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FIT Women: Florida Tech Earns First Victory in Convincing Fashion

Written by Lee Roggenburg on . Posted in .
via press release – photo via FIT web site   BELMONT, N.C. (Women’s Lacrosse) – After a slow start to its first road game of the season Florida Tech (1-1) piled it on the Crusaders of Belmont Abbey (3-1), as the Panthers scored the final 16 goals of the game, including a 10-0 edge in the second half, on the way to an impressive 17-5 victory Friday. Eight different Panthers accounted for the team’s scoring in the game. Caroline Dunleavy led all players with four goals and an assist. Allie Modica tallied four goals and a team-high three ground balls. Mary Gormley added three goals and a game-high nine draw controls, while Brittney Embree finished with a game-high three caused turnovers. Stephanie Stuart (1-1) earned her first victory of the season with eight saves in between the pipes. Florida Tech ended with more shots, 36-21, draw controls, 17-7, and less turnovers, 11-17. Both teams recorded 12 ground balls in the game. BAC opened the scoring on a goal by Marin Felsoci just 2:36 into the contest. Lauren Tybor tied the game at 1-1 but the Crusaders responded with four consecutive goals, three by Katelin Glass, to take a 5-1 lead with 10:53 remaining in the first half. Sara Grenier stopped the bleeding on her individual effort at the 9:38 mark. The Panthers tallied two more goals, by Dunleavy and Aleah Fjelstad, over the next 21 seconds to cut the deficit to 5-4. Modica then knotted up the game on her solo goal with 6:36 remaining in the half. FIT added two more scores, on a woman-down goal by Fjelstad from Grenier and a goal by Modica, and grabbed a 7-5 lead with over two minutes to go in the first half. Gormley kicked off the second half scoring with consecutive goals to push the lead to 9-5. The Panthers tallied eight more unanswered goals over the final 16:18 of the game to run away with their first win of the season. Next up for Florida Tech is a neutral site matchup with Tiffin this Sunday, Feb. 26, at 11 a.m. ET. The contest will be hosted by Limestone College in Gaffney, South Carolina.