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Panthers Outlast Saints in Season Opener


Seven different Panthers score as Florida Tech picked up a hard fought 17-15 road victory over Flagler

Florida Tech 17, Flagler 15
Records: Florida Tech (1-0), Flagler (2-1)
Location: Flagler Lacrosse Field | St. Augustine, Fla.


  • Carly Niro opened the scoring with the Panthers’ first goal of the season, and the first of her career as a Panther, off an assist from Caroline MacLeod just 1:38 into the game.
  • Saints rattled off three straight goals to go ahead 3-1 with 4:07 left in the first quarter. 
  • Tech answered with three consecutive free position goals by Rachel Johnson, MacLeod and Jennifer Boyle to grab a 4-3 advantage with 38 seconds to go in the quarter.


  • Niro tallied her second goal of the game just 38 seconds into the second quarter off an assist from Millie Hurt to put Tech up 5-3. 
  • MacLeod netted her second free position goal of the night to increase the Panthers’ lead to 6-3 with 13:43 left in the half. 
  • Saints scored three consecutive goals to tie the game at 6-6 with 9:32 remaining in the second quarter. 
  • Kayla Minton ended the Flagler run with her first career goal off an assist from Johnson to give Tech back the lead, 7-6, with 8:49 to go. 
  • Charlotte Hardie dished out consecutive assists, first finding Hurt for her first goal of the season with 6:33 left before assisting Minton to increase Tech’s lead to 9-6 with 4:12 remaining. 
  • Panthers carried their three-goal advantage into halftime.


  • Johnson opened the third quarter with consecutive tallies to put Tech up 11-6. She netted her second goal of the night on a woman-up free position try just 51 seconds into the second half and then completed her hat trick on an unassisted goal with 11:44 left in the quarter. 
  • Niro completed her own hat trick 51 seconds later to push the Panthers’ lead to 12-6 with 10:53 to go in the frame. 
  • Kailee O’Brien got into the mix with her first goal of the season off an assist from Niro to put the Panthers up 13-6 with 10:17 left.
  • Saints ended Tech’s 7-0 run with 6:12 to go in third to cut the margin to 13-7.
  • Niro beat her defender on a roll dodge in front of the Saints net and scored her fourth of the game to give Tech a 14-7 lead with 2:30 remaining in the third. 
  • Saints added one more late in the quarter and the Panthers took a 14-8 advantage into the fourth.


  • Flagler scored consecutive goals to begin the fourth and trimmed Tech’s lead to 14-10 with 11:28 to go. 
  • It looked as though Florida Tech was in trouble after Maggie Reed was dealt a yellow card. However, the Panther defense came up with several key stops and Minton made the Saints pay on the other end with back-to-back woman-down goals to give Tech a 16-10 advantage with 9:33 left. The goals were Minton’s third and fourth of the game. 
  • Saints used three consecutive free position goals to cut the Panthers’ lead to 16-13 with 5:07 remaining.
  • MacLeod got the Panthers back on the board with her third goal of the game on a free position attempt with 4:19 to go to increase the lead to 17-13.
  • Flagler cut the Panthers’ lead to 17-15 with 1:13 left on the clock on a free position goal. 
  • Tech was able to earn a defensive stop in the final minute and then held on for the season-opening win over Flagler. 


  • Carly Niro led the Panthers with 5 points on 4 goals and 1 assist on 6 shots on goal.
  • Kayla Minton recorded 4 goals on 5 shots on goal to go along with 2 ground balls.
  • Caroline MacLeod finished with 4 points on 3 goals and 1 assist in addition to collecting 7 draw controls, 6 ground balls and 1 caused turnover.
  • Rachel Johnson recorded 4 points on 3 goals and 1 assist with 5 shots on goal.
  • Millie Hurt ended with 1 goal, 1 assist, 2 draw controls and 1 caused turnover.
  • Charlotte Hardie dished out 2 assists and collected 5 draw controls.
  • Jennifer Boyle tallied 1 goal and 4 ground balls
  • Kailee O’Brien recorded 1 goal, 2 ground balls and 2 caused turnovers.
  • Elizabeth Christ had 5 draw controls.
  • Cailey Canessa earned her first win in goal in her collegiate debut while making 3 saves against the Saints. 


  • Panthers finished with an edge in shots (35-27) and shots on goal (27-18).
  • Saints collected more ground balls (25-21).
  • Tech went a perfect 16-16 on clears compared to 16-20 for Flagler.
  • Panthers had less turnovers in the game (13-17).
  • Tech was 7-10 on free position attempts while Flagler went 9-17.


  • This was the first ever meeting between Florida Tech and Flagler. 
  • Panthers improve to 3-1 in season opening games under head coach McKenzie Rafferty.  

UP NEXT: Florida Tech is back in action on Wednesday, March 2, as the Panthers open their home schedule against Findlay. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m. at Panther Stadium.

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Late Surge not Enough to Get Past Panthers

ST. AUGUSTINE – Jordan Shughrue scored four goals as Flagler College fell to Florida Tech 17-15 at Flagler Lacrosse Field Thursday night.

This was the first loss of the season for the Saints, who sit at 2-1 overall. This was the season opener for the Panthers.

Kayla Minton scored back to back goals within 30 seconds to make the score 16-10 with 9:33 left.

Another Panther penalty led to two more man-up goals for the Saints with Kate Piscopo and Madison Daziel suppling them, cutting the deficit to 16-13 with just over five minutes to play.

The Saints managed two more goals in the final minutes and were threatening to cut the lead to one, but with 30 seconds, left the Panthers forced a turnover to seal the game.

Katelyn Trainor and Macy Schmidt made their Flagler debuts this evening and scored their first goals at Flagler. Daziel and Carly LaFerriere each supplied three goals.

Florida Tech was led by Minton and Carly Niro who posted four goals each. Caroline MacLeod and Rachel Johnson each added three.

The Saints will look to return to the win column on Feb. 23 when they welcome Lynn University for a 5 p.m. game. That game will serve as the dedication game for the Flagler Lacrosse Field.

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Panthers Hold on to Beat Flagler


Header pic: Caroline MacLeod – Credit: Florida Tech Athletics

The Florida Tech women’s lacrosse team visited the Flagler Saints on Thursday in the first game of the season for the Panthers. Flagler made a game of it in the fourth, but Tech hung on for the 17-15 win.

This was the first meeting between the two teams, as Flagler is in their inaugural season of lacrosse. The Saints were coming off two consecutive wins against NAIA teams last week where they outscored their opponents 46-10. 

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