-8 win over 10th-ranked Catawba Saturday at Bryant Stadium. With the win the Moccasins remain unbeaten at home and improve to 3-4 overall and 3-2 in the DSC, while Catawba falls to 6-1 overall and 2-1 in conference play.
The Moccasin offense came out firing, outshooting Catawba 11-6 in the opening period. With just under seven minutes remaining Jon Freda found Mat Thompson cutting to the cage for a goal that gave the Mocs a 1-0 lead. One minute later, Dane Sorensen connected with Thompson to extend the lead to 2-0. A goal by Catawba's Steven Ridolfo cut the lead to 2-1 after the opening period.
John Scheich goal’s evened the score 2-2 with 13:36 remaining in the second quarter, but that was the closest the Indians came to taking the lead. Florida Southern took advantage of an Indian turnover, as Shane Tompkins found Thompson for his second hat trick of the season to give the Mocs a 3-2 advantage. Then Sorensen found Freda, Adam Ismaeil, and Tompkins for goals to give the Mocs a 6-2 lead at halftime.
The scoring continued in the second half as Jeff Shields found Thompson for his 14th goal of the season before Catawba scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 7-4 after three quarters.
Dan Krispinsky won the opening faceoff of the fourth quarter, one of his ten wins on the day, to give the Mocs control. On the ensuing possession, Krispinsky found Ricky DeMicco for his first goal of the game. After Catawba scored twice, DeMicco and Thompson netted back-to-back goals to give the Mocs a 10-6 lead with 10:05 remaining in the game. After the two teams traded goals twice, Sorensen scored a goal with 51 seconds left for the 13-8 final.
The win is the Moccasins' first against a ranked opponent since March 19, 2011, when the Mocs upset 7th-ranked Mars Hill 9-8 in overtime.
Soresen led the Moccasins with six points, while Thompson and Freda each tallied five.
The Moccasin defense held Braden Artem, the DSC leader in points per game, scoreless. Andrew Almansberger had 12 saves in the game, while Larry Gress led the team with six ground balls.
Florida Southern will travel to Charlotte, North Carolina, to face Queens next Friday at is 7 p.m.