The 12th-ranked Florida Tech Panthers continued their winning ways Wednesday, scoring eight first period goals en route to a dominating 17-3 win over visiting Embry-Riddle in men’s lacrosse. It was the seventh consecutive victory for the Crimson and Gray.
Tajee Mobley scored four consecutive goals bridging the end of the second quarter and the start of the fourth, in what was a five-goal day for him. Mobley took nine of the Panthers 51 total shots, 30 were on goal.
The third quarter was scoreless on both sides.
Matt Weinstein and Brett Pohlmeyer had two goals each for the Panthers and Tyler Covey had one goal and three assists, as did Brad Schillinger.
Justin Williams and Brett Pohlmeyer scored two minutes apart, giving the Panthers a two-goal advantage with 7:33 left in the first quarter. Covey, Weinstein, Pohlmeyer, Tyler Oblong and Lance Pavlina all scored before Weinstein scored his second of the day with 1:46 to go in the opening Stanza, opening up an 8-0 lead for the home team.
Embry-Riddle (1-10, 0-5 SSC) finally got on the board three minutes into the second quarter when Kyle Dalrymple scored an unassisted goal. Tommy Bowser got that goal back 2:03 later, making it 9-1.
From there, it was Mobley’s show, as he beat ERAU goalie Mario Cartisano three consecutive times in the third quarter. The first goal came with 8:07 to go and the final one came with 41.9 seconds showing on the clock.
Mobley capped his four-goal run off with another at 2:01 into the fourth quarter, giving the Panthers a 13-1 lead. Schillinger made it 14-1, before Charles Pollack and Logan Forte scored consecutive goals against Panthers starter Daniel Flock. That little hiccup was really the only thing that went wrong for Flock, who made four saves. The Eagles took 18 shots, but only seven were on cage.
Logan Sweeney, Mobley and Brandon Harry, who had a hat-trick in the Panthers win at PBA on Saturday, scored FIT’s final goal of the day with 1:27 to go. Cartisano finished the day with 13 saves for ERAU.
The Panthers (8-4, 5-0 SSC) dominated statistically, as much as they did on the scoreboard. They were 12-for-13 on clears and held a 51-26 advantage in ground balls. Faceoffs were one-sided as well, with the Panthers winning 19-of-23.
Injury news: The only negative thing that happened Wednesday was that faceoff man Ryan Land suffered a lower-body injury with 6:08 to go in the game. The injury happened as he was fighting for possession on the faceoff. No further details were available
For more info: Embry-Riddle @ Florida Tech Box Score
Florida Tech will hit the road on Saturday, traveling to Lakeland, to take on Florida Southern. Opening faceoff is set for noon.