Florida Tech Panthers Sports Roundup

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No. 18 Women’s Tennis Blanks Griffins

 WOMEN’S TENNIS – No. 18 Florida Tech (5-7) continued to dominate, sweeping Tuesday afternoon’s match at Oak Park against Seton Hill University (1-7), 9-0.

With the victory, the Panthers have now won three straight for the first time since their eight-game win streak from Feb. 23 to March 11, 2013.

Aly Ruschak, above, earned her first singles win of the spring yesterday as the Panthers  continued to dominate, sweeping yesterday's match at Oak Park against Seton Hill University. (Florida Tech image)
Aly Ruschak, above, earned her first singles win of the spring yesterday as the Panthers continued to dominate, sweeping yesterday’s match at Oak Park against Seton Hill University. (Florida Tech image)

No. 19 Kristina Huba and Natasa Vukovic took doubles No. 1, 8-0; Chloe Chanley and Meritt Rabson downed Lauren Duffy and Alisha Toretti, 8-2; and Katie Close and Aly Ruschak earned an 8-0 win in their first doubles match of the spring.

The Panthers blanked the Griffins in all six singles matches, with Vukovic, Chanley, Rabson, Close and Ruschak recording their first win of the spring in their respective flight.

All six wins were straight-set victories, with Close and Jessica Widmark downing their opponents in singles No. 4 and 5, respectively, 6-0, 6-0.

Bill Macom
Bill Macom

“The girls had a good showing today and hopefully this match will build some more confidence leading into the last half of the season,” said head coach Bill Macom.

“We play a lot of matches in the next 10 days so everyone needs to be ready to play.”

FIT returns to the DeSoto Tennis Courts for seven consecutive contests, beginning tomorrow at 10 a.m. against the University of Southern Indiana (3-6).

Name Ht. Cl. Hometown (Previous School)
Charoo Agrawal 5-1 Fr. Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh, India (Apeejay School)
Chloe Chanley 5-5 So. Louisville, Ky. (Ballard HS)
Katie Close 5-4 Jr. Midland, Mich. (Herbert Henry Dow HS)
Kristina Huba 5-8 Sr. Ascona, Switzerland (Liceo Collegio Papio)
Gwendolyn Kauffman 5-3 Sr. Saint-Louis, France (Santa Monica College)
Mandy Lam 5-4 Sr. Hong Kong, China (Shoreline CC)
Greta Polo 5-5 Fr. Rome, Italy (IMG Academy)
Meritt Rabson 5-10 Fr. The Woodlands, Texas (The Woodlands College Park HS)
Aly Ruschak 5-3 Sr. McMurray, Penn. (Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School)
Flavia Zisi Tegou 5-6 So. Thessaloniki, Greece (German School of Thessaloniki)
Natasa Vukovic 5-5 So. Kitzbuehel, Austria (Armstrong Atlantic State)
Jessica Widmark 5-8 So. Stockholm, Sweden (Viktor Rydberg Gymnasium Odenplan)
Coaching Staff
Bill Macom Head Coach
Andrew Veeder Assistant Coach
Kermit Strachan Assistant Coach

Men’s Lacrosse Falls Short in Overtime Setback to Catawba

MEN’S LACROSSE – Florida Tech (1-4) rallied from behind to head into the fourth quarter with an 8-6 lead and up two with just under four minutes remaining in regulation, the Panthers suffered from déjà vu for the second consecutive contest as Catawba College (3-3) forced overtime and found the net two minutes into extras, defeating FIT, 12-11, on Monday evening at Hustler Stadium. 

Brian Bacarella, above scored two goals in Monday's overtime loss to Catawba. (Florida Tech image)
Brian Bacarella, above scored two goals in Monday’s overtime loss to Catawba. (Florida Tech image)

Austen Zugelter registered a hat trick for the second time this season, Andrew Conley recorded four assists, CJ Nichols added two goals and two assists, and Brian Bacarella finished with two goals.

However, the Indians made the most out of a late Panthers penalty, tying the game on a man-up goal with 59 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Hayes (0-3) stopped 15 shots for FIT, but was tagged with his third loss of the season while Indians goalie Pete Wesselman improved to 3-3 on the year. Catawba is now 3-0 against Florida Tech all-time.

Jordan Hayes
Jordan Hayes

After the Indians scored a quick goal to begin the game, Nichols fired a shot that found the net to tie the game at 1 with 11:41 remaining in the first quarter. Catawba answered back with four consecutive goals, but goals by Zugelter and Charlie Morrisette off assists from Conley cut FIT’s deficit to two as the Indians led 5-3 at halftime.

Zugelter carried the load early in the second half, scoring back-to-back goals to tie the game at 5-5. John Schiech’s second of four goals gave the Indians their third lead of the game, but a rare goal by defender Jordan Carlock (first career goal) was followed with goals by Christian Isola and Nick Wynne, allowing the Panthers to take a two-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter.

Andrew Conley
Andrew Conley

The Indians outscored the Panthers, 5-3, in the fourth quarter and overcame Bacarella’s two crucial goals to tie the game at 11 with less than a minute remaining, forcing the third consecutive overtime for FIT.

The Panthers are now 0-3 in overtime contests and have lost the last four games by a combined total of four goals. FIT looks for its first ever Sunshine State Conference victory in its inaugural game on Friday, March 14 against Saint Leo University.

The game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start and live stats, audio and video will be provided on FloridaTechSports.com, the official home of FIT athletics.

No Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Cl. Hometown (Previous School)
1 Mike Marshner A 6-0 175 Jr. Glen Rock, Pa. (Susquehannock HS)
2 Ryan Bailey M 6-0 180 Jr. Lancaster, Pa. (Hempfield HS)
3 CJ Nichols M 6-0 185 Fr. Finksburg, Md. (Westminster HS)
4 Asher Patton A/M 6-3 196 So. Sarasota, Fla. (Sarasota Military Academy)
7 Severin Windsor LSM 6-3 186 So. York, Pa. (Central York HS)
8 Kevin McKernan M 5-10 185 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla. (Creekside HS)
9 Evan Ryan M 6-4 192 Sr. Leonardtown, Md. (United States Military Academy)
10 Charlie Morrisette A 6-3 202 Fr. Fairfax, Va. (Robinson HS)
11 Conor McQuade LSM/D 5-9 174 Jr. Oyster Bay, N.Y. (Nassau CC)
12 Mike Cherry LSM 5-10 165 Fr. Broomwall, Pa. (Saint Joseph’s Preparatory)
13 Michael Corbet M 6-1 215 Jr. Palos Heights, Ill. (Stagg HS)
14 Christian Isola M 5-7 155 Jr. Holmdel, N.J. (Holmdel HS)
15 Nick Brown A 6-0 167 So. Denver, Pa. (Cocalico HS)
16 Ryen Forrey M 5-10 175 So. Reinholds, Pa. (Harrisburg Area CC)
17 Stuart Nystrom D 6-1 185 Jr. Gaithersburg, Md. (Quince Orchard HS)
18 Travis Wunder M 6-0 185 Fr. Westminster, Md. (Westminster HS)
20 Dominic Troese LSM 5-9 180 Jr. Hyattsvile, Md. (DeMatha Catholic HS)
21 Nick Wynne A 5-11 160 So. Sykesville, Md. (Howard CC)
22 Andrew Conley M 5-11 168 Jr. Orlando, Fla. (Boone HS)
23 Jordan Hayes G 6-1 200 So. Pittsburgh, Pa. (Alderson-Broaddus)
24 Austen Zugelter M 6-3 190 Fr. Vero Beach, Fla. (Vero Beach HS)
25 Ryan Jennis A/M 6-0 180 Fr. Jacksonville, Fla. (Creekside HS)
26 Josh Hagan A/M 5-10 163 Fr. Fishers, Ind. (Fishers HS)
27 Frank Schornagle M 6-0 160 Jr. Orlando, Fla. (University HS)
28 Tom Filipow D/M 5-11 185 Fr. Fairfield, N.J. (West Essex Regional HS)
29 Wes Underwood LSM 5-8 155 So. Wilmington, Del. (UCF)
30 Alex Cummins D 6-3 227 So. Lancaster, Pa. (Penn Manor HS)
31 Zack Kunkel G 6-0 200 Fr. Reading, Pa. (Governor Mifflin Senior HS)
32 Sean McAvoy D 6-3 210 Fr. Old Saybrook, Conn. (Old Saybrook HS)
33 Brian Bacarella A 5-8 163 So. Trumbull, Conn. (St. Joseph HS)
34 Alex Carlson M 6-0 200 So. East Lansing, Mich. (East Lansing HS)
40 Ben Abell A 5-9 180 Fr. Pasadena, Md. (Chesapeake Senior HS)
41 Lewis Kester G 6-1 198 Fr. Elma, N.Y. (Iroquois HS)
42 Eric Biller G 6-0 164 Sr. Westminster, Md. (Essex CC)
43 Collin Zoll D 6-5 205 Fr. Bel Air, Md. (Loyola Blakefield HS)
44 Jordan Carlock D 6-3 180 Jr. Babylon, N.Y. (Suffolk County CC)
45 Matthew Kennedy M 6-2 195 So. Virginia Beach, Va. (Cape Henry Collegiate School)

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