TAMPA, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse scored 16 first-half goals en route to a 19-6 thrashing of Sunshine State Conference rival Tampa on Saturday at the Naimoli Athletic Complex.
The No. 4 Moccasins (14-2, 3-0 SSC) reeled off their 11th-straight win of the season, and topped the Spartans (5-9, 0-2) for the fifth-straight time.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern looked as if it might be in for a fight early on as the Spartans scored the first goal of the game just over two minutes into the first half. However, the Mocs answered back with six unanswered goals and never looked back.
• Kendall Kerge got the Moccasins on the board with 27:21 to go in the first half to tie the game, and Meghan O'Brien scored just 25 seconds later to give the Mocs the lead for good. Both Kerge and O'Brien would score twice more in the first half, and Shannon Mazza and Casey O'Brien each scored twice to give the Mocs a 16-4 halftime lead.
• Florida Southern tacked on three more goals in the second half to extend its winning streak to 11 games, the second-best winning streak in program history.
• The Moccasins outshot the Spartans 32-18, won 22-of-26 draw controls, went 4-of-6 on free-position shots, and completed 8-of-8 clear attempts.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 5-0 all-time against Tampa. The Moccasins also won their 12th-straight Sunshine State Conference game, and are undefeated all-time in conference play since the SSC began sponsoring the sport in 2015.
• Meghan O'Brien recorded her 10th hat trick of the season, while Kerge scored at least three goals for the eighth time this year. Eight different Moccasins scored at least two goals in the win.
• Taylor Gillis and Alanna Zambetti each played one half in goal for the Mocs. Gillis finished with two saves on the day wile Zambetti made seven stops. Seven different Moccasins tallied an assist, with Emily Santoli tallying a team-best two assists.
• Florida Southern faces No. 5 Rollins at home on April 11 at 7 p.m. in a key SSC showdown before closing out its home slate against Lenoir-Rhyne on April 14.