#5 Florida Southern Suffers Defeat By #10 Lindenwood
LAKELAND - No. 5 Florida Southern's seven-game winning streak came to an end Friday night as No. 10 Lindenwood upset the Moccasins, 13-9, at Bryant Stadium.
With the loss, Florida Southern's overall record drops to 11-2 on the season, while the Lions not only improve their record to 10-2 and their potential seeding for the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee, but they avenged their 18-16 loss to the Mocs in 2012.
The game started off with a pair of Moccasin goals from freshman Parrisa Sakinejad (Millers, Md.) and junior Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.) within the first five minutes to pull ahead, but Lindenwood answered right back with two goals of their own to even the score at two, previewing the back-and-forth showdown to come.
Sophomore Meghan Colucci (Glocester, R.I.) set up the next two Florida Southern goals to freshman Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Md.) at 18:09 and sophomore Ashley Robertson (Ellicott City, Md.) at 15:31 to give the Mocs a slim 4-2 lead, but a run of five unanswered goals lasting all the way to the halftime buzzer put the upset-minded Lions up 7-4. Three of Lindenwood's five goals came off free-position attempts, while the other two were unassisted.
Redshirt freshman Allie Kryjak (Potomac, Md.) ripped one into the back of the net 2:47 into the second half off a pass from Hoover to pull the Mocs to within two, but Lindenwood scored twice more at 25:13 and again at 23:29 to widen their lead to four. Sakinejad's second goal of the night - this one off a free-position shot - cut the margin to three.
Another Lindenwood goal off a free-position shot, their sixth of the evening, put the Lions back up by four. Back-to-back scores from Hoover and Robertson off a dish from junior Caitlin Chase (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) to bring the Moccasins to within two, but two goals from Lindenwood at 12:14 and 4:36 gave the visitors a 12-8 lead with time running out on the Scarlet-and-White.
Chase's first goal of the night at 1:10 gave Florida Southern a slimmer of hope as the Mocs looked to repeat their miraculous 16-15 comeback win over Indiana (Pa.) on Mar. 18, but Lindenwood's pesky defense and a number of late turnovers dashed any hopes of another wild finish. An open-net goal with less than one second to go put the final nail in the coffin as the final horn sounded at Bryant Stadium.
Hoover led all Moccasin players with four points off two goals and two assists, while Sakinejad and Robertson netted two goals apiece and Colucci tallied two assists. Despite being kept from scoring for the first time all season, junior Megan Asper (Parkton, Md.) recorded three ground balls, came down with one draw control and caused one Lion turnover.
Hoover and sophomore Marissa Braden (Stuart, Fla.) led the team with three won draw controls, while sophomores Rachael Griffith (Ellicott City, Md.) and Grace Donovan (Boise, Idaho) both picked up four ground balls. Griffith and Sakinejad led the defense with two caused turnovers, while senior Katie Hammerer (California, Md.) made nine saves in only her second loss of the season.
Despite the final outcome on the scoreboard, Florida Southern led Lindenwood in most of the key statistics, including shots (28-25), ground balls (26-20), and draw controls (12-11). Lindenwood was more successful from the free position arc, scoring on 6-9 opportunities while holding the Moccasins to 2-8 in the statistic.
For the Lions, Melissa Menchella led the offense with three goals and three assists for six points, while Erin Abbott led in scoring with four, all coming on free-position attempts. Savannah Phillips led Lindenwood with three draw controls, while Christine Hehmeyer and Melissa Smith tied for the team lead in ground balls with four. Hehmeyer made 11 saves in the victory, along with causing two Moccasin turnovers off interceptions.
Florida Southern looks to bounce back on Thursday, April 10, when they travel northwest to take on future Sunshine State Conference opponent Saint Leo (8-4) at 7 p.m. The Mocs then return to Bryant Stadium to honor their seniors and graduating players on Saturday before hosting another future conference rival, Tampa (6-8), at 3 p.m.