Mocs Shake Off Sluggish Start To Beat Lenoir-Rhyne
HICKORY, N.C. – Tenth-ranked Florida Southern looked a little sluggish in the first half here at Moretz Stadium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne but the Moccasins shook off the cobwebs early in the second half to defeat the Bears, 17-13 for the team’s 11th win of the season.
The Mocs, who are ending their season away from home on a three game road trip, struck first as Megan Asper put a shot between the pipes to give FSC an early 1-0 lead. It looked as if the Mocs would continue to assert their dominance as they scored two of the next three goals to take a 3-1 lead a little under nine minutes into the contest. The Bears however, had other plans placing two goals in the net 32 seconds apart from each other to tie the game at three.
Back-to-Back goals from Asper and Danielle LaDuca pushed the Mocs lead back to two, 6-4 but Lenoir-Rhyne didn’t seem fazed by the Mocs lead as the Bears scored three goals to earn their first lead of the game at 7-6.
Down a goal, the tenth-ranked Mocs battled back in the final three minutes of the first half with Taylor Perry scoring a goal on a pass from Caitlin Chase to tie the game up at sevens. With an assist from Mara Mason, Chase would then put in the go-ahead goal with 15 seconds remaining to take an 8-7 lead into halftime.
Goalkeeper Katie Hammerer had another impressive outing in goal, especially in the first half, tallying her fifth game on the season with double-digit saves. The score could have been more in favor for the Bears in half number one but Hammerer came up with 11 saves in the first half alone before recording 18 saves overall. Coming into the game Hammerer was 13 saves away from tying the program record of 108 saves in a season which she set in the Mocs’ inaugural season last year. With her 18 saves tonight she has now set a new program record of 113 saves in almost 40 less minutes of playing time in the cage. Her 18 saves were also one away from tying a program record for saves in a game.
The second-half started out in an offensive firestorm as Katie Ferree opened a five goal scoring stretch by the Mocs in the first eight minutes of half number two. Chase, who recorded nine points on the evening, tallied a point on each of the first five goals in the second half scoring two goals and three assists, in the scoring run for FSC.
The Mocs built up as much of a seven goal lead, 16-9, before the Bears scored four of the final five goals in the remaining 8:10 of the contest. Maureen Cromer added the final goal for the Mocs at the 4:33 mark.
After only tallying 14 points against third-ranked Rollins this past Sunday, the Mocs recorded 27 points during the game against the Bears.
Chase’s nine offensive points came on four goals and five assists; also scoring four goals on the night was LaDuca. Asper tallied two goals and an assist while recording a team-leading nine draw controls and four ground balls.
Leading the Bears was Sarah Minick who tallied three goals and three assists on the evening. Recording the loss for L-R was Amanda Cotto who took over for the Bears' starter midway through the first half. She recorded five saves and allowed 11 of the Mocs 17 goals.
The Mocs improved to 11-3 overall while the Bears end their season with a 7-9 record.
FSC will play their final regular season game this upcoming Saturday, May 4, against second-ranked Limestone in Gaffney, S.C.