Mocs Win Second Straight, Score 13 Goals in Home Victory Over Adams State

Mocs Win Second Straight, Score 13 Goals in Home Victory Over Adams State

LAKELAND - Florida Southern's offense continued its hot play here Tuesday afternoon as the Moccasins scored 13 goals in posting its second straight victory as they earned a 13-6 win over Adams State in non-conference action at Bryant Stadium.

The 13 goals marked the eighth straight game that the Mocs have scored 10 or more goals in a game.

With the win, Florida Southern improves to 7-5 overall, while Adams State falls to 1-4 on the year.

Tuesday's game, which was the 10th straight at home for the Mocs, was highlighted by the Mocs scoring four goals each in the first two quarters en route to earning its sixth home victory this year.

The Mocs, who earned votes again this week in the latest USILA/Nike Division II Coaches' Poll, got the scoring started just 61 seconds into the game on an unassisted goal by freshman attacker Kyle Silverstein (Smithtown, N.Y.).

ASU would tie the game with 9:09 left in the opening quarter on a goal by Emmitt MacFarlane, but the Mocs would respond by three straight goals, including back-to-back man-up goals by junior attacker Tyler Kopen (Wynnewood, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Cody Gray (Riverview, Fla.), to give the Mocs a 4-1 lead. The other goal came from sophomore midfielder Lucas Claude (Calgary, Alberta), who scored a season high five goals in the win.

The Grizzlies would pull within 4-2 on a goal by Garrett Chitwood with 39 seconds left in the quarter.

FSC's lead would reach 6-2 in the opening 64 seconds of the second quarter on goals by Claude and Gray. After Seth Stowell's goal brought ASU within 6-3, the Mocs used goals from Claude and freshman midfielder Nick Guttmann (Long Island, N.Y.) to push its lead to 8-3 with 5:34 left in the quarter.

ASU stopped the Mocs run with a goal by Drew Kerigan with 1:45 remaining to drop the Mocs halftime lead to 8-4.

The Grizzlies would pull within 8-5 on a man-up goal by Stowell with 8:24 left in the third quarter, but that would be as close as they would get as Claude scored two goals in a span of two-plus minutes to give FSC a 10-5 lead. Claude has now scored a team leading 27 goals on the season and has had 18 assists for a team leading 45 points.

In the fourth quarter, Nik Clinton scored the first goal for the Grizzlies to pull within 11-6, but the Mocs would use three straight goals from junior midfielder Zeke Wilson (Manhasset, N.Y.), freshman midfielder Blaine Preston (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and freshman midfielder Spencer Murphy (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) to cap the scoring. All three of those Moccasins all scored their first goals of the year.

The Mocs held a decided advantage in shots as they outshot ASU, 57-34 and also had a 33-18 edge in shots on goal. Claude led the way with 10 shots, while Gray had eight and Silverstein and junior attacker Cody Dyer (Sligerlands, N.Y.) each had seven shots.

FSC also picked up 32 ground balls, including eight from freshman midfielder Joseph Biondi, Jr. (Orange, Conn.) to pace the Mocs. ASU had 22 ground balls in the loss.

Junior goalie Matt Lalli (New Milford, Conn.) played a little over 48 minutes between the pipes and allowed just five goals and had 11 saves. Sophomore Michael Greco (Fort Salonga, N.Y.) played a little over nine minutes in goal as he had one save and allowed one goal, while senior goalie Daniel Rivas (Baldwin, N.Y.) played a little over two minutes in goal.

Stowell had two goals to pace the Grizzlies, while Joe Quatrochi and Connor Johnson each had four ground balls.

The Mocs were strong on face-offs in the win as they finished 18-for-23, including Biondi, Jr., going 18-for-22 on face-offs. Quatrochi went 5-for-22 on face-off for Adams State.

FSC will return to action on Saturday, March 26 as they open Sunshine State Conference play with a 7 p.m. game against Florida Tech at Bryant Stadium.