Florida Southern Wins Sunshine Showdown in Nike/US Lacrosse Division II Women's Top 20

Trevor Brown

Shannon Mazza's free-position goal in overtime proved to be the game-winner as No. 4 Florida Southern recorded a 12-11 overtime victory against No. 11 Florida Tech.

There were no changes among the top ten teams in the Nike/US Lacrosse Division II Women's Top 20, with those ten squads posting a combined 13-0 record for the week. Top-ranked Adelphi continued to roll with two more blow-out victories. The Panthers have registered three shutouts this year and have yet to be truly tested, with just one game decided by less than 10 goals. No. 2 Lindenwood extended the nation's longest winning streak to 14 games by adding three victories this week, including a decisive road-win against No. 15 West Chester. No. 3 Le Moyne also recorded two more wins.

No. 4 Florida Southern had the best win of the week with a 12-11 overtime victory against No. 11 Florida Tech in a key Sunshine State Conference match-up. The Mocs scored with nine seconds left in regulation to force overtime, and scored the eventual game-winner in overtime on a free-position goal by Shannon Mazza. FSC goalie goalie Taylor Gillis made a career-high 17 saves to help the Mocs extend their win streak to 10 games.

April 3, 2017




1 Adelphi 8-0  1 4/4 at No. 15 Pace
2 Lindenwood 14-0  2 4/15 at No. 7 Limestone
3 Le Moyne 8-0  3 4/4 at St. Anselm
4 Florida Southern 13-2  4 4/8 at Tampa
5 LIU Post 7-1  5 4/9 vs. Roberts Wesleyan
6 Rollins 10-2  6 4/5 at St. Leo
7 Limestone 10-1  7 4/4 vs. Lees-McRae
8 Queen's 8-2  8 4/3 vs. Tampa
9 NYIT 9-1  9 4/4 at No. 12 Mercy
10 Regis 8-0 10 4/12 vs. Concordia-St. Paul
11 New Haven 7-0 12 4/4 vs. American International
12 Mercy 8-0 13 4/4 vs. No. 9 NYIT
13 Florida Tech 8-2 11 4/11 vs. St. Leo
14 Mercyhurst 5-2 14 4/4 vs. Edinboro
15 Pace 7-1 16 4/4 vs. No. 1 Adelphi
16 West Chester 5-2 15 4/4 vs. No. 19 Bloomsburg
17 Wingate 9-2 NR 4/8 vs. Newberry
18 Molloy 7-3 NR 4/6 at Dominican
19 Bloomsburg 6-3 19 4/4 at No. 16 West Chester
20 Slippery Rock 7-1 17 4/5 vs. Wheeling Jesuit
Also considered: Bridgeport, Colorado Mesa, Lake Erie

Nike/US Lacrosse Rankings
Division I Men | Division I Women
Division II Men | Division II Women
Division III Men | Division III Women


New Haven (+1)

The Chargers moved one step closer to the top 10 after recording a pair of NE-10 wins this week and improving to 7-0 overall. New Haven squeezed out a 12-11 overtime win at Stonehill, and followed with an 18-13 win over Franklin Pierce. Back-to-back conference showdowns with No. 3 Le Moyne and No. 1 Adelphi loom ahead.

Mercy (+1)

The Mavericks extended their record to 8-0 with a dominating non-conference win against Caldwell. Mercy has beaten its last three opponents by a combined 54-3 count. The biggest game of the season, to date, comes this week with a visit to No. 9 NYIT in an important ECC contest.

Lindenwood (+0)

The Lions didn't move in the poll, continuing to hold the No. 2 position, but a nation's-best 14-game winning streak still qualifies as "hot." Lindenwood added three more victories to that total in the past week, including wins over Lock Haven and No. 16 West Chester during an East Coast swing. The Lions have a two-week break in the schedule before a visit to No. 7 Limestone on April 15.


Slippery Rock (-3)

After seven wins to start the year, the Rock tasted defeat for the first time with a 5-3 loss to No. 19 Bloomsburg. SRU outshot Bloomsburg, 17-10, but had a hard-time finding the back of the net againats BU's Angela DiPasquale, who finished with 14 saves. The Rock has a chance to start a new streak with three games in four days this week.



The Bulldogs have been among the other teams considered for the ranking several times this year, but now officially break into the Top 20. Wingate has won five straight and eight of its last nine to strengthen its resume and crack the poll.


The Lions have won six of their past seven to move into the Top 20 for the first time this season. The only loss during the streak came against No. 5 LIU Post. The challenging ECC schedule still includes games against Bridgeport, No. 9 NYIT and No. 12 Mercy in the next month.



The Raiders dropped a pair of PSAC games, falling 14-11 to Lock Haven and 11-5 at home against IUP. Shippensburg started the season with four straight wins, but has now lost three of its last four, all conference games, to fall back out of the ranking.


After five straight wins propelled the Purple Knights into the Top 20 for the first time last week, two losses against ranked teams drops Bridgeport back out. The week started with a narrow 7-5 loss to No. 5 LIU Post, followed three days later by a 17-3 loss to No. 9 NYIT.

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