Volume 11, Issue 34
EVERYTHING FALLS INTO PLACE, SOFTBALL TEAM GOES TO NCAA TOURNAMENT … A lot of things had to happen for the softball team to make the NCAA tournament and the Moccasins are happy that all of them did.
The Moccasins (36-16) did their part, taking two of three from Rollins last weekend and then got some help from some other teams who beat teams ranked ahead of the Moccasins. Seeded sixth, the Moccasins go against third-seeded Barry in the first game of the South Regional at Tampa Friday. Tampa and West Alabama are the other two teams in the field. Friday’s game begins at 4:30 p.m. and will be followed by the West Alabama-Tampa game at 7 p.m. Saturday the two winners will meet at 1 p.m., with the two losing teams from Friday playing each other at 3:30. Another elimination game will follow at 6:00. The two remaining teams will play each other Sunday at 1:00, with another game to follow if necessary. All games will be played at the Vince Naimoli Family Field on the campus of the University of Tampa. Tickets will be available at the gate for $10 (adults) and $5 (students with valid ID/senior citizens). Children five and under are admitted free. There are no all-tournament tickets. For more information, visit University of Tampa’s South Regional homepage. The Moccasins are making their 20th NCAA appearance and their first since 2009. Three members of the Moccasins were selected to All-Sunshine State Conference Team. Karlyn Scott was a first-team selection. Christine Clark and Brittany Martin received second-team recognition. For Clark it was the third straight year she has earned All-SSC honors and Martin did it for the second straight year.
BOTH GOLF TEAMS SET TO BEGIN PLAY IN NCAA TOURNAMENT … As expected, both golf teams were selected for their respective Division II tournaments. The men’s Super Regional will be played at the Rock Barn Golf & Spa May 7-9 at Conover, N.C., while the women’s Regional will be played at Stonebrook Golf Club May 6-8 at Pace, Fla. The top five men’s teams and the top three women’s teams from each region will advance to the Division II Championship May 16-19 at Louisville, Ky. Case Gard, who leads the Mocs’ in stroke average with a 73.0, was FSC’s lone representative on the All-Sunshine State Conference men’s team, earning a second-team selection. M.J. Audette was a first-team selection for the second straight year and Megan Kiley was a second-team selection on the women’s All-SSC team. Audette leads the women’s team in stroke average (76.8) and Kiley is second (76.9).
BOTH TENNIS TEAMS FINISH SEASON AT NCAA REGIONAL … Both tennis teams saw their seasons end at the NCAA South Regional at Boca Raton. The men fell to Lynn 5-0 to finish at 13-12. The women overcame two days of rain and four postponements, but were stopped by West Florida 5-3 to finish at 11-11. On the All-SSC teams, Magda Riutort was a first-team selection in singles for the women and she and doubles partner Sabine Goge received second-team recognition in doubles. For the men, the doubles team of Benoit Paradis and Emanuel Lueber received second-team honors.
BASEBALL TEAM TO WRAP UP REGULAR SEASON AT ROLLINS THIS WEEKEND … After 11 days off from competition, the baseball team will wrap up its 2012 regular season this weekend with a three-game Sunshine State Conference series at Rollins. The Moccasins, 23-18 overall, 11-10 in the SSC, have not played since Apr. 22. They currently are in sixth place in the SSC, just ahead of Rollins, 27-17, 8-10 SSC. The Tars won two of three from Saint Leo last weekend and still have a three-game series at Nova Southeastern after the weekend series with the Moccasins. Friday night’s single game is at 6 p.m. and Saturday’s doubleheader is at 1 p.m.
VOLLEYBALL TEAM ON TRIP TO EUROPE … The Moccasin volleyball team currently is on a 12-day trip to Europe. Head coach Jill Stephens, assistant coach Brian Imperiale, athletic trainer Kelly Cox and 13 players left Sunday for Amsterdam. The group also will visit Belgium and France before returning home May 10. "Obviously, everyone is very excited about this trip," Stephens said. "We are looking forward to seeing some magnificent sights, as well as playing some good international competition. We are extremely grateful for all of the support we have received from the administration, parents and friends of the program to make this once in a lifetime trip possible." After three days in Amsterdam, the Moccasins will travel to Antwerp, Belgium, May 3 for sightseeing and a match. The next day they travel to Charleroi, Belgium, for another match. May 5 will be a day of sightseeing in Brussels, Belgium, before heading to Paris May 6. While in Paris they will play matches on May 7 and May 8, then spend their final day sightseeing in Paris before returning to the U.S. on May 10.
POSTSEASON HONORS FOR WOMEN’S LACROSSE … Because it did not play in a conference in its first season of competition, the women's lacrosse team did not have any all-conference honors to aim for. However, FSC and seven other Division II schools in a similar situation formed a group to recognize the top performers among the teams playing as independents and the Moccasins received the majority of the honors. The participating schools were FSC, Catawba, Grand Valley State, Lenoir-Rhyne, Newberry, Shepherd, Tiffin and Urbana. Moccasin head coach Kara Reber was voted Independent Coach of the Year and Megan Asper was selected as the Independent Freshman of the Year. Asper led the Moccasins in scoring with 38 goals. First-team selections from the Moccasins for the All-Independent Team were Asper, Mara Mason, Katie Gladhill and Melissa Halstead. Second-team selections from the Moccasins were Katie Ferree and Lorianne Hoover. Named to the All-Freshman Team from the Moccasins were Asper, Hoover, Ferree and Caitlin Chase. The Moccasins posted a 12-4 record in their inaugural season, were nationally-ranked for much of the season, finishing at No. 14 in Division II and were ranked eighth in Division II in scoring offense and scoring defense.
TEN FORMER MOCCASINS PLAYING IN THE MINOR LEAGUES … In addition to Matt Joyce playing in the American League with the Rays, there are 10 other former Moccasin baseball players currently active with minor league clubs. Brett Tomko and Jeff Howell both are playing at the Triple-A level. Tomko, who was drafted in 1995 by Reds, is back with his original organization and is playing for the Reds’ Louisville franchise. Howell, drafted in 2005, is with the Nationals’ organization and is playing at their Syracuse franchise. Daniel Tillman, drafted in 2010, is in Class AA, playing for the Angels’ Arkansas club. The other former Moccasins are all at the Class A level or playing for an Independent League team. Colin Kaline (Tigers) is at Western Michigan, Wade Kirkland (Athletics ) is at Burlington, Iowa, Zach Maggard (Tigers) is at Connecticut, Max Russell (Angels) is at Inland Empire, Gus Schlosser (Braves) is at Lynchburg, Eddie Sipple is at Winnipeg (Independent) and Robbie Shields (Mets) is at St. Lucie.
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 7:40 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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