Header Photo: Caroline MacLeod – Credit: Florida Tech Athletics
Florida Tech women’s Lacrosse is still in search of their first win of the season after a 14-7 loss at No. 22 Saint Leo on Wednesday.
The Panthers have played a very difficult schedule suffering losses to ranked teams, including No. 4 Florida Southern, No. 7 Tampa, No. 11 Rollins, and now two losses to Saint Leo. Their other loss came in overtime to Lynn.
That is in no way to make excuses for the Panthers as everyone in the conference is playing the same schedule, but the Panthers had to deal with powerhouse teams, mainly on the road right from the jump. Four of the six Panthers games have been on the road.
Mollie Kaplan and Caroline MacLeod had two goals each to lead the Panthers. Kyla Vendemia, Morgan Leonard, and Karly Liebendorfer each had single tallies. The Panthers did not register an assist in this game.
Tech goalie Emily Harris made eight saves for the Panthers while her counterpart Emma Crafton made 11 saves.
Ashlee Wilsynski and Delaney Chrisco led the Lions with four goals each, while Lia Lamendola and Fiona McLaughlin both had hat tricks. Meghan Bomleny registered four helpers for Saint Leo.
The Lions (2-3, 1-2 SSC) scored the first four goals in Wednesday’s contest before Kaplan got her first of two on the day 8:44 into the game.MacLeod would score 1:23 later, making it a 4-2 game.
Chrisco would score her second of the day for the Lions and Wilsynski would get her hat trick goal highlighting another four-goal run that gave the home team an 8-2 lead.
MacLeod’s second goal of the day with 7:44 left in the first half made it 8-3, but Chrisco finished off a first-half hat trick with 1:44 to go, helping Saint Leo to a 9-3 halftime lead.
It took 9:54 before the first goal of the second half. That came off the stick of Vendemia, her second of the season cutting the deficit to 9-4. Lia Lamendola answered for the Lions before Leonard and Kaplan scored consecutive goals to make it 10-6.
Wilsynski and Chrisco went back-to-back to make it 12-6 before Liebendorfer scored her first career goal as a Panther to make it 12-7 with 7:35 left. The Lions would score the last two goals of the day.
For more info: Florida Tech @ Saint Leo Box Score
The Panthers road trip continues on Wednesday, April 14 when they travel to West Palm Beach for a matchup against Palm Beach Atlantic. The opening draw is set for 7:00 p.m.