Mocs Stay in Hunt For Postseason Play With Win Over Florida Tech
MELBOURNE – Florida Southern stayed in the hunt for postseason play this evening with a 15-10 win over Deep South Conference opponent Florida Tech here at Hustler Stadium. It was the Moccasins second consecutive victory, improving their record to 5-7 overall and 2-4 in the DSC. For the Panthers the loss may have pushed them out of contention for a chance to play in the DSC Tournament; FIT falls to 5-8 on the season and 2-5 in DSC play.
FIT would score first but the Mocs would use a 3-1 run to finish out the first quarter to take a 3-2 lead into quarter number two. The Mocs got up by a score of 5-3 before the Panthers went on a tear scoring five unanswered goals taking an 8-5 lead. Corey Brown ended the Mocs scoring drought and Stephen Boyle added one of his four goals, with only seven seconds remaining on the first half game clock ,to get the Mocs within 8-7 at halftime.
The Mocs defense would come up big in the second-half while FSC jumped out of halftime scoring two goals to take a 9-8 lead. FIT retied the game not too long later but the Mocs would score once more as time ticked away to take a 10-9 lead into the fourth and final quarter.
The Panther scored 16 seconds into the fourth quarter to tie the game at 10-10 but Chris Murphy sparked a 5-0 run to finish the game nearly two minutes later to give the Mocs the lead for good. The Mocs 5-0 run was started by Murphy and capped off on a goal by Brendan Mykle-Winkler with 12 seconds remaining in the game.
Leading the Mocs was Brian Weil, the senior had a career night for the Mocs, scoring four goals and assisting on three others; both are career highs for the transfer who came to the Mocs last season. Boyle also recorded four goals, tallying five total points as he assisted on another goal.
Junior Dan Krispinsky continued his strong junior season performance at faceoff, winning 20-of-28 while picking up six ground balls. Along with his seven points, Weil also co-led the team in ground balls, tying Krispinsky and Tyler Novak with six.
Earning his second win of the season was freshman Logan Muether; he tallied seven saves to improve to 2-2 on the season. Muether recorded only two saves in the second half but only allowed two goals, facing 11 shots from FIT.
The Panthers were led by Andrew Conley, who scored half of FIT’s goals. Earning the loss for the Panthers was Mason Cook, who replaced starter Eric Biller after halftime. Cook recorded nine saves but gave eight goals, letting the Mocs get back in front to win the game.
The Mocs will travel to Saint Leo, this upcoming Saturday, April 6 for the teams last Deep South Conference regular season game for FSC. The game, which starts at 7:00 p.m., will decide if the Mocs make the DSC tournament.