HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern opened the scoring just 40 seconds in as Simpson scored the first of his three unassisted goals of the night, but Tampa would answer with the next nine goals to seize control of the game before the Moccasins finally got on the board again at 5:37 of the second quarter as the Spartans built a 10-3 halftime lead. The Mocs fired off 14 shots in the first half as they closed out the second quarter with a 2-1 run on goals from Dyer and Liam Winwood.
• The Mocs began to chip away at the Tampa lead as they would find the back of the net three times in the span of 4 minutes and 20 seconds to start the third quarter and close the gap to five goals. Simpson played a roll in all three of those goals as he assisted on Cody Gray's first goal of the season at the 12:57 mark, and would convert on a man-up opportunity just moments later. At 8:41 in the third, Claude scored his first goal of the game on a pass from Simpson to make the score 11-6 en route to a 12-7 tally after three quarters.
• It would not be enough, however, as Tampa would strike for two goals in the opening four minutes of the fourth to add to its lead. Claude and Dyer would each score late in the fourth quarter, but the Mocs suffered their first SSC loss of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern fell to 0-7 all-time against Tampa. Simpson scored a season-high three goals in the loss, while Austen Lison grabbed seven ground balls. Shots were nearly even as Tampa finished with a slight 38-35 edge. The Mocs turned the ball over just 10 times while forcing 18 Spartan turnovers.
• The Moccasins recorded 13 successful clears and won 10 of 26 faceoffs. The Mocs converted 2-of-3 man-up opportunities and were fantastic on special teams defense, holding the Spartans scoreless in five man-up trips down the field.
• Florida Southern will return home for three-straight conference matchups beginning with a 1 p.m. showdown with Rollins on Saturday. The Mocs will host Saint Leo (April 11) and Florida Tech (April 14) before closing out the regular season with their first-ever meeting with the Embry-Riddle Eagles on April 21.