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FIT Men: Comeback Falls Short in Loss to Wingate

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
via press release – photo via FIT web site   SAVANNAH, Ga. (Men’s Lacrosse) – Florida Tech (1-2) was unable to complete its fourth quarter comeback and fell to Wingate (2-0) 11-8 Sunday in a neutral site showdown in Savannah, Georgia. Austen Zugelter led all players with four goals. Dylan Riley scored a pair of goals for the Panthers and Nick Wynne finished with two points on one goal and an assist. Lance Pavlina dominated on faceoffs, winning 13-of-19 draws while collecting six ground balls. Daniel Flock (1-2) had a rough start to the game but finished with nine saves. Alex Llerandi paced WU with four points on two goals and two assists and Conor Gronbach scored two goals. Will Sheridan (2-0) finished with 12 saves in goal for the Bulldogs. FIT finished with more shots (38-34) and ground balls (37-20) in the game. However, a 0-for-7 performance on extra-man opportunities and 19 turnovers doomed the Panthers in the end. Wingate opened the scoring with the first two goals of the game, including an extra man tally by Gronbach, to make it 2-0 with 7:17 remaining in the first quarter. Zugelter cut the deficit to one on a solo effort at the 4:38 mark of the period. However, WU outscored the Panthers 5-1 the rest of the half and took a 7-2 edge into the break. FIT opened the third quarter action with another unassisted goal by Zugelter. Wingate responded by scoring three of the next four goals and carried a 10-4 advantage into the fourth. Austin Murphy then added a man-up goal from Llerandi to make it 11-4 for Wingate with 12:29 remaining in the game. The Panthers fought their way back in the fourth. Addison Abramson found Riley on a fast break tally at the 9:19 mark and Zugelter and Carson Clough scored on unassisted efforts over the next three minutes to cut the deficit to four. Zugelter’s fourth goal of the game then decreased the margin to 11-8 with 3:23 remaining. However, a pair of penalties halted the Panthers’ momentum in the final moments and they were unable to tack on anymore scores to continue the comeback. Florida Tech returns to action next Saturday, Feb. 25, against Mount Olive in Mount Olive, North Carolina. Opening faceoff is set for noon.