Florida Southern Knocks off #10 Mercyhurst

Seven players scored at least one goal, while Katie Hammerer made eight saves as Florida Southern defeated 1oth-ranked Mercyhurst Saturday afternoon at Bryant Stadium. The victory marked another milestone for the Moccasins in just the second game of their first-year program, as they posted their first win against a nationally-ranked opponent. With the win the Moccasins improve to 2-0 on the season, while Mercyhurst falls to 0-1.

The Moccasins struck first as Megan Asper's shot found the back of the cage to put the Mocs ahead 1-0. Minutes later, Caitlin Chase found Katie Ferree cutting towards the net for her second goal of the season.

After a Lakers' goal, Mara Mason took advantage of a free position shot to give the Mocs a 3-1 lead. Mercyhurst responded with a free position goal of their own and cut the lead to 3-2, which was the closest the Lakers got to pulling even.

In a one-minute span, the Mocs netted three unanswered goals, including two by Maureen Cromer, to give them a 6-2 advantage with 2:05 remaining in the first half. With 25 seconds remaining in the first half, Mercyhurst's Anna Legrett tallied a goal to cut the lead to 6-3 at the break.

Florida Southern came out strong in the second half, as Mason found Chase for her third goal of the season. The Lakers responded with back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 7-5.

Down a player due to a yellow-card, Katie Gladhill converted a free position shot for her first goal of the season. The Mocs scored two more goals and took a 9-5 lead with 15:26 remaining in the game.

Hannah Corton converted a free position attempt for the Lakes to cut the lead to 9-6 with 10:42 left, but the Moccasins' defense held the Lakers scoreless for the rest of the game. Chase scored her second goal of the game for the 10-6 final.

The Moccasins won the draw control battle 14-5, while picking up 24 ground balls, and forcing 17 turnovers.

Gladhill tallied seven draw controls and six ground balls to lead the Moccasins. Mason led the attack with two goals and two assists, while Cromer, Asper, Ferree, and Danielle LaDuca all tallied two points.

The Moccasins return to action Tuesday when they travel to Banner Elk, N.C., to face Lees-McRae. Game time is 5:00 p.m.

2012-02-26



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