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FIT Women: No. 20 Panthers Conclude Home Stand Against Mavericks

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via press release – photo by Ryan Seeloff   MELBOURNE, Fla. (Women’s Lacrosse) – After opening the season with 10 consecutive games on its home field, the streak will come to an end Thursday afternoon when 20th-ranked Florida Tech (7-2) hosts East Coast Conference opponent Mercy (5-2) at 4 p.m. ET at Florida Tech Panther Stadium. The Panthers have really taken advantage of their home stand, going 7-2 over the first nine games, including a program-changing victory over No. 6 New Haven on March 14. FIT has scored in double-figures five times over the stretch and notched at least 15 goals in four of those contests. Florida Tech is fresh off a 15-4 rout of Saint Michael’s Tuesday night. With the victory, the Panthers have already matched their win total from a season ago. FIT got off to a slow start against the Purple Knights, leading just 2-1 at the 17:40 mark of the first half. However, Allie Modica’s goal with 9:55 left until halftime sparked a 7-0 run by the Panthers to take a 9-1 advantage into the break. From there, the Crimson and Gray tallied six of the next nine goals of the ball game to close out the win. Caroline Dunleavy, Sara Grenier and Modica made the most of their opportunities against SMC, recording four goals apiece on 20 total shots. Mercy was handed its second loss of the season by Tampa, 10-9 on Tuesday. The Mavericks led 6-4 at halftime, and 9-7 with 10:32 remaining, but the Spartans would score the final three goals of the game to steal one away from MC. Emily Jehle, Alexa Haines and Grace Davidson each contributed two goals and an assist to their team’s effort. Hunter Isnardi added two goals and a team-high six draw controls, while Meg McNally recorded an assist to go along with five ground balls. Davidson paces the Mavericks with 26 points on a team-high 19 goals. Isnardi has 21 points on 14 goals and seven assists to go along with a team-high 41 draw controls. McNally boasts 11 goals and 17 total points to go along with a team-best 18 ground balls. Melissa DellaRocca leads MC with 17 caused turnovers, in addition to collecting 12 ground balls. Jillian Rocco (5-0) has started all seven games in goal for the Mavericks. She has made 28 total saves, while allowing an average of 4.00 goals per game. J.C. Meyerholz will have the call from Florida Tech Panther Stadium. Links to live coverage for all Panther home games can be accessed   Live Coverage: 2016 Schedule: 2016 Roster:   Daniel Supraner Assistant Director of Athletic Communications Florida Tech Athletics 150 W. University Blvd. Melbourne, Fla. 32901 Work: 321-674-7484 Fax: 321-984-8529