LAKELAND, Fla. - Sophomore goalie Brittany Millsap collected 10 saves on the night but the Lions were unable to bring down the ninth-ranked Florida Southern Moccasins, succumbing to the Mocs 19-5 on Friday evening at Bryant Stadium. The loss drops the Lions record to 8-6 on the season, while the nationally ranked Moccasins advance to 10-3.
Millsap faced a total of 37 shots and 29 shots on frame throughout her 60 minutes between the pipes, setting aside 10 shots, including seven in the first half, to help keep Florida Southern off of the scoreboard. The St. Louis, Mo. native added an interception and three ground balls to her performance to close out the evening.
The Lions were led by Christina Minneci with two goals on the night, while Joanna Chadwick, Alyssa Viscomi, and Paige Leggio each added one. Minneci had a solid game in all areas of the field, adding three caused turnovers, six ground balls, and two draw controls to her goals.
Florida Southern was headed-up by Caitlin Chase in overall points with six, tallying two goals and four assists. Mara Mason led the game in goals with four, and added an assist to her total for five points. A total of 11 Moccasins contributed to the scoring efforts on the night.
Florida Southern ran out to a four goal lead, but not without some fight from the Saint Leo defense. Millsap opened the game making three straight saves to thwart the FSC attack before finally letting a shot slip past her at with 27:26 on the clock. In the first 10 minutes of the game, Millsap registered five saves to help keep Florida Southern at bay.
Leggio halted the Moccasin scoring streak with a goal at the 15:25 mark, but Florida Southern closed out the half scoring three unanswered goals to set the scoreboard at 8-1 at the half.
Florida southern opened the second half with a goal from Mason at the 23:54 mark, but Minneci answered back with her first of the night a little over a minute later to set the score at 9-2 with 22:35 on the clock. The Mocs fired two straight between the pipes, but Chadwick found the back of the net at the 14:04 for a score of 11-3.
Both teams traded blows to bring the score to 12-4 before Florida Southern went on a four goal run to advance their lead to 16-4 with 6:37 remaining in the game. Viscomi converted a free-position shot with 1:41 left to give the Lions their fifth and final goal of the evening.
Despite the sizeable lead, Florida Southern rattled off three goals in the final 15 seconds to close out the night with a final score of 19-5.
Florida Southern led the stat sheet in shots 37-13, ground balls 27-17, and draw controls 15-11. Saint Leo was 14-for-22 on clear attempts, and converted 1-of-2 free-position shots while the Mocs only capitalized on 2-of-7 attempts.
The Lions return to action on Tuesday, April 16, when they head to Winter Park, Fla. to take on Rollins College in South Region action. Game time against the Tars is slated for 7 p.m. at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall Sandspur Field. For more information on the game, visit saintleolions.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest news, updates, and information by following the Lions on Twitter, an "Liking" the Green and Gold on Facebook.