TAMPA, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse's streak of consecutive national championship appearances ended at three following a double-overtime loss to Rollins. The Mocs (16-4) rallied back to tie the Tars (15-2) at 11-11 late into the second half. After neither team could convert shots in the first overtime period the game went to a second overtime period where the Tars would fire home the game-winner.
Grace Glinecki and Brenna Smith each had three goals to lead the Mocs on offense. Aubrianna Benedetto and Riley Bannatyne each added on a pair of goals as Marina Jozokos also found the back of the net.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Jokozos opened the scoring just under two minutes into the game to put the Mocs up 1-0. Off a feed from A. Benedetto, Glinecki put the Mocs up by two. Rollins would tie the game up at 2-2 over the next four minutes. After nearly five minutes of scoreless action, Glinecki put the game back in the Mocs favor. Smith put her first shot in the back of the net off a feed from A. Benedetto to put the Mocs up 4-2. Glinecki would follow Smith with her third goal of the game as Mocs would go up 5-2. That would be the Mocs final goal of the first half as Rollins would close out the half on a 7-0 run. Florida Southern would trail the Tars 9-5 at the half.
• Florida Southern and Rollins would keep the other team off the board over the first eight minutes of the second half. Hannah Coakley would take a feed from Rachel Valocchi to open the second half scoring and put the Tars up by five. Florida Southern would go on a 4-0 run to get back into the game. Bannatyne fired past a free position shot for the Mocs first goal of the second half. Smith got the Mocs within three on an unassisted goal. A. Benedetto cut the Tars lead to just two. Smith followed that up with her third goal of the game at the 16:59 mark for a 10-9 score in favor of the Tars. Rollins would answer with an unassisted goal to extend their lead to two. At the 15:19 mark, Bannatyne put an unassisted goal to make it 11-10 Rollins. With 54 seconds remaining regulation, A. Benedetto tied the game at 11-11. For the second consecutive game, the Mocs would head to overtime.
• After neither team would score in the first overtime period the game would head to a second overtime period. Rollins would take a shot early in the second overtime and be stopped on a save by Alanna Zambetti. The Mocs would run down the field and Bannatyne would take a shot that would barely miss the net as it hit the post and Rollins scooped up the loose ball. The Tars answered with a run down the field and fire off a shot to the top left for the game-winner.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern fell to 9-5 all-time against Rollins. This was the first neutral site meeting between the two programs.
• Florida Southern won 14 of 26 draw controls.
• Florida Southern picked up 22 ground balls to 11 by Rollins. The Mocs were 15-for-17 on clear attempts as the Tars were 22-for-23.
• The Mocs fired off 29 shots to 26 by the Tars. Florida Southern caused 11 of the Tars 15 turnovers.
• Florida Southern fell to 3-2 in NCAA regional play.
• The Mocs are now 4-5 all-time in overtime games.
• The loss marked only the fourth time in program history the team has lost back-to-back games in a single-season as the 2015 season ended the same way 2019 did and the 2016 season opened with back-to-back losses. Prior to that, the Mocs dropped back-to-back games in its inaugural 2012 season.
• Dani Bursinger will end her collegiate career as the program's leader with 439 career draw controls. Bursinger sits in a tied for most games played with Emily Santoli as both played in 86 career games.
• Sam Keesey is now second with 107 caused turnovers after passing Emily Santoli (106).