No. 5 Florida Southern Sails by Fort Lewis

LAKELAND - A week after their thrilling 16-15 win over Indiana (Pa.), Florida Southern returned a soggy Bryant Stadium and took care of Fort Lewis, 16-6.

The Mocs, recently ranked fifth in the latest IWLCA Division II poll, improve their record to 8-1 with their fourth straight win after falling 14-13 to No. 3 Limestone on Mar. 13. The visiting Skyhawks, meanwhile, dropped their second straight game to a ranked opponent to fall to 5-3 on the season. Prior to facing Florida Southern, Fort Lewis dropped a 7-6 decision to No. 13 Lindenwood this past Saturday.

FSC scored the night's first goal 2:11 into the opening half off the stick of junior Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.) with junior Caitlin Chase (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) on the assist. The Mocs scored the first four goals of the night off of shots from junior Megan Asper (Parkton, Md.) and Chase.

Fort Lewis finally got on the board at 7:34 of the first half to draw to within three, but Florida Southern answered right back with a goal at 5:23 from sophomore Ashley Robertson (Ellicott City, Md.) to kick off another run of unanswered FSC goals. The run, including Robertson's score, featured two goals from Chase and one from Hoover to conclude the first half with the Mocs leading 8-1 over the visiting Skyhawks.

Asper's first goal of the second half, her third of the game, continued Florida Southern's run of unanswered goals to put the Mocs up by nine before FLC ended the run at 22:32 to put the score at 9-2. Moccasin goals from sophomore Marissa Braden (Stuart, Fla.) and Chase at 21:29 and 18:26 piled on to the team's already imposing 11-2 lead with plenty of time remaining in the game.

The Skyhawks put another one on the board to prevent a running clock, but sophomore Gabrielle Barowski (Alexandria, Va.) buried a free position shot to put the Mocs back up by nine with 11:58 still to go in the contest.

The teams traded goals back-and-forth for the next eight minutes following Barowski's free position goal, the Moccasin lead never going above eight goals, until Florida Southern reeled off back-to-back goals by Chase and Asper with 1:32 and 11 seconds left in the game to push the score to 16-6. The junior captains dished out assists on each other's goals.

Chase led the team with an astounding 10 points off five goals and five assists, while Asper dished out two assists to go with her five goals for seven points. Hoover also scored a hat trick in the win, while Robertson and junior Maureen Cromer (Baltimore, Md.) tallied the other two Moccasin assists on the night.

Asper also led the team with five ground balls and four draw controls, while sophomore Grace Donovan (Boise, Idaho) scooped up four. Barowski, Asper, freshman Kendall Kerge (Edgewater, Md.) and sophomore Rachael Griffith (Ellicott City, Md.) each caused two turnovers on the night. Senior Katie Hammerer (California, Md.) picked up five ground balls to go along with her five saves on the evening.

While the offense lit up the board, Florida Southern's defense proved to be just as imposing tonight. The Mocs limited Fort Lewis to only four shots in the first half and 16 all game. The Mocs also forced the Skyhawks into committing 27 turnovers, while only giving the ball away 16 times themselves.

Brook Wineland led the Skyhawks with three goals on the evening, while four separate players dished out one assist. Ellie Carpenter won five of her team's 14 draw controls, while Carley Smoke picked up three ground balls. Alyssa Spencer made nine saves in a losing effort tonight.

Florida Southern returns to action on Wednesday, Mar. 26, when they host Adams State at 5:00 p.m. It's their last home game before heading to North Carolina for a pair of road games against No. 11 Queens (N.C.) and Lenoir-Rhyne this coming weekend.


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