Published on April 18th, 2017 | by Zachary Smith0
FSC Women’s Lacrosse Wins Third Regular Season Title
Florida Southern’s women’s lacrosse team took home its third straight Sunshine State Conference regular-season championship after defeating Rollins College.
Rollins entered the game at No. 5 in the nation, but the Mocs defeated Rollins in convincing fashion 18-5.
Senior attacker Kendall Kerge said she was so glad to be able to finish her final regular season on a high.
“It has been amazing to have all three, and ever since the conference started women’s lacrosse, we have been very fortunate to compete at such a high level,” Kerge said. “It is so nice to be able to end on a good note with the regular season championship, and then to be able to continue on and leave a legacy.”
Kerge tallied six goals in the win against Rollins, which helped her earn her second Sunshine State Conference weekly award.
FSC followed up its win against Rollins with a 15-5 victory over Lenoir-Rynne on senior night.
Florida Southern’s women’s lacrosse team now has won 13 straight games and has a 16-2 record this season. The team currently sits at No. 4 in the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association rankings.
The team’s impressive season is not the first of its kind despite the program’s youth.
The FSC’s women’s lacrosse program started in 2012, and it has never struggled. Athletic programs starting from scratch often have difficulty competing a high level early on, but head coach Kara Reber’s women’s lacrosse program was just the opposite.
Prior to this season, Reber led her team to a 77-17 record since the program was started in 2012. In each of those first five seasons, not a single season included a losing record. The team won at least 11 games and lost no more than four games in those five seasons.
Reber also guided her team to a conference championship and national championship in the 2015-2016 season. Florida Southern’s national championship win came in impressive fashion as FSC rallied from a 6-3 halftime deficit to defeat No. 1 Adelphi University 8-7.
Reber said one of the biggest keys to the team’s continued success has been the team’s depth.
“It is never a rebuilding year. We’ve got people there and we are just reloading with different talent,” Reber said. “It’s all about making sure the talent is strong from the freshman class all the way up to the senior class.”
When it comes to establishing that depth, Kerge said she believes the coaching staff has always done an extremely good job at recruiting the right players with high lacrosse IQs. Kerge said continually bringing top players year after year has made for a team full of talent with no glaring holes.
Reber also said she has been so successful at FSC because she has very high expectations for her players. Reber said instilling a winning culture elevates the play of each of her athletes.
“When you have a culture of winning, when the freshman come in, they expect nothing less. They know that nothing less is unacceptable,” Reber said. “We win, and that is what we do, and anything less than that is completely unacceptable.”
Florida Southern’s Director of Athletics Pete Meyer said Reber’s continued success speaks volumes and proves that she is a coach worthy of her achievements.
“It says that she is one heck of a coach, and she is doing exactly what she was brought her to do, which was to build a program and make it successful on the field, off the field and in the classroom. It is that simple,” Meyer said. “Her ability to recruit, her personality and her ability to communicate all come together, and I am more impressed every day.”
The Mocs will close out their regular season at No. 7 Limestone University on April 22. The team will then participate in the SSC conference tournament, which will be held at Bryant Stadium on April 28 (semifinals) and April 30 (championship).
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