WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 25, 2014) – A beat up Rollins team led early and picked it up late after falling behind but eventually fell to sixth-ranked Florida Southern on Friday night, 16-13. The Mocs came into the game ranked fifth in the nation in scoring margin, beating teams on average by almost nine goals a game.
With the loss, the Tars fall to 7-8 on the year while FSC improves to 16-2. Rollins outshot the Mocs, 28-27, in the game and won 22 draw controls compared to Southern's nine.
Caroline Lamere, Tyler Thomas and freshman Amy Martin led the way offensively for Rollins, each finishing with three goals while Brittany Eveler had one of her best games of her short career with two goals and three assists.
Megan Asper and Lorianne Hoover both had four goals for the Mocs while Caitlin Chase had one goal and five assists.
In goal, Elyse De Lisle made five saves in over 54 minutes, missing the final five and a half minutes of the first half due to equipment issues. Katie Hammerer played the full 60 minutes in the cage for FSC, finishing with nine saves.
For the first 20-plus minutes of the first half, the Tars slowed the pace of the game way down, which seemed to get the Mocs a bit uncomfortable, and eventually built a 5-3 lead at the 9:39 mark after a highlight reel goal by Lamere.
Unfortunately, FSC fired back with eight unanswered goals, finally ended by a Ty. Thomas goal late in the half to take an 11-6 lead at the break.
The Mocs would push their lead to 13-6 coming out of the half before back-to-back Lamere scores pulled the Tars back within five at the 18:22 mark.
Over the next fifteen minutes, the teams went back and forth at each other, each scoring three goals over the span, giving FSC a 16-11 lead with just 3:11 left.
Rollins would seize a little momentum with a pair of scores, first Chelsea Pinneke at the 2:38 mark and then Martin just 14 seconds later to pull back within three but that was as close as it would get, ending in a final of 16-13.
The Tars will be back in action on Sunday, hosting Tampa for senior day at 7 p.m. Fans that can’t make it to the game can watch all the action live on the Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com