Freda Propels Florida Southern Past Rollins

Senior Jon Freda scored a career-high four goals and seven points to lead Florida Southern to a 14-8 win over Rollins Wednesday night at Bryant Stadium. With the win the Moccasins improve to 1-2 overall and 1-1 in the Deep South Conference, while Rollins fell to 0-3 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

Dan Krispinsky got the Moccasins started by winning the opening faceoff. On the ensuing possession Freda's shot got past the goalie to give the Mocs a 1-0 lead one minute into the contest. Rollins responded as an Oliver Moore goal tied the game 1-1 after the first quarter.

Fifty-four seconds into the second quarter, Brian Weil connected with Freda for a goal. Four minutes later Freda's shot found the back of the cage, giving him his first hat trick since March 6, 2009 when he scored three goals against Grand Canyon. The Moccasins tallied two more goals to take a 5-1 lead with 5:08 left in the first half. After the Tars scored twice, Freda found Kevin Naslonski for a goal, giving the Mocs a 6-3 advantage at the break.

It was a similar story to start the second half, as Krispinsky won the faceoff and then found Naslonski for his second goal of the game one minute in. After a Rollins goal, Weil took advantage of a Rollins turnover deep in Tars territory and netted his third goal of the season.

After the two teams traded goals, Florida Southern scored three unanswered goals to take a 12-5 advantage with 9:52 remaining in the fourth quarter. Rollins responded with three straight goals to cut the lead to 12-8 with 2:41 left. After a Tars penalty, Ricky DeMicco connected Mat Thompson for the man-up goal, then 30 seconds later Freda found Kyle Rutkowski for the 14-8 final.

Florida Southern outshot the Tars 36-27, while picking up 35 ground balls, and going 2-2 in extra man opportunities.

Freda's performance marked the first time since March 25, 2011, that a Moccasin player scored at least three goals and three assist in a game. Ike Hopper tallied three goals and four assists in a 14-6 win over Lenior-Rhyne.

Kripinsky went 11-20 on faceoffs and tallied six ground balls, while DJ Lubs caused four turnovers. Andrew Almansberger had 10 saves and five ground balls.

The Moccasins will return to action Thursday night when they travel to North Carolina to face DSC foe Mars Hill. Game time is 7:00 p.m.

2012-02-23



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