LAKELAND, FL – In the first meeting between the two programs, Florida Southern College women’s lacrosse picked up a 20-7 victory at Wingate on Friday afternoon. The Mocs (4-1) used a seven-point game by Grace Glinecki to put the Bulldogs (2-3) under .500.
Florida Southern’s offense was led by Glinecki who had four goals. Marina Jozokos added on another three for the Mocs. Four other Moccasins recorded a pair of goals, while another five tallied a goal.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Dani Bursinger opened the scoring for the Mocs as she recorded her fifth goal of the season less than 90 seconds into the game. The lead was quickly evaporated as Kendall Wells put her 14th goal on the season behind Brittany Iamele to tie the game at 1-1 on the ensuing draw control. Following a Wingate goal to make it a one-goal game at 3-2 FSC, the Mocs would go on their first of two 4-0 runs in the first half as they got goals from Sarah Grady, Gracie Maganzini, Glinecki, and Riley Bannatyne. Freshmen Brenna Smith would add two more to the Mocs total in the span of 13 seconds for a 9-4 FSC lead. Florida Southern quickly began to run away with the game as it added on another string of four-straight goals. This time Bannatyne began the scoring brigade off a feed from Aubriana Benedetto, this was followed up by a goal from Maliah Benedetto. Glinecki put a free position shot past the Wingate goalie to for her 13th goal of the season and the Mocs 13th goal of the game. Maganzini put the Mocs up 14-5 as they would hold a 14-6 lead at the half.
• The Mocs scored six goals in the second half. They got off goals by Marina Jozokos, A. Benedetto, and a man-up goal by Glinecki before Wingate scored its only goal of the second half. Florida Southern closed out the second half with goals from Julia Couch, Lizzy Lynch, and Jozokos.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 1-0 all-time against Wingate. This was the first meeting between the two programs.
• With four goals on the day, Glinecki brought her season total to 14 goals.
• Florida Southern picked up 23 ground balls to 20 by Wingate. The Mocs won 16 of 28 draw controls and converted 12 successful clears on 20 attempts.
• The Mocs fired off 44 shots, 30 of which were on goal. 11 of the Bulldogs 13 shots were on goal. Florida Southern caused 13 turnovers as Wingate had 29 turnovers on the afternoon.
• Florida Southern will wrap up its North Carolina trip at Queens (March 10). FSC will return to Moccasin Field on March 13 vs. Slippery Rock.