The Florida Tech Panthers (4-0) kept their undefeated record intact on Sunday, beating the Emmanuel Lions 22-2 in a women’s lacrosse game played in Franklin Springs, Georgia.
Alexis Townsend scored five goals and had three assists, leading the Panthers offensive onslaught with an eight-point day. With that performance, the senior goes over the 100-point threshold, with 104 career points.
Mollie Kaplan added four goals and an assist and Madison Savje had a hat trick, and Aleah Fjelstad scored two.
Kylie Morris, who scored her first goal in a Panthers uniform on Friday in the win over Young Harris had a goal and two assists in this one, and freshman Maile Haire had her first two goals in a Panthers uniform.
Chloe Zador got the start in goal, getting her third win of the season. She made four saves, allowing only the two goals. The Panthers defense held Emmanuel to eight shots 6 SOG), while the Panthers reeled off 43 (32 SOG).
Kaplan started the scoring 1:31 into the game on a free-position shot. It took Townsend 1:09 to make it 2-0. Justine Dorelas scored the first goal of the day for Emmanuel before the Panthers kicked the offense into high gear.
Townsend scored twice in less than two minutes, giving the Panthers a 4-1 lead and registering her hat trick. Aleah Fjelstad added one, before Townsend scored again on the man-up, making it 6-1. Townsend then found Morris who scored her first of the day, making it 7-1.
Savje, Morgan Leonard, Kailee O’Brien, and Haire all scored giving the Panthers an 11-1 lead. Haire’s goal came with 9:48 left in the half, it was her first collegiate goal, and she wasn’t done.
The Lions (0-3) finally broke the Panthers’ nine-goal run with a tally from Hannah Hernandez with 6:55 left.
After Savje scored her second of the day, Haire did the same, giving the Panthers a 13-2 lead. The Panthers’ final goal of the half came out of the stick of Fjelstad with 11 seconds left and it was 14-2 at the half.
Savje got her hat trick goal 39 seconds into the second half off an assist from Kaplan, making it 15-2. Olivia Going got her only tally of the day seven minutes in, and that was followed by Kaplan’s second goal and Townsend’s fifth, making it 18-2.
After Leonard’s second goal made it 19-2, Kaplan got her hat trick on the 20th goal of the day for the Panthers with 12:22 to go. Madison Ulvenes would add one before Kaplan capped the scoring with her fourth of the day with 6:05 to go.
As you would expect, the Panthers not only dominated on the scoreboard but statistically as well. They held a 19-10 advantage in ground balls and were a perfect 13-for-13 on clears. The Lions were 8-for-13. Florida Tech held a decided advantage on draw controls 17-8 and forced Emmanuel into 21 turnovers, to the 11 for Florida Tech.
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The Panthers will open their home season on Tuesday, March 3 at 7:00 p.m. against Regis. The game will be played at Florida Tech Panther Stadium on the campus of Palm Bay High School.