SnakeBytes VOLume 16: Issue 24

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS BEGIN TODAY ... The 2017 NCAA Division II National Swimming and Diving Championships begin this morning in Birmingham, Alabama at the Crossplex and 10 qualifiers from the Florida Southern men's team, along with four swimmers from the women's team, will be competing. The men's team finished third last season and have finished in the top five in each of the last five years, while the women's team placed 15th (men's preview | women's preview). Live Stats / Please check back at www.fscmocs.com for link to live video.

EIGHT MEN IN ... Florida Southern had a league-high eight swimmers named to the 2017 All-Sunshine State Conference Men's Swimming Team that was voted on by the league coaches. Two of those, sophomores Matthew Holmes and Luka Planinc, were First Team selections, while seniors Diego Gimenez, Antonio Nunez-Alvarez and Marco Palacios, along with juniors Noah Franz and Luis Jasso were on the Second Team. Junior Luka Matacin was an honorable mention selection.

THREE WOMEN EARN ALL-SSC HONORS ... Three Moccasins have been voted to the 2017 All-Sunshine State Conference Women's Swimming Team as voted on by the league's coaches. Among the 19 swimmers league-wide who made the team were junior Jacinda Whittenburg on the First Team, junior Peyton Breault on the Second Team, and sophomore Haley DeGrace who was honorable mention.

MOCS HEADED TO NCAA REGIONAL ... The Florida Southern women's basketball team will open play in the NCAA Division II South Regional Tournament on Friday at 7:30 p.m. against Rollins College. The tournament will be held Friday, Saturday, and Monday at the McArthur Center on the Eckerd College campus in St. Petersburg. The Moccasins (20-9) are the No. 4 seed in the eight-team tournament and are making their 12th NCAA postseason appearance. Last season, FSC won the South Regional and advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight. (read more) | Check out the NCAA South Tournament Website for live video and live stats,

Chase Ibbotson, John Coultas, Coach Doug Gordin, John VanDerLaan, Michael VanDerLaan, Christian Anderson.

MOCS WIN PANTHER INVITATIONAL ... One day after Christian Anderson's second-round 69 helped put 4th-ranked Florida Southern in the lead, junior John VanDerLaan went even lower to keep the Moccasins at the top of the standings and send them on to their second tournament title of the season. His four-under par 68 gave the Mocs a three-shot win over No. 2 Lynn and host No. 12 Florida Tech, while VanDerLaan himself won medalist honors for the third time in his career. (Recaps: Day 1 | Day 2)

LALLI EARNS SECOND SSC HONOR ... Florida Southern College senior goalie Matt Lalli has been named as the Sunshine State Conference men's lacrosse Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season after posting 38 saves against two ranked opponents last week. Lalli set a career-high with 22 saves in the Mocs' 13-12 upset of No. 15 Lake Erie on Tuesday, and followed that up with 16 saves in a narrow loss to No. 5 NYIT on Friday. (read more)

MOCS BID FOR BACK-TO-BACK UPSET FALLS SHORT ... One game after upsetting No. 15 Lake Erie, the Moccasins fell short in their bid to upend No. 4 NYIT, falling to the visitors, 10-7, on Friday. Seth Leonard and Tyler Kopen each scored a pair of goals for Florida Southern. (read more). FSC is now 2-3 on the young season.

BROWNING ADDS THIRD CAREER SSC RECOGNITION ... Junior Logan Browning earned Sunshine State Conference Pitcher of the Week honors after striking out 11 batters in 6.0 innings of two-hit ball in the Moccasins' 2-1 win over No. 20 Minnesota State on Friday. It was the third SSC weekly honor for Browning who was named both a SSC Player and Pitcher of the Week in 2016.

RECORDS TIED IN WEEKEND OF WINS ... Logan Browning's 11 strikeouts on Friday were followed by four each by Craig Savage and Cameron Hanes as the Moccasins tied a school-record with 19 strikeouts in the 2-1 win over No. 20 Minnesota State (read more). On Sunday, FSC cruised to an 18-2 win over West Virginia Wesleyan, collecting 15 hits, including nine doubles - a mark that ties another FSC record (read more).

THREE IN A ROW ... J.J. Niekro made his first collegiate start on Tuesday at Eckerd and came away with a win as Florida Southern topped Eckerd, 6-3, in a non-conference for its third straight win (read more). The Moccasins are now 11-6 on the year.

THREE WINS IN LAST FOUR MATCHES ... The men's tennis squad opened Spring Break with a pair of wins, blanking Walsh, 9-0, and then topping Mercyhurst, 7-2, on Tuesday. FSC has now won three of its last four matches to improve to 3-4 on the year. The Moccasins play this morning at home at 10:00 against Chestnut Hill.

MOCS TOP TAMPA FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN ... Florida Southern downed Tampa, 5-4, on Thursday for the Moccasins' third straight win. Now at 3-2 on the season, the Moccasins have Spring Break off from competition. The Tampa win keeps the Moccasins in first place in the Sunshine State Conference with a perfect 3-0 league record.

SOFTBALL SWEEPS SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA STATE ... Senior Brandi Jones took a no-hitter into the seventh inning of game one before finishing with a two-hit shutout as the Moccasins defeated Southwest Minnesota State, 4-0, in the opening game of a Tuesday doubleheader at the Auburndale Softball Complex. In game two, Florida Southern pounded out 10 hits in a 5-2 win to take the twinbill and improve to 10-8 on the season (read more).

MOCS BREEZE PAST TWO IN A DAY ... Florida Southern swept a women's lacrosse doubleheader on Monday, beating Fort Lewis, 20-10, in the morning and then topping West Virginia Weselyan 18-2 in the afternoon. Fifteen different Moccasins scored in the first win while nine players scored at least one goal in the second victory (read more). The pair of wins lifts the Moccasins' record to 6-2 on the season.

The Florida Southern men's track team totaled 14 points to finish in eighth place at the University of Tampa Track Classic here Friday at Pepin Rood Stadium on the UT campus. The Moccasins picked up 8 points in the 800 meter race as Evan Quinones came in second place at 1:55.20 which is the fourth fastest time in Moccasin history (read more) ... Hannah Nelson ran a personal best 18:57.32 time in the 5000 meter run to pace a contingent of 10 Moccasins at the UT Track Classic here Friday at Pepin Rood Stadium. Also in the 5000 meter, Molly Price ran a 19:30.73 to take 26th place while Aleksa Guerra was 31st with a time of 19:46.61. The times were personal bests for both runners (read more)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Wed., Mar. 8

  • All Day - Men’s & Women’s Swimming at NCAA National Championships (Birmingham, AL)
  • 10:00 am - Men’s Tennis vs. Chestnut Hill (Warden Tennis Center)
  • 1:00 pm - Softball vs. Claflin - DH (Auburndale Softball Complex)
  • 3:30 pm - Men’s Lacrosse at Lincoln Memorial (Harrogate, TN)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS - Thu., Mar. 9

  • All Day - Men’s & Women’s Swimming at NCAA National Championships (Birmingham, AL)
  • 12:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse at Young Harris (Young Harris, GA)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Fri., Mar. 10

  • All Day - Men’s & Women’s Swimming at NCAA National Championships (Birmingham, AL)
  • 3:00 pm - Men’s Tennis vs. Queens-NY (Orlando)
  • 6:00 pm - Baseball at Florida Tech (Melbourne)
  • 7:00 pm - Softball vs. Embry-Riddle (Auburndale Softball Complex)
  • 7:30 pm - Women’s Basketball vs. Rollins – NCAA South Region Tournament (St. Petersburg)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sat., Mar. 11

  • All Day - Men’s & Women’s Swimming at NCAA National Championships (Birmingham, AL)
  • 1:00 pm - Baseball at Florida Tech - DH (Melbourne)
  • 12:00 pm ET - Men’s Lacrosse at Indianapolis (Indianapolis, IN)
  • 12:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse at Queens (Charlotte, NC)
  • 1:00 pm - Softball vs. Embry-Riddle - DH (Auburndale Softball Complex)
  • 7:30 pm - Women’s Basketball – NCAA South Region Tournament Semifinals (St. Petersburg)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sun., Mar. 12

  • All Day - Men’s Golf at the Southeastern Collegiate (Kinderlou Forest GC, Valdosta, GA)
  • 12:00 pm - Men’s Tennis vs. Bluefield State (Warden Tennis Center)
  • 12:00 pm - Women’s Tennis vs. Bluefield State (Warden Tennis Complex)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Mon., Mar. 13

  • All Day - Women’s Golf at Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational (Tuscawilla CC, Winter Springs)
  • All Day - Men’s Golf at the Southeastern Collegiate (Kinderlou Forest GC, Valdosta, GA)
  • 3:00 pm - Men’s Tennis vs. Wayne State-MI (Warden Tennis Center)
  • 3:00 pm - Women’s Tennis vs. Wayne State-MI (Warden Tennis Complex)
  • 6:00 pm - Baseball vs. Ohio Dominican (Henley Field)
  • 7:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Bloomsburg (Bryant Stadium)
  • 7:00 pm - Women’s Basketall – NCAA South Region Tournament Championship (St. Petersburg)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Tue., Mar. 14

  • All Day - Women’s Golf at Peggy Kirk Bell Invitational (Tuscawilla CC, Winter Springs)
  • All Day - Men’s Golf at the Southeastern Collegiate (Kinderlou Forest GC, Valdosta, GA)
  • 2:00 pm - Softball vs. TBA - DH (Titusville, FL)
  • 3:00 pm - Women’s Tennis vs. Alabama-Huntsville (Warden Tennis Center)
  • 3:00 pm - Men’s Tennis vs. Alabama-Huntsville (Warden Tennis Center)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Thu., Mar. 16

  • 2:00 pm - Men’s Tennis vs. Indianapolis (Warden Tennis Center)
  • 4:00 pm - Men’s Lacrosse vs. Alabama-Huntsville (Bryant Stadium)
  • 7:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Indiana-PA (Bryant Stadium)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Fri., Mar. 17

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Track at USF Bulls Invitational (Tampa)
  • 3:00 pm - Women’s Tennis vs. Texas A&M Kingsville (Warden Tennis Center)
  • 6:00 pm - Baseball vs. Embry-Riddle (Henley Field)
  • 7:00 pm - Softball at Barry (Miami Shores)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sat., Mar. 18

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Track at USF Bulls Invitational (Tampa)
  • 12:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Seton Hill (Bryant Stadium)
  • 1:00 pm - Baseball vs. Embry-Riddle - DH (Henley Field)
  • 1:00 pm - Softball at Barry - DH (Miami Shores)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sun., Mar. 19

  • 12:00 pm - Men’s Lacrosse vs. Colorado Mesa (Bryant Stadium)

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