via press release – photo by Ryan Seeloff
MELBOURNE, Fla. (Men’s Lacrosse) – Florida Tech’s season came to an end Saturday as the Panthers were eliminated from postseason contention after losing to Sunshine State Conference foe Lynn 10-6 at Florida Tech Panther Stadium.
FIT finishes the campaign at 6-7 overall and 1-4 in SSC play. LU concludes its season at 9-5 and 2-3 in the league.
Seniors Jason Terry and Brian Bacarella paced the Panthers in their final career games, each recording two points. Terry led the team with a pair of goals while Bacarella added a goal and one assist. Riley Ford, Cody Martin and Logan Sweeney scored one goal apiece.
Addison Abramson scooped up a game-high five ground balls and Teddy Chase and Tom Filipow combined for seven caused turnovers. Christian Koch made 12 saves in his final career game and ended the season with a 4-7 record.
It did not take long for Lynn to jump ahead in this game as Chris Lasprogata won the opening faceoff and then fired a shot past Koch for the first goal just 10 seconds into the contest. The Fighting Knights scored three more unanswered goals in the quarter, two off the crosse of Anthony Rainone, to take a 4-0 advantage into the second.
Consecutive unassisted goals by Bacarella and Terry over a span of 49 seconds cut the Panthers’ deficit to 4-2 with 10:30 left in the half. Austin Jerhoff scored his first of the game at the 5:02 mark to give LU a three-goal lead heading into halftime.
The Fighting Knights extended their edge to 8-2 on consecutive scores by Brian Kiel, Mikey Urso and Jerhoff. With less than five minutes to go in the third period, Tyler Covey picked off a Pat Brothers’ clearing pass and fed an open Martin to decrease the margin to five at the end of the third.
Lynn opened the fourth quarter with two goals to increase the lead to its largest of the game at 10-3 with 11:03 remaining. The Panthers answered with three-straight goals to cut deficit to four with 3:14 left, however from there the Fighting Knights were able to run out the rest of the clock and end their season with a victory.
Ryan Madigan paced LU with four points on two goals and two assists while Rainone recorded two goals and one assist. Jerhoff and Kiel each tallied two goals. Cody Bartusiak led the Fighting Knights’ defense with a game-high six caused turnovers and four ground balls. Brothers finished with seven saves in goal.
Lynn controlled every major statistical category in the game, including shots (32-29), ground balls (30-20) and faceoffs (12-8). Both teams ended with 22 turnovers.
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