LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse scored six times in the opening 10 minutes and rolled past visiting Saint Leo, 18-3, in Sunshine State Conference action on Wednesday at Moccasin Field. The Moccasins (14-1, 4-1 SSC) dominated the Lions (11-3, 2-1) from start to finish to improve to a perfect 10-0 at home this season and stay atop the Sunshine State Conference standings as the regular season draws to a close.
Seven different players scored at least two goals for the Mocs, who were led by a game-high three goals from Marina Jozokos, while the Florida Southern defense forced Saint Leo into 24 turnovers on the day and the Moccasin offense fired off 30 first-half shots.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern wasted no time in getting on the board first as Dani Bursinger buried home a shot just 28 seconds into the first half. Emily Santoli would score twice in the next three minutes to take a 3-0 lead, and goals from Casey O'Brien, Jozokos, and Meghan O'Brien put the Mocs up 6-0 with still 21:08 to go in the opening half. Gracie Maganzini would find the back of the net just two minutes later to make it 7-0 before Saint Leo finally got on the board with a goal at the 19:06 mark.
• Neither team would score for nearly seven minutes following the opening eight goals, but Jozokos scored back-to-back in a 14-second span to make it 9-1 with 12:16 to go in the first. Aubriana Benedetto and C. O'Brien closed out the half with a pair of goals to make it 12-2 at the break.
• The Moccasins would outscore the Lions 6-1 over the final 30 minutes of play as the entire second half was played with a running clock. Benedetto and Bursinger would both score again in the second half, while Maganzini and Sarah Grady each tallied their second goals of the game in the second period. Ashley Norberg and Riley Bannatyne also added late goals to make the final 18-3.
• Florida Southern outshot Saint Leo 43-17, won 14-of-21 draw controls, and collected 37 ground balls to the Lions' 25. Alana Zambetti and Brittany Iamele each played a half in goal, with Zambetti getting the start and making four saves while Iamele made seven in relief.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 7-0 all-time against Saint Leo and moved to 16-1 all-time in SSC games. The victory marked the 22nd-straight home victory for the Moccasins, who have one regular-season home game remaining. Wednesday's game was originally scheduled to be played on Tuesday, but severe storms on Tuesday evening pushed the game back a day.
• Santoli had her 12th multi-goal game of the season, while Jozokos tallied a hat trick for the fifth time this year. Maganzini's two-goal performance marked her first multi-goal game of the year. Zambetti improved to 5-1 in goal this season.
• Through 15 games, Florida Southern has had 27 different players score a goal, including 10 with at least 10 goals.
• Florida Southern will make a weekend trip to North Carolina to face Belmont Abbey (April 13) and Lenoir-Rhyne (April 14). The Mocs were originally slated to face Lenoir-Rhyne on Sunday afternoon, but the game has been moved to Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m. to avoid severe storms forecast for Sunday. Florida Southern closes out the regular-season at home against Palm Beach Atlantic on April 21.