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FIT Women: Niro’s Big Game Helps Panthers Down Eagles

via FIT press release/website, by Alex Henderson, photo by Josiann Keenan


MELBOURNE, FLA.  – Florida Tech women’s lacrosse faced off against the Ashland Eagles from Ohio in which the Panthers earned the decisive 20-4 victory for their third straight victory.

Final:  Florida Tech 20, Ashland 4
Records: Florida Tech (5-2, 0-0 SSC), Ashland (2-1, 0-0 GMAC)
Locations:  Rick Stottler Field | Melbourne, Fla.


  • Kayla Minton started off the game scoring for the Panthers assisted by Carly Niro.
  • Niro then scored off an assist from Rachel Johnson.
  • Johnson followed scoring with an assist from Gillian Craig to put Tech up 3-0 before an Ashland goal.
  • Minton and Johnson closed out the first scoring their second goal of the night to make it 5-1 at the end of the first.


  • Niro’s second goal of the night came a women down to start the second.
  • The Eagles answered back to make it a 6-3 game.
  • Johnson’s second goal of the game started the Panther’s streak of 10 unanswered goals.
  • Sophia Scichilone recorded back-to-back unassisted goals, prior to Karly Liebendorfer’s first goal of the game with an assist from Niro.
  • Minton, Scichilone and Niro’s back-to-back-to-back hat trick goals to end the second allowed Tech to have the 13-2 lead over Ashland entering halftime.


  • Caroline Finn continued Tech’s unanswered goal streak scoring 1:10 into the third quarter.
  • Liebendorfer recorded back-to-back goals, her first of the two assisted by Niro.
  • Ashland broke the Crimson and Gray’s unanswered goals streak scoring 8:18 into the third.
  • Gabrielle Skowronski put the Panthers back up 17-3 from Niro’s fourth assist in the game. Followed by a goal from Emma Angelo.
  • Karly Liebendorfer’s fourth goal of the night came with 1:27 to go in the 3rd from a Jennifer Boyle assist.


  • Ashland started the fourth quarter with a goal to trail 19-4.
  • Emma Angelo’s second goal of the night was the last of the game as Tech earned the 20-4 win.


  • Niro’s seven points from three goals and four assists match a career high.
  • Liebendorfer’s four points from four goals set a career-high in goals.
  • Johnson also scored four points from three goals and one assist with Minton and Scichilone also picking up hat tricks in the game.
  • Minton, Niro and Skowronski led the team with three ground balls each.
  • Niro, Minton, Charlotte HardieElizabeth Christ and Kailee O’Brien. Each led the team in caused turnovers.
  • Emma Angelo led the team in draw controls with six wins.
  • Emily Harris picked up her third win in net allowing three goals with five saves in 45 minutes of play.


  • Florida Tech outshot Ashland 41-14.
  • Ashland made nine saves to Tech’s five.
  • Ashland turned the ball over 12 times compared to Tech’s seen turnovers.
  • The Panthers were a perfect 13-13 on clears while Ashland went 9-11 on draw control attempts.
  • Tech led the Eagles in draw control 19-8.
  • The Crimson and Gray received four more free-position shots with 7 to Ashland’s 3

UP NEXT: The women will return to action on Sunday, March 12th where they’ll take on the Newberry Wolves at 1:00pm at home on Rick Stottler Field.

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