Mocs End Maryland Trip With Victory Over Seton Hill, Extend Win Streak to Six Straight

Mocs End Maryland Trip With Victory Over Seton Hill, Extend Win Streak to Six Straight

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Florida Southern concluded its two-game road trip to Maryland here Sunday afternoon as the eighth-ranked Moccasins extended its win streak to six straight games following its 9-4 victory at Al Laramore Field. 

With the win, the Mocs complete its trip to Maryland with two victories and improve its overall record to 11-3 on the season. Seton Hill falls to 6-8 on the season.

Sunday's win was keyed by an offense that outshot the Griffins, 23-10 and a defense that caused 16 turnovers. In addition, the Mocs got two goals apiece from senior attacker Ashley Robertson (Ellicott City, Md.), junior attacker Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Md.) and freshman attacker Casey O'Brien (Morris Plains, N.J.).

The Mocs opened the scoring just a little over two minutes into the game as O'Brien scored an unassisted goal to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead.

Seton Hill, though, would tie game nearly four minutes later on a goal by Renee Kania. 

The Mocs would answer by scoring six straight goals to take a 7-1 lead with two-plus minutes left in the opening half.

O'Brien would score the Mocs second goal and then Kerge would follow with back-to-back goals, including the first goal coming on a free position shot, to give the Mocs 3-1 lead. 

Sophomore midfielder Emily Santoli (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) gave the Mocs a 4-1 lead on an unassisted goal with 13:15 left in the first half.

The Mocs next two goals came from freshman attacker Dani Bursinger (Powell, Ohio) on a free position shot and sophomore attacker Shannon Gilfedder (Longwood, Fla.) off an assist from sophomore attacker Meghan O'Brien (Rochester, N.Y.).

Seton Hill would close with first half with unassisted goals in the final minute by Savannah Monroe and Emily Fagan to cut FSC's lead to 7-3 at the half.

The Griffins opened the second half with an unassisted goal by Monroe just three-plus minutes into the period to drop the Mocs lead to 7-4. 

Robertson would cap the game's scoring with two straight goals, including scoring on a free position shot with 24 seconds left to seal the Mocs victory. The two goals by Robertson increased her season total to 29 and pushed her career goal total to 103. She is one of four Moccasins in school history to score 100 or more career goals.

Robertson and Kerge each took five shots in the game, while Meghan O'Brien tied a career high with three assists. 

FSC also recorded 23 ground balls on the day, including four by senior defender Nicole Bellini (Winter Park, Fla.), while Kerge, Santoli, senior defender Rachael Griffith (Ellicott City, Md.) and redshirt sophomore defender Parrisa Sakinejad (Millers, Md.) each had two in the win.

Seton Hill won the battle of draw controls on Sunday, 8-7.

Junior goalie Taylor Gillis (Bel Air, Md.) earned the win in goal as she played all 60 minutes and improved to 6-2 on the year. Gillis allowed four goals, recorded four saves, had two caused turnovers and two ground balls.

Meghan Hollar (6-8) played all 60 minutes in goal for the Griffins as she allowed nine goals, while recording 10 saves, two ground balls and one caused turnover.

The Mocs will return to action next Saturday, April 16 as they travel to Melbourne for a 4 p.m. Sunshine State Conference game against Florida Tech.