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MELBOURNE, Fla. (Women’s Lacrosse) –Caroline Dunleavy and Sara Grenier recorded six points apiece and No. 9 Florida Tech (11-2, 2-1 SSC) earned a 19-13 victory over Sunshine State Conference foe Tampa (5-10, 0-3 SSC) in Saturday’s Senior Night game.
The Panthers set two program records in the game against the Spartans. The win is the Crimson and Gray’s 11th of the campaign, besting the old mark of 10 set during the 2016 season. Also, the 19 goals scored against Tampa gives FIT 225 for the year, surpassing the previous record of 218 goals established during the team’s inaugural season, in 2015.
Dunleavy finished with four goals and two assists and Grenier led all players with five goals to go along with one assist. Leah Dunn tallied a career best four points on three goals and an assist, while Mary Gormley collected her 100th career point on a three assist-one goal night.
Allie Modica notched three goals, three ground balls, three caused turnovers and two draw controls in her final regular season home game. Sam Schiano scooped up a game-high six ground balls to go along with two goals and an assist. Lauren Tybor tied a game-high with five draw controls in addition to three caused turnovers and two ground balls. Stephanie Stuart improved her season mark to 11-2 while making four saves in the win.
FIT ended the contest with more shots, 39-21, including a 24-6 edge in the first half. The Panthers also corralled more ground balls, 33-22, while both teams collected 17 draw controls in the game.
The Crimson and Gray scored the first eight goals of the game, three off the crosse of Dunleavy, to grab a solid lead with five minutes remaining in the first half. Amanda Voges finally put Tampa on the scoreboard on a free position goal with 4:37 left on the clock.
Consecutive goals by Schiano and Grenier pushed FIT’s lead to 10-1, before Maggie Gladden scored off a pass from Amanda Rom to make it an eight point game, again. However, Dunleavy beat her defender and the clock with her fourth goal of the game to increase the Panthers’ advantage to 11-2 just before halftime.
Modica made it a 10-goal game on an unassisted effort with 26:18 remaining in the second half. The Spartans scored three straight, including two on free position attempts, to cut their deficit to 12-5, but Grenier answered with consecutive tallies of her own to bring the margin to 14-5. Another Tampa free position goal brought the score to 14-6.
Gormley fed Modica for consecutive goals to make it a 10-goal game, again, with 11:53 left. However, the Spartans would grab the momentum, scoring seven of the next eight goals, four by Caroline Forrester, to decrease the deficit to 17-13 with just over two minutes remaining. An unassisted score by Dunn stopped the bleeding and gave FIT a five-goal advantage.
Then, with only 28 seconds remaining, Grenier capped the Panthers’ second league victory of the season when she found a cutting Gormley for the junior’s first goal of the game and 100th career point.
Next up, Florida Tech travels to Winter Park, Florida for its regular season finale against SSC rival No. 5 Rollins on Thursday, Apr. 20, at 7 p.m. ET. The matchup between the Panthers and Tars has major conference implications as the winner will lock up the No. 2 seed in the SSC Tournament. Fans can access links to live coverage of the action at FloridaTechSports.com.
TAMPA, Fla. – The University of Tampa women’s lacrosse team fell to No. 9 Florida Tech in Sunshine State Conference play.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: Florida Tech 19, Tampa 13
Records: Tampa (5-10, SSC 0-3), Florida Tech (11-2, SSC 2-1)
Location: Melbourne, Fla.
All-time Series: Florida Tech leads the series 3-0.
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HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Panthers took the lead with eight unanswered goals.
- At 4:37 Tampa got their first goal of the game, with a converted free position attempt by Amanda Voges. Tampa trailing 8-1.
- Florida Tech answered back with two goals to maintain a lead of 9-1.
- Freshman, Maggie Gladden has the second Spartan goal of the night with an assist from Amanda Rom.
- Panthers tack on another goal before half time to make the score 11-2.
- Florida Tech opens the half with a goal to start a running clock.
- Rachel Crawford with an assist from Rom make it 12-3.
- Voges had her second goal of the game at 22:58.
- Junior, Rom had her first goal of the game to bring the score to 12-4.
- The Panthers responded with two goals to make it 14-5.
- At 19:00 Claire Swanson had her first goal of the game.
- Florida Tech brings the game to 16-6 over Tampa with back-to-back goals.
- Rom converts a free position attempt to a goal.
- At 9:06, Caroline Forester teams up with Voges to bring the score to 16-8.
- Panthers responded with a goal 30 seconds later.
- Voges has her third goal of the game with an assist from Cali Edgar.
- Forester has an unassisted goal with 4:25 left in the game.
- Another Spartan goal with a converted free position attempt from Rom brings the score to 17-11.
- Abby Coccagna snagged the draw control, which led to a Tampa goal from Forester, assisted by Rom.
- Another goal by Forester and assisted by Crawford brings the game within four goals. Tech leading 17-13.
- Florida Tech tacks on two goals to take the win 19-13.
INSIDE THE STATS:
- Forester led the team in goals with four.
- Voges led in ground balls with five, also tallied three goals and one assist.
- Rom led the team in points, three assists and three goals.
- Swanson, Gladden and Crawford each had one goal.
- Mackenzie Hackett has eleven saves in the net.
Tampa returns to action on Saturday, April 22nd to continue SSC play against Saint Leo University. The matchup will start at 7:30 p.m. in Tampa, Fla. Live stats will be available through TampaSpartans.com.
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