Mocs Knock Off Second Straight Ranked Opponent, Defeat #13 Gannon
LAKELAND – Florida Southern, who is now 4-1, and 13th-ranked Gannon (0-1), were practically neck-and-neck heading into halftime but the Moccasins, led by sophomore Caitlin Chase’s (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) program record breaking 12 points, would score nine of the first 10 goals in the second half to defeat the Lady Knights 18-10 here at Bryant Stadium.
Chase, who had held the young program’s previous points in a game record with nine which was set last season, tallied six points in both halves but most noticeably was a part of the first four Moc goals in the first half and the first three FSC goals in the second.
The scoring would get going early as Gannon connected on a shot only 21 seconds into the contest. However the Mocs would counter not long after with back-to-back goals by senior Danielle LaDuca (Webster, N.Y.); Chase would earn the assist on both goals as well. For much of the first half no team could get a clear advantage in the game until Chase and LaDuca would hook up again propelling the Mocs on a 3-0 run, making a tied 5-5 game to an 8-5 advantage for the Mocs.
Gannon would score back-to-back goals to cut it to 8-7 which looked like would be the score going into halftime but Chase connected on her third goal of the evening 13 seconds from halftime to give the Mocs a 9-7 lead at halftime.
Coming out of halftime the Mocs turned a close game into a route of the 13th-ranked Lady Knights as the Mocs would use a 4-0 run to open the half before Gannon would get back on the board. The Mocs kept pouring it on however scoring five more goals in the next nine minutes to push the lead to 18-8. The Lady Knights would score twice in the last four minutes to get to double-digit goals on the evening ending the game with the final score of 18-10.
Earning her third victory on the season was junior Katie Hammerer (California, Md.). Hammerer tallied five saves and three caused turnovers in the win. Opening the season with a loss for the Lady Knights was Margaret Maslyn, who faced 27 shots and tallied nine saves.
Whereas Chase may have led the stat sheets, the Mocs were paced by many other performers as well. LaDuca scored four goals and one assist while sophomore Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.) earned a hat-trick as well with three goals on the evening as well as two assists.
On the defensive side junior Marissa Masello (Warners, N.Y.) picked up six ground balls and tallied a game-high four caused turnovers. As a team the Mocs forced 13 turnovers and picked up 25 grounds balls.
One more stat that should get recognition is the draw controls which the Mocs held a 17 to 13 advantage over the Lady Knights. Megan Asper (Parkton, Md.) would win a season-high eight draw controls for the Mocs.
Next up for FSC will be Regis (Colo.) this upcoming Saturday, March 9 at 7:00 p.m. It will be game three of the programs ten-game home stand.