Mocs Face Catawba in DSC Championship
For the second year in a row the Moccasin lacrosse team will face Catawba in the Deep South Conference Championship Game Sunday at 1 p.m. in Mars Hill, N.C. Florida Southern won the previous meeting earlier this year 13-8.
Florida Southern is coming off an 11-7 win over Tampa in the DSC semi-finals. The Mocs scored the first five goals of the game to propel themselves to the victory. Dane Sorensen scored four goals, while Shane Tompkins netted a hat trick and dished out an assist. Second team all-conference attacker Mat Thompson tallied a pair of goals and one assist. The Moccasins have won a program-best 10 games this season, including their last seven in a row. Florida Southern is led by first team all-conference players Adam Ismaeil and Jon Freda. Ismaeil, runner-up for conference player of the year, has tallied seven points, 53 ground balls, and 11 caused turnovers. Freda set a FSC record with 24 assists this season, while netting 14 goals. Goalie Andrew Almansberger is 10-5 on the season while, producing a .527 save percentage. The Moccasin defense has allowed a program-low 8.00 goals per game. Larry Gress, DJ Lubs, and Trenell Boggans combined for 82 ground balls and 53 caused turnovers.
Catawba is 13-2 on the season after winning back-to-back games in the conference tournament over Wingate and Mars Hill. First team All-Conference attack Braden Artem leads the Indians with 61 points (40 goals; 21 assists). Steven Ridolfo has added 36 goals and 8 assists, balancing the Indians’ attack. Goalie Michael Pecchia has a save percentage of .632, with 40 ground balls on the season.
In the previous game, Florida Southern jumped out to a 2-0 lead on back-to-back goals by Thompson. Ridolfo’s goal 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. It was the closest the Indians got to taking the lead. Florida Southern took advantage of an Indians turnover as Spencer Parry found Thompson for his second hat trick of the season to give the Mocs a 3-2 advantage. Then Sorensen found Freda, 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. 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.