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SSC: FSC Women 21-10 over Lynn – Both Recaps

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#5 Mocs Dismantle #11 Fighting Knights in SSC Opener

LAKELAND, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida Southern College women’s lacrosse team breezed past No. 11 Lynn University on Saturday afternoon, winning by a final score of 21-10 at Berend Field.

The Moccasins (10-1, 1-0 SSC) picked up the victory over the Fighting Knights (9-3, 0-1 SSC) in the conference opener as a ten-goal scoring run to start the game set the tone early.

Sophomore Rylie Rittberg continued her successful 2023 campaign with a solid performance, making four saves to earn her eighth win of the year. She was also credited with three ground balls and a pair of caused turnovers on the day.

Sophomore Giana Murphy led the Moccasins in scoring, notching five goals, all of which came in the first half alone. She also tacked on a pair of assists.

Defensively, Gina Verrone was a force, causing three turnovers on the afternoon while also gathering six draw controls.

The Fighting Knights got on the board first before the early Moccasin onslaught began. After trailing 1-0 for less than a minute, Florida Southern erupted for 10 consecutive goals, starting with tallies from Hailey Daleo and Sammy Gorrasi.

Giana Murphy scored three goals in the span of under three minutes to quickly make it 5-1 in the first quarter and securing the hat trick.

Madison Tare added a pair of goals while Daleo struck again as the Mocs took a commanding 8-1 lead into the second quarter.

Daleo would go on to complete the hat trick to start the second period and Jackie Stoller scored to make it a 10-1 lead for Florida Southern just a few minutes into the frame.

Stoller wound up recording five assists over the course of the afternoon, setting a new career high for helpers in a single game.

Lynn got a goal back to stop the scoring run, but Murphy tallied two goals in rapid succession to build a 12-2 lead in the second quarter.

The Fighting Knights began to show signs of life after a goaltending change, scoring the final three goals of the first half to make the game a little closer, with the score 12-5 heading into the break.

The visitors made the game even more interesting when they opened the second half with a goal in the first minute to trim the deficit to just six with the score now 12-6.

After a brief scoring lapse, Gorrasi and Stoller each scored their second goals of the game to rebuild a healthy lead five minutes into the quarter, making it 14-6.

Tare became the third Moccasin to record a hat trick on the day with her goal a few minutes later to put the team up 15-6, although the goal was quickly answered to keep the game relatively close.

Lynn would score again to make it 15-8, but Daleo’s fourth goal with under two minutes to play in the quarter once again extended the lead to eight. Abby McFerren scored, narrowly beating the buzzer at the end of the third quarter to give the Mocs a 17-8 lead heading into the fourth.

Daleo and McFerren each tallied again to open the final frame, making it 19-8 as the team re-opened the double-digit lead.

Sophomore Maria Reeves, who has been invaluable on the draw since joining the Moccasins last season, recorded her first goal of the year to tack on to the lead after a pair of Lynn goals, making it 20-10.

McFerren put the exclamation point on the big in-conference victory with a last-minute goal to earn the hat trick as the clock ticked to double-zeroes, with the Mocs winning 21-10.

The team will now head on the road and turn its attention to the No. 6 University of Tampa Spartans for what will be a highly anticipated battle between two top-ranked Sunshine State Conference powerhouses.

The first draw control in Tampa is scheduled for this Wednesday, April 5, at 4:30 p.m.  

Scoring Summary

1st PeriodLUFSC
13:26LULU – Mallory Jarka10
12:58FSCFSC – Hailey Daleo Assisted by Jackie Stoller11
10:20FSCFSC – Sammy Gorrasi Assisted by Jackie Stoller12
09:04FSCFSC – Giana Murphy Assisted by Lizzy Lynch13
07:40FSCFSC – Giana Murphy Assisted by Lizzy Lynch14
06:30FSCFSC – Giana Murphy15
05:55FSCFSC – Madison Tare16
03:17FSCFSC – Hailey Daleo Assisted by Giana Murphy17
01:42FSCFSC – Madison Tare Assisted by Jackie Stoller18
2nd PeriodLUFSC
12:55FSCFSC – Hailey Daleo Assisted by Lizzy Lynch19
11:51FSCFSC – Jackie Stoller110
10:20LULU – Kristyn Johnson210
09:27FSCFSC – Giana Murphy Assisted by Jackie Stoller211
09:15FSCFSC – Giana Murphy212
07:17LULU – Kristyn Johnson Assisted by Diane Dohler312
02:47LULU – Diane Dohler412
00:45LULU – Kristyn Johnson Assisted by Isabella Clark512
3rd PeriodLUFSC
14:27LULU – Rebecca Clark Assisted by Lauren Dickson612
10:22FSCFSC – Sammy Gorrasi Assisted by Madison Tare613
09:05FSCFSC – Jackie Stoller614
05:53FSCFSC – Madison Tare615
05:15LULU – Rebecca Clark Assisted by Danielle Farinas715
02:42LULU – Lauren Dickson815
01:56FSCFSC – Hailey Daleo Assisted by Giana Murphy816
00:01FSCFSC – Abby McFerren817
4th PeriodLUFSC
14:14FSCFSC – Hailey Daleo Assisted by Jackie Stoller818
11:42FSCFSC – Abby McFerren819
07:50LULU – Diane Dohler Assisted by Danielle Farinas919
05:46LULU – Isabella Clark1019
04:05FSCFSC – Maria Reeves Assisted by Emma Dudley1020
00:45FSCFSC – Abby McFerren Assisted by Emma Dudley1021


Lynn Women Lose at No. 5 Florida Southern

LAKELAND, Fla. – The 11th-ranked Lynn University women’s lacrosse team suffered a 21-10 defeat at No. 5 Florida Southern in the Sunshine State Conference opener for both teams, Saturday. Lynn settles at 9-3 overall on the season with the loss.
– Mallory Jarka gave Lynn the early 1-0 lead with the contest’s first goal just 1:34 into action
– The Mocs rebounded by scoring the next 10 goals for a 10-1 lead with 11:51 showing in the second quarter
– Sophomore Kristyn Johnson scored three goals in the second quarter to help narrow the deficit to 12-5 at halftime
– Johnson’s first goal came at 10:20, while her third closed the second quarter when she connected on a shot with 45 seconds left
– Freshman Becca Clark scored twice in the third quarter and junior Lauren Dickson tacked on one goal as Lynn trailed 17-8 after three quarters
– Junior Diane Dohler and senior Isabella Clark scored back-to-back goals in the fourth frame for the Fighting Knights at 7:50 and 5:46
– The Mocs added two late goals to set the final at 21-10
– Florida Southern outshot Lynn 39-18 and caused 10 Fighting Knight turnovers
– Lynn held a 19-15 edge in draw controls
– Johnson led the way with three goals and seven draw controls
– Dohler finished with two goals and one assist
– Clark scored twice, scooped up two ground balls, caused two turnovers and had four draw controls
– Graduate student Ciara Moorman made six saves while enduring the loss in goal
– Lynn returns to Bobby Campbell Stadium on Wednesday when it hosts No. 19 Saint Leo at 3:00 pm