Mocs Defeat Mavericks 22-9
LAKELAND – Florida Southern, who was tied for 11th in the Week Four Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches’ Association Poll that came out late this afternoon, used a strong defensive effort in the second half to fend off a pesky Colorado Mesa squad, 22-9, here at Bryant Stadium. The Mavericks fell to 1-6 on the season while the Moccasins improved to 7-1.
The win, which was dedicated to the Seton Hill Women’s Lacrosse Program, held a somber tone as before the game both teams joined hands and shared a moment of silence for the passing of Seton Hill women’s lacrosse head coach, Kristina Quigley and the team’s bus driver, who were both tragically killed in a bus crash on the way to a game this past weekend. Coach Quigley leaves behind a husband and young son. The Moccasins’ hearts and prayers are with the families, friends, players and all parties involved. Each Moccasin player painted a number of a Griffin player on themselves and played for that player during today’s game against Colorado Mesa. Also, when each FSC player was announced in player introductions they laid a gold or red rose in front of the scorers’ table in memoriam for Coach Quigley.
The Mocs would open up a 4-0 lead in the first 4:07 of the first quarter but the Mavericks fought right back bringing the score to 5-3 with 15:15 remaining in the first half. That looked like it would be all the Mavericks could muster as the Mocs went on 5-1 scoring run to take a 10-4 lead late in the first half. Colorado Mesa however closed out the half scoring three straight goals in the final 5:10 to close within three, 10-7, right before halftime.
Coming out of halftime the Mocs tightened their defense behind junior goalie Katie Hammerer. Hammerer came up with two big saves during a man-down situation for the Mocs as FSC held a slim 14-9 lead. Helping Hammerer during the second half was the stingy Mocs’ defense, who caused 15 Maverick turnovers, those two parties combined would allow only two goals in the second half with both coming in succession for the Mavericks.
Up 12-9 with 21:43 remaining in the game the Mocs would put away Colorado Mesa for good finishing the game on a 10-0 run and earning the Mocs their seventh win on the season.
Leading the way offensively for the Mocs was once again was Caitlin Chase with eight points, it was the third time this season that Chase has tallied eight or more points. Chase scored two goals on the evening and assisted on six others.
Earning her second win of the season was sophomore goalkeeper Lindsay Holdway who started the game and played the whole first half for the Mocs. She gave up seven goals and stopped two Colorado Mesa shots. Hammerer allowed only two goals and saved four shots in the second half.
The Mocs offense was helped by Hoover and LaDuca who corralled a combined 18 draw controls, 10 for Hoover and eight for LaDuca. On defense, Megan Asper picked up six ground balls while Marissa Masello picked up five ground balls and caused four turnovers.
FSC will get back to action this upcoming Saturday, March 23 with a 1:00 p.m. contest against Shippensburg.