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SSC Women: #5 FSC 17-10 over #21 Saint Leo – Both Recaps

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#5 Mocs Hold Off #21 Lions on the Road

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The No. 5 Florida Southern College women’s lacrosse team traveled to and defeated No. 21 Saint Leo University by a final score of 17-10 on Wednesday night at University Turf Stadium.

The Moccasins (12-2, 3-1 SSC) overcame an early deficit, eventually overtaking the host Lions (9-5, 1-3 SSC) with a strong second half.

Senior goalkeeper Sydney O’Neill earned her second win in as many games, making nine saves on the night to lead Florida Southern to the road victory.

Seniors Jackie Stoller and Madison Tare led the team offensively, each scoring four goals, while fellow senior Lizzy Lynch totaled five points, notching a hat trick of her own in the process.

Junior Abby McFerren filled the stat sheet, logging four ground balls, three draw controls, and a pair of caused turnovers to go along with a goal and an assist.

The Lions got out to the early lead, taking a 2-0 lead in the opening minutes of the first quarter before the Moccasins bombarded the Lions’ defense.

Florida Southern didn’t score until there were just under seven minutes remaining in the first quarter, but the team was able to find the back of the net five times before the horn sounded at the end of the quarter.

Hailey DaleoMadison TareSammy Gorrasi, and Lynch each scored to give the Moccasins a 4-2 lead before the Lions answered, trimming the deficit to just one.

McFerren scored a buzzer-beater at the end of the frame to give the Mocs a 5-3 lead heading into the second quarter.

Stoller scored in the opening minute of the frame to give Florida Southern a seemingly commanding lead 6-3, but the Lions roared back to tie the game with three unanswered tallies over the course of the next several minutes.

The Moccasins were able to close out the second quarter in similar fashion as they did in the initial frame, with Tare scoring again, and Stoller tacking on two goals, including a buzzer-beater at the half.

With a 9-6 lead coming out of the halftime break, the Moccasins dominated the third quarter despite the Lions scoring the first goal of the period.

Tare, Lynch, and Stoller scored in the back half of the third quarter before Gina Verrone tallied to give Florida Southern a 13-7 lead headed into the final frame.

In her 70th career game, Verrone, a graduate student defender, scored her first career goal and earned her first career point on a free-position shot late in the quarter.

The Moccasins were able to coast to victory over the course of the fourth quarter, despite a comeback bid from the home team. The Lions scored twice in the early-goings of the frame to cut the deficit to four, but the Mocs were able to fend off the attack and responded with more offensive prowess to put the game on ice.

Daleo, Lynch, Tare, and Olivia Manghisi each scored in the fourth quarter to give the Moccasins a 17-10 lead, a score line that stayed the same until the final horn.

Florida Southern will now turn their attention to Saturday afternoon, when they’ll host No. 13 Embry-Riddle in a battle between two Sunshine State Conference teams with identical records, sitting at 12-2 and 3-1 in the SSC.

The first draw control is set for 1 p.m. at Berend Field this Saturday.

Scoring Summary

1st PeriodFS
13:09SLUSLU – Lia Lamendola01
09:09SLUSLU – Fiona Mclaughlin Assisted by Marina Dean02
06:54FSCWLXFSCWLX – Hailey Daleo Assisted by Jackie Stoller12
06:33FSCWLXFSCWLX – Madison Tare22
02:35FSCWLXFSCWLX – Sammy Gorrasi Assisted by Giana Murphy32
01:26FSCWLXFSCWLX – Lizzy Lynch42
00:59SLUSLU – Eliz Fino Assisted by Gigi Moll43
00:00FSCWLXFSCWLX – Abby McFerren Assisted by Lizzy Lynch53
2nd PeriodFS
14:25FSCWLXFSCWLX – Jackie Stoller63
10:46SLUSLU – Eliz Fino64
10:37SLUSLU – Fiona Mclaughlin Assisted by Lia Lamendola65
07:03SLUSLU – Gigi Moll66
06:34FSCWLXFSCWLX – Madison Tare76
05:48FSCWLXFSCWLX – Jackie Stoller86
00:00FSCWLXFSCWLX – Jackie Stoller96
3rd PeriodFS
06:41SLUSLU – Sophia Wood97
06:11FSCWLXFSCWLX – Madison Tare107
01:47FSCWLXFSCWLX – Lizzy Lynch117
01:36FSCWLXFSCWLX – Jackie Stoller Assisted by Abby McFerren127
01:26FSCWLXFSCWLX – Gina Verrone137
4th PeriodFS
14:36SLUSLU – Ashlee Wilsynski138
13:54SLUSLU – Lia Lamendola139
12:37FSCWLXFSCWLX – Hailey Daleo Assisted by Lizzy Lynch149
09:44SLUSLU – Ashlee Wilsynski Assisted by Fiona Mclaughlin1410
08:40FSCWLXFSCWLX – Lizzy Lynch1510
05:16FSCWLXFSCWLX – Olivia Manghisi1610
02:35FSCWLXFSCWLX – Madison Tare1710


#21 Lions Drop Game Versus #5 Mocs 17-10

by Carlos Silva

SAINT LEO, Fla. – The #21 Saint Leo women’s lacrosse team started off strong but ultimately fell to #5 Florida Southern 17-10.

The Lions now move to 9-5 after loss to Florida Southern.

In the first quarter, it was Lia Lamendola who stepped up and gave the Lions the first goal of the game which was followed by a fiery response by the home crowd.

The Mocs did get things going eventually as they took a 5-3 lead into the second quarter.

Eliz Fino was the first to score for the Lions in the second quarter as this was a sign of momentum swinging the other way.

Florida Southern held a 9-6 lead at halftime following another near buzzer-beater goal given up by Saint Leo.

In the third quarter, it was Sophia Wood who tried to spark another light of hope for the Lions, bringing the game within two goals.

The Mocs were having none of it as they fired on all cylinders and took a six-goal lead into the fourth quarter.

Ashlee Wilsynski got involved in the action once again, finding the back of the net as the Lions tried once more to get back in the swing of momentum.

It was not enough as the Mocs closed the game out on top 17-10.

Up next, the Lions head back on the road to square up against Palm Beach Atlantic on April 15th at 3:00pm.

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