Down Goes No. 3

Down Goes No. 3

TAMPA, Fla. – For the first time in program history the No. 10 University of Tampa women's lacrosse team UPSET the No. 3 Florida Southern College Moccasins by a final score of 16-14. Not only is this the Spartans first win over the Moccasins, but it is also the program's first win over a top-five opponent.  


Final: No. 10 Tampa Spartans 16, No. 3 Florida Southern Moccasins 14
Records: Tampa (7-2, SSC 1-0), Florida Southern (8-2, SSC 1-1)
Location:  Naimoli Family Athletic and Intramural Complex | Tampa, Fla. 
All-time Series: This was the first time in program history the Spartans have defeated the Moccasins in women's lacrosse. FSC leads the all-time series over UT 7-1. 
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1st Half

  • Five minutes into the game, junior captain Claire Swanson scored the first goal of the contest off a free position shot. 
  • FSC answered thirty seconds later. 
  • Rachel Crawford then netted an unassisted goal for the Spartans, before FSC's Aubriana Benedetto tied the game at two. 
  • The Tampa Spartans then scored the next seven goals, giving UT the 9-2 lead. 
  • The first of the seven goals was scored by senior captain Caroline Forester
  • Swanson then drained her second goal of the contest off the assist by Kristyn Staley
  • Maggie Gladden then netted a goal, this time off the pass from Swanson
  • At the 12:59 mark, Carly Vaccaro earned her first goal of the contest, the assist by Rachel Crawford
  • The sixth of the seven goals was scored by Lauren McNeill
  • Maggie Gladden scored Tampa's ninth goal off the assist from Swanson
  • Finally, with 4:45 left in the half, the Moccasins ended Tampa's scoring run. 
  • Then with 4:21 remaining, Caroline Forester earned her second goal of the contest off the pass by Staley.
  • The FSC Moccasins scored the last two goals of the half. 
  • Heading into halftime, the Spartans led the Moccasins 10-5. 

2nd Half

  • To start the second half, the Moccasins were the first team to score narrowing the Spartans lead 10-6.
  • With 21:57 remaining in the contest, Kayla Kosubinsky netted a goal for the Spartans. 
  • Kristyn Staley then scored giving Tampa the 12-6 lead. 
  • Caroline Forester netted her third goal of the night with 15:32 remaining, the assist came by Rachel Crawford
  • Florida Southern then scored seven unanswered goals to tie the game at 13.
  • However, Crawford responded ending the Moccasin's scoring run and giving Tampa the one point lead. 
  • Tampa then scored two more unassisted goals. Vaccaro netted one with 5:24 remaining and then Swanson earned the Spartans final goal with 4:11 on the clock.
  • Florida Southern scored the last goal of the contest with 2:53 remaining. 
  • The No. 10 University of Tampa Spartans UPSET the No. 3 Florida Southern College Moccasins by a final score of 16-14.  



  • Claire Swanson had a whopping four goals and two assists for the Spartans. 
  • Caroline Forester in addition to earning a hat trick on the night, stated her 100thcareer point as a Spartan.
  • Rachel Crawford, Carly Vaccaroand Maggie Gladden all had two goals in the contest. Crawford also had two assists. 
  • Alexa Scudillo had a team-high of three caused turnovers for the Spartans defense. Additionally, she logged five ground balls and one draw control win. 
  • Swanson led the Spartans in draws with nine, followed by Forester with three.  
  • Bridget Sutter faced 25 shots on the night. She recorded 11 saves and three ground balls for the Spartans. 

UP NEXT:The Spartans will travel to Marietta, Georgia to play the Young Harris College Mountain Lions on Saturday, March 30th. The game is slated to begin at 4:00 p.m. and will be held at Kell High School. 

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