No. 11 Florida Southern Misses Upset Bid vs. No. 4 Rollins

LAKELAND Holding a 6-5 lead at halftime, 11th-ranked Florida Southern looked poised to knock-off fourth-ranked Rollins, in an important South Region match-up, but as rain started to fall, the momentum shifted to the Tars, and the Moccasins dropped only their second game of the season, 12-10. The Mocs fell to 9-2 overall, while the Tars improved to 8-1.

Sophomore Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.) put the Mocs on the board first, taking advantage of a free-position attempt only 28 seconds into the game to give FSC the early 1-0 lead. The Tars would not let the Mocs hold the lead long however, scoring a goal exactly a minute into the game, to tie it up at 1-1.

A game the first looked as if it would be a high scoring affair, for the top two teams in Florida, quickly went the other direction as both defenses stepped up a took over the game. The Tars took a hold of their first lead of the game, going up 2-1, but the Mocs were there to counter, scoring back-to-back goals in just under 90 seconds to regain the lead at 3-2.

From 9:41-4:01, the Mocs and Tars would combine to score six goals. After the Mocs took the lead, FSC and Rollins traded goals before the Tars scored two unanswered to take back their earlier lead. The Mocs though scored the final two goals of the half to take a 6-5 lead, over the fourth ranked team in the country, into halftime.

Sophomore Katie Ferree (Kennett Square, Pa.) would duplicate her teammate's action in the first half, scoring 29 seconds into the second half to give the Mocs their largest lead of the game, 7-5. Rollins scored the next two goals to retie the game at 7-7 but the Mocs once again answered, as Hoover added another goal to keep FSC in the lead.

That's the last lead the Mocs would get however as the Tars used a 3-0 run to take a 10-8 lead. Grace Donovan (Boise, Idaho) scored her second goal of the game to get the Mocs back within one but the Tars capitalized on the Mocs' miscues late in the game to score twice more, going up 12-9 with 3:38 remaining. Megan Asper (Parkton, Md.) added one more goal for the Mocs at the 2:34 mark in the second half to attempt one last comeback but Rollins was able to get possession and virtually run out the clock.

Leading the Mocs was Hoover who scored three goals and an assist for a total of four points on the evening. Hoover also won nine draw controls while causing one turnover and picking up a ground ball as well.

Earning her first loss on the season was goalie Katie Hammerer (California, Md.); she tallied eight saves in the loss.

For the Tars, Caroline Lamere scored three goals. Improving to 8-1 on the season was goalie Elyse De Lisle.

FSC will get back to action Friday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. here against Saint Leo for what is scheduled as their last home game of the season. The Mocs will then end the season on a three game road trip which includes a rematch with tonight's opponent, Rollins.


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