LAKELAND - Florida Southern gave up three goals in the opening 5:28 of the first period and could never recover, falling 13-11 to visiting Wingate here Wednesday at Bryant Stadium.
Wingate (2-4) got a pair of goals from Jeremy Sullivan in the match's first 4:04 while Ryan Ormerod added a third goal at the 9:32 mark as the Bulldogs grabbed a quick 3-0 lead. Florida Southern (5-3) got on the board with 6:22 on the clock on an unassisted goal from Jack Pedernales. Sullivan then added his third of five goals in the match with 4:15 left in the first period for a 4-1 lead.
The Bulldogs opened the second period much of the same way, scoring a pair of unassisted goals by Daniel Goodwin and Alex Llerandi in the first five minutes for a 6-1 lead. Florida Southern answered with two quick goals from Cody Gray (6:05) and Tyler Kopen (5:16) off an assist from Jonny Riley while Kyle Silverstein netted a goal with just 21 seconds left in the half to pull the Mocs within two, 6-4, at intermission.
Again, Wingate would open a period with two quick goals as Sullivan scored his fourth goal of the match just 1:05 into the second half while Seth Grimwood added a goal at the 12:40 mark.
The Moccasins countered with three unanswered goals with Kyle Silversten scoring on an assist from Cody Dyer sandwiched by a pair of unassisted goals form Cody Gray as the Moccasins cut the Bulldog lead to one, 8-7, with 4:46 to go in the third period. Wingate then tallied two goals in the period's final 45 seconds to grab a 10-7 margin with 15 minutes left to play.
The two teams traded goals in the fourth period with Wingate countering every FSC score.
Lucas Claude notched an unassisted goal 1:08 into the final period for the Moccasins while Wingate scored 1:40 later. Dyer then scored from an assist by Claude at 11:1 with the Bulldogs answering just under three minutes later. Pedernales scored his second goal for Florida Southern at the 7:41 mark, but once again Wingate came back 40 seconds later. Kopen and Claude teamed for Florida Southern's final goal at 1:46, but the Mocs' rally ran out of time.
For the match, Gray put in three goals for Florida Southern while Pedernales, Kopen, and Silverstein each scored two goals and Claude and Dyer each netted one goal for the Mocs. Claude assisted on a pair of goals while Dyer assisted on another. Tyler Novak led FSC with six ground balls while Cody Christie and Austen Lison each grabbed five ground balls.
For Wingate, Sullivan scored a match-high five goals while Ormerod and Daniel Godwin each had two goals. Wyatt Weiseman recorded a match-high nine ground balls for Wingate.
Two goalies minded the nets for Florida Southern with Matt Lalli allowing five goals in his 22:51 of play to take the loss while Christie played 36:12 in goal, making seven saves, but allowing eight goals.
Jacob Omrerod went the distance in goal for Wingate, stopping 14 shots by FSC.
Florida Southern returns to action this Saturday, March 12 at home at noon against top-ranked Limestone.