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Four Moccasins Named to IWLCA All-South Region Teams

Four Moccasins Named to IWLCA All-South Region Teams

LAKELAND, FL - Four Florida Southern College women's lacrosse student-athletes earn IWLCA All-South Region honors. Dani Bursinger and Sam Keesey were named to the first team. Riley Bannatyne and Aubriana Benedetto earned spots on the second team. This marks the third-straight year Bursinger has been named to the first team and the second-consecutive year Keesey has earned first-team honors. 

Bursinger earns her third consecutive all-South Region honors and finds herself on the first team for the third time as she was named to the first team in 2017 and 2018. She has completed her senior year with 145 draw controls, 18 goals, 18 assists, 31 ground balls, and caused 17 turnovers. Her goal in the Mocs 21-9 win over Seton Hill was the game-winning goal. She led the south region with 145 total draw controls and is third in the region with 7.25 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. Bursinger will leave Lakeland as the career leader in draw controls (439) and in a tie with Emily Santoli for most career games played (86) and is top-five in free position goals (29). In addition, she ranks top-10 in numerous categories including, games started (65), goals scored (90), assists (74), points (164), shots (183), shots on goal (147), ground balls (90) and caused turnovers (47). She also holds three of the top-four spots in individual single-season draw control totals. 

Keesey lands on the first team for the second-straight year after guiding the Mocs on defense limiting opponents to a stunning 8.25 goals per game and an 8.17 mark in SSC games. The senior defender has totaled 110 draw controls, caused 48 turnovers, picked up 39 ground balls and recorded six points (1g, 5a) to round out her collegiate career. 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 (110), caused turnovers (48), 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 in 2018 when she totaled five goals and an assist. All three categories she finds her name in for career totals she has totaled triple digits in draw controls (233), caused turnovers (107), and ground balls (101). She is third all-time in individual single-season draw control totals after totaling 110 this year. Keesey is third and fourth all-time as she totaled 48 caused turnovers in 2019 and 39 caused turnovers in 2018. 

Benedetto headlines the second team attackers as she led the team with 61 points (38g and 23a). Her 38 goals on the season put her third on the team while 23 assists were good for second. She also has picked up 27 ground balls and caused 14 turnovers. She led the team with 15 free position goals and is T-31st in the nation 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. She finished her two-year career as a Moccasin with 100 total points and is just the eighth Moc to hit triple digits in points.  Her 15 free position goals this season are good for fourth all-time in individual single-season totals. She ranks in the top-10 with 23 free position goals in her career. 

Bannatyne earns her first all-region honors in her career. The junior has totaled 54 points this season including 49 goals and five assists. She leads the team with 49 goals and is fourth on the team for total points. Bannatyne has picked up 18 ground balls, 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. 18 ground balls 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 finished the season tied for sixth in the league with 49 goals and only nine behind the league leader. With another season still to play, Bannatyne is ranked top-10 in goals scored (80). She needs just 20 more to become the eighth Moccasin to record triple-digit goals in a career. With 88 career points, she needs just 12 more points to become the ninth Moccasin to hit triple-digits.   

Florida Southern has landed at least two players on the on all-south region team each year since the inaugural 2012 season. 

Below is a complete list of the All-South Region first and second teams.

South Region
First Team 

Ally

Blood

Queens University of Charlotte

Junior

Attack

Chase

Brokaw

Queens University of Charlotte

Junior

Goalkeeper

Dani

Bursinger

Florida Southern College

Senior

Midfield

Cammy

Case

Queens University of Charlotte

Senior

Defense

Kylie

Eastman

Belmont Abbey College

Sophomore

Attack

Kallie

German

Rollins College

Senior

Attack

McKenzie

Jackson

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Sophomore

Midfield

Samantha

Keesey

Florida Southern College

Senior

Defense

Courtney

Lafler

Limestone College

Senior

Attack

Lily

Rizk

Rollins College

Junior

Midfield

Samantha

Schiano

Florida Institute of Technology

Senior

Midfield

Hannah

Scott

Queens University of Charlotte

Senior

Attack

Bridget

Sutter

The University of Tampa

Sophomore

Goalkeeper

Claire

Swanson

The University of Tampa

Junior

Midfield

Carly

Vaccaro

The University of Tampa

Junior

Attack

Lindsay

Van Beck

Rollins College

Senior

Defense


Second Team 

Hannah

Ashton

Rollins College

Junior

Attack

Riley

Bannatyne

Florida Southern College

Junior

Attack

Aubriana

Benedetto

Florida Southern College

Senior

Attack

Rose

Blackburn

Limestone College

Senior

Defense

Rachel

Elmore

Lenoir-Rhyne University

Senior

Midfield

Caroline

Forester

The University of Tampa

Senior

Midfield

Julia

Foster

Limestone College

Sophomore

Midfield

Olivia

Going

Florida Institute of Technology

Senior

Defense

Sadie

Michael

University of Mount Olive

Senior

Defense

Britannie

Ouimet

Limestone College

Sophomore

Attack

Ashley

Salvett

Saint Leo University

Junior

Defense

Alexa

Scudillo

The University of Tampa

Junior

Defense

Kristyn

Staley

The University of Tampa

Sophomore

Attack

Sydney

Taylor

North Greenville University

Senior

Goalkeeper

Alyssa

Voccia

Limestone College

Senior

Defense

Katie

Wardle

Queens University of Charlotte

Senior

Midfield