WINTER PARK, FL - A pair of goals early in the second half proved to be the difference as Florida Southern College women's lacrosse suffered its first loss of the season, 11-10, at No. 8 Rollins on Wednesday in Sunshine State Conference action. The No. 1 Moccasins (12-1, 2-1 SSC) led by two early on, but the Tars (12-2, 2-1) used a three-goal outburst 10 minutes into the first half to take a lead and would never trail again.
The loss snapped Florida Southern's 27 games regular-season winning streak and marked the Mocs' first-ever loss in SSC regular-season action. Despite erasing a two-goal deficit just before the end of the first half to make it 7-7 at the break the Moccasins were held scoreless for the opening 17:31 of the second half, opening the door for Rollins to score twice to take a 9-7 lead it would never surrender.
HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern opened the scoring when Emily Santoli put home a free-position shot less than three minutes into the game, but the Tars answered right back with the equalizer just one minute and eight seconds later. The Mocs were able to score twice over the next minute and a half on goals from Santoli and Sam Keesey to jump out to a 3-1 lead and seize the momentum.
• Rollins was able to swing the game back in its favor with three unanswered goals in a two-minute span to take a 4-3 lead with still 21:44 to go in the opening period. After Shannon Gilfedder tied things at 4-4 with 20:46 to go, the Tars would strike two more times to go up by two (6-4) with just under 15 minutes to play in the first half. The Moccasins seemed to catch a break when Rollins goalkeeper Malorie Olin lost the handle on the ball with 15:02 on the clock for an own goal that cut FSC's deficit to just one (6-5).
• However, the Tars were able to recover with a goal at the 8:07 mark to go back up by two (7-5). Despite the two-goal deficit, the Moccasins were able to tie things at 7-7 before the half as Santoli and Meghan O'Brien scored in the final eight minutes of the first.
• The pivotal moments came in the early stages of the second half as Rollins scored the first two goals of the final period to take a 9-7 lead with 18:52 to go. The Tars also clamped down defensively by holding the Mocs without a second-half goal until O'Brien found the back of the net with 12:29 left to play.
• Trailing by two (11-9) with less than a minute to play, Shannon Mazza scored her second goal of the game to pull Florida Southern within one with 35 seconds to go, but Rollins won the final draw control and ran out the clock.
• Florida Southern finished with a 37-18 edge in shots but Olin was spectacular between the pipes for the Tars, making 18 saves on the night. The Moccasins dominated draw controls by a 17-5 margin but converted just 4-of-11 free-position shots.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern fell to 6-5 all-time against Rollins, suffering its first loss to the Tars since the 2015 SSC Tournament Championship game. The Moccasins dropped to 14-1 all-time in regular-season SSC contests.
• Santoli scored at least three goals for the sixth-straight game and has tallied at least three in nine of the 11 games in which she has played this year. Her performance on Wednesday increased her career goal total to 158, moving her into third in school history
• The Moccasins will hit the road on Saturday to face Embry-Riddle for the first time in program history. Florida Southern returns home against Saint Leo on April 10, closes out its non-conference slate at Belmont Abbey (April 13) and Lenoir-Rhyne (April 15), and finishes the regular season at home against Palm Beach Atlantic (April 21).