Florida Southern Dominates in Double-Digit Win over Newberry
LAKELAND - The Moccasin scoring machine continued to produce on Thursday, with the end result being a 23-4 win over Newberry at Bryant Stadium.
No. 11 Florida Southern improves to 3-0 on the season with the win, while the visiting Wolves continue to search for win number one of the 2014 season as they drop to 0-5.
Goals from Mehgan Colucci (Glocester, R.I.) and Caitlin Chase (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) in the first minute of the game kicked off the Moccasin scoring spree, with goals from Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Fla.) and Megan Asper (Parkton, Md.) putting the Mocs up by four with plenty of time remaining in the half.
Newberry finally got on the board at 23:44, but Florida Southern kept their foot on the pedal and scored 10 unanswered goals to pull ahead 14-1, putting the running-clock into effect.
Multiple Moccasins were involved in the 22 minute-long scoring barrage as head coach Kara Reber emptied the bench against the Wolves. Ashley Robertson (Ellicott City, Md.) tallied three goals during the run, while Kerge scored twice and Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.) dished out three assists during the lengthy run. Newberry finally ended the run by scoring with 42 seconds remaining to end the first half trailing 14-2.
FSC picked up right where they left off with yet another run of unanswered goals, this one lasting for seven goals and nearly 19 minutes. Chloe Cabigas (Maitland, Fla.) was responsible for the first three scores with a pair of assists and a score, while Maureen Cromer (Baltimore, Md.) also assisted twice and scored once during the run.
The teams traded goals in the final 13 minutes of the contest, highlighted by the first career goal of freshman Daphane Cassidy (Windermere, Fla.). Sophomore Grace Donovan (Boise, Idaho) scored the game's final goal with 13 seconds remaining before the final whistle sounded.
Hoover and Chase tied for five points on the day, with Hoover scoring one goal and four assists while Chase scored twice and assisted three times. Robertson and Kerge were the highest scoring Moccasin players on the field, each scoring a hat trick against the Wolves. Freshman Marissa Clements (Eldersburg, Md.) led the team in ground balls with five on the afternoon, while also leading the team with two caused turnovers.
The Moccasins controlled every major statistical category in today's win. They outshot Newberry (38-11), picked up more ground balls (25-10), dominated in draw controls (20-9) and committed far fewer turnovers (18-24).
Four Wolves players scored one goal each on 11 shots on goal. Goalkeeper Morgan Raffaele made eight saves on the day in 60 minutes of action.
No. 11 Florida Southern returns to the field on Monday, Mar. 10, for a 7 p.m. showdown with Tiffin University. This will be the first meeting between the Moccasins and the Dragons.