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Volume 11, Issue 31

HOLLY BORCHERS NAMED HEAD WOMEN’S BASKETBALL COACH … Holly Borchers has been named head women’s basketball coach at Florida Southern.  She replaces Jarrod Olson, who has resigned after six seasons at FSC to become the head women’s basketball coach at California Baptist.

“Holly has been an integral part of the success our women’s basketball program has achieved under Jarrod,” said FSC Athletics Director Pete Meyer.  “I’m confident she will be able to continue that success as our head coach.”
“I have been coaching with Jarrod for the last 10 years and I really am going to miss working with him,” Borchers said.  “I have played for and coached alongside some of the best in this business and Jarrod is certainly one of them.  It is sad to see him go, as he has been such a big part of the success we have had here and has done things the right way.  At the same time, I am happy for him and thankful that he has left the program in great shape.  I could not ask for a better leader than our athletics director, Pete Meyer, and I can't thank him enough for his efforts to make this a smooth transition for me and my family, for the current student-athletes, and for those joining the team next season.”  
Borchers was Olson’s assistant all six seasons at FSC and both were assistants together at Creighton.  She has helped direct a program that has improved its win total each year.  The Moccasins have recorded back-to-back 20-win seasons, won back-to-back regular season Sunshine State Conference titles and received back-to-back NCAA tournament bids.  In her six seasons with the program, the Moccasins have compiled a 113-61 record.
For more information on Holly Borchers, go to www.fscmocs.com.

FSC HALL OF FAME CLASS OF 2012 TO BE INDUCTED … Five former student-athletes, representing five different sports, and one of Florida Southern’s most generous supporters make up the class of six individuals selected to the Florida Southern Athletics Hall of Fame for 2012.    Holly Butterfield (1981-82) was one of FSC’s early standouts in volleyball and still holds the FSC season and career record for service aces. Gary Crossan (1998-99) was a two-time Sunshine State Conference champion in men’s cross country. Nick Diyorio (2003-06) is FSC baseball’s career leader in hits and helped the Moccasins win a national title in 2005. Pamela Feggans (2003-05) was a three-time All-America selection in women’s golf for FSC. Matt Saglio (1998-99) won a national championship in men’s golf and was a two-time All-American. Completing the class of inductees, in the honorary category, is the late Hoyt Barnett, for whom FSC’s softball and soccer facility is named.
  The Class of 2012 will be inducted at the Eleventh Annual FSC Athletics Hall of Fame Banquet on Saturday (Apr. 14) at 6 p.m. in Jenkins Field House.  The cost of the banquet is $30 per person or $240 for a table of eight.  The banquet is open to the public, but reservations are required.  For tickets, reservations or more information, contact the FSC Athletic Department at 863-680-4246.
 For more information on the inductees, go to www.fscmocs.com.

MARSH NAMED HEAD CROSS COUNTRY/TRACK COACH … Rebecca Marsh is the new head cross country/track coach for the Moccasins and Ben Martucci will be her assistant coach. Marsh and Martucci are serving as interim track coaches this spring, with Marsh coaching the women’s team and Martucci the men’s team. Their new duties will begin with the 2012-13 school year.
“We are excited to have Rebecca and Ben leading our cross country/track programs,” FSC Athletics Director Pete Meyer said. “The programs have enjoyed success both at the conference and national levels in the past and we expect these two young coaches will lead us to continued success in the future.”

MEN’S LACROSSE TEAM WINS THRILLER IN DSC TOURNAMENT OPENER … After a dramatic 9-8 win in overtime against Saint Leo in the first round of the Deep South Conference Tournament Tuesday night, the men’s lacrosse team’s season has come full circle.  In Thursday night’s semifinal matchup, the Moccasins get a re-match with Tampa, the team that spoiled their season opener back on Feb. 10.  Game time Thursday is 7 p.m. at Tampa’s Pippin Stadium.  The winner advances to the DSC Championship game Sunday at 1 p.m. at Mars Hill, N.C.  Freshman Brendan Mykle-Winkler had Tuesday night’s game-winning goal with just over four seconds left in overtime.  That was the only time in the game the Moccasins had the lead.  Dane Sorensen’s goal with 1:05 left in the fourth period pulled the Moccasins even at 8-8.  Now 9-5 for the season, the Moccasins will take a six-game winning streak into Thursday night’s semifinal contest.
Seven Moccasins received recognition on the All-Deep South Conference Team.  Jon Freda, Adam Ismaeil and D.J. Lubs were first-team selections.  Mat Thompson, Kevin Naslonski and Larry Gress were second-team selections and Dan Krispinsky was an honorable mention selection.  In addition to the all-DSC selections, the Moccasins also had all three DSC Player of the Week honorees for the regular season wins over Florida Tech and Saint Leo.  Freda was offensive player of the week, Gress was defensive player of the week and Sorensen was freshman of the week.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE TEAM’S SUCCESSFUL FIRST SEASON NEARING AN END … A successful inaugural season for the women’s lacrosse team is nearing an end.  Coach Kara Reber’s Moccasins gave third-ranked Rollins a battle Wednesday night before dropping a 16-10 decision.  Ranked 15th in Division II, the Moccasins will take a 10-4 record into Saturday’s final home game of the season at noon against Newberry at Bryant Stadium.  They’ll finish the season Wednesday night at 7 p.m. at Saint Leo.  The Moccasins’ 10 wins are the most in Division II for any of this season’s first-year women’s lacrosse programs and they are the only first-year program to be nationally-ranked this season.

BASEBALL TEAM TO TAKE ON #1 TAMPA THIS WEEKEND …The baseball team heads to Tampa this weekend for its biggest series of the season so far.  The Spartans are the top-ranked team in Division II.  Friday night’s single-game starts at 6 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader is set for 1 p.m.  The Moccasins are 20-15 following Tuesday night’s 7-6 loss to Embry-Riddle, which was ranked sixth in NAIA.  The Moccasins are 8-7 in the SSC and tied for fourth with Barry.  Despite being ranked #1 in the nation, Tampa actually is second in the SSC currently.  The Spartans are 28-6 overall, 10-5 in the SSC.  Nova Southeastern is in first place with an 8-3 league mark to go with a 23-6 overall record.  The Sharks will be the Moccasins’ opponent next weekend in the final home series of the season.
Kyle Gibbs has taken over the team batting lead at .322.  Mike Snyder is the team’s home run and RBI leader with eight and 33, respectively. 

SOFTBALL TEAM ON WEEKEND ROAD TRIP… The softball team has a busy weekend on the road, playing five games in three days.  Thursday at 6 p.m. the Moccasins play a doubleheader at Palm Beach Atlantic.  Friday and Saturday they play a three-game Sunshine State Conference series at Florida Tech – a 3 p.m. single game Friday and a 1 p.m. doubleheader Saturday.  The Moccasins have reached the 30-win plateau and will take a 30-12 record into the weekend, but they have little margin for error if they hope to receive an NCAA regional bid.  They currently are eighth in the first South Region rankings of the season and eight teams will be selected for the South Regional.  What makes the Moccasins’ position precarious is the fact that one of those eight spots for the regional will automatically go to the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion and there were no SIAC teams ranked in the regional poll, which actually leaves just seven available spots.
The Moccasins are 7-8 and in sixth place in the SSC.  Florida Tech is 24-21 overall, 10-8 in the SSC and in fourth place.

GOLF TEAMS GET FIRST CALL FOR SSC SPRING CHAMPIONSHIPS … The golf teams are first in line for Sunshine State Conference spring sports championships.  The SSC Men’s and Women’s Tournaments begin Monday at The Concession in Bradenton.  Teams will play 36 holes Monday and 18 Tuesday.  The women’s tournament features five teams ranked in the top ten in Division II.  Defending champion Nova Southeastern is #1, the Moccasins are #2, Lynn is #4, Barry is #6 and Saint Leo is #9.  In their final tune-up before the SSC tournament, the women were fourth at the Samford Intercollegiate Tournament Monday and Tuesday.  The women were second in last year’s SSC event.  The men’s tournament will feature three teams ranked in the top ten in Division II - #1 Barry, #2 Nova Southeastern and #6 Lynn.  The Moccasins are ranked 14th.  Nova Southeastern is the defending SSC champion.  The Moccasins were sixth in last year’s tournament.

TENNIS TEAMS HEAD INTO SSC TOURNAMENT … With their regular seasons completed, the Moccasin tennis teams will head into next week’s Sunshine State Conference Tournament, but they won’t have to travel far.  Lakeland’s Beerman Tennis Center on Edgewood Drive is the host site for the SSC Tournament, although Barry is the designated host school.  The men finished the regular season at 12-10, 2-4 in the SSC.  Their likely first-round opponent will be Saint Leo, which won the regular season match 7-2 on Mar. 29.  The women finished their regular season at 10-9, 3-5 in the SSC.  Their likely opponent will be Lynn, which won the regular season meeting 9-0 on Feb. 19.  The tournament starts Apr. 19 and runs through Apr. 21.
 
TRACK TEAMS TO RUN AT TAMPA DISTANCE CLASSIC … The track teams will compete in the Tampa Distance Carnival at the University of Tampa Saturday.

MOCCASIN MEDIA GUIDES AVAILABLE ONLINE … As they are completed, FSC’s 2011-12 media guides for the Moccasin athletic teams can be viewed at this location - http://issuu.com/fscmocs/docs. Meanwhile, the 2010-11 media guides currently are available at the same location.

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

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