Florida Southern Prevails in Overtime vs. Mars Hill

HILTON HEAD, S.C. - In what was billed by the Moccasin coaching staff as a season-defining game, Florida Southern prevailed over South Region-foe Mars Hill, 13-12 in overtime.

With the win, Florida Southern's first of the season away from Bryant Stadium, the Mocs improve their overall record to 6-3 and keep in the hunt for their first NCAA Tournament appearance. Mars Hill, meanwhile, drops to 3-5 on the season with the loss, snapping their two-game winning streak coming into today's contest.

The Lions, designated the home team in today's neutral-site tilt, scored the first goal of the afternoon at 17:17 before senior Chris Murphy (Camillus, N.Y.) knotted the game at 1-1 off an unassisted goal 1:10 later. Mars Hill pulled ahead 5-1 with four unanswered goal in a 7:54 span before Murphy assisted on the first goal of the afternoon for junior Dane Sorensen (Victoria, British Columbia) at 3:24 to end the first quarter with Florida Southern trailing 5-2.

Sorensen netted his second goal of the game at 13:17 of the second period on an extra-man opportunity to pull the Mocs to within two, but Mars Hill answered right back with a man-up goal a minute later to go up 6-3. Freshman Cody Dyer (Slingerlands, N.Y.) found the back of the net at 7:09 to put the score at 6-4, but the Lions responded with two goals in the last 3:11 to go up 8-4 with another two quarters of lacrosse still to play.

Another pair of goals from Mars Hill at 14:26 and 10:39 to up 10-4 with plenty of time to go in the third quarter. FSC goals by freshman Grant VanOverbeke (Rosemount, Min.) at 8:43 and 5:08 by Dyer reduced the deficit to four points, but the Lions put the score at 11-6 with the final quarter ahead of the Mocs.

MHU scored another goal 26 seconds into the fourth quarter to go up 12-6, but it would be the final goal scored by the Lions as Florida Southern took complete control of the final stanza.

Senor Kevin Naslonski (East Setauket, N.Y.) scored his first goal of the afternoon at 13:29 to put the score at 12-7 and kick-start what would become the biggest Florida Southern comeback of the season. Junior Trenell Boggans (Syracuse, N.Y.) scooped up a ground ball off a turnover he forced and set up Sorensen for his third goal of the afternoon at 11:15 to pull the Mocs to within four. VanOverbeke found the back of the net for the second time in the game off an assist from freshman Tyler Kuhlman (Wellington, Fla.) at 10:43 to come to within three goals of the Lions.

Sorensen scored the next three Moccasin goals of the fourth quarter to even the game at 12-12. The junior's first goal at 10:01 came off an EMO and was assisted by VanOverbeke. His second goal came at 4:13 on an even-man situation off another dish from VanOverbeke, and his final goal came a minute later with Dyer on the assist to even the game. The Mocs had the ball with under 10 seconds, but Murphy's shot went just wide of the net and sent the game into overtime.

The Mocs were awarded possession off the first face-off of overtime period after the ball went out of bounds off of a Mars Hill stick. The ball was circled around the Lions end of the field before finding its way into Naslonski's stick. The senior dodged a Mars Hill defender, drove to the net, and buried the game winner past the MHU goalie 43 seconds into the first overtime to give the Mocs the W.

Sorensen continues to light-up opposing goalkeepers, this time scoring a career-high six goals on 16 shots in the win. VanOverbeke was the next highest scoring Moccasin, tallying four points off two goals and two assists. Dyer dished out one assist to go along with his two goals for three points on the afternoon.

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