Florida Tech Panthers Fall In Sunshine State Conference Women’s Lacrosse Final Sunday
By Daniel Supraner, Florida Tech Sports // May 1, 2017
Florida Southern defeats Panthers 20-12
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Playing in its first ever Sunshine State Conference Final, No. 2 seed Florida Tech was unable to keep pace with the 1-seed, and defending league champion, Florida Southern on Sunday and eventually fell to the Moccasins 20-12.
Allie Modica led the Panthers with four goals and two assists. Sam Schiano recorded a hat trick with two draw controls and a caused turnover.
Sara Grenier added two goals, while Caroline Dunleavy notched two points, on one goal and an assist. Mary Gormley and Aleah Fjelstad scored one goal apiece.
Gormley and Tybor collected a team-high three ground balls. Haley Heggblod and Brittney Embree finished with two caused turnovers. Stephanie Stuart had a tough day in the FIT net, ending with six saves on 26 shots on goal.
FSC controlled the statistical categories, finishing with more shots, 31-27, draw controls, 24-9, and ground balls, 18-14.
The Panthers found themselves in a deep hole early as the Mocs took a 6-0 lead just 4:16 into the contest. Schiano ended the bleeding with an unassisted goal with 21:41 left in the half.
The teams exchanged the next five goals with Kendall Kerge tallying all three for the Mocs, and Schiano and Dunleavy scoring for the Panthers, to make the score 9-3 with 10:51 remaining in the first period.
FIT then ensued on a 4-0 run on goals by Schiano, two from Grenier, and Modica, over a 3:17 span to cut the deficit to 9-7.
However, the Mocs responded with three of the final four goals of the half and took a 12-8 advantage into the break.
Florida Southern opened the second half with a 6-1 run to increase the margin to nine with 10:23 remaining.
The Panthers outscored the Mocs 3-2 the rest of the way, with all three goals coming from Modica, but it was too little, too late as FSC went on to win another SSC Championship.
Following the conclusion on the contest, three Panthers, Olivia Going, Heggblod and Modica, raked in SSC All-Tournament Team honors.
Next up, Florida Tech will wait and hopefully see its name called during the NCAA Division II Selection Show on May 7. Fans stay tuned to FloridaTechSports.com for updates.
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