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SSC Women: #5 FSC wins a Slugfest 23-19 over #15 Tampa – Both Recaps

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#5 Mocs Outlast #15 Spartans in High-Scoring Affair

LAKELAND, Fla. – The fifth-ranked Florida Southern College women’s lacrosse team defeated the fifteenth-ranked University of Tampa Spartans by a final score of 23-19 on Wednesday night in the Moccasins’ Sunshine State Conference opener.

The combined 42 goals scored set a new record for scoring in a single game in Florida Southern history, as the Moccasins (9-1, 1-0 SSC) overcame the Spartans (5-6, 1-1 SSC) in a back-and-forth contest. Although Tampa scored 19 times, Patricia Werker turned aside 11 of 26 shots she faced to earn her fifth win of the year.

Brenna Smith recorded her 100th career point as a Moccasin and led the team with five goals and seven total points in the game, leading the Moccasins to their eighth straight win and first in conference play.

Lizzy Lynch scored the first goal of the game just 18 seconds in, finding the back of the net off a feed from Abby McFerren. Lynch would go on to score five goals in the contest and McFerren set a career-high with six assists on the day.

The Spartans retaliated with an early goal before Ellie Griffin and Hailey Daleo each scored to give the Moccasins a 3-1 lead in the first three minutes of the game.

Tampa responded with three consecutive goals in a span of fewer than two minutes to claim its first lead of the day, 4-3, just over five minutes into the game. The quick, consecutive goals set the tone for what would wind up being a historically high-scoring game.

Smith scored her first goal of the day to tie the game at 4 before Lynch tallied her second of the quarter to give the Mocs a short-lived lead. The Spartans tallied twice in the remainder of the first quarter to give the visitors a 6-5 lead at the end of the first frame.

Madison Tare scored her first of five goals to open the second quarter and once again, even the score. Again, Tampa roared back with a pair of quick tallies to gather their first two-goal lead of the game, 8-6. Daleo, Lynch, and Ellie Griffin each found the back of the net to keep the Spartans at bay despite a pair of strikes from the Tampa attack.

Smith scored her 100th career point with nineteen seconds to play, finishing a McFerren feed to send the teams the halftime break knotted up at ten.

To start the second half, Tampa rattled off three consecutive goals before Tare stopped the bleeding with just over ten minutes to play, cutting the deficit to two, 13-11. The Spartans would respond and re-claim a three-goal lead before the Moccasins scored four unanswered to gather their first lead of the half.

Tare scored twice more, while McFerren and Daleo each tallied again on the mini scoring run to propel the Mocs ahead, 15-14. The Spartans’ Madison Birch scored her fifth goal of the game to once again bring the two teams even nearing the close of the quarter.

However, the Mocs would go on to score three goals in the remaining three minutes of the quarter, giving them a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish as part of a 6-goal scoring run at the turn of the fourth quarter.

Smith scored three times, as Lynch and Tare each found the back of the net again to put the team ahead 20-15 in the earlygoings of the fourth quarter. Katie Yeagle scored a free-position goal to put the Mocs up by 6, giving Florida Southern enough insurance to outlast the Spartans in the final frame.

Daleo and Griffin each scored once more, and Werker made two saves for the Moccasins in the cage to hang on for a 23-19 victory at Berend Field.

The Moccasins’ offensive prowess was highlighted by a fantastic shooting performance. The team shot 65.7-percent in the win, and now lead the nation in shot percentage, at 55.0-percent.

Maria Reeves was relentless in the draw circle, coming away with 10 draw controls on the day, and setting a new career-high.

In her 40th collegiate game, all with Florida Southern, Smith increased her career total to 104 with a big performance on Wednesday.

The Moccasins earned their first conference win of the season and stretched their win streak to eight games as they look ahead to their next conference matchup on Saturday afternoon against the undefeated ninth-ranked Rollins College Tars, in Winter Park.


No.15 Ranked Spartans fall to No. 5 Ranked Florida Southern in Close Contest

LAKELAND, Fla. – The No.15 ranked  University of Tampa Spartans women’s lacrosse team suffers a loss to No.5 ranked Florida Southern in a close contest.


Final: Florida Southern Mocs 23, University of Tampa Spartans 19

Records: #15 Tampa (5-6), #5 Florida Southern (9-1)

Location: Berend Field | Lakeland, FL


First Quarter

Florida Southern would capitalize quickly on a Tampa mistake defensively, the Spartans would not waste any time getting back into the game as Sarah Hinkle would get Tampa right back into the game. Both teams would continue to go back and forth in a goal fest of a first quarter. As Alyssa Romano would put Tampa into the lead with seconds remaining in the quarter.

13:55 – Sarah Hinkle, unassisted

11:12 – Olivia Mott, assisted by Madison Birch

10:47 – Madison Birch, unassisted

9:40 – Julia Kolderman, unassisted

3:14 – Sarah Hinkle, unassisted

00:49 – Alyssa Romano, unassisted

Score: 6-5 Tampa

Second Quarter

Tampa would concede early to start things off, none of this would phase the Spartans however. Cece Colombo would find Madison Birch later after Florida Southern found the net, both teams going goal after goal trying to one up another. Showing this would be a high scoring affair.

13:24 –  Madison Birch, assisted by Cece Colombo

11:15 – Julia Kolderman, unassisted

7:40 – Lizzie Pierpont, assisted by Olivia Mott

3:43 – Madison Birch, unassisted

Score: 10-10 Tied

Third Quarter

Tampa would start the second half off guns blazing, scoring three consecutive goals to show they’re here to stay, everything started to click. Florida Southern would score four unanswered goals to demoralize the Spartans, as it seemed that Tampa would lose grip on the game after starting off so well.

13:50 – Sarah Hinkle, assisted by Lizzie Pierpont

12:14 – Olivia Mott, assisted by Sarah Hinkle

11:35 – Lizzie Pierpont, unassisted

9:28 – Madison Birch, unassisted

4:05 – Madison Birch, unassisted

Score: 18-15 Florida Southern

Fourth Quarter

The Mocs would come out with three goals out the gate, this would not put Tampa out the game however. As Tampa would come back with two goals of their own. The deficit would be to much to overcome, as both teams putting up two goals each as Florida Southern would get the final say and put the nail in the coffin.

11:30 – Sarah Hinkle, unassisted

10:48 – Cece Colombo, unassisted

8:28 – Lizzie Pierpont, assisted by Madison Birch

8:20 – Emma McLoughlin, unassisted


  • Birch would tally her goal total to 33 on the season
  • Three Spartans would record a hat trick. Birch (5), Hinkle (4), Pierpont (3)
  • Five Tampa player recorded an assist


  • Tampa would outshoot Florida Southern 36-35
  • Tampa committed 18 fouls tonight
  • This loss ends the Spartans two game win streak

UP NEXT: The Spartans return home for Senior Day to face in conference opponent Palm Beach Atlantic, on Saturday April 9th at 3:00 PM.

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