LAKELAND, FL - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse battled a driving rainstorm and an hour-long power outage in a 21-10 win over visiting Bloomsburg on Monday at Bryant Stadium.
The Moccasins (9-2) jumped out to an early 7-0 lead and never looked back to pick up their sixth-straight win in their first-ever meeting with the Huskies (2-1).
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern struck early and often, scoring three goals in the first two minutes of the game to set the tone for the evening. Cayla Shawfield scored the first goal of the game just 24 seconds into the action, and Kendall Kerge and Dani Bursinger tacked on goals just moments later to make it 3-0.
• The Moccasins would strike for four more goals before 11 full minutes had passed, racing out to a commanding 7-0 lead before Bloomsburg scored its first goal with 16:42 to go in the first half. The Huskies would score another goal just over a minute later to make it 7-2, but the Mocs scored three quick goals to push their lead to 10-2.
• After Shannon Mazza put the Moccasins up 13-4 with 5:53 to play in the opening half, a nearby transformer blew and caused a near hour-long delay as the power to Bryant Stadium was knocked offline.
• After resuming play once power was restored, Florida Southern added three more goals to take a 16-4 lead into halftime. However, Bloomsburg would seize momentum at the start of the second half, reeling off six-straight goals to pull within six (16-10) with 11:47 to play.
• Florida Southern was able to clamp down after the Huskies' scoring outburst, holding Bloomsburg scoreless for the remainder of the game and scorend five more times to pick up a 21-10 victory.
• The Moccasins outshot the Huskies 31-15, picked up 19 ground balls to Bloomsburg's 9, and won 19-of-31 draw controls. Florida Southern also converted 3-of-5 free-position shots.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern improved to 55-11 all-time in home games, including 33-1 in home games played in the month of March. The Moccasins also moved to 46-6 all-time in games played in March.
• Seven different Moccasins scored multiple goals. Shawfield and Meghan O'Brien led the team with four goals each, while Emily Santoli (3), Dani Bursinger (2), Shannon Gilfedder (2), Catherine DeKorte (2), and Kendall Kerge (2) each found the back of the net multiple times.
• Bursinger also finished with three assists and 14 draw controls. Santoli dished out two assists, while Gracie Maganzini also tallied two assists.
• Bloomsburg started the game down a player for an illegal stick violation. The Moccasins scored three man-up goals in the first two minutes.
• Florida Southern will host No. 16 Indiana (PA) on Wednesday at 7 p.m., before taking on Seton Hill on Saturday at noon. The Moccasins begin Sunshine State Conference play on March 25 at Saint Leo.