Florida Southern Falls to No. 11 Catawba

SALISBURY, NC -- Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario/Christ the King) and Marty Tuohy (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) each scored four goals as 11th-ranked Catawba defeated Florida Southern 13-9 in DSC action on Saturday afternoon at Shuford Stadium. With the win, the Catawba Indians improve to 8-2 overall and 4-1 in the DSC. The Moccasins fall to 6-6 and 3-2.

The teams battled through a tight first half. Adam Ismaeil (Middletown, NY) and Ike Hopper (Syracuse, NY) had goals to give Florida Southern early one-goal leads in the opening quarter. Tuohy scored a man-up goal late in the quarter to pull Catawba even then tallied early in the second quarter to give the Indians their first lead at 3-2.

Freddio Turcio (Guilford, CT/Guilford HS) gave Catawba a 4-3 lead with 9:30 left in the first half and that score held up until the break. Turcio scored again just over a minute into the second half for a 5-3 lead and Catawba went on to score five in the quarter to go up 9-5 after three periods. The teams traded goals back and forth in the final quarter as the Indians kept its four-goal margin the rest of the way.

Turcio picked up three goals in the win, while freshman John Scheich (Waxhaw, NC/Weddington HS) handed out three assists. Hopper, Stephen Boyle (Selden, NY) and A.J. Monteleone (Stony Brook, NY) each scored twice for Florida Southern.

The Moccasins held a 36-30 edge in shot and picked up 28 ground balls to 18 for Catawba. Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam, BC, CANADA/Heritage Woods) posted 14 saves in goal for the Indians. Andrew Almansberger (Orlando, FL) stopped nine shots for Florida Southern. Catawba was 2 for 4 on man-up opportunities, while holding the Mocs to one goal in six man-up situations.

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Florida Southern was unable to overcome a five goal third quarter as they fell to eleventh ranked Catawba College 13-9 Saturday afternoon in Salisbury, North Carolina. With the win Catawba improves to 8-2 and 4-1 in the DSC, while Florida Southern drops to 6-6 and 3-2 in the DSC.

Florida Southern struck first as Adam Ismaeil received a pass in transition and put a shot past the goalie. Minutes later Catawba's Braden Artem evened the score at 1-1 with a goal. The two teams traded goals as the scored remained tied 2-2 after the opening period.

In the second quarter Marty Tuohy gave Catawba a 3-2 lead. Ike Hopper's shot bounced of the defender's stick into the goal to even the score 3-3. The Indians' Freddie Turcio put a shot into the cage to give Catawba a 4-3 lead at half.

Just over a minute into the third quarter Turcio shot got past the goalie giving the Indians a 5-3 lead. Kevin Naslonski found A.J. Monteleone for a goal to cut the deficit to one goal. Catawba scored three straight goals to give them an 8-4 advantage. Florida Southern took advantage of an Indians penalty as Corey Brown found Stephan Boyle for a man-up goal. Trevor Sieracki scored a goal to give Catawba a 9-5 lead after three quarters.

Tuohy scored his fourth goal of the day with 12:39 remaining in the fourth quarter. After the two teams traded goals, Monteleone found Boyle cutting to the cage for his second goal of the game. Artem scored a man-up goal to extend the lead to 12-7. A minute later Jon Freda's shot got found the back of the cage. After a Catawba goal, Brad Fretti picked up a ground ball off the face off drove the field and put a shot got past the goalie, for the 13-9 final.

Boyle, Hopper, and Monteleone each had two goals in the contest, while Freda added a goal and an assist. Goalie Andrew Almansberger finished the game with nine saves and six ground balls.

The Moccasins will be back in action Saturday when they travel to Saint Leo to take on Saint Leo University in a key Deep South Conference matchup. Game time is slated for 7:00 p.m.


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