The Florida Tech men’s lacrosse season came down to the final game. Needing a win over Florida Southern and some help, the Panthers came up on the short end of an 11-8 decision on Saturday, at Florida Tech Panther Stadium.
Florida Tech (7-5, 3-4) celebrated their 12 seniors before the game, including goalie Daniel Flock, who made 18 saves in the loss. The Moccasins took 56 shots on the day, including 29 on goal. Florida Tech took 39 shots, with 25 on goal. Florida Southern goalie Maxwell Freestone made 17 saves.
Reid Chaconas led the Panthers with three goals, while five Florida Tech players had one each.
Liam Winwood started the scoring for Florida Southern, with the Panthers answering with back-to-back goals from Reid Chaconas and senior Brad Schillinger.
Zach Wilson and Carson Wallace helped FSC regain the lead before Chaconas scored again to tie the game at three with 11 seconds left in the first quarter.
Wallace and Winwood would score the first two goals of the second quarter, making it 5-3 before a goal from Luke Palmisano made it 5-4 with 3:05 left in the half. Joe Appio’s goal 53 seconds later, made it a 6-4 game in favor of the Mocs’ and that’s the way it would stay into the halftime break.
The third quarter was almost 10 minutes old, before Chaconas found the back of the net with his hat-trick goal, cutting the Florida Southern lead to 6-5. Appio’s second goal made it 7-5, but the Panthers got two late goals from Justin Williams and Logan Sweeney, tying the game at seven with 24 seconds left in the third.
Unfortunately for Florida Tech, the visitors from Lakeland controlled the fourth quarter, with Sean Nolan, Appio, and Kyle Silverstein scoring in the first 9:17 of the fourth quarter, to give the Mocs’ a 10-7 lead. Brett Pohlmeyer scored the Panthers final goal of the game with 2:45 left, before Silverstein took away any chance of a rally, scoring with 1:05 to go.
For more info: Florida Southern @ Florida Tech Box Score
We would like to take a moment to thank Panthers coach Mark Penn for taking the time to give us quotes, and his time throughout the season. We wish all of the seniors the best of luck in the future, and we look forward to covering the 2020 Panthers.