Florida Southern Defeats Florida Tech

Florida Southern scored the first five goals of the game en route to a 15-5 win over Deep South Conference rival Florida Tech Wednesday night at Bryant Stadium. With the win the Moccasins improve to 7-5 overall and 5-2 in conference play, while Florida Tech fell to 2-12 and 0-8 in the DSC.

Florida Southern came out firing on all cylinders to start the game. The Mocs offense scored four goals, while the defense held the Panthers to one shot and forced seven turnovers in the opening period. Mat Thompson got the scoring started as Dane Sorensen connected with Thompson for his 23rd goal of the season just over a minute into the game.

Minutes later, Thompson connected with Jon Freda for a goal to give the Mocs a 2-0 lead. On their next possession, Sorensen found Thompson again to extend the lead to 3-0 with 5:47 left. After a Panthers penalty, Sorensen scored a man-up goal to give the Mocs a 4-0 lead after the opening period.

The momentum continued into the second quarter as Freda found Shane Tompkins cutting towards the cage for a goal. After the two teams traded goals, Andrew Conley and Patrick Manning scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead 6-3 at the break.

The Moccasins took advantage a Panthers' turnover as Freda found Kevin Naslonski for a goal just over two minutes into the second half. The Mocs scored three unanswered goals to give them a 10-3 advantage with 7:10 left in the third quarter. After a Panthers' goal, Thompson picked up a loose ball in front of the cage and scored to give the Mocs an 11-4 lead after the third quarter.

The Sorensen to Thompson connection hooked up one more time to start the fourth quarter for Thompson fifth goal of the game. Conley scored a man-up goal, before Florida Southern scored the final three goals of the game for the 15-5 final.

Thompson led the Moccasins with five goals and one assist. It's the third time this season that Thompson netted five goals in a game. Sorensen finished with two goals and three assists, while Freda netted one goal and dished three assists.

Larry Gress led the Mocs defense with four caused turnovers, while Adam Ismaeil picked up five ground balls. Dan Krispinsky and Chas LaDue combined to go 18-24 on faceoffs.

The Moccasins outshot Florida Tech 50-13, while picking up 49 ground balls, and forcing 24 turnovers. It's only the third time in program history that the Mocs took 50 or more shots in a game and the first since March 16, 2009 when the Mocs took 54 shots in an 18-9 win over Medaille.

Florida Southern returns to action Saturday night when they host DSC rival Saint Leo. Game time is 7:00 p.m. Florida Southern will honor their nine seniors prior to the game.

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LAKELAND, Fla. (Men's Lacrosse) Florida Tech's first men's lacrosse season came to an end Wednesday evening with a 15-5 defeat to Deep South Conference counterpart Florida Southern at Bryant Stadium. The Panthers end the campaign at 2-12 overall and 0-8 in DSC play, while the Moccasins improve to 7-5, 5-2.

Andrew Conley scored three times and assisted another to lead FIT with four points. Christian Isola scored one goal and finished as the team-leader with 20 and 26 points. Also contributing one goal was Patrick Manning.

Mason Cook faced 50 shots in goal and made 17 saves.

"The kids played hard," head coach Ryan McAleavey said. "Florida Southern is a good team. They are very fast. It's hard to play against speed when we don't have depth. Our guys gave me everything. We had a couple of mental mistakes, but I'm proud of them. I have seen a lot of improvement from the beginning of the season. It's just going to take some time. We have some good kids coming in and I'm looking for a few more. Overall, I'm excited about the direction we're moving toward."

Down 5-0 at the 12:55 mark of the second period, the Panthers scored three of the next four goals to make it 6-3 in favor of Florida Southern. The Moccasin defense would tighten up and permit just two goals the rest of the way. Their offense, meanwhile, began to click and benefitted from winning 10 of 13 faceoffs in the last two periods.

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