FIT Women’s Lacrosse Outplayed By No. 4 New Haven, 18-4
By Zach Clark // March 17, 2015
'I’ve been saying it all season, it’s about progress not perfection'
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech (4-3) dropped a matchup against a more experienced New Haven (4-0) squad on Monday night at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium.
The Chargers jumped on the Panthers early and cruised to the 18-4 win.
Sophomore Allie Modica led Florida Tech with two goals and one assist and freshman Sara Grenier added two goals of her own. Freshman Mary Gormley and sophomore Heather Roache each dished out an assist in the loss.
The Chargers were paced by sophomore Caitlin O’Brien’s three goals and four assists and junior Corinne Fisher’s four goals and one assist.
Senior Kathryn Campbell finished with two goals and one assist.
New Haven scored the first two goals of the game by junior Courtney Ackland and Fisher. FIT got on the board next as Roache found Grenier cutting through the defense to make it a 2-1 game.
It was all about the Chargers the rest of the first half as they went on a 12-0 run before heading into halftime with a 14-1 lead.
“We knew that New Haven was going to come out guns blazing,” stated head coach Corinne Desrosiers.
“This team can score. Every player on New Haven has a great stick, they know how to isolate and expose your weaknesses as a team. It was our job to stay disciplined and really work on us as a unit.”
Adjustments were made at halftime and FIT played much better in the second half.
“After halftime we went with a different game plan,” said Desrosiers.
“We switched our whole defense up and put different players into the set. We really did a much better job of keeping them out and causing turnovers.”
Sophomore Lindsay Lare scored first for New Haven less than thirty seconds into the second half. Modica found Grenier on transition, cutting through the defense for the Panthers’ second goal.
Modica scored three minutes later off a pass from Gormley to make it 15-3.With 11:09 remaining, Modica made some great moves and evaded several defenders for FIT’s final goal of the game.
“Our attack played much more aggressive and we were able to get some goals on the board,” stated Desrosiers.
“I’m proud of how our team reacted and played in the second half. We were going against a more experienced team and experience won out.
“New Haven is established, they have great chemistry and it was an uphill battle for us from the start. But I’m really proud of our team; we played great after halftime.”
“I’ve been saying it all season, it’s about progress not perfection and that’s what we saw in the second half tonight.”
The Panthers travel to Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports for a neutral site matchup with the University of Bridgeport on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
Live coverage, if available, can be found at FloridaTechSports.com