Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup
By Florida Tech // March 12, 2014
No. 18 Women’s Tennis Blanks Griffins
WOMEN’S TENNIS – No. 18 Florida Tech (5-7) continued to dominate, sweeping Tuesday afternoon’s match at Oak Park against Seton Hill University (1-7), 9-0.
With the victory, the Panthers have now won three straight for the first time since their eight-game win streak from Feb. 23 to March 11, 2013.
No. 19 Kristina Huba and Natasa Vukovic took doubles No. 1, 8-0; Chloe Chanley and Meritt Rabson downed Lauren Duffy and Alisha Toretti, 8-2; and Katie Close and Aly Ruschak earned an 8-0 win in their first doubles match of the spring.
The Panthers blanked the Griffins in all six singles matches, with Vukovic, Chanley, Rabson, Close and Ruschak recording their first win of the spring in their respective flight.
All six wins were straight-set victories, with Close and Jessica Widmark downing their opponents in singles No. 4 and 5, respectively, 6-0, 6-0.
“The girls had a good showing today and hopefully this match will build some more confidence leading into the last half of the season,” said head coach Bill Macom.
“We play a lot of matches in the next 10 days so everyone needs to be ready to play.”
FIT returns to the DeSoto Tennis Courts for seven consecutive contests, beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m. against the University of Southern Indiana (3-6).
|Name||Ht.||Cl.||Hometown (Previous School)|
|Charoo Agrawal||5-1||Fr.||Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh, India (Apeejay School)|
|Chloe Chanley||5-5||So.||Louisville, Ky. (Ballard HS)|
|Katie Close||5-4||Jr.||Midland, Mich. (Herbert Henry Dow HS)|
|Kristina Huba||5-8||Sr.||Ascona, Switzerland (Liceo Collegio Papio)|
|Gwendolyn Kauffman||5-3||Sr.||Saint-Louis, France (Santa Monica College)|
|Mandy Lam||5-4||Sr.||Hong Kong, China (Shoreline CC)|
|Greta Polo||5-5||Fr.||Rome, Italy (IMG Academy)|
|Meritt Rabson||5-10||Fr.||The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands College Park HS)|
|Aly Ruschak||5-3||Sr.||McMurray, Penn. (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)|
|Flavia Zisi Tegou||5-6||So.||Thessaloniki, Greece (German School of Thessaloniki)|
|Natasa Vukovic||5-5||So.||Kitzbuehel, Austria (Armstrong Atlantic State)|
|Jessica Widmark||5-8||So.||Stockholm, Sweden (Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium Odenplan)|
|Bill Macom||Head Coach|
|Andrew Veeder||Assistant Coach|
|Kermit Strachan||Assistant Coach|
Men’s Lacrosse Falls Short in Overtime Setback to Catawba
MEN’S LACROSSE – Florida Tech (1-4) rallied from behind to head into the fourth quarter with an 8-6 lead and up two with just under four minutes remaining in regulation, the Panthers suffered from déjà vu for the second consecutive contest as Catawba College (3-3) forced overtime and found the net two minutes into extras, defeating FIT, 12-11, on Monday evening at Hustler Stadium.
Austen Zugelter registered a hat trick for the second time this season, Andrew Conley recorded four assists, CJ Nichols added two goals and two assists, and Brian Bacarella finished with two goals.
However, the Indians made the most out of a late Panthers penalty, tying the game on a man-up goal with 59 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.
Jordan Hayes (0-3) stopped 15 shots for FIT, but was tagged with his third loss of the season while Indians goalie Pete Wesselman improved to 3-3 on the year. Catawba is now 3-0 against Florida Tech all-time.
After the Indians scored a quick goal to begin the game, Nichols fired a shot that found the net to tie the game at 1 with 11:41 remaining in the first quarter. Catawba answered back with four consecutive goals, but goals by Zugelter and Charlie Morrisette off assists from Conley cut FIT’s deficit to two as the Indians led 5-3 at halftime.
Zugelter carried the load early in the second half, scoring back-to-back goals to tie the game at 5-5. John Schiech’s second of four goals gave the Indians their third lead of the game, but a rare goal by defender Jordan Carlock (first career goal) was followed with goals by Christian Isola and Nick Wynne, allowing the Panthers to take a two-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter.
The Indians outscored the Panthers, 5-3, in the fourth quarter and overcame Bacarella’s two crucial goals to tie the game at 11 with less than a minute remaining, forcing the third consecutive overtime for FIT.
The Panthers are now 0-3 in overtime contests and have lost the last four games by a combined total of four goals. FIT looks for its first ever Sunshine State Conference victory in its inaugural game on Friday, March 14 against Saint Leo University.
The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and live stats, audio and video will be provided on FloridaTechSports.com, the official home of FIT athletics.
|No||Name||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Cl.||Hometown (Previous School)|
|1||Mike Marshner||A||6-0||175||Jr.||Glen Rock, Pa. (Susquehannock HS)|
|2||Ryan Bailey||M||6-0||180||Jr.||Lancaster, Pa. (Hempfield HS)|
|3||CJ Nichols||M||6-0||185||Fr.||Finksburg, Md. (Westminster HS)|
|4||Asher Patton||A/M||6-3||196||So.||Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota Military Academy)|
|7||Severin Windsor||LSM||6-3||186||So.||York, Pa. (Central York HS)|
|8||Kevin McKernan||M||5-10||185||Fr.||Jacksonville, Fla. (Creekside HS)|
|9||Evan Ryan||M||6-4||192||Sr.||Leonardtown, Md. (United States Military Academy)|
|10||Charlie Morrisette||A||6-3||202||Fr.||Fairfax, Va. (Robinson HS)|
|11||Conor McQuade||LSM/D||5-9||174||Jr.||Oyster Bay, N.Y. (Nassau CC)|
|12||Mike Cherry||LSM||5-10||165||Fr.||Broomwall, Pa. (Saint Joseph’s Preparatory)|
|13||Michael Corbet||M||6-1||215||Jr.||Palos Heights, Ill. (Stagg HS)|
|14||Christian Isola||M||5-7||155||Jr.||Holmdel, N.J. (Holmdel HS)|
|15||Nick Brown||A||6-0||167||So.||Denver, Pa. (Cocalico HS)|
|16||Ryen Forrey||M||5-10||175||So.||Reinholds, Pa. (Harrisburg Area CC)|
|17||Stuart Nystrom||D||6-1||185||Jr.||Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard HS)|
|18||Travis Wunder||M||6-0||185||Fr.||Westminster, Md. (Westminster HS)|
|20||Dominic Troese||LSM||5-9||180||Jr.||Hyattsvile, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)|
|21||Nick Wynne||A||5-11||160||So.||Sykesville, Md. (Howard CC)|
|22||Andrew Conley||M||5-11||168||Jr.||Orlando, Fla. (Boone HS)|
|23||Jordan Hayes||G||6-1||200||So.||Pittsburgh, Pa. (Alderson-Broaddus)|
|24||Austen Zugelter||M||6-3||190||Fr.||Vero Beach, Fla. (Vero Beach HS)|
|25||Ryan Jennis||A/M||6-0||180||Fr.||Jacksonville, Fla. (Creekside HS)|
|26||Josh Hagan||A/M||5-10||163||Fr.||Fishers, Ind. (Fishers HS)|
|27||Frank Schornagle||M||6-0||160||Jr.||Orlando, Fla. (University HS)|
|28||Tom Filipow||D/M||5-11||185||Fr.||Fairfield, N.J. (West Essex Regional HS)|
|29||Wes Underwood||LSM||5-8||155||So.||Wilmington, Del. (UCF)|
|30||Alex Cummins||D||6-3||227||So.||Lancaster, Pa. (Penn Manor HS)|
|31||Zack Kunkel||G||6-0||200||Fr.||Reading, Pa. (Governor Mifflin Senior HS)|
|32||Sean McAvoy||D||6-3||210||Fr.||Old Saybrook, Conn. (Old Saybrook HS)|
|33||Brian Bacarella||A||5-8||163||So.||Trumbull, Conn. (St. Joseph HS)|
|34||Alex Carlson||M||6-0||200||So.||East Lansing, Mich. (East Lansing HS)|
|40||Ben Abell||A||5-9||180||Fr.||Pasadena, Md. (Chesapeake Senior HS)|
|41||Lewis Kester||G||6-1||198||Fr.||Elma, N.Y. (Iroquois HS)|
|42||Eric Biller||G||6-0||164||Sr.||Westminster, Md. (Essex CC)|
|43||Collin Zoll||D||6-5||205||Fr.||Bel Air, Md. (Loyola Blakefield HS)|
|44||Jordan Carlock||D||6-3||180||Jr.||Babylon, N.Y. (Suffolk County CC)|
|45||Matthew Kennedy||M||6-2||195||So.||Virginia Beach, Va. (Cape Henry Collegiate School)|