No. 4 Lock Haven Beats Pesky Mocs in Opener
from press release
The 13th-ranked Moccasins went up against one of the top Division II programs in the country Tuesday night and fell to fourth-ranked Lock Haven, 16-11, at Bryant Stadium. With the win Lock Haven improves to 1-0, while Florida Southern falls to 6-1.
Lock Haven struck first as three different players scored to give the Eagles a 3-0 lead with 16:37 left in the first half. Mara Mason’s free position goal put the Moccasins on the board, but Lock Haven scored back-to-back goals to extend their lead to 5-1. The Mocs battled back as Lorianne Hoover released a shot as she was falling to the ground, which got past the goalie, to cut the lead 5-2. Katie Gladhill won the ensuing draw control and passed it to Katie Ferree who gave it back to Gladhill as she was cutting down the in the middle of the field for a goal.
After a Lock Haven goal, Megan Asper and Mason scored back-to-back goals to cut the lead to 6-5 with 3:54 remaining in the first half. Lock Haven responded as Kayleigh Johnson connected with Elyse Fisher for the goal to give Lock Haven a 7-5 lead at the half.
The Moccasins came out strong in the second half, taking advantage of Eagles fouls, as Hoover and Danielle LaDuca each scored a free position goal to tie the game 7-7. After a Fisher goal, Mason split two defenders and converted her shot to tie the game 8-8 with 21:52 remaining. Lock Haven scored three unanswered goals, before Mason scored her team-high fourth goal of the night to cut the lead to 11-9. Lock Haven scored three straight goals, including two by Fisher, to extend their led to 14-9. LaDuca scored a free position goal to cut the lead to 14-10. The Eagles took advantage of two Moccasins yellow cards and scored two man-up goals to take a 16-10 lead with 5:35 remaining. Asper netted a free position shot for the 16-11 final.
Mason led the Moccasins with four goals, while Asper, LaDuca, and Hoover each netted two. Gladhill led the Mocs with three draw controls.
Katie Hammerer made a season-high 14 saves, while picking up five ground balls for Florida Southern.