Lindenwood Comes from Behind to Beat Panthers

The No. 15 Lindenwood Lions scored five unanswered goals in the fourth quarter on Saturday, coming back to stun the Florida Tech Panthers 13-12 in Division II Men’s Lacrosse.

Florida Tech goalie Vincent Palermo had 14 saves, while giving up 13 goals. The Lions outshot the Panthers in this one, 48-39. Each team had 27 shots on goal, but the Panthers were hurt by 16 turnovers, eight of those coming in the decisive fourth quarter.

A goal by Carter Collins with 45 seconds left, followed by Leonard Jones game-winner with six seconds left, gave the Lions a big home victory in their season opener.

Reid Chaconas and led the Panthers with five points, coming on three goals and two assists. Justin Williams had a hat-trick as well, getting the Panthers off to a good start.

Williams scored the first goal of the day 2:38 in. Jones would tie it later in the quarter and Lindenwood grabbed the lead on a goal by Coulter Strauss moments later. Williams would score 37 seconds later and would give the Panthers the lead with his second goal in just over a minute, and his third of the quarter. With that, the Panthers took a 3-2 lead into the second quarter.

Panther faceoff specialist Ethan Tosheff won the draw to start the second quarter and rifled a shot past Lions goalie Connor Ciemiewicz, making it 4-2, seven seconds into the quarter.

The Lions responded with two straight goals, knotting things at four. Luke Palmisano put the Panthers back up by one with 8:23 to go. That was the start of a three-goal run by the Panthers, who got goals from Jesse Morgan and Chaconas, to make it a 7-4 game with 7:26 left in the half.

Morgan would score his second of the day, as the two teams traded goals, making it 8-5. Florida Tech would add another from Chaconas with 1:03 left in the second quarter, and the Panthers were up by four at the break.

It took Andy Stump 1:06 to get the Panthers’ first goal of the third quarter. Sam Sidari answered a Lindenwood tally with one of his own, giving the Panthers an 11-6 lead. Lindenwood got two back, before Chaconas scored with 2:12 remaining in the quarter, giving the Panthers a 12-8 lead.

Chase Showalter started the Lions comeback, scoring with 11:39 left. Jake Campbell scored just 2:20 later, on the man-up making it a 12-10 game. After Peter Covington’s fourth goal of the day made it 12-11, Collins and Leonard would combine to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

For more info: Florida Tech @ Lindenwood Box Score

Florida Tech (0-2) will stay in Missouri for a Monday game against Maryville. The opening faceoff is set for noon.