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Werker Named Freshman of the Year as Nine Earn All-SSC Honors

Werker Named Freshman of the Year as Nine Earn All-SSC Honors

MELBOURNE, FL - Patricia Werker was named the 2019 Sunshine State Conference women's lacrosse freshman of the year, as announced by the conference office Friday morning. Florida Southern had a total of nine student-athletes named to the All-SSC first and second teams. Riley Bannatyne, Dani Bursinger, and Sam Keesey were named to the first team. Six Moccasins were named to the second team. Nine honorees are the second most since the Mocs had ten in 2015. Werker becomes the 50th student-athlete since 1988 to earn SSC freshman of the year honors. She is now the 25th Moccasin female freshman of the year.  

Werker becomes just the second Florida Southern women's lacrosse student-athlete to earn freshman of the year* honors. She was also named to the second team. Werker started 14 games in goal for the Mocs, accumulating 650 minutes between the pipes this season. The Nesconset, N.Y. native recorded 75 saves and allowed 93 goals for a .446 save percentage in her freshman campaign. Her 8.58 goals against average helped the Moccasins secure an 11-2 record while she was in net. Among conference goalkeepers, she ranks third in goals-against average (8.58) and fifth in save percentage (.446). Her best game in net for the Mocs was at the beginning of April when she made 13 saves in a 16-11 win over then-No. 2 Rollins to hand the Tars their first loss of 2019. 

Bannatyne earns her first all-SSC honors in her career. The junior has totaled 51 points to date on the season including 47 goals and four assists. She leads the team with 47 goals and is fourth on the team for total points. Bannatyne has picked up 19 groundballs, caused six turnovers, and won 24 draw controls. She has recorded the game-winning goal once on the season as she hit the back of the net for the eventual game-winner in a 22-8 victory against then-No. 25 Mount Olive. 19 groundballs is a new career high, while six caused turnovers tie a career high set last season. She has scored at least a goal in all but one game this season. She set a season-high in points with six against the Trojans and recorded five goals in three consecutive games against Tampa, Mount Olive, and Rollins. She is seventh in the league with 47 goals and only ten behind the league leaders who each have concluded their seasons with 57 goals. 

Bursinger earns her third consecutive all-SSC honors and finds herself on the first team for the first time as she was named to the second team in 2017 and 2018. So far this season she has totaled 141 draw controls, 18 goals and 18 assists, 31 ground balls, and caused 16 turnovers. Her goal in the Mocs win 21-9 win over Seton Hill was the game-winning goal. She leads the SSC with 141 total draw controls and is third in the conference with 7.42 draw controls per game. The Powell, Ohio native set a career high with 18 draw controls in the Mocs 14-12 victory at then-No. 20 Queens (N.C.). Bursinger hit the 400 career draw control mark with her sixth of the game in the first half of the Mocs 15-6 victory to hand Saint Leo its first loss of the season.  

Keesey rounds out the Moccasins on the first team after guiding the Mocs on defense limiting opponents to a stunning 8.11 goals per game and an 8.17 mark in SSC games. The senior defender has totaled 107 draw controls, caused 46 turnovers, picked up 36 ground balls and recorded six points (1g, 5a) so far on the season. When Keesey recorded her 100th draw control on the season she put the Mocs as the only team with multiple players with 100+ draw controls on the season. She has set career highs in draw controls (107), caused turnovers (46), and assists (5). With a goal on the season, she has tied her totals from her freshman and sophomore years. Her six points this season tie her career mark set last season as she totaled five goals and an assist. 

Aubriana Benedetto joins Marina Jozokos as the only two Moccasins to earn all-conference honors in two NCAA conferences as she earned all-SAC honorable mention as a sophomore at Lenoir-Rhyne in 2016. A. Benedetto headlines the second team attackers as she is second on the team with 57 points (36g and 21a). She also has picked up 29 ground balls and caused 12 turnovers. She leads the team with 14 free position goals and is third in the SSC in that category. The Rochester, N.Y. native has recorded the game-winning goal on three separate occasions in the season opener against Rockhurst, at then No. 21 Saint Leo and at Findlay. 

Jozokos finds her name on the second team for the second consecutive year as she leads the team with 58 points on the season after totaling 33 goals and 25 assists. The junior has picked up 31 ground balls and caused eight turnovers. She has recorded a goal or more in all but two games. Her best performance was in a 17-4 victory at Tiffin where she totaled seven points as she recorded a season-high five goals and two assists. Jozokos recorded the eventual game-winning goal early in a 23-2 victory at Catawba. 

Brenna Smith joins Werker as the only two Mocs freshmen to earn conference honors as they both find their names on the second team. Smith is one of four freshmen on the second team. To this point in the season, she has begun her collegiate career with 32 goals which sits as the fourth most for a freshman. She trails Emily Santoli (2015 - 41), Megan Asper (2012 - 38), and Lorianne Hoover (2012 - 36). Smith is third on the team with 25 draw controls. On the season she has picked up 16 ground balls and caused six turnovers. She has recorded the game-winning goal three times in wins at Wingate, at Tiffin, and against Slippery Rock. Smith set career highs with four points in back-to-back games as she recorded three goals and an assist at then-No. 21 Saint Leo, and then again at Tiffin. 

Maliah Benedetto joins her sister on the second team as she has made her mark on her new team. In her first season as a Moc, she has accumulated 32 points so far on the season with 25 goals and seven assists. She has also picked up 31 ground balls, won 18 draw controls and caused 11 turnovers. Twice she has recorded a season-high four points as she recorded three goals and tallied an assist in a victory over Belmont Abbey and then recorded two goals and two assists against then-No. 25 Mount Olive. 

Becca Hill rounds out the Mocs on the second team as the junior defender is third on the team with 17 caused turnovers. She has picked up a career-high 33 ground balls. She helped guide a Moccasin defense that limited opponents to ten goals or less in 13 games played including five goals or less in four games played. Her only assist on the season came in a 22-2 victory to end the regular season at Palm Beach Atlantic. She has picked up at least one ground ball in all but two games played. 

Werker becomes the second Moccasin to earn freshman of the year honors this academic year after Max Coutsolioutsos earned the honors for men's golf last month. 

Player of the Year: Claire Swanson, Tampa
Freshman of the Year: Patricia Werker, Florida Southern
Coach of the Year: Kelly Gallagher, Tampa

2019 Women's Lacrosse All-SSC First Team

Attack

Kallie German*^•#

Rollins

Sr.

Centreville, Maryland

Attack

Riley Bannatyne

Florida Southern

Jr.

Maitland, Florida

Attack

Kristyn Staley

Tampa

So.

Middletown, Maryland

Attack

Carly Vaccaro

Tampa

Jr.

Mooresville, North Carolina

Attack

Hannah Ashton~†

Rollins

Jr.

Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Attack

Leslie Ferguson~

Saint Leo

Sr.

Marietta, Georgia

Midfield

Claire Swanson~†

Tampa

Jr.

Cheyenne, Wyoming

Midfield

Samantha Schiano*†•

Florida Tech

Sr.

Perry Hall, Maryland

Midfield

Dani Bursinger~†

Florida Southern

Sr.

Powell, Ohio

Midfield

Caroline Forester

Tampa

Sr.

Bloomfield Hills, Michigan

Midfield

McKenzie Jackson*

Embry-Riddle

So.

Bowie, Maryland

Defense

Sam Keesey*

Florida Southern

Sr.

Bel Air, Maryland

Defense

Lindsay Van Beck*^•

Rollins

Sr.

Atlanta, Georgia

Defense

Alexa Scudillo*

Tampa

Jr.

Millstone, New Jersey

Defense

Olivia Going*^

Florida Tech

Jr.

West Islip, New York

Defense

Ashley Salvett

Saint Leo

Jr.

Clay, New York

Goalie

Bridget Sutter*@

Tampa

So.

Evergreen, Colorado

 

 

 

 

 

2019 Women's Lacrosse All-SSC Second Team

Attack

Aubriana Benedetto

Florida Southern

Sr.

Rochester, New York

Attack

Marina Jozokos~

Florida Southern

Jr.

Wolfeboro, New Hampshire

Attack

Mya Watson~

Embry-Riddle

So.

Fruit Cove, Florida

Attack

Rachel Crawford*

Tampa

Sr.

Arnold, Maryland

Attack

Mollie Kaplan

Florida Tech

Jr.

Boca Raton, Florida

Attack

Maggie Gladden

Tampa

Jr.

Berwyn, Pennsylvania

Midfield

Lily Rizk~†

Rollins

Jr.

Columbus, Ohio

Midfield

Brenna Smith

Florida Southern

Fr.

Columbus, Ohio

Midfield

Elizabeth Ninesling

Embry-Riddle

Fr.

Allentown, Pennsylvania

Midfield

Delaney Chrisco

Saint Leo

Jr.

Wilmington, Delaware

Midfield

Maliah Benedetto

Florida Southern

So.

Rochester, New York

Defense

Danielle Waters

Tampa

Fr.

Smithtown, New York

Defense

Becca Hill

Florida Southern

Jr.

Lutherville, Maryland

Defense

Abby Coccagna~

Tampa

Sr.

Baltimore, Maryland

Defense

Brittney Embree~

Florida Tech

Sr.

Orlando, Florida

Defense

Kaitlin Prince~

Rollins

Sr.

Scarborough, Maine

Goalie

Patricia Werker

Florida Southern

Fr.

Nesconset, New York

Goalie

Erin Davis

Saint Leo

Jr.

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

 

* = 2018 First Team            ~ = 2018 Second Team       @ = 2018 Freshman of the Year

^ = 2017 First Team            † = 2017 Second Team       • = 2016 First Team

# = 2015 Freshman of the Year

*Ashley Seborowski was named co-freshman of year in 2015.