Panthers Throttle Edinboro

Leah Dunn had a career-high seven points on Friday. Lou Marinacci

For the second time in the span of a couple of days, Florida Tech’s offense came alive, as the 20th-ranked Panthers beat Edinboro 19-6 on Friday, in a women’s lacrosse Division II neutral site game in Conway, SC.

The 19-goal outburst follows a 22-goal performance on Wednesday, against the Lee Flames.

Leah Dunn led the FIT offense Friday, with three goals and four assists. The seven points is a career-high for her. Speaking of career highs, Brittney Embree led the Panthers defense with seven caused turnovers, setting a new single-game record at Florida Tech.

Mollie Kaplan had five goals and an assist, while Sam Schiano had four goals. Kailee O’Brien continued her impressive freshman season with a three-point day, scoring two goals and dishing out an assist. O’Brien now has six goals and six assists in seven games.

In goal, Chloe Zador collected six saves for the Panthers. The Scots used three goalies, with starter Candace McDole allowing 14 goals in 43:45. She made seven saves.

Mary Uplinger gave Edinboro (0-3) a 1-0 lead, beating Zador 41 seconds into the game. Kaplan answered about 3 1/2 minutes later and that was followed by Aleah Fjelstad, giving the Panthers a 2-1 lead. After another Scots’ goal tied things up at two,  goals by Schiano, Kaplan, Dunn, and Lexi Woviotis ran the score up to 6-2.

Anna Leva would cut the lead in half, but the Panthers came right back with the second goal of the day from both Dunn and Woviotis, making it 8-3. Kandyce Graham made it a four-goal game with her tally 2:56 before the first half ended.

The Panthers (4-3) got two goals from O’Brien to start the second half, with an Edinboro goal sandwiched in between. Kaplan’s hat trick goal made it 11-5 with 21:48 left in the game. O’Brien registered the assist.

Alexis Townsend and Schiano scored, and Dunn got the hat trick with 18:29 left, capping a five-goal run for the Panthers. After Desiree Doucette scored to make it 14-6, the Panthers went on a five-goal run in the final 13:22 to finish off the 13-goal victory.

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Florida Tech has now won two in a row and will return home Monday to take on Slippery Rock. The opening draw is set for 7:00 p.m. at Panther Stadium.