Lions fall to #6 Florida Southern, 15-2

Lions fall to #6 Florida Southern, 15-2

LAKELAND, Fla. – The Saint Leo women's lacrosse team fell to the No. 6 Florida Southern Moccasins on Tuesday evening, leaving Lakeland, Fla. with a 15-2 loss in Sunshine State Conference action.

The Lions went scoreless for 48 minutes before Kelsey Burns netted her 23rd goal of the season. Soon after Burns' goal, freshman Neely Regan recorded her fourth goal of the season.

Freshman keeper Rebecca Halley faced 30 shots, 23 of which were on goal, and she recorded eight saves. She is now at 121 career saves, and just two saves from breaking the single season saves record.

Saint Leo won 11 draw controls, while the Mocs only won eight.

The Basics
Final Score: Saint Leo 2 | #6 Florida Southern 15
Location: Bryant Stadium | Lakeland, Fla.
Records: Saint Leo 3-11, 0-3 SSC | Florida Southern 13-3, 3-0 SSC

How It Happened

1H |  The host team opened up the scoring just one minute in to the game as their leading scorer on the season in Kendall Kerge snagged the goal off a pass from Allie Kyrjak. Kerge added her second off an Ashley Robertson pass. The play was set up off a free position attempt that the Mocs chose not to shoot on. Casey O'Brien tallied the third for FSC on an Emily Santoli pass. O'Brien followed it up with her second, this time off a pass from Meghan O'Brien. Turnovers haunted the Lions as they had nine in the first 15 minutes. Cayla Shawfield then tacked on the Mocs fifth unanswered goal. In a man-down situation for the Lions, the hosts used the advantage and saw Casey O'Brien record a hat-trick for in the first 19 minutes. Just seconds later, the Mocs put in their seventh as Santoli hit the back of the net with a goal of her own. Florida Southern's eighth goal was saw Robertson sink one into the cage of a Meghan O'Brien dish. Shannon Mazza scored just her eighth goal of the season on a free position shot for the Mocs' ninth. In the first half, Saint Leo was able to get just three shots off, and finished with 15 turnovers. | FSC 9-0 |

2H |  The Mocs kept their foot on the pedal as they tallied their 10th goal as Kyrjak netted a free position shot for the first of the second half. Meghan O'Brien added her first of the day after dishing out two assists in the first half, increasing the Mocs lead. Gracie Maganzini tallied just her fifth goal of the season on a play that saw Dani Bursinger hit the open Maganzini for the goal, and straight off the ensuing draw control, the Mocs saw Casey O'Brien net her fourth of the game. The 14th was scored by Kerge, giving her a hat-trip for the game. Kelsey Burns got the Lions on the board with a hard ripped shot after she dodged two defenders. The Mocs keeper got her stick on the shot, but it bounced high, and as the keeper turned to contain the ball, it crossed the goal line. Neely Regan fed off Burns' success, and through good team play, the Lions netted their second of the game off Allie Sheftall's assist to Regan, giving the Lions a run of their own. Rebecca Halley made a spectacular save on a free position attempt by the Mocs to help keeps the Lions momentum going. On another free position attempt for the Mocs, Grace Donovan snuck one by Halley. | FSC 15-2 |

Up Next
Saint Leo hosts Florida Tech on Saturday at 4 p.m. for Senior Day. 

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