Panthers Tame Cobras for Third Season Victory, 19-5
By Florida Tech Athletic Communications // March 12, 2015
Dunleavy recorded four goals
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Florida Tech (3-2) struck fast and struck often against Coker College (4-4) on its way to another blow-out victory on Wednesday night at Palm Bay High School’s Pirate Stadium. The Panthers overpowered the Cobras in the 19-5 win.
Four FIT players accounted for all of the goals scored against Coker. Freshman Sara Grenier paced the Panthers with a season-high six goals and sophomore Allie Modica finished with her second consecutive five-goal outing, in addition to dishing out an assist.
“Sara and Allie are dynamic,” said head coach Corinne Desrosiers.
“They have great sticks and know how to score goals. Of our top offensive players, they are the most introspective. Even though they played great today, they came off the field talking about what they need to do better.
If they just stay focused, like they have been, Sara and Allie can really do some great things this season,” said Desrosiers.
Freshmen Caroline Dunleavy and Mary Gormley also had their best performances of the season. Dunleavy recorded four goals and two assists while Gormley scored four goals.
Heather Molander was the only other Panther to record a point in the game, as she assisted one of Gormley’s goals in the first half.
“We’re playing better every game this season,” said Desrosiers.
“We played really well offensively tonight despite Coker using six defenders against us. Our defense also performed well as we almost held Coker scoreless in the second half. We really played hard on that side of the field.”
Modica got the Panthers on the board first off an unassisted goal just one minute after the first draw.
Coker would take the lead with goals by Shannon Jessop and Mackenzie Baker to put the Cobras up 2-1 with 18:33 remaining in the first half. Dunleavy tied the game with a great individual effort to get to the goal, but the Cobras answered back one minute later to pull ahead 3-2.
Florida Tech would then outscore Coker 9-1 to go into halftime leading 11-4.
It was all FIT in the second half. The Panthers scored eight straight goals before the Cobras’ final tally with 37 seconds remaining to cruise to their third victory of the season.
Florida Tech has been dominant in its three wins this season, outscoring opponents 57-7.
The Panthers host a women’s lacrosse doubleheader on Saturday, March 14 at Pirate Stadium.
In the first game, Florida Tech will take on Savannah College of Art & Design at noon.
The second game begins at 4 p.m. and will feature a matchup between two of the top women’s lacrosse teams in Division II, No. 6 New Haven and No. 8 LIU-Post.
Live video, audio and stats for both games will be available at FloridaTechSports.com/live