CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse struggled at the start of the game as they trailed from the opening goal and found themselves having to even the score back up against the Queens University of Charlotte Royals on Sunday afternoon. The Mocs (5-1) powered back to take a 9-8 lead over the host Royals (3-2) in the second half, a lead Florida Southern would hang on to till the final horn.
Florida Southern's offense was led by Julia Couch and Sarah Grady who matched each other with four goals and two assists apiece. Brenna Smith (3) and Maliah Benedetto (2) both found the back of the net multiple times. Freshmen Katie Yeagle also tallied a goal in the victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Queens opened the game with a goal and what would see the two team trade goals back and forth throughout most of the first half. Grady tied the game at 1-1 nearly ten minutes after the Royals opened the scoring. Florida Southern would take its first lead of the afternoon as Yeagle followed up an unassisted goal by Grady to give FSC a 4-3 lead. Queens would go on a 3-0 run before M. Benedetto would close out the first half with a goal to pull the Mocs within one.
• The Royals came out of the break with a goal by Rachel Parrett to move the score to 7-5 in favor of the home team. Florida Southern would use a 5-1 run to take a 10-8 lead over the next eight minutes with a pair of goals each from Brenna Smith and Julia Couch while Grady tallied an unassisted goal. Sydney Bracken would pull the Royals within one at 10-9 but at that point, the Mocs would run away with the game. M. Benedetto, Couch, and Grady would string together another three goals for the Mocs as they would put the game out of reach of the Royals. Queens would close out the game with a pair of goals but it was the Mocs who would leave Charlotte with the victory!
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 8-0 all-time against Queen. The Mocs have picked up four wins as the home team and four wins as the visiting team.
• Dani Bursinger won a game-high 18 draw controls as the Mocs won 21 of 28 draw controls.
• Florida Southern picked up 21 ground balls to 19 by Queens. The Mocs converted 16 successful clears on 20 attempts.
• The Mocs fired off 35 shots, 31 of which were on goal. 21 of the Royals 28 shots were on goal. Florida Southern caused 13 turnovers as Queens had 18 turnovers on the afternoon.
• Florida Southern returns to Moccasin Field for three straight home games against Slippery Rock (March 13), Florida Tech (March 16) and Belmont Abbey (March 21).