SPARKS, MD - Florida Southern College women's lacrosse has had seven players named as all-South Region selections by the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association, the IWLCA announced on Friday afternoon. Five Moccasins earned first-team all-region honors, while two more were named as second-team selections. Florida Southern boasts more all-region selections than any other team in any of the four regions.
The Mocs five first-team honorees are midfielders Dani Bursinger and Emily Santoli, attackers Shannon Gilfedder and Meghan O'Brien, and defender Sam Keesey. FSC's second-team selections consist of the defensive duo of Sarah Rheinsmith and Megan Vadala.
Bursinger was also a first-team all-region selection last year and scored 31 goals while tallying 11 assists entering the NCAA Division II semifinals. She scored five goals in an upset of defending national champion Adelphi in the second game of the year (Feb. 17) and ranks 43rd nationally in draw controls per game (5.11).
Santoli earns her fourth career all-region honors and her third-straight first-team selection. She leads the Mocs and ranks 25th nationally with 67 goals, and ranks among the top 60 nationally in seven different statistical categories entering the weekend.
Gilfedder is a first-time all-region selection after scoring 35 goals and collecting 19 assists in 19 games prior to Friday's matchup with East Stroudsburg. She scored seven goals and notched a pair of assists in the Moccasin's 19-10 win over Florida Tech in the NCAA Tournament quarterfinals.
O'Brien earns her third-straight first-team all-region honors after scoring 40 goals and tallying 45 assists entering the NCAA Championship weekend. She led the Sunshine State Conference in assists while ranking 15th nationally through her first 19 appearances this year.
Keesey joins Gilfedder as another first-time selection after tallying 37 groundballs and 35 caused turnovers in 17 appearances prior to this weekend. She also scored five goals and notched one assist from her defensive position, while grabbing 82 draw controls. She led the SSC and ranked 35th in the nation in draw controls per game (2.06).
Rheinsmith is also a first-time all-region honoree after snagging 23 groundballs and notching 16 caused turnovers in her first 20 games of the year. She also scored her first collegiate goal this season.
Vadala earns her second-straight first-team honor after registering 30 groundballs and 21 caused turnovers. She also scored a goal during the year, her first since her freshman campaign in 2015. Vadala and Rheinsmith helped anchor a Florida Southern back line that finished eighth nationally and led the SSC in scoring defense (7.81).
Each of Florida Southern's all-region honorees is now eligible to earn all-America honors. The seven all-region honors are the most in a single season in program history, while the five first-team honorees tie last year's record for the most in a single season.