Florida Southern Drops One-Goal Thriller to No. 6 NYIT

LAKELAND - In a tight contest from start to finish, Florida Southern came up just short of pulling off the upset against sixth-ranked New York Tech, losing 9-8 in an instant-classic.

The loss drops the Moccasins' record to 0-2 on the season, while the Bears improved to 1-1 as they concluded their road trip through Florida. NYIT lost their season opener just two days ago to 13th-ranked Tampa, 15-6.

New York Tech opened the game with a pair of goals from Tom Hughes and Will Kistinger at 11:45 and 11:38 before freshman Grant VanOverbeke (Rosemount, Min.) put the Mocs on the board with an extra-man goal at 9:46 of the first half with fellow freshman Andrew Fisher (Monkton, Md.) on the assist.

Senior Dane Sorensen (Victoria, British Columbia) tied the score at two at 8:05 of the second quarter off a pass from VanOverbeke before freshman Cody Dyer (Slingerlands, N.Y.) scored his first goal of the afternoon at 6:47 to give FSC a one-goal lead. Both goals from Sorensen and Dyer were off extra-man opportunities.

The Bears answered right back three minutes later with a man-up, unassisted goal from Nick Olson at 3:11 to tie the game at three. Neither team was able to put another score on the board before the half ended, sending the game into a 3-3 tie as both teams entered their locker rooms.

Florida Southern came out of the break firing with back-to-back goals from senior Chris Murphy (Camilus, N.Y.) and Dyer to go up 5-3 with 10:31 remaining in the third quarter. Murphy's goal was unassisted, while senior Shane Tompkins (Bear, Del.) was credited with the assist on Dyer's second goal of the day.

Luke Miller scored on an extra-man opportunity to draw Tech to within one before senior Clinton Sorrel (Marietta, Ga.) went coast-to-coast for a man-down goal with 4:35 remaining to put the Mocs back up by two.

Miller struck twice with back-to-back unassisted goals to tie the score at 6-6 with 1:43 to go before Dyer completed the hat trick with :18 before the end of the period off a pass from Sorensen to put the upset-minded Moccasins up by one.

Kistenger's second goal of the afternoon tied the score at 10:39 of the fourth quarter, and Ryan Brunet gave Tech their first lead since the opening quarter with his first goal with 4:11 remaining in the contest.

Sorensen scored his second goal of the afternoon two minutes later to tie the score at 8-8 with 2:38 left in the game. With less than one minute to go, Miller scored his fourth and final goal of the contest off an unbelievable diving, behind-the-back shot that just passed over the shoulder of freshman Matt Lalli (New Milford, Conn.) to put Tech up 9-8 with :37 seconds to go.

Florida Southern won the ensuing faceoff called a timeout with :27 remaining and, after being given their sixth extra-man opportunity of the day, set up for the final shot. Murphy let it rip from the top of the box with :03 to go, but a Tech save put any thoughts of overtime to rest.

Dyer led FSC with three goals while Sorensen scored two and had an assist for three points. Senior Dan Krispinsky (Fort Myers, Fla.) was 10-19 from inside the faceoff circle, while sophomore Tyler Novak (Holbrook, N.Y.) picked up a game-high six groundballs. Lalli made seven stops in the loss, with four coming in the second quarter.

Florida Southern outshot New York Tech 36-28, while also forcing the Bears to commit 18 turnovers. The Mocs were 11-21 for the day inside the faceoff circle, and were 3-6 on extra-man opportunities while allowing Tech to score twice on six EMO chances.

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2014-02-16



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