SnakeBytes Volume 16, issue 21

COULTAS WINS MATLOCK … John Coultas recorded eight birdies to shoot a final round 66 and win The Matlock Collegiate Classic yesterday at Lakeland’s Lone Palm Golf Course. The junior’s final total of 14-under 202 was the second lowest score in the 36-year history of the tournament. Teammate John VanDerLaan tied a tournament record with a final round score of 64. The No. 3 ranked Moccasins placed fifth in the 15-team field (read more)

SSC CHAMPIONSHIPS ON TAP ... The men's and women's swim teams will set out to defend their 2016 Sunshine State Conference championships beginning tomorrow and running through Sunday at the Orlando YMCA Aquatic Center. The men's team will be looking for a fifth straight league title while the women's squad is seeking back-to-back championships. (Championship Website | Psych Sheet)

MORRISSEY WINS SSC HONOR … Third baseman Erica Morrissey has been named the Sunshine State Conference Softball Player of the Week after going 6-for-12 with a homer and five RBI over the weekend (read more). Morrissey helped lead the Moccasins to a 2-2 record, including a pair of wins over Georgia Southwestern and now leads the team with a .421 average and seven runs batted in. Leah Pemberton is second with a .364 mark and six RBI. Kelli Gault has not allowed a run in two starts while Kristen Beacham is next with a 1.53 ERA.

75 MOCS NAMED TO SSC HONOR ROLL … Florida Southern College had 75 student-athletes named to the Fall SSC Commissioner's Honor Roll, the Sunshine State Conference announced on Friday. The Moccasins ranked second among all SSC schools in the total number of student-athletes honored, and had the most with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average (27). Women's soccer led the way with 26 players being recognized while volleyball had 17 players honored (read more).

MOCS TOSS BACK-TO-BACK SHUTOUTSChase Pilato and Jake Walsh turned in stellar performances as 20th-ranked Florida Southern wrapped a weekend of action with back-to-back shutouts. Making his first collegiate start, Pilato tossed 7.0 shutout innings, striking out four and walking none in holding No. 23 Delta State to four hits in a 13-0 win on Saturday (read more). Walsh went one further, working 8.0 shutout innings with 10 strikeouts in a 1-0 win over No. 33 Mount Olive (read more). Walsh finished strong by retiring the last 19 batters in order and was named the SSC Pitcher of the Week for his efforts (read more)Omar Villaman leads FSC with a .464 average and nine runs scored while Logan Browning is second with a .385 mark and seven runs scored.

TIME CHANGES … All start times for this weekend’s three-game series at Claflin University have been moved to 1 p.m.

DETROIT TIGERS EXHIBITION ... Florida Southern takes on the Detroit Tigers in the two teams annual Spring Training exhibition game on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 1:05 p.m. at the newly renovated Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium.

LALLI PICKS UP LEAGUE HONOR ... Senior Matt Lalli made 14 saves against No. 7 LIU Post last week and earned Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts (read more).

DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPS TO OPEN SEASON THURSDAY ... The women's lacrosse team will open defense of its 2016 NCAA National Championship on Thursday with a home match against Grand Valley State. The top-ranked Moccasins will face the No. 8 Lakers at 7 p.m. at Bryant Stadium. A rematch of the 2016 NCAA title game is up next for the Moccasins on Feb. 21 at 7 p.m. as FSC takes on Adelphi, the team it beat, 8-7, for the crown last season.

MOCS CAP WEEK WITH WILD SHOOT OUT … Florida Southern capped an undefeated week with a wild, 110-100 win over Embry-Riddle on Saturday (read more). Freshman Brett Hanson led the Mocs with 29 points and 20 rebounds and was awarded as SSC Player of the Week (read more). Michael Volovic also scored 19 points for the Mocs whole Jeremiah Davis pumped in 24 points (read more) … FSC started the week with a 86-71 win at Florida Tech last Wednesday. FSC started the week with a 86-71 win at Florida Tech last Wednesday behind 22 points by Jarel Spellman and 20 more by Volovic (read more).

VOLOVIC EARNS ACADEMIC HONORMichael Volovic has been named to the Academic All-District by the College Sports Information Directors of America and is now eligible for Academic All-America honors. The senior accounting and finance major carries a 3.70 cumulative grade point average (read more)

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL RUNS WIN STREAK TO FOUR GAMES … Florida Southern posted two more wins over the last week, running their win streak to four games. Jensen Blassage pumped in 19 points to power FSC to a 51-45 win at Florida Tech last Wednesday (read more). Anja Fuchs-Robetin poured in 13 point and grabbed eight rebounds in the Mocs 69-40 thrashing of Embry-Riddle at home on Saturday (read more) … FSC is now 16-7 overall and 11-3 in the league, a game and a half back of Eckerd College in the SSC standings.

SIX MOCS NAMED TO ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMAleksa GuerraHannah NelsonMolly PriceMorgan SiebkaAmanda Slattery, and Allison Wright have all been named to the NCAA Division II All-Academic Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association. In addition, the women's team was named a 2016 Scholar Team of the Year with a 3.64 team grade point average (read more).

FSC PLACES TWO ON ALL-ACADEMIC SQUADJohn Bryant and Bobby Ormsby have been named to the NCAA Division II All-Academic Team by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Association that was announced today. In addition, the men's team was named a 2016 Scholar Team of the Year with a 3.14 team grade point average (read more).

WOMEN’S TENNIS EDGED BY FLAGLER IN SPRING OPENER … Florida Southern took a 4-2 lead heading into the final three matches, but couldn't clinch the win as 12th-ranked Flagler rallied for a 5-4 victory over the No. 33 ranked Moccasins in the season opener for FSC. The match took four hours and 50 minutes to play (read more).

SCHEDULE CHANGES ... Men's tennis, ranked 35th in the NCAA Division II, has added a home match on March 7 against Mercyhurst at 11 a.m. at the Wynee Warden Tennis Center. In addition, the Moccasins' match this Friday versus West Florida in Valdosta, GA has been moved up to a 10 a.m. start time.

PRO MOCS ... Kevin Capers '15, FSC's second all-time leading scorer and a key cog of the Moccasins' 2015 NCAA national championship men's basketball team, is averaging 8.4 points and 2.0 assists per game in 20.0 minutes per game for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA Development League ... Emma Cannon, an All-American for FSC in 2011 with 15.7 points and 12.1 rebounds per game, has signed to play for the Phoenix Mercury of the National Women's Basketball Association. Cannon is currently leading the Russian League with 20.8 points per game and second in rebounding with 10.1 boards per game playing against some of the WNBA's biggest stars.

Moccasin head coach Dr. Hal Wissel (center) is interviewed by ESPN broadcasters Tim Brando (left) and Dick Vitale (right) prior to the 1981 NCAA national championship game in which FSC defeated Mount St. Mary's. The game was one of the first Vitale ever worked for ESPN.

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Wed., Feb. 15

  • 3:00 pm - Women’s at Eckerd (St. Petersburg)
  • 5:30 pm - Women’s Basketball at Tampa (Tampa)
  • 7:30 pm - Men’s Basketball at Tampa (Tampa)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Thu., Feb. 16

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Swimming at Sunshine State Conference Championships (Orlando)
  • 7:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Grand Valley State (Bryant Stadium)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Fri., Feb. 17

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Swimming at Sunshine State Conference Championships (Orlando)
  • 10:00 am - Women’s Tennis vs. West Florida (Valdosta, GA)
  • 10:00 am - Men’s Tennis at West Florida (Valdosta, GA)
  • 1:00 pm - Baseball at Claflin (Orangeburg, SC)
  • 7:00 pm - Softball at Eckerd (St. Petersburg)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sat., Feb. 18

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Swimming at Sunshine State Conference Championships (Orlando)
  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Track at Embry-Riddle Last Chance Meet (Daytona Beach)
  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Track at UNF Spring Break Invitational (Jacksonville)
  • 11:00 am - Men’s Tennis at Valdosta State (Valdosta, GA)
  • 1:00 pm - Women’s Tennis at Valdosta State (Valdosta, GA)
  • 1:00 pm - Softball at Eckerd - DH (St. Petersburg)
  • 1:00 pm - Baseball at Claflin (Orangeburg, SC)
  • 5:30 pm - Women’s Basketball vs. Lynn (Jenkins Field House)
  • 7:30 pm - Men’s Basketball vs. Lynn (Jenkins Field House)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sun., Feb. 19

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Swimming at Sunshine State Conference Championships (Orlando)
  • 1:00 pm - Baseball at Claflin (Orangeburg, SC)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Mon., Feb. 20

  • TBA - Women’s Golf hosts Lady Moc Classic (Grasslands G&CC)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Tue., Feb. 21

  • TBA - Women’s Golf hosts Lady Moc Classic (Grasslands G&CC)
  • 7:00 pm - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Adelphi (Bryant Stadium)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Wed., Feb. 22

  • 5:30 pm - Women’s Basketball at Barry (Miami Shores)
  • 7:30 pm - Men’s Basketball at Barry (Miami Shores)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Thu., Feb. 23

  • 1:05 pm - Baseball at Detroit Tigers (Lakeland - Publix Field at Joker Marchant Stadium)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Fri., Feb. 24

  • TBA - Women’s Tennis at Florida Tech (Melbourne)
  • 1:00 pm ET - Women’s Lacrosse at McKendree (Lebanon, IL)
  • 2:30 pm - Baseball at Lynn - (Boca Raton)
  • 4:00 pm - Men’s Lacrosse at Wingate (Wingate, NC)
  • 7:00 pm - Softball vs. Lynn (Auburndale Softball Complex)
  • 8:00 pm ET - Women’s Lacrosse vs. Rockhurst (Lebanon, IL)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sat., Feb. 25

  • TBA - Men’s & Women’s Track at DII Florida Collegiate Invitational (Daytona Beach)
  • 11:00 am - Baseball at Lynn - DH (Boca Raton)
  • 1:00 pm - Softball vs. Lynn - DH (Auburndale Softball Complex)
  • 2:00 pm - Women’s Basketball at Eckerd (St. Petersburg)
  • 4:00 pm - Men’s Basketball at Eckerd (St. Petersburg)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sun., Feb. 26

  • 12:00 pm - Men’s Lacrosse at Queens (Charlotte, NC)
  • 12:00 pm ET - Women’s Lacrosse at Lindenwood (St. Charles, MO)

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