Women's Lacrosse Wins First Ever SSC Championship

Women's Lacrosse Wins First Ever SSC Championship

LAKELAND, Fla. –For the first time in program history, the University of Tampa Spartans have earned the title Sunshine State Conference Champions. The No. 6 Spartans earn this title after upsetting the No. 5 Florida Southern College Moccasins in overtime in the SSC Championship game by a final score of 19-18. Five Spartans earned a spot on the SSC All-Championship team. Carly Vaccaro was named tournament MVP, while Claire SwansonCaroline ForesterAbby Cocccagna, and Bridget Sutter were named All-SSC Championship team selections. 


Final: No. 6 Tampa Spartans 19, No. 5 Florida Southern Moccasins 18
Records: Tampa (14-3), Florida Southern (16-3)
Location: Barnett Athletic Complex | Lakeland, Fla. 
All-time Series: The Moccasins lead the all-time series over the Spartans 7-2.   
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1st Half

  • The Moccasins were the first team to score in the first minute of the contest. 
  • However, Caroline Forester answered with a goal less than a minute later. 
  • FSC netted their second off a free position attempt. 
  • UT then scored back-to-back goals from Kristyn Staley and Claire Swanson
  • Southern then scored two more taking the 4-3 advantage. 
  • The Spartans responded with a goal from freshman Lizzie Pierpont off the assist by Kayla Kosubinsky.
  • UT then took the lead 5-4 with a goal by junior Carly Vaccaro.
  • Once again, the Moccasins answered with two more goals regaining the advantage. 
  • Rachel Crawford then tied the game at 6 off a free position attempt. 
  • With 14:24 left in the first half, FSC scored their last goal of the first period.
  • The University of Tampa then went on a seven-goal scoring run. 
  • Staley netted the first one off the pass from Maggie Gladden, before Gladden herself earned a goal off a free position attempt. 
  • Forster then netted her second of the day off the assist by Kosubinsky
  • Kosubinsky and Swanson then scored quick back-to-back goals to give Tampa the 12-7 lead. 
  • The Spartans final goal of the first half was netted by Forester off the assist by Kosubinsky
  • Heading into halftime, the Spartans led the Moccasins 13-7. 

2nd Half

  • Florida Southern started the second half well rested with two quick goals. 
  • Once again, senior captain Caroline Forster was the first Spartan to sink one for UT. 
  • FSC then scored three before Carly Vaccaro netted one off the pass by Claire Swanson
  • Florida Southern then scored three more goals to tie the game at 15. 
  • Finally, Tampa took the two-point advantage with goals by Staley and Swanson
  • Southern tied the game with back-to-back goals from Benedetto. 
  • Maggie Gladden scored the Spartans final goal of the period off the free position attempt. 
  • With :05 on the clock, the Moccasins tied the game at 18 sending the game into OT. 


  • With 2:52 remaining in the SSC Championship, junior Carly Vaccaro sealed the Spartans first ever SSC Championship title with an unassisted goal. 
  • The No. 6 University of Tampa Spartans defeated the No. 5 Florida Southern College Moccasins by a final score of 19-18. 



UP NEXT: The NCAA DII women's lacrosse selection show will take place on Sunday, May 5th. The selection show will determine the details of Tampa's first-ever NCAA tournament appearance. 

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