Catawba holds off late rally to take down Florida Southern in conference action
SALISBURY, N.C. -- Catawba built a three-goal margin in the third quarter and held off a late rally by visiting Florida Southern to post a 10-9 win in Deep South Conference action on Thursday at Shuford Stadium. The Catawba Indians improve to 4-6 overall and 2-3 in the DSC, while the Moccasins fall to 3-7 and 1-4.
The teams went to the break tied at four, but the Indians scored three times in just under two minutes during the third quarter to build a 7-4 edge. John Scheich got the first goal at the 6:09 mark of the quarter then during an non-releasable man-up situation, Tom Cullop and Steven Ridolfo took turns on assisting on each others goals for the 7-4 edge with 4:36 to go in the quarter.
The Moccasins pulled within 7-6 early in the fourth quarter on a tally from Brian Weil only to see Catawba answer with two goals to go up 9-6 with 9:37 remaining. Down 10-7 inside the final minute, Florida Southern made a final push.
Chris Murphy scored with 31 seconds left and Weil got a goal with 17 seconds remaining to pull the Moccasins within 10-9. Daniel Rew won the ensuing face-off and the Indians ran out the clock.
Ridolfo and Cory Losselyong each had two goals and an assist in the win for Catawba. Cullop had a goal and two assists, while Scheich and Adam Hebert each had a goal and an assist. Rew won eight of his 12 face-off tries.
Dane Sorensen led Florida Southern with four goals and an assist. Weil scored two goals, while Murphy and Shane Tompkins had a goal and an assist. Logan Muether recorded seven saves.
Florida Southern held a 43-27 edge in shots, including an 18-6 advantage in the fourth quarter. Catawba's Christian Klimczyk made seven of his 15 saves in the final quarter for the Indians.