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FIT Women: Dominant Second Half Propels #9 Panthers Past #15 Rangers 15-13

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via press release – photo via FIT web site   MELBOURNE, Fla. (Women’s Lacrosse) – Sara Grenier recorded a season-best seven points to guide No. 9 Florida Tech (9-2) back from a six-goal halftime deficit and knock off undefeated, 15th-ranked Regis (8-1) 15-13 on Friday in an exciting Top 15 showdown at Florida Tech Panther Stadium. Grenier finished with a season-high six goals on just seven shots, while also collecting an assist and two caused turnovers in the victory. Aleah Fjelstad, Mary Gormley and Allie Modica notched two goals and one assist apiece. Caroline Dunleavy chipped in a goal and one assist. Gormley added a game-high five ground balls, four caused turnovers and three draw controls to her stat line. Sam Schiano ended with a goal, a game-high five caused turnovers, four draw controls and four ground balls. Lauren Tybor tied for a game-high five ground balls and three draw controls and Olivia Going picked up four loose balls in the contest. Stephanie Stuart improved to 9-2 on the season with five saves in goal. Regis jumped out to an early 3-0 advantage just under five minutes into the contest. The Panthers responded with six of the next eight tallies, two each by Grenier and Modica, to grab a 6-5 edge with 14:11 left on the clock. The Rangers, however, tacked on seven unanswered goals over the final 10:18 of the first half and took a 12-6 lead into the break. Despite facing their largest halftime deficit of the season, at six-goals, the Panthers came out of the locker room in the second half on a mission. Grenier got the come back started with three consecutive unassisted goals to cut the margin to 9-12 with 18:55 remaining. Schiano and Gormley got into the mix as well, both with solo efforts, to bring the difference to one before Grenier tallied her sixth of the game to tie the score at 12-12 with just under 16 minutes to play. After Leah Dunn and Fjelstad extended FIT’s advantage to two, Regis stopped the bleeding on a goal by Erin Steiner with 11:55 left on the clock. However, the Panthers responded several minutes later when Dunleavy found a cutting Gormley for their 15th goal of the game and the eventual icing on the cake. Florida Tech would run out much of the game clock the rest of the way and hold on for its sixth victory at home this season. In addition to dominating the time of possession in the second half, the Panthers also finished the matchup with more shots, 25-22, and ground balls, 26-19. Both teams ended with 15 draw controls. Florida Tech will have a quick turnaround as it hosts Sunshine State Conference foe Saint Leo next Tuesday, Apr. 11, at 7 p.m. ET at Panther Stadium. Fans can access live coverage of the action at