LAKELAND, FL - Riley Bannatyne records a season-high four goals as Florida Southern College women's lacrosse picked up its fifth-straight win. The Mocs (6-1) opened on a 3-0 run over Slippery Rock (1-2) in route to a 20-7 victory.
Florida Southern's offense was led by Bannatyne with four goals while freshmen Brenna Smith added on another three. Julia Couch and Sarah Grady also added a pair of goals each while nine more Mocs found the back of the net.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern jumped out to a 3-0 lead with goals from Smith, Aubriana Benedetto, and Marina Jozokos. The Rock cut the lead to two on a free position shot from Francesca Lindelow at the 19:31 mark of the first half. The Mocs would take command of the first half as they would rally off a string of eight straight goals. Including a trio of free position shot goals from Molly Berend, Grady, and Dani Bursinger. Slippery Rock closed out the first half scoring with a free position shot by Haley Pimental at the three-minute mark. The Mocs would head to the 10-minute break with an 11-2 lead.
• Grace Glinecki sent a ball to Bannatyne to put the Mocs back up by ten just 43 seconds into the second half. The Rock's ShyAnne Toomer stopped the running clock at the 27:21 mark. Bannatyne would keep the clock running as she took a feed from Bursinger and gave the Mocs a 13-3 lead. Florida Southern would close the game out on a 4-1 run. Abby Joselyn began the Mocs run with an unassisted goal at the 8:45 mark. Smith would record her final goal on the night as she took a free position shot and put it past the Rock's goalie. Maliah Benedetto added on her seventh goal of the season to give the Mocs a 19-6 lead. Grady put the final ball in the net for Florida Southern as she put a free position shot in the net with 3:15 remaining on the clock.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern picked its first victory over Slippery Rock in the two programs initial meeting.
• Bursinger and Sam Keesey won a game-high six draw controls each as the Mocs won 20 of 30 draw controls.
• Florida Southern picked up 24 ground balls to 21 by Slippery Rock. The Mocs converted 17 successful clears on 20 attempts.
• The Mocs fired off 36 shots, 31 of which were on goal. 10 of the Rocks 13 shots were on goal. Florida Southern caused 14 turnovers as Queens had 26 turnovers on the evening.
• Florida Southern continues its homestand as they open Sunshine State Conference play against Florida Tech (March 16). The current three-game homestand ends with a game against Belmont Abbey (March 21).