Eagles Escape With Win Over Panthers

Sam Schiano had six goals in Saturday’s 15-14 loss to Embry-Riddle. Lou Marinacci - Pictures of Motion

Sam Schiano scored six goals and Mollie Kaplan added four goals and an assist in Saturday’s women’s lacrosse game against Embry-Riddle but in the end, it wasn’t enough, as the Eagles hung on for a 15-14 win.

The Panthers (6-8, 1-4 SSC) held a slight edge in shots, 32-30 including a 26-22 edge in shots on goal, but turned the ball over 20 times, compared to 16 for the Eagles. Ground balls went in favor of the Panthers, 21-20, while the draw controls were even at 15.

McKenzie Jackson led the Eagles with five goals and now has 52 on the season. It was her fifth five-goal game of the 2019 campaign. Mya Watson had two goals and four assists.

Florida Tech netminder Chloe Zador made seven saves, while Mary Kreider made 12 saves for ERAU.

Jackson scored two of the first four Embry-Riddle goals, while Schiano’s second goal made it 4-3 with 18:33 to go in the first half. Goals from Kaplan, Alexis Townsend, and Schiano scored in a span of 4:50, tying the game at six.

The Eagles (10-5, 2-2 SSC) scored the last two goals of the first half and the first two goals of the second half, giving the home team a 10-6 lead. Aleah Fjelstad made it 10-7 and after a goal from the Eagles put them up by four, before Kailee O’Brien and Schiano scored back-to-back to make it 11-9.

The teams traded goals, making it 12-10 with 14:10 to go. A few minutes later, the Eagles went on a three-goal run, capped off by Jackson’s final goal of the day with 8:20 left in the game.

Florida Tech went down fighting, scoring the last four goals of the game, with Schiano and Townsend bookending two consecutive goals from Kaplan.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Embry-Riddle Box Score

The Panthers return home Saturday, April 20, to conclude the regular season against Saint Leo. The opening draw is scheduled for 11:00 a.m. at Florida Tech Panther Stadium.