FINDLAY, OH - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse closed out the non-conference portion of its schedule with a 19-5 victory at Findlay. The Mocs (14-2, 4-1 SSC) opened the game on a 7-0 run to defeat the Oilers (6-8, 4-0 GMAC).
Aubriana Benedetto and Riley Bannatyne each recorded three goals to lead the Florida Southern offense. Three Mocs had a multi-goal game while an additional five Moccasins tallied a goal in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Five different Mocs would score the first five goals of the game as Bannatyne gave the Mocs a 1-0 advantage at the 26:00-minute mark of the first half on a free position shot. A. Benedetto took a feed from Dani Bursinger to give the Mocs a 2-0 lead in less than thirty seconds. Maliah Benedetto followed her sister with her first goal of the game off a feed from Marina Jozokos. Ashley Norberg was assisted by Bursinger for the fourth Moccasin goal of the afternoon. On a women-up opportunity, Catherine DeKorte put a free position shot past the Oilers goalie for a 5-0 Florida Southern advantage. A. Benedetto would put the eventual game-winning goal past the Oilers keeper for a 6-0 Mocs lead. Just like her first goal, M. Benedetto followed her sister with a goal of her own this time off a feed from Bursinger. Hannah Peebles, who played a roll in all three of the Oilers first-half goals, would get Findlay on the board at the 13:11 mark of the first half. This would start a 3-1 run for the Oilers as Brenna Smith put the Mocs back up by seven. Ciara Burud and Danielle Dilorenzo each took feeds from Peebles to cut the Mocs lead to five. The three goals would be all the Mocs would surrender in the first half. Florida Southern closed out the first half with a 5-0 run with goals from Lizzy Lynch, Julia Couch (2) A. Benedetto, and Bannatyne. Florida Southern took a 13-3 lead into the half.
• The Mocs would continue their run as they opened the second half with a 3-0 run as Bursinger opened the scoring on a women-up chance for a 14-3 Mocs lead. Off a feed from Bannatyne Jozokos added her first goal of the game. Norberg followed Jozokos with an unassisted goal at the 23:17 mark of the second half. After a Findlay goal, Gracie Maganzini put the Mocs fourth women-up goal for a 17-4 Mocs lead. Findlay's final goal of the game would come with 14:34 remaining in the second half. Off a free position shot, Bursinger put the Mocs fifth women-up goal in the back of the net for the Mocs 18th goal of the day. Just as she opened the scoring Bannatyne put the final goal of the game past the Oilers goalie as the Mocs won 19-5.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern and Findlay met for the first time in program history. The Mocs are now 1-0 all-time against Findlay.
• Florida Southern won 19 of 25 draw controls.
• Florida Southern picked up 23 ground balls to 21 by Findlay. The Mocs converted a perfect nine successful clears on nine attempts. Findlay was successful on nine of ten clear attempts.
• The Mocs fired off 33 shots, 26 of which were on goal. Twelve of the Oilers 17 shots were on goal. Florida Southern caused two turnovers as Tiffin turned the ball over 12 times.
• The regular season finale puts the Mocs at Palm Beach Atlantic (April 20). Florida Southern will find out the seedings for the Sunshine State Conference tournament following the games on April 20.