The Florida Southern Women’s Lacrosse Team (16-1), ranked No. 4 in NCAA Division II, came away with a 17-5 triumph over Lenoir-Rhyne (7-8) Saturday night at Moretz Stadium.
Florida Southern was led by junior attacker Aubriana Benedetto (Rochester, N.Y.) – a former Lenoir-Rhyne player – with five goals and an assist as the Mocs jumped out to a 13-2 halftime lead and never looked back.
Lenoir-Rhyne, winners of three straight games prior to the contest, was led by junior midfielder Rachel Elmore (White Plains, Md.) with three goals despite the loss.
Eight players scored for the Mocs, who held a 30-8 advantage in shots taken. Florida Southern’s Alanna Zambetti (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) played the first half in goal and earned the win. Lenoir-Rhyne senior All-American goalkeeper Ines Flueck (Coppell, Texas) made seven saves but suffered the loss.
With a goal and an assist, junior attacker Gabby Sousa (Delran, N.J.) increased her team-leading totals to 48 goals scored and 58 points. Elmore now has 41 goals on the year.
Florida Southern is the 2016 NCAA Division II National Champions and the 2017 national runners-up.
Lenoir-Rhyne can clinch the 2018 South Atlantic Conference Regular Season Championship outright on Wednesday at home against Coker at 4:00 p.m.