SSC Women: FIT Handles PBA 17-7 – Both Recaps
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Panthers Successful Against Sailfish for First SSC Win of Season
WEST PALM BEACH, FLA. – The Florida Tech women’s lacrosse team traveled to West Palm Beach on Wednesday night to take on the Palm Beach Atlantic (PBA) Sailfish where the Panthers came out victorious 17-7.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Florida Tech 17, PBA 7
Records: Florida Tech (9-4, 1-2 SSC) | PBA (3-7,0-2 SSC)
Locations: PBA Soccer/Lacrosse Field | West Palm Beach, Fla.
- Rachel Johnson was the first to score in the game giving the Panthers an early lead.
- Phoebe Hurt recorded the first point of her collegiate career scoring of an assist from Gabrielle Skowronski which was followed by a goal from Kayla Minton.
- PBA scored its first goal of the contest with 5:34 to go in the first.
- Gillian Craig would go on to score the Panthers fifth goal of the game with Skowronski’s second assist of the game.
- Minton’s second goal came with 1:53 to go in the first.
- The Panthers would have the 5-1 lead over the Sailfish entering the second quarter.
- PBA started off the second by scoring three unanswered goals making it a 5-4 game.
- Craig’s second goal put the Panthers back up by two.
- Kailee O’Brien recorded the final goal of the second to as Tech recorded led 7-4 entering halftime.
- Jennifer Boyle opened up the second half with an unassisted goal.
- Minton’s third goal of the game came assisted from Johnson putting the Crimson and Grey up by five.
- Boyle’s second goal of the quarter increased Tech’s lead to six.
- Craig’s third goal of the contest came off a free position shot with 8:58 to go in the third.
- Scichilone scored unassisted 45 seconds later.
- Phoebe Hurt’s second goal of the game came assisted from older sister Millie Hurt to put Tech up 13-4.
- Minton’s fourth goal, assisted by Emma Angelo, allowed the Panthers to increase its lead by 10.
- The Sailfish finished the third scoring to bring the game back to within nine.
- Scichilone scored back-to-back goals to open the fourth quarter with an assist from Boyle on the second goal.
- Phoebe Hurt’s hat trick goal of the game assisted by Karly Liebendorfer with 3:52 to go in the game put the Panthers up by 12 and a 17-5 lead.
- PBA closed out the game scored two unanswered goals as time expired giving the Sailfish a 17-7 victory.
- Kayla Minton led the tea with five points scoring four goals and one assist.
- Phoebe Hurt recorded the first goal, point and hat trick of her career going 3-for3 on shots on goal.
- Scichilone and Craig also each recorded hat tricks for the Panthers.
- Boyle recorded three points from two goals and an assist.
- Millie Hurt, Elizabeth Christ and Carly Niro each recorded team leading two ground balls.
- Christ also led the team with three caused turnovers.
- M. Hurt recorded a team high five draw control wins against the Sailfish.
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE:
- Florida tech outshot PBA 32-19 with 22 shots on goals to PBA’s 15.
- Both teas recorded 16 turnovers.
- PBA went 12-18 on clear attempts while the Panthers went 14-17.
- Tech recorded one more ground ball than PBA at 16-15.
- The Panthers won twice the amount of draw controls as the Sailfish at 18-9.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
- The Panthers are now 6-0 all time against PBA and 2-0 against the Sailfish in West Palm Bay.
- The Panthers last game in West Palm Beach saw the Panthers win 19-13 on April 14, 2021.
- Four of Tech’s six wins against PBA have been decided by double digits.
- With two points today, Rachel Johnson is now two points away from 100 career points.
UP NEXT: Florida Tech will next host No. 20 Saint Leo on Saturday, April 8th for a 10:00 AM game against the Lions in an SSC matchup.
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Sailfish Fall to Panthers In First Home SSC Game
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s lacrosse team returned home to the friendly confines of the Rinker Athletic Campus tonight to host Florida Tech for its first home Sunshine State Conference game of the season and its first home match in general since March 14. The Sailfish kept it tight in the opening half but the Panthers pulled away in the second as PBA came up short 17-7 to fall to 3-7 on the season and 0-2 in SSC.
The Sailfish fell behind early in the first quarter against the Panthers as Addyson Johnson represented the lone PBA offense as she scored off a Sara Metheny assist ten minutes into the game. The goal was Johnson’s 12th of the season but the ‘Fish trailed 5-1 after the first quarter. The Sailfish made a run in the second quarter to battle their way back as PBA scored the first three goals. Johnson continued to be the bright spot as she secured her first-half hat trick and Julia Gibson found the back of the net to make it 5-4 Panthers.
With five minutes left in the half, it looked like PBA had the game tied as they scored from a free position goal, but the officials would disallow the goal on an off-ball foul against the Sailfish. From that point on, it was all Panthers as they scored the final two goals of the half to lead 7-4 at the break.
The Sailfish planned to give each of their goalies a half as Courtney Rausch got the start and kept PBA in the game, making three saves and allowing seven goals. The two sides were even on shots in the first half at 13 a piece but the Panthers kept the momentum going from the end of the first half into the second and outshot PBA 19-6 in the second half as Georgia Karns was introduced into the goal for the ‘Fish in the second half. The Panthers pulled away in the third quarter outscoring the Sailfish 7-1 as Madison Bakatsias scored her first goal of the season for PBA.
The top offensive threats for PBA were kept quiet on the night until late in the fourth quarter as Ella Howlin and Olivia Larges each found the back of the net inside of three minutes remaining in the game. Their late goals made the game 17-7 as the Sailfish dropped their second straight game. Johnson provided the majority of the offense for the ‘Fish tonight and it was Katie Caras who continued to shine defensively as she finished the game with four ground balls and three caused turnovers.
The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Sailfish as they enter the gauntlet of the SSC. Up next, PBA will host No. 5 Tampa who is coming off a win against No. 4 Florida Southern and carries an 11-2 record overall and leads the conference with a 3-0 record.