Women’s lacrosse stung by lightning and fifth-ranked Mocs

Women’s lacrosse stung by lightning and fifth-ranked Mocs

LAKELAND, Fla. – Fifth-seeded Florida Southern scored six goals over the final 11 minutes of the first half to upend Saint Leo women's lacrosse, 11-3, in a lightning-shortened Sunshine State Conference women's lacrosse game Tuesday at Bryant Stadium.

Saint Leo moves to 7-6 overall with the loss, 1-2 in SSC play, while Florida Southern improved to 15-2 overall and 2-0 in league play.

Freshman Abbie Ross, sophomore Emily Pittenger, and senior Joanna Chadwick scored goals for the Lions.

Florida Southern notched two quick goals within the first four minutes to take the lead, before Ross' strike with 22:14 left in the first half. Kelsey Burns fed Ross for the assist.

The Mocs' Lorianne Hoover added an unassisted goal just 28 seconds later, extending the Florida Southern lead to 3-1.

The score held at 3-1 for the next 11 minutes, with Florida Southern charting six unanswered goals before the remainder of the half to take a 9-1 lead into the intermission. Hoover scored two more for the Mocs to complete the first half hat trick, while Emily Santoli, to scored Florida Southern's opening goal of the contest, added her second of the night at the 10:23 mark of the half.

Florida Southern added two more goals to their lead early in the second half, before Pittenger's score with 21:50 remaining in the game to make the score 11-2 in the Mocs' favor. Chadwick scored on a free position attempt with 14:17 left to play, giving the Lions a two-goal run heading into the home stretch.

Unfortunately, the officials halted the game at 8:19 p.m. due to lightning with 11:56 remaining to play, and 22 minutes later the game was called.

Brittany Millsap logged 10 saves over her 48:04 in the Lions' goal, while the Mocs' Ashley Seborowski and Taylor Gillis combined for 11 saves. Florida Southern outshot Saint Leo, 26-18, and recorded 11 draw controls to the Lions' five.

Saint Leo returns to action on Sunday, April 12, when it hosts Shorter University at 1:00 p.m. at University Turf Stadium. This is a change over the originally scheduled date of Monday, April 13.

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