The recent and continuing success of the 2018 men’s soccer team has drawn a lot of comparisons to past Moccasin teams, including one in particular. In 1997, the Moccasins were in their fifth season under former Florida Southern goalkeeper Kris Pahl, who by the end of his career would be involved in more games as a player, assistant coach or head coach than anyone else in the history of Florida Southern soccer, 357 to be exact. The Moccasins had been hovering right around the .500 mark for a few seasons prior to 1997, but it was that year in which they took the next step forward and began the greatest five-year run the program has ever had. From 1997-2001, the Mocs won 12 or more games four times, had three seasons allowing less than one goal per match, and became fixtures in the South Region rankings with many of those weeks in the national rankings as well. It was on October 25, 1997, that Florida Southern broke a mark that had stood for 25 years, setting a new school record for wins with a resounding 8-0 victory over Carson-Newman.
LAKELAND, FLA. - Florida Southern College head swimming coach Andy Robins has announced the hiring of Kendal Casey as the Moccasins’ new assistant swimming coach. Casey joins the Florida Southern staff after a year as a volunteer assistant coach at Florida Atlantic University following her college career at the University of Kentucky where she earned All-SEC and honorable mention All-American honors for the Wildcats.
The 2018-19 season begins this weekend for the Florida Southern swimming teams as they begin their first year under new head coach Andy Robins with back-to-back dual meets Friday afternoon at Rollins and Saturday morning at Saint Leo. The men’s squad is coming off its seventh consecutive top-five finish at the NCAA Division II National Championships, while the women’s team placed 18th at last year’s national championship meet and has six top-15 finishes in the last eight years.
LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern women's soccer kept Eckerd College off the board for 89 minutes en route to its second-straight victory. Freshman Caitlyn Lowery gave the Mocs (5-8-1, 3-5-0 SSC) a crucial insurance goal in the 74th minute as they defeated Eckerd (6-5-1, 3-5-0) 2-1 on Wednesday night in St. Petersburg, FL.
LAKELAND, FL – After conceding a goal in the 28th minute that gave Eckerd a 1-0 lead, Florida Southern needed only 32 seconds to tie the score, less than four minutes to take the lead itself, and not even the remainder of the first half to turn the game into a rout. The scoring continued well into the second half too as seven different Moccasins scored goals in a record-tying 7-1 win over the Tritons.
INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA has released its first regional rankings of the 2018 season, and the Florida Southern men’s soccer team is No. 5 in the South. The rankings are used in the selection process for the NCAA Tournament in November, with four teams allocated to the South Region. The champions of the Sunshine State Conference and Gulf South Conference, as determined by their respective conference tournaments, each receive automatic bids, with the remaining two spots filled by at-large teams determined by regional ranking.
SAINT LEO, FL – With individual runner-up Amanda Gartrell shooting a second-round 71, and all five golfers in the 70s for the second day in a row, 5th-ranked Florida Southern finished the 2018 Saint Leo Invitational tied with No. 3 Nova Southeastern for second place, finishing three shots behind No. 4 Barry. It’s the fourth straight tournament in which Florida Southern has been the runner-up.
INNISBROOK, FL – Chase Ibbotson had Florida Southern’s best round of the day with a one-under-par 70, and three of his teammates had either a 72 or 73 as the 2nd-ranked Moccasins moved up three spots to finish the Copperhead Championship in a three-way tie for ninth.
Ties are a way of life in soccer, though they often drive American sports fans out of their mind. It’s not that they don’t happen in other sports, but they’re so rare as to be noteworthy. Donovan McNabb once famously admitted he didn’t know NFL games could end in a tie, and the Florida Southern baseball team even played to a scoreless draw in 2018 at Mount Olive. In soccer, they happen frequently, and if a college postseason game ends in a draw, a series of five penalty kicks are used to determine which team advances to the next round, even though the official results still list it as a tie. By 2012, the Florida Southern women’s soccer team had been through that scenario four times in the previous four seasons, and come out on the wrong end in all four. On October 30, 2012, the Moccasins ended that hex, however, by “beating” Lynn in penalty kicks in the quarterfinals of the Sunshine State Conference Tournament.
INNISBROOK, FL – Michael VanDerLaan’s one-under-par 70 was the Moccasins’ best score of round one Monday, and Johnny Tucker’s 71 was their best in round two, and together they were the Mocs’ top golfers for the day as 2nd-ranked Florida Southern was tied for 12th at the Copperhead Championship at Innisbrook Resort.
SAN MARCOS, TX - Tanguy Dailland and Valentina Gonzalez each finished second in the trick competition, and Allie Nicholson finished second in the women's slalom as Florida Southern College water ski took fourth place at the 2018 Connelly Skis NCWSA National Championships over the weekend. Dailland (5,910 points) finished just 60 points out of first place and was a comfortable 80 points better than the third-place finisher on the men's side. He also placed fifth in the jump competition.
SAINT LEO, FL – Sophomore Ashley Zagers opened the Saint Leo Invitational with a career-best one-under par 71, and combined with her teammates to give Florida Southern 12 birdies in the round as the 5th-ranked Moccasins ended day one just two shots behind 4th-ranked Barry with a team score of 295.
MELBOURNE, FL - After shutting out Embry-Riddle on Saturday night, Florida Southern women's soccer goalie Tori Routt was named Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player-of-the-Week for October 15. Routt's selection is the first for the Mocs this season and the first in her career.
MELBOURNE, Fla. - Coming off two shutout wins last week, Florida Southern’s Claus Lehland is the Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week, bringing to four the total number of award winners this season from the Florida Southern men’s soccer team. The junior defender from Bergen, Norway played a vital role in the Moccasins’ 1-0 non-conference win over Mary (N.D.) to start the week before they finished it with a 4-0 win at Embry-Riddle in SSC play.
LAKELAND, FL - Freshman goalkeeper Tori Routt made a single save in her first collegiate shutout and victory as Florida Southern women's soccer defeated Embry-Riddle 1-0 on Saturday evening. Junior Alexa Moberley's late goal in the first half was all the scoring the match would see. The Mocs (4-8-1, 2-5-0 SSC) picked up their second SSC victory of the season, while the Eagles (6-5-0, 4-3-0) stay winless on the road.
LAKELAND, FL - Four different players tallied at least 10 kills as Florida Southern College volleyball turned in an extremely balanced offensive performance in a 3-1 in over Lynn on Saturday afternoon in Sunshine State Conference action at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (14-8, 9-5 SSC) bounced back from a loss on Friday to avenge a road loss to the Fighting Knights (11-10, 5-9) back in September.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL – After scoreless first half with almost no scoring chances for either team, Florida Southern erupted for four goals in the second half, with junior defender Claus Lehland assisting two of them, as the Moccasins downed Embry-Riddle 4-0 Saturday night. The win moves Florida Southern’s overall record to 11-2, and its Sunshine State Conference record to 5-2. It also puts Florida Southern on the verge of clinching a spot in the SSC Tournament pending other results Saturday night.
LAKELAND, FL - A furious rally late in the match proved to be too little, too late as Florida Southern College volleyball lost its first home contest in over a year in a 3-1 loss to Barry on Friday night in Sunshine State Conference action at Jenkins Field House. The Moccasins (13-8, 8-5 SSC) fell behind by two sets and nearly came back to force a fifth, but the Buccaneers (19-2, 11-2) were able to hang on for their fifth-straight win.
Despite some close calls through the years, Lynn University managed to keep its perfect record against Florida Southern intact all the way into the current decade. The Knights won the first 16 meetings between the two schools, and there were some painful losses for the Moccasins along the way. The Mocs finally broke that streak in 2010 with a 2-1 victory over the 15th-ranked Knights in Boca Raton, but a home win was more elusive. That took until October 10, 2015, when the defending national champion Knights came to Lakeland as title contenders again but left with a 1-0 loss to the Moccasins.
LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College's Student-Athlete Advisory Council will host its annual Canned Food Drive on Friday, Oct. 12 during the Moccasin volleyball match against Barry at 7 p.m. at Jenkins Field House. Fans who bring at least two non-perishable food items will receive FREE admission to the contest, and all donations will go to benefit local area food pantries in the area.
LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse head coach Kara Reber released her schedule for the 2019 season on Wednesday. Entering its second season on Moccasin Field at the Barnett Athletic Complex, the Mocs will take to the field nine times a home. Florida Southern will make two trips out of the state of Florida with trips to North Carolina (March 7-10) and Ohio (April 12-14).
ST. PETERSBURG, FL - Buse Ene and Tierra Porter each posted 14 kills as Florida Southern College volleyball rallied from a first-set loss to defeat Eckerd, 3-1, in Sunshine State Conference action on Tuesday night at the McArthur Center. The Moccasins (13-7, 8-4 SSC) also erased an eight-point deficit in the second set to sweep the season series with the Tritons (8-10, 3-8) and pick up their seventh win in their last eight contests.
LAKELAND, FL - After finishing 21-11 a year ago and upsetting top-seeded Morehouse in the first round of the NCAA Division II South Regional, Florida Southern College has been tabbed as the No. 23 team in the nation, according to the DII Bulletin Preseason Poll released this week.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Freshman Loren Perez shot a one-under par 71 to earn her first career top-five finish, and every Moccasin in the lineup shot a 76 or better to give No. 5 Florida Southern a second-place finish at the Shark Invitational. The Moccasins finished 12 shots behind host Nova Southeastern, and those two schools were the only ones to break 300 in Tuesday’s final round.
The 1999 Florida Southern Moccasins were among the best men’s soccer teams the school has ever had, and their 13 wins remain the school record. That season fell right in the middle of a five-year run that saw them win 57 games under former Florida Southern goalkeeper Kris Pahl, who established the Moccasins as a power in the South Region and had them in contention for NCAA postseason play for the first time in many years. There were many memorable games during those five years, both at home and away, but one that stands out occurred on September 28, 1999, in a battle of nationally ranked teams involving Florida Southern and Lynn.
LAKELAND, FL – Luis Bautista’s first goal of the season, early in the second half Monday night, lifted No. 8 Florida Southern to a 1-0 win over the University of Mary (ND) and gave the Moccasins a perfect record in their six non-conference games this season. It also gave Florida Southern its 10th win of the season against just two defeats, the Mocs’ first season in double digits since 2001.
PALM BEACH GARDENS, FL – Amanda Gartrell and Loren Perez shot matching second-round scores of one-over par 73 to get Florida Southern to 299 as a team, which had the 5th-ranked Moccasins tied with 4th-ranked Barry for second in the team standings on day one of the Shark Invitational hosted by Nova Southeastern.