Spartans Dominate SSC Rival, Florida Southern, in Home Contest
TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 9 University of Tampa Spartans defeat SSC rival, the Florida Southern Moccasins by a final score of 15-9.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: No. 9 Tampa Spartans 15, Florida Southern Spartans 9
Records: Tampa (10-3, 2-1 SSC), Florida Southern (7-4, 2-1 SSC)
Location: Naimoli Family Intramural and Athletic Complex | Tampa, Fla.
All-time Series: The Tampa Spartans lead the all-time series against the Florida Southern Moccasins 10-1.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the first 45 seconds of the contest, the Moccasins scored, putting FSC on the board first.
- A minute later, Hunter Van Horn scored for UT tying the game at 1.
- Tampa then took the lead with a goal from Andrew Kew, the assist by Matt Vetter.
- Vetter than netted a goal of his own, the assist by Kew.
- With 9:34 left in the period, Kew scored again for Tampa, this time from sophomore Bryan Wright.
- Wright earned a goal with 5:41, making the score 5-1. The assist came from Jud Huxtable.
- The final goal of the first period was scored by Jake Mosher McGraw with 1:47 left on the clock.
- Matt Vetter scored the first goal of the second period, giving UT the 7-1 lead.
- Wright then netted his second goal of the game with 9:20 left in the half.
- Chris Cox earned his first goal of the game giving Tampa the eight-point lead 9-1.
- FSC finally scored with 5:37 left in the half.
- Kew then stated his third goal of the game off the assist from Luke Posner.
- The final goal of the half was scored by the Moccasins with 35 seconds remaining.
- At the half, the University of Tampa Spartans led the Florida Southern Moccasins 10-3.
- Coming out of halftime, UT picked up right where they left off with a goal from Bryan Wright.
- FSC answered a minute later, still trailing by seven.
- The Moccasins then scored the next two goals, with 8:46 left in the period.
- Kew then earned his fourth goal of the contest with 6:23 remaining. The Spartans continued to hold the lead over the Moccasins 12-6.
- Florida Southern got the next goal of the contest with 4:21 on the clock.
- The final goal of the third period was from Mosher McGraw with the assist by Van Horn.
- Heading into the fourth period, the Spartans led the Moccasins 13-7.
- The first goal of the fourth period was scored by Matt Vetter. The score, Tampa 14, Florida Southern 7.
- With 11:01 remaining in the game, Luke Curran scored his first goal of the contest.
- The Mocs the scored the next two goals with 1:57 left in the game.
- The No. 9 University of Tampa Spartans defeated the Florida Southern College Moccasins by a final score of 15-9.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Kew led the Spartans on offense with four goals and one assist. Followed by Wright and Vetter each with three goals and one assist.
- Julian Bombart had the most caused turnovers for the Spartans with three.
- Ross Dickerson led the Spartans in ground balls with nine. Additionally, Dickerson led the team in faceoff wins, logging 14-20.
- B.J. Borowski recorded 15 saves in the cage for the Spartans.
The Spartans will host the No. 6 Saint Leo University Lions on Saturday, April 7th at 8:00 p.m.
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Moccasins Fall to Tampa on the Road
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern opened the scoring just 40 seconds in as Simpson scored the first of his three unassisted goals of the night, but Tampa would answer with the next nine goals to seize control of the game before the Moccasins finally got on the board again at 5:37 of the second quarter as the Spartans built a 10-3 halftime lead. The Mocs fired off 14 shots in the first half as they closed out the second quarter with a 2-1 run on goals from Dyer and Liam Winwood.
• The Mocs began to chip away at the Tampa lead as they would find the back of the net three times in the span of 4 minutes and 20 seconds to start the third quarter and close the gap to five goals. Simpson played a roll in all three of those goals as he assisted on Cody Gray‘s first goal of the season at the 12:57 mark, and would convert on a man-up opportunity just moments later. At 8:41 in the third, Claude scored his first goal of the game on a pass from Simpson to make the score 11-6 en route to a 12-7 tally after three quarters.
• It would not be enough, however, as Tampa would strike for two goals in the opening four minutes of the fourth to add to its lead. Claude and Dyer would each score late in the fourth quarter, but the Mocs suffered their first SSC loss of the season.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern fell to 0-7 all-time against Tampa. Simpson scored a season-high three goals in the loss, while Austen Lison grabbed seven ground balls. Shots were nearly even as Tampa finished with a slight 38-35 edge. The Mocs turned the ball over just 10 times while forcing 18 Spartan turnovers.
• The Moccasins recorded 13 successful clears and won 10 of 26 faceoffs. The Mocs converted 2-of-3 man-up opportunities and were fantastic on special teams defense, holding the Spartans scoreless in five man-up trips down the field.
• Florida Southern will return home for three-straight conference matchups beginning with a 1 p.m. showdown with Rollins on Saturday. The Mocs will host Saint Leo (April 11) and Florida Tech (April 14) before closing out the regular season with their first-ever meeting with the Embry-Riddle Eagles on April 21.