LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse returned home from a three-game road trip and cruised to an 18-4 win over Gannon on Wednesday at Bryant Stadium.
The No. 5 Moccasins (4-2) scored six-straight goals after the Golden Knights (0-1) took an early lead, and stayed in complete control in a dominant performance.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Gannon opened the scoring with a goal at the 27:29 mark of the first half, but the lead was short-live as Meghan O'Brien scored just 20 second later to tie things up. Emily Santoli found the back of the net four minutes later, and the scoring frenzy was on.
• O'Brien struck for two more goals at the 21:54 and 21:18 marks of the first half, while Santoli and Kendall Kerge converted free-position attempts to give Florida Southern a 6-0 scoring run. The Golden Knights picked up a second goal with 16:45 to go to make it 6-2, but Santoli responded with another goal 35 seconds later to keep the momentum with the Moccasins.
• Florida Southern would scored eight more times in the first half to take a 14-2 lead into halftime and invoke the running clock for the rest of the game.
• Gannon scored the first goal of the second half, but never got close as the Mocs put four more goals in the board to move to 4-2 on the season.
• The Moccasins dominated almost every statistical category, outshooting the Golden Knights 32-14 and picking up 23 ground balls to Gannon's 14. Florida Southern forced Gannon into 22 turnovers, and the Moccasins converted 10-of-11 clear attempts while holding the Knights to just 8-of-17.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 5-0 all-time against Gannon, and 52-11 all-time at Bryant Stadium. Each meeting in the series between the Mocs and Knights has come in Lakeland.
• O'Brien led all players with four goals while Santoli had three goals and four draw controls. Riley Bannatyne, Sarah Grady, and Shannon Mazza each scored two goals off the bench. Julia Couch recorded three of Florida Southern's six assists, and Kelsey O'Connor collected a game-high four ground balls.
• Taylor Gillis and Alanna Zambetti each had three saves in goal. Gillis played 53:30 in net for the Moccasins while Zambetti played 6:30.
• The Moccasins outshot the Knights 25-4 in the first half, and allowed just three successful clears on 11 attempts by Gannon in the game's first 20 minutes.
• Florida Southern returns to action on Monday when it faces Fort Lewis and West Virginia Wesleyan in a doubleheader. The Mocs will face Fort Lewis at 11 a.m. and West Virginia Wesleyan at 2 p.m. at Bryant Stadium.