Florida Southern Cruises Past Young Harris

LAKELAND - Just hours after upsetting No. 7 Stonehill in overtime, 10th-ranked Florida Southern returned to the field and cruised to a 22-6 victory over Young Harris at Bryant Stadium.

The win gives the Mocs a 6-1 record on the season as they look to keep close to the top of a very crowded South Region, while the Mountain Lions drop to 1-9 with the loss.

Repeating the beginning of the early game, junior Megan Asper (Parkton, Md.) scored the game's first goal off a pass from junior Caitlin Chase (Mt. Laurel, N.J.), and her goal was followed by scores from junior Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.), sophomore Cassie Crain (Bunnell, Fla.), junior Maureen Cromer (Baltimore, Md.) and Chase before the Mountain Lions were able to put their first point on the board.

Following Young Harris' goal at 17:51, freshmen Sarah Dibble (Sanford, Fla.) and Chloe Cabigas (Maitland, Fla.) found the back of the net to put the Mocs up 7-1. A Mountain Lion goal brought them to within five, but FSC widened the lead with goals from Cabigas and Cromer to go up 9-2. YHC scored again with three minutes to go in the half, but Dibble found the goal again to give Florida Southern a 10-3 lead going into halftime.

Freshman Parrisa Sakinejad (Millers, Md.) added her name to the stat sheet as she opened the second stanza with a goal just 40 seconds into the half. Dibble tallied her third goal of the game to give the Mocs a 12-3 lead early in the half.

The teams traded goals in a five minute period, but Florida Southern knocked it up a notch and reeled off five unanswered goals to up 18-5 and put the running-clock rule into effect. Young Harris broke the run at 12:08, but the Moccasins ended the game on a four-goal run in the last 9:14 to put the score at 22-6 when the final horn sounded.

Dibble led the Moccasin offense with five goals in her first career start, also adding four ground balls and three draw controls to her performance. Cromer and Cabigas tied for the team points lead with seven, with Cromer tallying four goals and three assists and Cabigas three goals and four assists.

Sakinejad pulled down five draw controls against the Mountain Lions, all coming in the second half, while freshmen Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Md.) and Jackson Marshall (Potomac, Md.) led the team with two caused turnovers each. Senior Katie Hammerer (California, Md.) only played the first nine minutes of the game, tallying one save on the night. The All-American was spelled by freshman Taylor Gillis (Bel Air, Md.), who made five saves and scooped up two ground balls in 51 minutes of relief.

Marisa Martelli, Kaylynn Roach and Jordana Freitas netted two goals each, while Freitas added an assist to tally three points. Anna Lummus led the Mountain Lions with four ground balls, and Sarah Nudelman saved nine shots in a losing effort.

The Moccasins return to the field on Tuesday, Mar. 18, when they host No. 15 Indiana (Pa.) at 7:00 p.m.


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