Florida Tech Women’s Lacrosse Remains Unbeaten After Fourth Straight Win Over Ranked Opponent

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No. 6 FIT dominates second, Wins 15-10

Sara Grenier (pictured) led the Crimson and Gray with six points on four goals and two assists. Alexis Townsend tallied four goals while Caroline Dunleavy recorded two goals and two assists. (Image by Florida Tech)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Seven different Panthers found the back of the net as No. 6 Florida Tech (7-0) defeated No. 19 Pace (2-1), 15-10, in a Top-20 showdown at Panther Stadium. Facing its first halftime deficit of the season, FIT outscored the Setters, 10-4, in the second half en route to its fourth consecutive victory over a ranked opponent.

Sara Grenier led the Crimson and Gray with six points on four goals and two assists. Alexis Townsend tallied four goals while Caroline Dunleavy recorded two goals and two assists. Mary Gormley added two goals and an assist.

Sam Schiano notched a goal and an assist to go along with a team-best six draw controls and four ground balls. Allie Wood and Olivia Going each collected five ground balls. Stephanie Stuart finished with nine saves to earn her seventh win of the season.

Florida Tech ended with an edge in shots, 33-24, and ground balls, 30-22. Pace earned more draws, 14-13. Both teams converted 4-of-10 free position attempts.

As a team, FIT forced the Setters into18 turnovers in the game. Gormley led all players with four caused turnovers, while Mollie Kaplan and Brittney Embree registered three each.

Pace opened the scoring with an unassisted tally by Casey Gelderman just 1:32 after the opening draw. After Gormley evened it up at 1-1, Courtney Pabst scored to make it 2-1 for PU with 21:39 left in the first half.

The Panthers netted four straight off the crosses of Townsend, Aleah Fjelstad, Lauren Tybor and Grenier and grabbed a 5-2 advantage with less than 10 minutes remaining in the opening stanza.

As a team, FIT forced the Setters into 18 turnovers in the game. Gormley led all players with four caused turnovers, while Mollie Kaplan and Brittney Embree (pictured) registered three each. (Image by Florida Tech Sports)

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The Setters outscored FIT 4-0 the rest of the half, all of the goals by Stephanie Chadnick, and took a 6-5 lead into halftime.

Gormley tied the game, 6-6, with a man-up free position goal but Pace responded with its own free position tally, by Courtney Pabst, 45 seconds later to corral a one-goal lead with 20:51 to go. FIT then ensued on a 3-0 run, it’s first of three such spurts in the second half, to go up by two scores with 18:54 remaining.

Following Pabst’s second free position conversion, the Panthers rattled off six of the next seven goals and grabbed a 15-9 edge with 5:38 left on the clock.

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