LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse took down No. 2 Rollins 16-11 at Moccasin Field on Wednesday night. The Mocs (10-2, 2-1 SSC) jumped out to a 3-0 lead en route to handing the Tars (10-1, 1-1 SSC) their first loss of 2019.
Riley Bannatyne recorded five goals for the third-straight game as she led the Mocs offense. Grace Glinecki, Dani Bursinger, and Julia Couch each recorded a pair of goals while five more Mocs found the back of the net.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern opened the scoring on three-straight possessions as Bannatyne gave the Mocs a 1-0 lead at the 26:12 mark of the first half and followed that up her second goal of the night to put the Mocs up 2-0. Glinecki added another goal as the Mocs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in less than a minute. Rollins would cut the lead to just one over the next seven minutes before the Mocs used a 4-0 run to take a 7-2 lead midway through the first half. Lizzy Lynch, who made her first collegiate start, opened the run with an unassisted goal at the 15:34 mark. Bursinger and Brenna Smith followed with unassisted goals of their own before Couch took a feed from Aubriana Benedetto to put the Mocs up by five. The Tars would cut the lead to three before Glinecki took a feed from Marina Jozokos to score the final goal of the first half. The Mocs took an 8-4 lead into the halftime break.
• Just as she started the game's scoring, Bannatyne put her third goal past the Tars goalie. Bursinger added on her second goal of the game for the Mocs tenth goal of the evening. Rollins answered the Mocs two goals to start the second half with a 5-1 run of their own. The Tars added two goals from Rachel Valocchi and Caroline Gastonguay before Couch put the Mocs lead back to five. Kallie German assisted on the next two Tars goals before Lily Rizk cut the Mocs lead to just two goals at the 20:06 mark in the second half. Bannatyne answered the Tars run with a pair of goals eight minutes apart. Florida Southern and Rollins would trade goals to close out the game. Catherine Dekorte ended a two-game scoring drought as she put the final goal in the back of the net at the 1:02 mark of the second half.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 9-4 all-time against Rollins. Florida Southern holds a 7-2 advantage in Lakeland, while the two teams are 2-2 in Winter Park.
• Florida Southern won 21 of 29 draw controls. The Mocs won double-digit draw controls in each half.
• Florida Southern picked up 19 ground balls to 15 by Rollins. The Mocs converted 22 successful clears on 24 attempts.
• The Mocs fired off 36 shots, 29 of which were on goal. 24 of the Tars 28 shots were on goal. Florida Southern caused 10 turnovers as Rollins had 16 turnovers on the day.
• Head Coach Kara Reber improved her coaching record at Florida Southern to 129-24 and holds a 197-72 mark in her career.
• Florida Southern will host Embry-Riddle (April 6) for senior day. The Mocs final four games of the season are all on the road as they head to Saint Leo (April 9). FSC will take a trip to Ohio for its final two non-conference games at Tiffin (April 12) and Findlay (April 14). The regular season ends with the Mocs at Palm Beach Atlantic (April 20).