FIT: Men’s Lacrosse Defeats Wilmington on the Road for its Third Straight Win (plus SportsLowdown)

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via FIT press release by Daniel Supraner – photo by Tim Stecher

BOX SCORE

Rozgonyi records 8 points as Panthers take down Wildcats 19-15 on the road

INSIDE THE MATCHUP
Final: 
Florida Tech 19, Wilmington 15
Records: Florida Tech (4-2), Wilmington (1-2)
Location: WU Athletic Complex | Wilmington, Del.

FIRST QUARTER:

  • Like they’ve done the last couple games, the Panthers struck early on an unassisted goal by Zach Rozgonyi just 40 seconds into the contest. 
  • WU evened the game at 1-1 less than a minute later but Tech was able to grab a 3-1 advantage with 9:53 to go in the first quarter on an unassisted goal by Bennett Duffy followed by a tally from Collin Stewart off an assist from Nate Deplancke
  • After the Wildcats tied the contest at 3-3, Deplancke scored off an assist from Rozgonyi and then Griffin Bowie scored unassisted with 4:12 left in the frame to push the margin to 5-3. 
  • Bowie netted his second goal of the game on a man-up try with 1:17 remaining in the first and the Panthers took a 6-4 lead in to the second quarter. 
     

SECOND QUARTER:

  • Rozgonyi had a hand in the next two Panther goals, scoring unassisted and then finding Stewart on a man-up attempt with 12:40 left in the half to make the score 8-4. 
  • Stewart completed his hat trick with 9:51 to go off an assist from Justin Williams before Deplancke notched his second goal of the day off a feed from Rozgonyi to push the lead to 10-5 with 8:48 remaining. 
  • Rozgonyi again contributed on consecutive goals for the Panthers, as he scored on the man-up off an assist from Williams and then threw a dime to Jakob Terpak with 4:33 to go in the second quarter to increase the lead to 12-6. 
  • After WU cut the margin to five, Sam Sidari scored an unassisted goal with 1:05 left on the clock and the Panther carried a 13-7 advantage into halftime. 

THIRD QUARTER: 

  • WU started the half on a 3-1 run to cut the margin to 14-10 with 8:58 remaining in the third. Austin Engeler tallied the Panthers’ goal during the stretch. 
  • Tech closed the half scoring two of the final three goals with Duffy tallying an unassisted goal followed by Stewart’s fourth goal of the day, off an assist from Justin Williams, on a man-up try to make the score 16-11 with 1:27 left in the quarter. Panthers would take the five-goal lead into the fourth. 

FOURTH QUARTER:

  • Williams pushed the Panthers lead to 17-11 off an assist from Terpak with 12:32 remaining. 
  • Wilmington rattled off three straight goals to cut the margin to 17-14 with 7:10 to go. 
  • Rozgonyi and Engeler scored unassisted goals over a 30 second span to pad the Panthers’ lead and make it 19-14 with 3:53 left. 
  • Wildcats found the back of the net with 1:18 remaining but it was too little too late as the Panthers earned their third straight win. 

NOTABLE PANTHERS:

  • Zach Rozgonyi recorded a career-high 8 points on 4 goals and 4 assists to go along with 2 ground balls.
  • Collin Stewart finished with 4 goals, 3 ground balls and 1 caused turnover.
  • Justin Williams tallied 4 points on a goal and 3 assists with 1 ground ball.
  • Nate Deplancke ended the game with 2 goals and 1 assist to go along with 1 ground ball and 1 caused turnover.
  • Austin Engeler recorded 2 goals, 2 caused turnovers and 1 ground ball. 
  • Bennett Duffy and Griffin Bowie each scored 2 goals.
  • Jakob Terpak registered a goal and an assist.
  • Jack Maranto won 14-26 faceoffs and collected a team-high 8 ground balls, both are career-highs. 
  • Josh Vetter finished with 6 ground balls and 3 caused turnovers. 
  • Matthew Hill recorded 2 caused turnovers and 1 ground ball. 
  • John Hulsman earned his fourth win of the season while making 13 saves in goal for the Panthers, his fourth game with double-digit saves this season. 

INSIDE THE BOXSCORE:

  • Wilmington finished with a 57-47 edge in shots and 28-26 advantage in shots on goal. 
  • Wildcats collected more ground balls in the game (40-35) and won more faceoffs (22-16). 
  • Panthers went 16-20 on clear attempts compared to 22-27 for WU.
  • Tech was successful on 4-7 man-up attempts while limiting WU to 1-5. 

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:

  • Zach Rozgonyi’s 8 points are tied for second most in a game in program history, and two shy of tying the record of 10 points set by Logan Sweeney versus Nichols on March 19, 2019. 
  • Panthers’ 19 goals are the most scored by Tech in a game since Feb. 24, 2020, in a 19-9 road win over Newberry. 
  • Florida Tech has now won 3 games in a row and moved up in the national polls this week. Panthers are now No. 16 in both the USILA and Inside Lacrosse polls and No. 18 in the USA Lacrosse Magazine poll. 

UP NEXT: Florida Tech is back in action Saturday, March 12 as the Panthers travel to Tampa for a matchup with the No. 2 Spartans. The game is set to begin at 2 p.m. 

For the latest news, updates and information on the Florida Tech men’s lacrosse team, visit FloridaTechSports.com. Fans can also stay up-to-date on the latest Panthers news by following Florida Tech Athletics on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

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SportsLowdown.com

Panthers Outlast Wilmington in Afternoon Tilt

by Donny Rieber Jr.

Excerpt:

The Florida Tech men’s lacrosse team won their third straight game Monday afternoon, dispatching Wilmington 19-14 in Delaware. The Panthers came into the day ranked 16th in one poll and 18th in the other and this result certainly won’t hurt.

Zach Rozgonyi had an eight-point day, with four goals and four assists. Collin Stewart had four goals on five shots. Nate Deplancke had two goals and an assist, while Bennett DuffyGriffin Bowie, and Austin Engeler had two goals each. Sam SidariJakob Terpak and Justin Williams all added single tallies.

Logan Stinson led the Wildcats with four goals and an assist. Giovanni Marino and Jimmy Cava both had three goals and an assist.

Florida Tech goalie John Hulsman made 13 saves including a beauty with about 8:43 left in the first quarter with the Wildcats on the man-up. Jason Roland made seven saves for Wilmington.

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