Catawba Tops Tampa to Capture DSC Tournament Crown

WINTER PARK, FL -- Senior Tom Cullop (New Windsor, MD/S. Carroll HS) scored with 22 seconds left in the first overtime period to give the Catawba Indians a 10-9 win over Tampa for the 2013 Deep South Conference championship on Sunday afternoon at Baker Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. It marks the third straight DSC Tournament title for the Catawba Indians, who improve to 9-6. The Spartans fall to 10-5.

Tampa had two chances earlier in overtime, but Catawba goalie Christian Klimczyk (Linthicum, MD/Cardinal Gibbons School) posted two of his 15 saves to keep the game going. The Indians had retained possession after a missed shot in the final minute before Cullop drove in and forced a shot past the Tampa goalie.

Sunday marked the third straight tournament game that Catawba had rallied for a win. The Indians gave up the first three goals in the opening round and trailed 10-6 entering the fourth quarter. At Lenoir-Rhyne, Catawba fell behind 4-0 and trailed 9-7 with 10 minutes before winning in overtime. In the final, Catawba was behind 3-0 after a quarter and down 8-7 entering the final quarter before another overtime win.

Kyle Hemrick started the Tampa scoring just six seconds into the game as the Spartans won the opening face-off and scored on the first shot. Hemrick added two more goals in the final two minutes of the quarter for the 3-0 edge. Cory Losselyong (Lewisville, NC/W. Forsyth HS) got the Indians on the board early in the second quarter and John Scheich (Waxhaw, NC/Weddington HS) pulled Catawba even at 4-4 with 8:25 to go before the half on a tally that set a new standard for goals in a season with his 46th or the year.

Hemrick gave the Spartans a 6-5 lead at the break and his man-up goal made it 8-6 with 4:50 to go in the third quarter. A tally from Steven Ridolfo (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS/Gettysburg) made it 8-7 late in the quarter and Jon Williams (Hillsborough, NC/Northern HS) pulled the Indians even with 12:27 to go.

Cullop gave Catawba its first lead of the game with 4:07 remaining only to see the Spartans tie it 30 seconds later on a man-up goal from Joel McGowan. Tampa had possession for the final two minutes of regulation, but managed to get off only one shot, which was blocked with a minute to play.

Cullop led Catawba with three goals and added an assist. Ridolfo had two goals and an assist, while Scheich had a pair of goals. Hemrick tallied five goals for Tampa, which enjoyed a 49-32 edge in shots. Greg Griffo had a goal and two assists. Joseph Fiorucci totaled 14 saves.

This marked the final season of the Deep South Conference as the North Division schools in North Carolina will move into the South Atlantic Conference and the South Division schools in Florida will move into the Sunshine State Conference. Catawba had been a member of the Deep South Conference since its inception in 1994.

Catawba will play at nationally-ranked Limestone next Saturday at 1:00 p.m.

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WINTER PARK, Fla. - Kyle Hemrick scored five goals but it wasn't enough as Tampa fell to Catawba, 10-9 in overtime, Sunday afternoon at Baker Family Stadium. With the win Catawba improves to 9-6, while the Spartans fall to 10-5, and the Indians capture the 2013 Deep South Conference tournament crown.

Tampa came out firing outshooting the Indians 16-4 in the first quarter. Trevor Calleja got the Spartans started winning the opening faceoff of the game and finding Hemrick for a goal, to give the Spartans a 1-0 lead eight seconds into the game. Later in the period the Spartans took advantage of a Catawba penalty as Greg Griffo found Hemrick for the man-up goal to give Tampa a 2-0 advantage. On the Spartans next possession Griffo and Hemrick hooked up again for a goal to give the Spartans a 3-0 after the opening period.

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