MELBOURNE, Fla. – It was a record-breaking day for the Florida Tech men’s lacrosse team as the Panthers earned a dominant 24-6 victory over Nichols College on Tuesday at Panther Field.
The 24 goals scored by the Panthers is a new school-record and surpasses the previous mark of 22 goals set against Notre Dame de Namur in 2017. Tech notched several other single-game records in the win, including most assists (16), points (40), shots (66), ground balls (66), and face-off wins (27). The team’s 16 caused turnovers just missed a record and currently ranks second all-time.
Logan Sweeney and Reid Chaconas guided the Panther offense with a combined 17 points in the game. Sweeney set two school records against the Bison with ten points and six assists in the contest. Chaconas posted a career-high eight points on five goals and three assists to go along with a team-high three caused turnovers.
Justin Williams and Tommy Bowser recorded two goals and an assist. Brett Pohlmeyer, Patrick Stewart, and Matt Weinstein each scored two goals. Brad Schillinger, Brandon Harry, and Tyler Oblong added a goal and an assist apiece.
Ryan Land controlled the face-off x, winning 16-of-19 with eight ground balls, while Ethan Tosheff won 8-of-11 attempts with three ground balls. David Demeter even got into the mix, going 1-of-3 on face-offs. The 27 face-off wins bested the Panthers’ previous single-game mark of 26, set in the 2017 win over NDNU.
Oblong, Williams and Ryan Lepp all notched two caused turnovers in the game. Schillinger grabbed seven ground balls, while Oblong picked up six. Addison Abramson scored one goal, picked up five ground balls and one caused turnover. Daniel Flock made 11 saves in goal to pick up his fourth win of the season.
Chaconas got the scoring going with a natural hat trick that gave Tech a 3-0 lead with 9:41 to go in the first quarter. Sweeney assisted two of Chaconas’ goals during the spree, with the first assist pushing the senior midfielder over the 100-career point mark. Sweeney moved up to third all-time for points in a career with 108 following the game. Former Panther Andrew Conley owns the record at 139 points.
Two more quick goals by Tech increased the margin to five with 8:15 to go in the first quarter. Nichols finally got into the board on a fast break score by Hunter Ferreira with 7:46 to go in the first. His tally kicked off a 4-2 run by the Bison that cut their deficit to 7-4 with 10:21 to go before halftime.
Florida Tech responded with a 4-0 run, on goals by Pohlmeyer and Weinstein, and two by Bowser, to grab an 11-4 advantage with 5:15 to go in the second. Connor Santoni’s second tally of the game trimmed the Bison’s deficit to 11-5 at halftime.
An unassisted goal by Chaconas just 50 seconds into the second half initiated a 6-0 run by the Panthers that increased their advantage to 17-5 with 11:13 to go in the fourth quarter.
After Santoni tallied the final goal of the day for the Bison with 9:39 to go in the fourth, Tech closed the contest with seven straight goals and walked away with their fourth win of the season.
The Panthers finished with an impressive advantage in shots (66-28) and ground balls (66-38). Tech was successful on 16-of-19 clears in the game, while Nichols went just 12-of-23. Florida Tech had 16 caused turnovers in the contest, which is second most all-time in a single-game.
The men’s lacrosse team will look to keep the momentum rolling as the Panthers slide into conference play this Saturday, Mar. 23, hosting Rollins College at Panther Field. The matchup between the SSC rivals is set for 11 a.m.
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