MELBOURNE, Fla. (Women’s Lacrosse) – Florida Tech (9-4, 1-0 SSC) is up against some pretty tough competition this week as it sets to host two Top-10 Sunshine State Conference opponents in consecutive games, beginning with a visit from No. 4 Rollins (12-1, 2-0 SSC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET at Florida Tech Panther Stadium.
The Panthers completed their first step towards a return to the SSC Championships this year after defeating Tampa last Friday in Tampa, Florida. FIT got off to a slow start against the Spartans and led just 3-1 at halftime. After Florida Tech opened the second half on a 5-1 run, UT closed it with a 4-1 scoring spree to bring the contest to its final result of 9-6.
Caroline Dunleavy paced the Panthers with four goals on five shots, while Sara Grenier added a hat trick and one assist. Allie Modica had a team-high four draw controls and Sam Schianocollected four ground balls and three caused turnovers, both team-highs. Stephanie Stuart made 10 saves in goal to pick up her ninth win of the season.
Grenier is the Panthers’ top points-getter with 44 points on 35 goals and nine assists, both team-highs. She is tied for the SSC lead in goals, goals per game (2.69), points and points per game (3.38). Dunleavy is fourth in the SSC with 32 goals, while her 2.92 points per game average is tied for fifth.
Modica’s 28 goals are seventh in the league, while the junior also ranks second in the SSC in ground balls (39), draw controls (41) and caused turnovers (27). Freshman Sam Schiano leads the SSC with 32 caused turnovers.
Rollins has won three in a row since dropping its only game of the season to No. 13 Limestone 8-6 on Mar. 29. The Tars have outscored their opponents 41-13 over their last three contests, including a 14-7 victory over Saint Leo last Friday in Winter Park, Florida.
Paige Brock led the way for RC, tallying four points on a hat trick and an assist. Grayson McPhee added a hat trick of her own, while Kallie German notched three points with two goals and an assist.
Tyler Thomas and Kallie German own a piece of the team lead with 39 points each. Thomas is tied with Grenier atop the SSC with 35 goals to go along with four assists, while German has 32 goals and a team-best 23 ground balls. Kristina Coppolino is third on the Tars with 24 goals and 30 points, and leads the team with 26 draw controls. Lindsay Van Beck boasts a team-high 14 caused turnovers to go along with 14 ground balls.
The Tars have one of the top goalkeepers in the country in Malorie Olin (11-1). The sophomore has 89 saves in 726 minutes this season and ranks third in the nation in save percentage (.589) and fourth in goals-against average (5.12)
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