LAKELAND, FL - On the day Florida Southern College women's lacrosse honored it's last remaining members of the 2016 national championship squad, the Moccasins defeated Embry-Riddle 21-10 at Moccasin Field on Saturday afternoon. The Mocs (11-2, 3-1 SSC) used double-digit goal totals in each half to send the Eagles (9-5, 1-2 SSC) back to Daytona Beach with their fifth loss of the season.
Riley Bannatyne and Grace Glinecki each recorded four goals to lead the Mocs offense. Marina Jozokos and Aubriana Benedetto tallied three goals while Brenna Smith added on a pair of goals. Five additional Mocs found the back of the net.
HOW IT HAPPENED
•Jozokos found the back of the net first to give the home team a 1-0 advantage at the 26:22 mark of the first half. Bannatyne added her first goal of the game in less than a minute to put the Mocs up 2-0. Gillian Greenberg, who scored the first three goals for the visitors, put the Eagles on the board at the 22:57 to cut the Florida Southern lead in half. Glinecki scored the next two goals for the Mocs with a Greenberg goal in between as A. Benedetto followed with a goal on a feed from Lizzy Lynch to put the Mocs up 5-2. After being awarded a free position shot following a yellow card to the Eagles Elizabeth Ninesling, Bannatyne put the first of two, on the day, man-up goals past the Eagles keeper. Dani Bursinger recorded her only goal of the day to give Florida Southern a 7-3 advantage at the 12:29 mark of the first half. Embry-Riddle took the ensuing draw control and put it in the back of the net to start a 4-0 run by the Eagles to tie the game at 7-7. Jozokos added a goal for the Mocs to give them a lead they would never let up for the remaining 34 minutes. Glinecki would add on two goals for the Mocs including one as time expired to give the Mocs a 10-7 lead at the half.
• Bannatyne and A. Benedetto each added goals in less than a 30-second span to put the Mocs up by five. Florida Southern's defense allowed just three goals in the second half as the offense went on to score 11 goals. ERAU's Mya Watson scored the first of the three Eagles goals of the second half at the 26:22 mark. A. Benedetto and Jozokos added two more goals in less than a minute for a six-goal lead by the Mocs. McKenzie Jackson recorded her third goal of the game for the ninth Eagles goal. Smith took a free position shot and put it past the Eagles goalie for the 19th goal of her freshmen season. Ashley Norberg would follow that up with her only goal of the game off a feed from Bursinger for a 17-9 lead. Watson added on the 10th goal for the visitors before freshmen Katie Yeagle tallied her fifth goal of the season. Catherine DeKorte put a free position shot in the back of the net for the Mocs 19th goal following a yellow card to the Mocs's Smith for the team's first man-down goal of the season. With just under four minutes remaining in the second half, Bannatyne added her fourth goal of the game to put the Mocs up by ten and start the running clock. Smith and Molly Berend teamed up for the 21st goal for the Mocs at the 1:25 mark of the second half.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 2-0 all-time against Embry-Riddle. Florida Southern is victorious in both Lakeland and Daytona Beach.*
• Florida Southern won 17 of 32 draw controls.
• Florida Southern picked up 31 ground balls to 17 by Embry-Riddle. The Mocs converted 21 successful clears on 24 attempts.
• The Mocs fired off 46 shots, 35 of which were on goal. 21 of the Eagles 24 shots were on goal. Florida Southern caused 16 turnovers as Embry-Riddle had 24 turnovers on the day.
• Head Coach Kara Reber improved her coaching record at Florida Southern to 130-24 and holds a 198-72 mark in her career.
• Florida Southern won its 20th conference game and now holds an impressive 20-2 all-time record in SSC play.
• Bursinger totaled 100 draw controls for the third-straight season.
• The Mocs final four games of the regular season are all on the road as they head to Saint Leo (April 9). FSC will take a trip to Ohio for its final two non-conference games at Tiffin (April 12) and Findlay (April 14). The regular season finale put the Mocs at Palm Beach Atlantic (April 20).
* Embry-Riddle began sponsoring women's lacrosse in 2018.