Florida Southern Wins at Saint Leo to Secure DSC Berth

SAINT LEO Florida Southern had to do one thing coming into tonight's game against rival Saint Leo, and that was to earn a berth for the upcoming DSC tournament. The Moccasins, who improved to 6-7 overall and 3-4 in DSC action, defeated the Lions, who fell to 7-4 overall and 5-2 in the DSC, 13-5 in an offensive game by the Mocs.

Coming into the game FSC held their own destiny when it game to DSC postseason play as Rollins, who held the DSC tiebreaker over the Mocs, lost to Tampa Friday, April 5 to give FSC the path towards the tournament. Lose and the Moccasins had only one game remaining on their schedule; win and FSC would head into tournament play looking to make the DSC Championship for third consecutive season.

As it looks now the Moccasins will return to University Turf Stadium this upcoming Tuesday, April 9 at 7:00 p.m. for the quarterfinals of the DSC Tournament to take on Saint Leo once again.

What looked like it may have been a defensive minded first half when both teams had combined for only two goals in the first 22:31 of play; the Mocs opened the scoring flood gates by answering the Lions' only first half goal with five goals of their own.

Brian Weil, who has tallied 20 of his 21 points this season in the last six games, put the Mocs on the board first at the 4:01 mark in the first quarter. FSC's offense controlled possession for the majority of the first half, out shooting the Lions 23 to 5 in the first half, but SLU capitalized on their fifth and final shot of the half, scoring and tying the game at the 7:29 mark in quarter number two.

It took the Mocs a little over 90 seconds to answer the Lions' goal and retake the lead; Weil connected on his second goal of the evening to put the Mocs up 2-1. From there FSC closed out the half on a 5-0 scoring run over the final 5:55 to head into halftime with a commanding 6-1 lead.

The Mocs offensive explosion didn't end at halftime as Dane Sorensen completed a hat trick for the game only 90 seconds into the third quarter to give FSC a six goal cushion, 7-1 before SLU finally answered the six goal scoring spree by the Mocs.

Up 7-2 the Mocs kept the foot on the throttle scoring the next four goals, adding three in the third and one more in the fourth, before SLU could answer the relentless Mocs with only 2:58 remaining in the game. With the score at 11-3, the Mocs added another while the Lions put in two goals late in the game. Brenden Mykle-Winkler scored the final goal of the game with 17 seconds remaining to reach the 13-5 mark.

Leading the Mocs offensively for the second straight game was the combination of Weil and Sorensen who each scored three goals and recorded one assist.

DJ Lubs and Trennel Boggans led the defense, which picked up 36 ground balls and caused 11 turnovers. Lubs picked up four ground balls and caused three turnovers while, Boggans picked up three ground balls and caused three turnovers.

Saint Leo's goalie Dave Moore tallied 12 saves in the loss but faced 45 Moccasin shots.

FSC controlled every major statistical category during the game except saves but Moccasin goalie Logan Muether allowed only five goals and tallied seven saves while facing 22 shots. Muether improved to 3-2 on the season in the cage.


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