SnakeBytes Volume 16: Issue 18

NEW SPORT ADDED TO MOCCASIN FAMILY ... The Florida Southern College athletic program will welcome a new sport in 2017-18 as the Moccasins hit the sand for women's beach volleyball. (Read more)

MOCS IN THICK OF SSC TITLE RACE ... Florida Southern closed out the 2016 part of the season with a 64-57 loss at home to Tampa, but rallied to open up new year with four straight league wins over Lynn (73-68), Nova Southeastern (70-63), Florida Tech (87-73) and 22nd-ranked Eckerd (74-61). Although the win streak was snapped on the road at Embry-RIddle (65-54) on Wednesday, the Moccasins are 8-1 in the SSC, trailing the Tritons by 1/2 game and leading Tampa by the same margin. FSC returns to league play Wednesday at home against Rollins at 5:30 p.m.

TWO EARN ALL-SSC ACCOLADES ... Camille Giardina was selected the Sunshine State Conference Player of the Week for Jan. 9 after averaging 22.5 points over two games. In one of those games, she netted a career-high 28 points against Lynn. Last week, Gianna Vastola took home SSC Player of the Week honors scoring a double-double with 22 points and 10 rebounds against Florida Tech and adding 13 points in the Mocs' upset of Eckerd.

ALUMNI DAY ... Florida Southern College women's basketball will host its Alumni Day on Saturday, Jan. 28 when the Moccasins take on Nova Southeastern in Sunshine State Conference action. (Read more)

MOCS UPDATE ... The men's team has gone 3-3 since breaking for the holidays. The Moccasins dropped a 80-70 decision at home to Tampa in the 2016 finale and opened the New Year with a 80-56 loss at Lynn before rattling off three straight wins at Nova Southeastern (77-74), and at home vs. Florida Tech (98-90), and Eckerd (87-79). The streak came to an end on the road last Wednesday with a 64-83 loss at Embry-Riddle. The Moccasins return to action Wednesday at home against Rollins at 7:30 p.m.

FSC SWEEPS SSC HONORS ... Last week, Florida Southern took home both Sunshine State Conference player of the week honors as Jack Rauch was tapped the SSC Player of the Week and Jarel Spellman grabbed the SSC Defensive Player of the Week accolades. Rauch netted the Mocs' third-ever triple-double with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists against Eckerd after putting in 12 points and grabbing 12 rebounds vs. Florida Tech. Spellman earned defensive honors for a second time this season with 10 blocks on the week (including eight vs. Eckerd) and a total of 13 rebounds in two games.

TRACK OPENS 2017 CAMPAIGN ... The FSC women's track team set a pair of school records in Saturday's opening meet at the Embry-RIddle Indoor/Outdoor Challenge in Daytona Beach. Sophomore Hannah Nelson set a FSC record in the 1000-meter run with a 3:15.81 time, over nine seconds better than the old mark set by Emily LaBarbera in 2011, while Allison Wright set a FSC freshman record with a time of 11:07.24 in the 3,000-meter run. On the men's side, junior Evan Quinones started the season off on a high note, winning the 1,000-meter run with a time of 2:36.86, the second-fastest mark in school history. Both teams will return to Daytona Beach on Feb. 18 to compete in the Embry-Riddle Last Chance Meet.

FSC WRAPS REGULAR SEASON WITH VICTORY ... The Moccasins dropped a pair of meets to open 2017, falling 183-86 to Emory and 155-107 at Nova Southeastern before closing out the regular season with a 106-99 win at home over Indian River State. The Moccasins will look to repeat as league champions when the Sunshine State Conference title battles are held Feb. 16-19 in Orlando.

MOCS STRUGGLING IN 2017 ... The ninth-ranked FSC men's swim team has struggled to find it pool groove since the New Year began, losing three straight meets, falling to Emory (135-127), Nova Southeastern (150-112) and Indian River State (106-99). The Moccasins will now prepare to defend their league title when the Sunshine State Conference championships are held Feb. 16-19 in Orlando.

SSC HONORS HOLMES ... Sophomore Matthew Holmes was named the SSC Men's Swimmer of the Week on Jan. 9 following his performance in the Moccasins' dual meet with Emory. Holmes won all three of his individual races in the meet, winning the 200-freestyle, 500-freestyle, and the 200-individual medley.

FSC OPENS 2017 AT #1 ... US Lacrosse Magazine has put the defending national champions atop its 2017 preseason poll.

TWO NAMED TO PRESEASON WATCH LIST ... Juniors Meghan O'Brien and Emily Santoli have been named to Inside Lacrosse's watch list for NCAA Division II Player of the Year.

SANTOLI NAMED INSIDE LACROSSE'S 2016 DIVISION II PLAYER OF THE YEAR ... Inside Lacrosse has named Emily Santoli is 2016 Division II National Player of the year. Santoli was also named the IWLCA Co-Midfielder of the Year last season after leading the Moccasins with 67 points on 35 goals and 32 assists.

REBER WINS US LACROSSE FAN VOTE ... Florida Southern College women's lacrosse head coach Kara Reber has been named as the fan vote winner as Best Women's Coach in US Lacrosse Magazine's annual "Best Of" awards.

WOMEN'S LACROSSE HELPS LOCAL GIRL BATTLING LEUKEMIA ... FSC assistant coach Shannon McHale embarked on a 100-mile run to help raise money in support of six-year old Anya Cale Harvey who has acute lymphoblastic leukemia. In addition, the team has raised $2,185. (read more)

LISON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN ... Florida Southern College men's lacrosse sophomore Austen Lison has been named as a second-team preseason all-American by Inside Lacrosse Magazine.

MOCS TABBED PREASON #11 ... Florida Southern College men's lacrosse has been selected as the preseason No. 11 team in the nation, according to US Lacrosse Magazine's preseason Division II poll.

MOCS RANKED 20th IN COLLEGIATE BASEBALL POLL ... Florida Southern will open the 2017 baseball season as the nation's 20th-ranked team according to the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Division II Preseason Coaches' Poll.

SSC COACHES PICK MOCS THIRD ... Florida Southern College has been picked to finish third in the Sunshine State Conference preseason baseball poll as voted upon by the league head coaches. The Moccasins share the number three spot with Lynn University, with Nova Southeastern picked #1 and Tampa #2.

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Wed., Jan. 25

  • 5:30 pm - Women’s Basketball vs. Rollins (Jenkins Field House)
  • 7:30 pm - Men’s Basketball vs. Rollins (Jenkins Field House)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sat., Jan. 28

  • 5:30 pm - Women’s Basketball vs. Nova Southeastern (Jenkins Field House)
  • 7:30 pm - Men’s Basketball vs. Nova Southeastern (Jenkins Field House)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Wed., Feb. 1

  • 5:30 pm - Women’s Basketball at Saint Leo (Saint Leo)
  • 7:30 pm - Men’s Basketball at Saint Leo (Saint Leo)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Fri., Feb. 3

  • TBA - Women’s Tennis at UT Invitational (Tampa)
  • 2:00 pm - Men’s Tennis at Flagler (St. Augustine)
  • 6:00 pm - Baseball at West Florida (Pensacola)
  • 7:30 pm - Softball vs. Chadron State (Eckerd Invitational, Eddie C. Moore Complex, Clearwater)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sat., Feb. 4

  • TBA - Women’s Golf at Barton Invitational (Oak Point Golf Club, Kiawah Island SC)
  • TBA - Women’s Tennis at UT Invitational (Tampa)
  • 10:30 am - Men’s Tennis vs. Stetson (Deland)
  • 11:00 am - Softball vs. Eckerd (Eckerd Invitational, Eddie C. Moore Complex, Clearwater)
  • 1:00 pm - Baseball at West Florida - DH (Pensacola)
  • 4:00 pm - Softball vs. Saint Leo (Eckerd Invitational, Eddie C. Moore Complex, Clearwater)
  • 4:00 pm - Men’s Basketball at Palm Beach Atlantic (West Palm Beach)
  • 5:30 pm - Women’s Basketball vs. Palm Beach Atlantic (Jenkins Field House

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Sun., Feb. 5

  • TBA - Women’s Golf at Barton Invitational (Oak Point Golf Club, Kiawah Island SC)
  • TBA - Women’s Tennis at UT Invitational (Tampa)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Mon. Feb. 6

  • 2:00 pm - Men’s Lacrosse vs. Long Island-Post (Bryant Stadium)

SUPPORT YOUR MOCS! - Wed., Feb. 8

  • 3:00 pm - Women’s Tennis at Flagler (St. Augustine)
  • 5:30 pm - Women’s Basketball at Florida Tech (Melbourne)
  • 7:30 pm - Men’s Basketball at Florida Tech (Melbourne)

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