LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse jumped out to an early 2-1 lead, but was unable to overcome an offensive onslaught by No. 2 Adelphi in a 12-5 loss on Tuesday at Bryant Stadium.
The Moccasins (1-1), who entered the contest ranked No. 1 in the nation, scored back-to-back goals after falling into an early 1-0 hole, but the Panthers (2-0) scored five-straight goals to regain the lead and never looked back.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Adelphi got on the board first when Jacqueline Jahelka scored just four minutes into the game, but the Moccasins responded with goals from Emily Santoli and Casey O'Brien to take a 2-1 lead with 22:32 remaining in the opening half.
• The Panthers would respond with the equalizer just one minute later, and would score four more times in the next 15 minutes to jump in front by four goals (6-2). Kendell Kerge scored for Florida Southern before the half to cut the deficit to 6-3 at the break.
• Adelphi tallied two goals in the opening 10 minutes of the second half, one of which came on a free-position shot, to jump on top by five goals (8-3). The Mocs responded with two-straight goals on free-position shots Kerge and Shannon Gilfedder to close the gap to 8-5 with15:29 to go.
• It would be all the closer Florida would get as Adelphi pitched a shutout the rest of the way and scored four more goal to make the final 12-5.
• The Panthers outshot the Moccasins 29-18 and finished a perfect 10-of-10 on clears. Adelphi dominated in the draw control category, finishing with a 15-4 edge.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern fell to 1-3 all-time against Adelphi, including 0-3 at home. The Moccasins also dropped to 51-11 all-time at Bryant Stadium. The loss snapped Florida Southern's 15-game winning streak, which had been the longest current streak in NCAA Division II and the second longest at any level of NCAA women's lacrosse (North Carolina - 19).
• Kerge led the Moccasins with two goals on six shots. She has nine goals in the first two games this season, and has scored 112 in her career. Kerge has scored 12 goals in four career games against Adelphi.
• Jahelka and Kate Beier each scored four goals for the Panthers, while Alison Johnson finished with two. Johnson also tallied five assists in the game.
• Tuesday's contest marked the third-straight year that Florida Southern has played Adelphi in the second game of the season.
• Florida Southern will hit the road for three-straight games. The Moccasins will play a doubleheader on Feb, 24 when they face McKendree and Lindenwood before heading to take on No. 5 Lindenwood on Feb. 26.
• The Moccasins return home to face Gannon on March 1, before a doubleheader on March 6 against Fort Lewis and West Virginia Wesleyan.