Mocs Use Big Fourth Quarter To Take Down Lindenwood
LAKELAND – It was a tale of two halves as Florida Southern (1-1) used an eight goal fourth quarter comeback to down Lindenwood (0-1) 14-12, for the Moccasins first victory of the 2013 season.
Down 6-3 after the first half and down two goals, 8-6, at the start of the fourth quarter; the Mocs would use a goal by Jeff Shields (Manlius, New York) at 11:46 in the fourth to propel themselves on an eight goal 10 minute scoring spree to retake the lead and defeat the Lions. Over those 10 minutes the Mocs would out score the Lions 8-2.
After allowing the opening fourth quarter goal the Mocs would use a 3-1 run to tie the game at nine before Lindenwood scored their second goal of the fourth to retake the lead. From there it was all FSC as junior Chris Murphy (Camilus, New York) would re-tie the game at ten; sophomore Brendan Mykel-Winkler (British Columbia, Canada) scored the go-ahead goal after receiving a pass from Shane Tompkins (Bear, Del.). The Mocs then pushed the lead to 14-10 before Lindenwood ended the scoring with two final goals.
Much like the Mocs last game, FSC’s offense scored two goals to open the game before ending the first quarter tied at 3-3. The offense would stutter in the second, only getting off six shots and not being able to get on the scoreboard again before halftime.
Before the Mocs big fourth quarter the offense got their first spark of the second half on a goal by Matt Boutin (Leonardtown, Md.); FSC would go on to outscore the Lions 3-2 in the third and 11-6 overall in the second half.
Earning the win for the Mocs was freshman goalkeeper Jay Kuhn (Bel Air, Md.) who entered the game to start the second half replacing starting goalie Logan Muether (Hilliard, Ohio). Kuhn faced fifteen shots, saving five and allowing six second half goals. Muether, who started the game, allowed six goals as well and stopped nine Lion shots.
Receiving the loss on the night for Lindenwood was Dan Ashlock who allowed all 14 goals but saved 13 shots by the Mocs.
Leading the Mocs offensively was once again Kevin Naslonski (East Setauket, New York) who tallied three goals and one assist for a total of four points. Shields, Murphy, and Dane Sorenson (Victoria, British Columbia) all added two goals each on the night. D.J. Lubs (Rockford, Mich.) helped lead the defense picking up four ground balls and causing one turnover on the night.
At faceoff junior Dan Krispinsky (Ft. Myers, Fla.) led the Mocs going 10-of-18 on the night while picking up six ground balls.
The Mocs will be on the road for their next two games as the travel to North Carolina to take on Wingate Feb 28 and Belmont Abbey March 2. The next home game for FSC will be on March 7 as the Mocs take on Wheeling Jesuit at 7 p.m.