LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse clinched its third-straight Sunshine State Conference regular-season championship with a convincing 18-5 victory over No. 5 Rollins on Tuesday at Bryant Stadium.
The No. 4 Moccasins (15-2, 4-0 SSC) picked up their 12th-straight win of the season and topped the Tars (11-3, 2-1) for the fifth-straight time. With the win, the Mocs are assured of hosting the SSC Tournament, which will take place on April 28 (semifinals) and April 30 (championship).
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern scored the first goal of the game when Cayla Shawfield found the back of the net just 53 seconds into the opening half. Shannon Gilfedder and Kendall Kerge would tack on goals in the next three minutes to give the Moccasins an early 3-0 lead.
• Rollins answered back with three-straight goals of its own to tie the contest with 20:46 left in the first half, but the Mocs responded with a 7-0 run to end the half and take a 10-3 lead into the locker room. Shawfield started the run with a pair of goals at the 19:31 and 16:31 marks of the first half, and Kerge, Shannon Gilfedder, Sam Keesey, Meghan O'Brien and Emily Santoli each found the back of the net over the final 16 minutes of the first period.
• Florida Southern's momentum carried over into the second half, as the Moccasins ripped off three more goals before Rollins was able to respond. With the score standing at 13-4 and just over 14 minutes to play, Kerge would strike for three-straight goals to give the Mocs an insurmountable 16-4 lead wit 7:13 to play.
• Rollins would tack on a late goal on a free-position shot, but Florida Southern scored the final goal of the game to make it 18-5 at the final whistle.
• The Moccasins outshot the Tars 29-20, picked up 19 ground balls, won 16-of-24 draw controls, and completed 15-of-17 clear attempts.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern won its 12th-straight game, and is just three wins shy of tying the school record for consecutive victories. The Moccasins improved to 6-4 all-time against Rollins, and 12-0 all-time in Sunshine State Conference games.
• Kerge finished with a game-high six goals on seven shots and also tallied two assists. She has scored multiple goals in 13 of the 15 games in which she has played this season.
• Shawfield finished with four goals, the second time this year she has tallied four goals in a single game. Meghan O'Brien scored twice, making it 13-straight games in which she has scored at least two goals.
• Megan Vadala finished with four caused turnovers and five ground ball pickups. She was also credited with three draw controls, while teammate Dani Bursinger finished with seven draw controls and tallied three assists.
• Entering the game, Rollins goalkeeper Malorie Olin was ranked fifth nationally in goals-against average and seventh in save percentage. The Moccasins scored 11 goals on Olin, who had been allowing just 6.47 goals per game. The victory over Rollins put an end to the Tars' 10-game winning streak.
• Florida Southern wraps up its regular-season home slate on Friday at 7 p.m. against Lenoir-Rhyne. The team will recognize its graduating seniors prior to the game.
• The Moccasins wrap up the regular season at No. 7 Limestone on April 22. The Sunshine State Conference Tournament will be held at Bryant Stadium on April 28 (semifinals) and April 30 (championship).