No. 6 Florida Southern Dominates Shepherd

ROME, Ga. - No. 6 Florida Southern concluded their two-game trip to Georgia with a dominating 21-8 victory over Shepherd at Ben Brady Field early Saturday afternoon.

With the win, the Moccasins improve to 15-2 on the season as they look to lock up a spot in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, while the loss drops the Rams to 9-5 on the year in the neutral-site contest.

Florida Southern, receiving the home-team designation, fell behind early after two Shepherd goals three minutes into the first half before junior Megan Asper (Parkton, Md.) notched her first goal of the day off a free position attempt to put the score at 2-1 in favor of the Rams.

Consecutive unassisted Moccasin goals from captains Caitlin Chase (Mt. Laurel, N.J.) and Lorianne Hoover (Annapolis, Md.) put the Mocs up 3-2 before Shepherd tied the game at three with 22:58 to go. Two straight Moc goals off free position attempts from junior Maureen Cromer (Baltimore, Md.) and Chase allowed Florida Southern to retake the lead with under 15 minutes to go in the half.

A pair of scores from junior Meghan Colucci (Glocester, R.I.) gave FSC a 7-3 lead with 7:44 to go before the Rams put another one in the back of the net to make it a two-goal difference. Colucci, along with Asper and Hoover, made it a 10-4 Moccasin advantage before Shepherd was able to respond. Chase and Hoover ended the first half with a pair of scores for the Mocs as Florida Southern went into the half leading Shepherd 12-5.

Cromer tallied her second goal of the afternoon at 23:45 of the second half to put the Mocs up by 12 before Shepherd found the twine for the sixth time on the afternoon to make it a 13-6 contest with 22:01 remaining.

Florida Southern's offense went off, scoring eight unanswered goals in a span of 17 minutes. During that span, Asper put three in the net, while freshman Parrisa Sakinejad (Millers, Md.), Colucci, Hoover and sophomore Marisa Braden (Stuart, Fla.) all found the back of the net to give FSC a commanding 15-goal lead. The Rams scored the game's final two goals at 3:37 and 1:14 to give the game its final tally.

Chase led the offense with seven points off four goals and three assists, while Asper tallied five goals and one assist for six points. Colucci registered four goals off the bench for the Mocs, while Hoover dropped four goals and one assist for five points in the victory.

Asper also led the team with five groundballs and four draw controls, while sophomore Gabrielle Barowski (Alexandria, Va.) led the defense with two caused turnovers. Senior Katie Hammerer (California, Md.) made eight saves in the win, her 15th of the season.

For the Rams, Erin Phelan led with seven points off four goals and three assists. Phelan and Hanna Wharton both picked up five ground balls, while Wharton and Courtney Schweigerat pulled down four draw controls each. Alyx Albano forced the only turnover for the day, while Lily Schmulowitz saved 11 shots in a losing effort.

Florida Southern wraps up their regular season when they travel to Winter Park for a showdown with Rollins (7-6) on Friday, April 25, at 7:00 p.m.

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ROME, Ga. Megan Asper had five goals while Lorianne Hoover and Meghan Colucci each added four to lead #6 Florida Southern to a to a 21-8 win over Shepherd in lacrosse action at Shorter on Saturday morning.

Sophomore midfielder Erin Phelan (Thurmont, Md./Catoctin) led the Rams with four goals and three assists.

Junior attacker Georgia Karr (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty), senior attacker Hanna Wharton (Ijamsville, Md./Urbana), sophomore attacker Hunter Morris (Severna Park, Md./Severn School) and junior attacker/midfielder Kelsey Eagan (Baltimore, Md./Sparrows Point) each had single goals. Senior midfielder Christina Ferrara (California, Md./Leonardtown) added an assist.

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