Mocs Drop Third Straight Game, Fall at Home to Colorado Mesa

Mocs Drop Third Straight Game, Fall at Home to Colorado Mesa

LAKELAND - Florida Southern's struggles at home continued here Thursday evening as the Moccasins suffered a 13-10 setback to Colorado Mesa in a non-conference contest at Bryant Stadium.

The loss was Florida Southern's third straight after winning three straight games and dropped its record to 5-5 on the season. 

The biggest difference in Thursday's game was Colorado Mesa's ability to take advantage of their extra-man opportunities as their first four goals in the opening quarter came on man-up advantages. For the game, CMU (2-3) was 5-for-8 on extra-man opportunities, while FSC finished 4-for-11 when having a man advantage. 

CMU opened the game's scoring just a little under three minutes into the game as David Solomon scored a man-up goal to give CMU a 1-0 lead.

Moccasin junior attacker Cody Dyer (Slingerlands, N.Y.) scored his 21st goal of the season with 10:05 left in the first quarter to tie the game at 1-all. 

The Mavericks, though, would score four straight goals, including the first three coming with a man-up, to take a 5-1 lead with 43 seconds left in the opening quarter.

FSC would open the second quarter with back-to-back goals from junior attacker Tyler Kopen (Wynnewood, Pa.) and freshman attacker Kyle Silverstein (Smithtown, N.Y.) to pull within 5-3. Kopen's goal, which came with a man-up advantage, was his 19th of the season.

CMU would answer FSC's two goal flurry by scoring three straight goals, including capping the run with a man-up goal by Daniel Caddoo with 26 seconds left in the first half. Caddoo's score gave CMU a 7-3 lead at the half. 

The Mavericks lead grew to 8-3 just a little under two minutes into the third quarter as Connor Morgan scored off a pass from Solomon. FSC, though, would once again rally as freshman midfielder Nick Gutmann (Long Island, NY) and sophomore midfielder Lucas Claude (Calgary, Alberta) found the net within a span of two-and-a-half minutes to pull within 8-5. 

CMU would respond by scoring three goals in a span of two-plus minutes to push out to an 11-5 lead. The latter two goals by the Mavericks were unassisted goals. 

The Mocs would close the scoring in the third quarter with a goal by sophomore midfielder Cody Gray (Riverview, Fla.) to pull within 11-6 after three quarters. 

Senior midfielder Kyle McLaughlin (Woolrich Township, N.J.) scored his first goal of the season off an assist by Kopen with 11:19 left in the game. McLaughlin's goal pushed the Mocs within 11-7. 

After a goal by Calen Ketcham pushed CMU's lead to 12-7, Dyer would add his second goal of the game with 5:27 left to pull the Mocs within four at 12-8. For Dyer, it was his seventh game of scoring at least two goals.

Caddoo pushed the Mavericks lead to 13-8 as he scored a goal with 3:23 left in the fourth quarter, before the Mocs closed the scoring with goals from Claude and Dyer. 

Claude and Dyer each had two goals, while Kopen added three assists and one goal for four points in the loss. Gray, Claude and Dyer also had three points.

The Mocs outshot CMU, 52-46 and also held a 28-26 edge in shots on goal in the game. Kopen had 11 shots, while Dyer had nine and Claude added eight.

Freshman Joseph Biondi, Jr. (Orange, Conn.) went 7-for-14 on face-offs and recorded four ground balls. Michael Marino went 16-for-27 on face-offs and collected a game-high 10 ground balls.

CMU picked up 34 ground balls, while FSC had 36 ground balls, including a career-high nine ground balls from junior goalie Matt Lalli (New Milford, Conn.). Lalli also has 13 saves on the night and allowed 13 goals between the pipes.

The Mocs also caused 13 turnovers as both teams finished with 18 turnovers.

Thursday's game also featured a combined 19 penalties as FSC had eight and CMU recorded 11.

Zach Weaver (2-2) played 52 minutes between the pipes for the Mavericks as he recorded 12 saves and allowed seven goals. Remi Reeves relieved Weaver with about eight minutes left in the game and allowed three goals and made six saves.

The Mocs will continue its 11 game homestand on Saturday, March 19 as they host Indianapolis for its Vs. Cancer Game at 2 p.m. in Bryant Stadium.