Thompson, FSC Knock Off Rollins
from press release
ORLANDO - Newcomer Mat Thompson, a junior college transfer from New York, had three fourth quarter goals, including the game-winner, to help the Moccasins down Deep South Conference foe Rollins, 10-7, at The First Academy in Orlando in the season-opener for both teams Saturday.
FSC's Corey Brown scored the first goal of the contest at the 11:25 mark in the first period. Kevin Naslonski and Ike Hopper each added a goal to give the Mocs a 3-0 lead after the first period.
A.J. Monteleone scored with 11:18 left in the half to give the Mocs a 4-0 lead, but Rollins came back to score five of the next six goals to tie the game at 5-5 with 3:07 remaining in the second quarter. With a minute left in the half Brown found Hopper cutting to the goal for a score that put the Mocs up 6-5 at halftime.
The Tars took advantage of a Moccasin penalty, as Rollins' Jack Dever score a goal to tie the game at 6-6 with 9:37 remaining in the third period. The two teams traded goals as the score remained tied 7-7 after three periods.
The Mocs took an 8-7 advantage one minute into the fourth quarter, as Thompson scored his second goal. FSC never relinquish the lead the rest of the game. Thompson added another goal with 1:58 remaining. On the subsequent face-off, Adam Ismaeil picked up the ground ball, drove the field and found Thompson for his final goal of the game.
Ismaeil finished with two assists and four ground balls. Chas LaDue went 11-21 in face-offs and Brad Fretti also had four ground balls.
Hopper finished the game with three goals and one assist, while Brown had one goal and three assists.
Goalie Andrew Almansberger had a solid day in the cage recording 10 saves, 4 ground balls, and causing one turnover.
Saturday's game was played at The First Academy in Orlando and was part of the Face Off For A Cause program to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
The Mocs' next game will be Feb. 18, when they travel to North Carolina to take on Deep South Conference rival Wingate. They will also play St. Andrews Presbyterian on Feb. 20.
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