Mocs Hold On To Beat Regis In High Scoring Contest
LAKELAND – Florida Southern’s women’s lacrosse squad, who improved to 5-1 on the season, survived a heart pounding eight minute scoring stretch by Regis (3-3), late in the game, to take a 17-16 victory over the Rangers.
The Moccasins looked to have the game in the bag with 18:22 left in the contest as they were up 16-6 on the Rangers. With a ten-goal lead the mercy rule had been instituted; as long as the Mocs stayed ahead by ten goals the clock would continue to run during plays that normally halted the clock. The mercy rule would stay in effect for almost three minutes before the Rangers scored a goal to drop the Mocs’ lead under 10. That goal sparked a 9-0 run for the Rangers over the next 8:09 turning a 10 goal lead into a one goal lead, 16-15.
Caitlin Chase (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) would score her 18th goal of the season to put the Mocs up by two. But Regis would close it within one, 47 seconds later and the Mocs would have to hold off the Rangers in the final 41 seconds of play, surviving a shot sent high by a Regis’ player with only seconds remaining.
To start the game the Mocs would open up scoring the first four goals of the evening but Regis countered and tied it up at 5-5 on a 4-1 run. The final 4:13 of the first half saw the Mocs put five more goals on the board including a goal by Megan Asper (Parkton, Md.) with .02 seconds left on the first half game clock. At halftime FSC held a 10-5 advantage. FSC continued the goal scoring in the second half scoring six of the first seven goals, of the second half to go up 16-6, before Regis finished the game on a 10-1 run.
Picking up her fourth victory on the season was Katie Hammerer (California, Md.), who is still undefeated with a 4-0 record. Hammerer played 49:56 of the game, giving up 10 goals and allowing seven saves. Goalie Lindsay Holdway (Fraser, Mich.) saw limited action midway through the second half giving up six goals and tallying one save in her 10 minutes of playing time.
Leading the Mocs offensively was Asper and Danielle LaDuca (Webster, N.Y.) who both tallied five points on four goals and an assist. Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.) had another big game picking up four ground balls, causing five turnovers and winning eight draw controls.
The Rangers were led by Emily Elkins who totaled six points on four goals and two assists; Regis’ goalie Gianna Lombardi earned the loss, falling to 3-3 on the season. She stopped seven Moc shots on the evening.
Two major second half stats that allowed the Rangers to get back into the game was their 15-4 advantage in the second half on draw controls and their perfect second half mark of 5-5 on free-position shots.
The Mocs will continue their home stand this upcoming Wed. March 13 at 4:00 p.m against Chowan.