LAKELAND, Fla. – The No. 7 Florida Southern College women's lacrosse team held Stonehill College scoreless over the final 15 minutes to earn its third straight victory. The Mocs record moves to 6-3 overall and Stonehill is now 2-2 on the season. On Wednesday night at Moccasin Field, the FSC women's lacrosse student-athletes recognized a member of the Florida Southern staff, faculty, coaches, and mentors with a halftime ceremony.
Senior attack Julia Couch led the game with five goals. Senior Riley Bannatyne added four goals and classmate Marina Jozokos added a hat trick for the Mocs. Sophomore Brenna Smith led the game with two assists.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The defenses came out strong to open the game. Over the first five minutes, the two teams would turn the ball over a combined six times. Stonehill would find the back of the net first as Kaity Healey capitalized on a free position shot to give her team a 1-0 lead.
- Less than a minute later, Jozokos would tie the game at 1-1. In the span of three minutes, the Mocs would score three goals, two by Jozokos and a third by Couch to take a 3-1 lead.
- Bannatyne would end a six-minute scoreless drought in the game as she put away a free position goal to give Southern a 4-1 lead. Four minutes later, Smith would score her own free position goal as the Mocs would take a commanding 5-1 lead. The 5-0 run for the Mocs would end quickly as Stonehill would score just 24 seconds later to make it a 5-2 lead for the home team.
- Jozokos and Bannatyne would add two more goals for the Mocs as they would jump out to a 7-2 lead. The Florida Southern offense would go scoreless over the final 10-plus minutes of the first half. Stonehill would use this time to add two more goals to cut the Mocs lead to three. Southern would take a 7-4 lead into the halftime break.
- The visitors would use a 3-0 run to open the second half to tie the game at 7-7. Couch would end a Moccasin scoring drought that would span nearly 18 minutes over the two halves to give the Mocs an 8-7 lead. This would be the final lead change of the game as Southern would use a 5-0 run over a four-minute period to take a commanding 12-7 lead with 18:56 remaining in the second half. Couch would score three of the five goals for the Mocs during this span.
- The Skyhawks would put pressure on the Mocs as the visiting team would cut the Southern lead to just two, 12-10.
- Sophomore goalie Patricia Werker would enter the game for the final 15 minutes and keep Stonehill off the board as she made five saves. Two goals from Bannatyne and a goal from Couch would be the final scores of the game as neither team would score over the final 9:49 of the contest.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
- Southern improved its all-time record over the Skyhawks to 3-0. All three victories come in Lakeland. This is the first Moccasin victory over Stonehill since a 2014 contest at Lakeland's Bryant Stadium saw the Mocs win 12-11 in double overtime.
- The Mocs recorded five assists on 15 goals. Smith would lead the game with two assists. Seniors Sarah Grady and Grace Glinecki, and sophomore Ally Louden would each add an assist for the Mocs.
- Junior goalie Brittany Iamele and Werker would combine for 12 saves on the night.
- Southern won 17 of the 27 draw controls.
- The home team recorded five free position goals on 13 shots while the visitors were 1-for-7.
- The Mocs caused 10 of the Skyhawks' 18 turnovers. Five of the Moccasins 15 turnovers were caused by Stonehill.
- Both teams had 23 successful clears as Southern was successful on 24 attempts and Stonehill had 23 clears on 27 chances.
The Mocs are back in action at Moccasin Field on March 14 when they take on Mercy for a 1 p.m. opening draw. The game will be closed to the public due to public health safety concerns. For more information regarding Florida Southern and the COVID-19 please click here.