Cam Holding scored three fourth quarter goals, including the game-winner with 6:36 left, as the Moccasins defeated #9 Saint Leo 11-10 Saturday night at Bryant Stadium. The victory marked a milestone for the Moccasins’ second year program, giving them their first win against a nationally-ranked opponent. With the win the Moccasins improve their record to 3-8 and 2-3 in the Deep South Conference, while Saint Leo falls to 10-3 and 4-1 in DSC.
Both teams came out with strong offensive performance in the first quarter. The Moccasins were able to score two goals, by Holding and Seabrooke Carter, on their first two shots of the game. The Lions took advantage of two man-up opportunities en route to three straight goals, giving Saint Leo a 3-2 lead with 9:37 remaining. Twenty-six seconds later Jon Freda found Carter for his second goal of the game tying the game 3-3. After both teams traded goals, Saint Leo scored the final two goals of the opening period giving the Lions a 6-4 advantage.
Corey Brown started the scoring in the second quarter, cutting the lead to 6-5 with 9:28 left in the half. Saint Leo’s Nick Boca and Frank Keel scored back-to-back goals to give the Lions an 8-5 advantage at the half.
The Moccasins scored three of the first four goals of the second half to cut the lead to 9-8 with 5:38 remaining in the third period. George Proechel scored what would be the Lions’ final goal with 44 seconds left in the third quarter to give them a 10-8 lead.
Twice Brown was able to find Holding cutting to the net for goals, the second of which tied the game with 8:49 remaining. The Moccasins were able to take advantage of a Saint Leo turnover, as Holding picked up the loose ball and found the back of the cage for his seventh goal of the game. The Moccasins defense was able to hold off a late surge by the Lions, stopping four shots.
Brown finished the game with two goals and two assists, while Freda had four assists. Goalie Andrew Almansberger started the second half recorded three saves.
The Moccasins will return to action Tuesday night at Bryant Stadium at 7 p.m. when they host Rollins in the first round of the Deep South Conference Tournament. A win by the Moccasins would set up a re-match with Saint Leo Thursday night at Saint Leo.