Mocs Use Nine Goal First Half to Sink Shippensburg
LAKELAND – Eleventh-ranked Florida Southern, improved to 8-1 overall as they built a seven goal cushion at halftime to hand Shippensburg (2-4) their fourth loss of the season with an 18-10 victory over the Raiders here at Bryant Stadium.
Shippensburg would get on the board early, scoring the game’s first goal at the 28:32 mark in the first half. It took the Moccasins almost seven minutes before they could answer the Raiders and score a goal of their own. Megan Asper jump started the Mocs’ offense, scoring FSC’s first goal with 23:13 remaining in the first half. Over the next 7:40 FSC tallied four more goals building a 5-1 lead with 15:33 remaining in the game.
The Raiders answered the 5-0 run with another goal but it would be the last of the half for them as the Mocs scored four more goals over the final 3:41 in the first half to go into halftime with a 9-2 lead.
Shippensburg once again got a ball into the net first closing the Mocs lead to 9-3 less than 90 seconds into the second half. The Mocs would then build an eight goal lead less than four minutes later, pushing their advantage to 11-3. Looking as if the Raiders would get even farther behind, Shippensburg would outscore the Mocs 4-1 over the next six minutes closing the Mocs lead within five, 12-7. It was as close as the Raiders would get though; FSC would outscore their opponents 6-3 over the final 16:57 propelling them to an 18-10 win.
Keeping her perfect record intact was goalie, Katie Hammerer, who allowed 10 goals and stopped nine Raider shots. Hammerer, who improved to 6-0 on the season, also had one caused turnover and three ground balls on the afternoon.
Leading the Mocs’ offensively were seniors Danielle LaDuca and Mara Mason. LaDuca tallied six points on five goals and one assist while Mason scored three goals and assisted on two others for a total of five points. With her five goals on the afternoon, LaDuca leads all Moccasin players with 28 goals on the season.
The Mocs caused 17 of the Raiders’ 27 turnovers forcing Shippensburg to go 13-of-25 on clear attempts. Melissa Halstead led the Mocs with four caused turnovers.
Three Moccasins picked up five ground balls on the afternoon; Asper, Lorianne Hoover and Rachael Griffith. Along with her five ground balls, Hoover also led the Mocs by securing nine draw controls during the game.
Ally Frymoyer allowed all 18 Moccasin goals but also stopped 11 of the Mocs’ 36 shot attempts. She fell to 2-4 on the season as she was saddled with the loss. Leading the Raiders offensively was Lindsey Kennedy who scored three goals and assisted on three others for a total of six points.
The Mocs will get back to action Tues. March 26 against Merrimack at 7 p.m. here at Bryant Stadium. It will be the last game in the month of March for the Mocs as Friday’s contest against Seton Hill has been cancelled due to the Griffins recent tragedy. In place of a game on Friday, the Mocs will be hosting a clinic from Noon-2 p.m. out at Bryant Stadium. If you would like more details you can contact Head Coach Kara Reber by email, firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 863-680-3999.