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FIT Women: Florida Tech Routs Pioneers to Improve to 4-0 (plus SportsLowdown)

via press release by Daniel Supraner, photo by Lauren Moore


Carly Niro records 7 points as Panthers cruise past Tusculum, 18-6, on the road

Florida Tech 18, Tusculum 6
Records: Florida Tech (4-0), Tusculum (2-4)
Location: Pioneer Field | Greeneville, Tenn.


  • Kayla Minton scored the game’s opening goal off an assist from Carly Niro to put Tech up 1-0 just 1:34 into the contest. 
  • After TU tied the game at 1-1 with 10:20 left in the first, the Panthers rattled off two goals over next 22 seconds to go up 3-1 with 9:58 remaining. Rachel Johnson scored off an assist from Charlotte Hardie just seven seconds after Pioneers’ goal and then Millie Hurt found the back of the net off a feed from Kayla Minton
  • Minton’s second goal of the game came off an assist from Johnson and stretched the lead to 4-1 with 6:49 to go. 
  • Niro scored her lone goal of the game to push the advantage to 5-1 with 4:40 left. She then assisted on two of the next three goals for the Panthers as they took an 8-1 advantage into the second quarter. 


  • Pioneers cut the margin to six early in the second, but the Panthers answered with three consecutive goals over a 2:16 span to push the lead to 11-2 with 10:16 to go. Hardie scored her second of the game and Minton completed her hat trick, both off assists from Niro, before Johnson tallied her third goal of the night off a feed from Kailee O’Brien.
  • The teams each scored two goals the rest of the quarter, as Jennifer Boyle and Millie Hurt found the back of the net for the Panthers, and Tech went into halftime leading 13-4.


  • Panthers outscored TU 3-0 in the third quarter with Caroline MacLeod tallying all three goals, the first one came off an assist from Hardie, to increase Tech’s lead to 16-4. 


  • Both teams scored two goals in the fourth quarter, the Panthers’ coming from Boyle and Johnson, and Florida Tech went on to earn its second road win of the season. 


  • Carly Niro led all players with 7 points on a goal and 6 assists to go along with 2 caused turnovers and 1 ground ball.
  • Rachel Johnson finished with 5 points on 4 goals and 1 assist in addition to 1 caused turnover. 
  • Caroline MacLeod scored 4 goals and collected 1 ground ball and 1 draw control. 
  • Kayla Minton tallied 3 goals and an assist to go along with 1 ground ball.
  • Charlotte Hardie recorded 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists in addition to 6 draw controls and 1 ground ball.
  • Millie Hurt and Jennifer Boyle each ended with 2 goals and 3 ground balls. 
  • Kailee O’Brien dished out 2 assists and collected 4 draw controls.
  • Cailey Canessa played the first half and earned her 4th career win while making 4 saves in net. 
  • Kellen Lucchesi was in goal for the Panthers during the second half and finished with 1 save. 


  • Panthers finished with an edge in shots (37-12), shots on goal (26-11), draw controls (16-12) and ground balls (18-8). 
  • Tech was successful on 10-13 clear attempts compared to 7-16 for the Pioneers.  


  • This is the third time in program history that Florida Tech has started the season 4-0 (2018, 2020). 
  • Carly Niro’s 6 assists are tied for 2nd most in a single game in program history. The other Panthers to dish out 6 assists in a game were Allie Modica (2/21/15 vs. Ave Maria) and Caroline Dunleavy (4/11/15 at Tampa).
  • Cailey Canessa joins current assistant coach Madison Fields as the only Panther goalies in program history to win their first 4 career starts for Florida Tech. 
  • Panthers’ 12 assists in the game are tied for 2nd most in a single game in program history. 

UP NEXT: Florida Tech returns to Panther Stadium on Saturday, March 11, as the Panthers host Lander at 1 p.m. Saturday’s game is the Panthers’ Senior Day Game as they will honor seniors Caroline MacLeodKailee O’Brien and Madison Savje prior to the start of the game. 

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Panthers Remain Undefeated with Big Win over Pioneers

by Donny Rieber Jr.


The Florida Tech women’s lacrosse team continued their dominant start to the season with an 18-6 win at Tusculum (2-4) on Wednesday. The Panthers have now scored 78 goals in four games, improving to 4-0.

Carly Niro had a goal and six assists for a seven-point night to lead the Panthers. Rachel Johnson and Caroline MacLeod had four goals each. MacLeod had a hat trick in the third quarter alone, and Johnson added an assist for a five-point night. 

Kayla Minton had three goals and an assist, while Millie Hurt, Jennifer Boyle, and Charlotte Hardie had two goals each. Hardie added two assists.

Tia Tuininga scored the first three goals for Tusculum and Kylie Marek had two.

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