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NCAA D2 Women’s Preview – #1 FSC vs #4 Flagler in the First Round – 11:00am Today

via the school press releases/websites

It looks like the stream of the game will be on both the NCAA website and the Sunshine State Conference website.

Hears a possible link: LINK

FSC: #6 Mocs Host #9 Flagler in NCAA First Round Thursday

No. 6 Florida Southern College women’s lacrosse will go toe-to-toe with No. 9 Flagler Thursday in the First Round of the 2024 NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the second consecutive season.

The Moccasins (15-4) opened the 2024 season with a 23-16 win over the Saints (17-2) on February 14 in St. Augustine, Fla. The first round matchup will be the third meeting between the two program’s with Florida Southern holding a 2-0 record. The Mocs defeated the Saints 19-15 in the first ever meeting on May 12, 2023 in Tampa before the earlier season win.

Florida Southern will host the first round as well as the quarterfinal where the Mocs and Saints are joined by No. 3 Tampa (15-3) and No. 13 Lynn (13-5) in the south bracket. May 16 will feature the Mocs and Saints at 11 a.m. before the Spartans and the Fighting Knights at 3 p.m. The winners of each game will face off on May 18 at noon at Berend Field.

The Mocs have posted 12 wins this season over ranked opponents, behind a high-power offensive attack in Jackie StollerMadison Tare, and Abby McFerren. Florida Southern averages 17.5 goals per game while the trio have combined for 170 of the 332 goals. Stoller, a graduate student from Wayland, Mass., has tallied 114 points so far with 73 goals and 41 assists, sitting ahead of Tare’s 80 points. Tare, a graduate student from Etters, Pa., has 80 points through 19 games with 61 goals and 19 assists.

McFerren, a senior from York, Pa., is third on the team with 67 points with 36 goals and 31 assists. Senior Hannah Hale joins in the group with over 40 points, sitting with 26 goals and 17 assists in a breakout season.

On the circle, the Mocs have four players with over 40 draw controls with Kolby Cohen leading the way with 56. Brayden Cannelli and Audrey Cannelli are in the mix with 49 and 43, respectively, while Maria Reeves is tied for second most carrying 49 into the NCAA tournament.

Graduate Caitlin Murphy holds the defensive end with 26 caused turnovers while she also has the second most groundballs with 31. The Cannelli’s are second and third on the team in caused turnovers with 22 and 18, respectively for Brayden and Audrey.

McKenzie Gaghan stands at 14-4 in goal having played 19 games and 848:19 minutes. She will carry a 11.46 goals against average and a .375 saves percentage into the meeting with Flagler.

The Saints are 17-0 against teams not playing in the tournament at Berend Field, having both losses against the top-seeded Mocs and the third-seeded Fighting Knights (15-10). Flagler swept its pair of games in the Gulf South Conference tournament with a 20-10 win over Lee and a 21-8 win over Alabama Huntsville to earn the spot in the Lacrosse Championship.

In just three years, the Saints are appearing in the tournament for the second consecutive season and are led by Carley Tepel who has 67 goals in 19 games as the team averages 17.3 goals per game as a unit. Five others join Tepel in scoring over 30 goals this season in Tristan Usher (44), Sydney Onega (39), Lexie Morton (34), Ella Pinder (30), and Carly LaFerriere (30).

LaFerriere leads the circle with 91 draw controls ahead of Pinder’s 53. Katelyn Trainor has 36 draws on the season and leads the team in caused turnovers alongside Jenn Seebach with 28. Seebach is the team leader in groundballs with 43.

Lauren Ribadeneria has played all 19 games in goal and logged 1040:52 minutes with a low 9.22 goals against average and has a .435 saves percentage. The junior from Phoneix, Ariz. is 17-2 in goal and will look to go toe-to-toe against the Moccasins for the second year in a row in the NCAA tournament. She tallied seven saves on 29 shots a year ago in 59:46 minutes of action.

The winner of the 11 a.m. matchup will face the winner of the 3 p.m. First Round game between No. 3 Tampa (15-3) and No. 13 Lynn (13-5) on Saturday, May 18 at noon. 


Flagler: Saints selected to NCAA Division II National Tournament

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – No. 9 (IWLCA Division II Top 25) Flagler College was selected to compete in the 16-team NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. The first round begins on Thursday (May 16) at Florida Southern College’s Berend Field in Lakeland, Florida.

Flagler (17-2) is the No. 4 seed in the four-team South Region and will take on No. 1 seed, host school and No. 6-ranked, Florida Southern College (15-4) at 11 a.m. The No. 2-seed and No. 3-ranked, University of Tampa (15-3) takes on No. 3-seed and No. 13-ranked, Lynn University (13-5) at 3 p.m. The two winners will meet on Saturday (May 18) at noon. The national semifinals and finals will be played May 23-25 at Showalter Stadium in Winter Park, Florida.

The Saints are making their second appearance at the national tournament, after a first-round loss last season at the hands of the Moccasins 19-15. The third-year program won the Gulf South Conference regular and post-season titles. The Saints are riding a seven-game winning streak.

Keying Flagler’s attack is sophomore Carley Tepel. The Hollywood, Maryland native was the GSC Player of the Year and broke a program record with nine goals in one game. She has scored 67 goals and tallied 12 assists for 79 points. Also earning first team All-GSC honors were junior goalkeeper Lauren Ribadeneira, senior defender Katelyn Trainor, junior defender Jenn Seebach, junior midfielder Carly LaFerriere and senior attacker Tristan UsherGrant Kelam was named the GSC Coach of the Year.

The Moccasins finished second in the Sunshine State Conference and lost to Tampa 10-9 in the SSC Tournament final. Florida Southern has a strong tradition having won it all in 2016 and was the national runners-up in 2017 and 2018. They lost in the semifinal round of the tournament last season.

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