Shorter Overpowered by No. 6 Florida Southern

ROME--In their final game of the season, Shorter fell to No. 6 Florida Southern, 21-4, to close out the 2014 campaign with a 5-9 record.

Shorter jumped out to an early lead as Shelby Beverly scored back to back goals at 29:31 and 28:24, respectively. However, that was all the offense the Lady Hawks would muster in first half as the Mocs scored eleven unanswered goals in the first half to take a 11-2 lead into the intermission.

After the break, Florida Southern scored twice more before Beverly netted her third goal of the game with 22:42 to play. The Mocs added another goal, followed by the Lady Hawks final goal of the game as Chrystal Marshall found the back of the net. In the remaining minutes Florida Southern added seven goals to earn the win, 21-4.

Taylor Moody played the complete game in goal for Shorter; making 14 saves on 35 shots faced. Katie Hammerer and Taylor Gillis split time in goal for Florida Southern, with Hammerer making 6 saves.

In total, the Mocs outshot the Lady Hawks 42-15, while also holding the advantage in ground balls 40-26, and winning 15 draws to Shorter's 12.

During halftime, Shorter honored eight seniors - Moody, Desiree Watson-Isom, Amber Hicks, Rachel Skinner, Katie Ott, Bianca Rojas, Aiste Pranciliauskaite, and Patrice Allen - who've been a part of the Lacrosse program since the beginning.

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ROME, Ga. - In the first of a two-game road trip to the Peach State, No. 6 Florida Southern easily took care of host Shorter, 21-4, in non-conference action at Ben Bradley Field.

With the win, the Moccasins improve to 14-2 on the year as the regular season draws closer and closer to completion for the fourth-ranked team in the South Region, based on the latest NCAA Division II Regional rankings. Meanwhile, the Hawks end their 2014 regular season with a record of 5-9.

Shorter held an early two-goal lead on the Mocs, putting the ball in the back of the net in the first two minutes of the opening half, but it would be the only time the Hawks would hold the goal advantage over the Moccasins. Junior Caitlin Chase (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) assisted on the first three FSC goals of the afternoon to put the Mocs up 3-2 before continuing a run of 11 consecutive first-half goals.

Chase's dishes went to junior Megan Asper (Parkton, Md.), sophomore Ashley Robertson (Ellicott City, Md.) and junior Meghan Colucci (Glocester, R.I.) to put the Mocs up before pouring it on the Hawks. Asper would score another three goals in the first half, while Robertson, junior Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.), redshirt-freshman Allie Kryjak (Potomac, Md.), Chase and freshman Chloe Cabigas (Maitland, Fla.) would all find the back of the net to give the overwhelming Moccasins an 11-2 lead over Shorter going into halftime.

Robertson scored her third goal of the afternoon just 2:24 into the second half, and Hoover would score off another dish from Chase before Shorter responded at 22:42 to put the score at 13-3. Hoover's second goal of the half was proceeded by another Shorter goal to make it 14-4.

With over 19 minutes left in the game, Florida Southern continued to find success in the offensive zone of the field, even as they began the process of removing their starters for players with less playing experience. Back-to-back goals from the captains Asper and Chase, followed by rips from sophomore Cassie Crain (Bunnell, Fla.), junior Maureen Cromer (Baltimore, Md.), and two more from Asper and Chase to seal another Moccasin victory.

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