No. 5 Florida Tech Rolls Past Embry-Riddle On Senior Night, Panthers Increase Win Streak To Five Games
By Florida Tech // April 15, 2018
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – No. 5 Florida Tech picked up its fifth win in a row Saturday night as the Panthers soared past Sunshine State Conference foe Embry-Riddle, 23-9, on senior night at Panther Stadium.
The Crimson & Gray improve to 14-1 and 4-1 in the SSC and ERAU drops to 7-8 and 1-3 in conference play. FIT’s four league wins are the most in a single season in program history, while the 14 total wins ties a program record for victories in a season, which was set during the 2017 campaign.
Prior to taking on the Eagles, Florida Tech honored seven seniors who are all four-year members of the women’s lacrosse team and helped build the team from a first-year program in 2015 to a Top-5 national power in just four years. Including Saturday’s game against Embry-Riddle, five of the seven seniors have started all 66 games in Florida Tech women’s lacrosse history and guided the team to a 44-21 record, including a 28-5 mark over the last two seasons.
Senior Sara Grenier led Florida Tech with six points, on five goals and an assist, in what could be her final game at Panther Stadium.
Senior Caroline Dunleavy finished with four goals and two assists and Lauren Tybor recorded three goals, two assists and four draw controls. Sam Schiano scored four goals in the game to go along with six draw controls and two caused turnovers.
Mollie Kaplan tallied two goals and two assists, while senior Mary Gormley notched two goals, one assist and five draw controls.
Seniors Allie Wood and Haley Heggblod each collected two ground balls and one caused turnover against ERAU.
In one of the quickest scores in program history, Grenier netted the opening goal just nine seconds into the game to give FIT the very early 1-0 lead.
Two more Panther goals, by Dunleavy and Schiano, over the next 37 seconds pushed the lead to 3-0 with 29:15 still remaining in the first half. Twelve seconds later, McKenzie Jackson put the Eagles on the board to make it 3-1 with 29:03 to go before halftime.
Consecutive goals by Kaplan kicked off a 11-1 run that increased the Panthers’ lead to 14-2 with 16:08 left in the first half.
ERAU outscored FIT, 4-3, the remainder of the opening frame, including three tallies by the Eagles’ Gillian Greenberg, and trimmed the Panthers’ advantage to 17-6 at the halftime break.
FIT cruised through the second half, doubling-up the Eagles, 6-3, en route to a 14-goal win in the inaugural matchup between the teams.
Saturday’s performance marks the fifth game in a row that the Panthers have scored at least 21 goals. FIT has outscored its opponents 112-45 over that span and averaged a margin of victory of more than 13 goals per game.
Florida Tech concludes the regular season on the road next Saturday, Apr. 21, as the Panthers travel to the west coast of Florida for a matchup with conference rival Saint Leo. Start time for the contest against the Lions is set for 12 p.m. at University Turf Stadium. Fans can access links to live coverage of the action at FloridaTechSports.com.
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