YOUNG HARRIS, GA - Three different players recorded a hat trick and Florida Southern College scored 11 goals in the second half to earn a 21-8 road victory at Young Harris on Thursday at the YHC Lacrosse Field.
The Moccasins (7-2) trailed midway through the first half (3-2), but outscored the Mountain Lions (4-4) 18-6 the rest of the way to earn their fourth-straight win.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern struck quickly as Meghan O'Brien scored twice in the first three minutes of the game to give the Mocs a 2-0 lead with 27:34 to go in the first half. Young Harris would answer with three-straigt goals to take a 3-2 lead at te 16:41 mark of the half.
• The Moccasins tied things up when Casey O'Brien scored just over three minutes later. The goal started a barrage of scoring from the Mocs, who would find the back of the net five more times over the next six minutes to jump in front 8-3.
•The Mountain Lions scored with 6:33 to go in the half to cut the deficit to five (9-4) but Cayla Shawfield answered with a goal for Florida Southern to make it 9-4. Young Harris would scored twice more and M. O'Brien would score her third goal of the day before the end of the first half to give the Moccasins a 10-6 halftime lead.
• In the second half, Shannon Mazza got Florida Southern on the board less than one minute in, and Julia Couch scored three minutes later to make it 12-6. After a Mountain Lion goal made it 12-7 with 26:11 to play, the Moccasins struck for seven consecutive goals to take a commanding 19-7 lead, and cruised to the victory.
• Florida Southern outshot Young Harris 37-18, and forced 21 turnovers. The Moccasins picked up 19 ground balls to just 10 for the Mountain Lions, and won 19-of-30 draw controls.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 2-0 all-time against Young Harris, and has outscored the Mountain Lions 43-14 in the two meetings.
• Dani Bursinger, Kendall Kerge, and Meghan O'Brien each recorded a hat trick. Bursinger also had two assists and let the Mocs with four draw controls. Julia Couch added two goals and three assists in the day. Taylor Gillis made five saves in goal for the Moccasins.
• Ten different Florida Southern players scored a goal while seven different players tallied at least one assist. Six players finished the day with at least one goal and one assist.
• Kerge has now scored a team-high 21 goals on just 30 shots this season. She has scored on 70.0 percent of her shots, and 79.8 percent of her shots have come on goal.
• Florida Southern will head to No. 8 Queens (NC) for a 12 p.m. contest on Saturday. The Moccasins will play at home three times next week with games against Bloomsburg (March 13), Indiana-PA (March 16) and Seton Hill (March 18).