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Panthers Roll to Big Victory Over Oilers

The Florida Tech women’s lacrosse team got their second win of the season on Wednesday, beating the Findlay Oilers 19-8 in the home opener at Florida Tech Panther Field.

After their win over Flagler on February 17, the Panthers picked up where they left off, with Jennifer Boyle and Caroline MacLeod each scoring six goals in Wednesday’s contest. That is one of the single-game record for goals. Kayla Minton made her presence known with four goals.

Allie Kasprzyk, Danielle Dilorenzo, and Izzy Murphy-Morrow all had two goals for Findlay, who falls to 0-1 on the season.

MacLeod started the scoring 4:11 into the first quarter, beating Findlay goaltender Rachel Bornstein. She would score again 34 seconds later on a free-position shot to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Minton and Carly Niro each scored to put the Panthers up 4-0 with 8:23 to go in the quarter.

The Oilers finally solved Panthers starting goaltender Cailey Canessa when Dilorenzo scored with a man-advantage. Tech got that goal back on the second of the night from Minton, with Rachel Johnson getting the assist. Murphy-Morrow and Kasprzyk scored the last two goals of the first quarter for Findlay and all of a sudden, it was 5-3.

Boyle got the Panthers back on track in the second quarter as she scored twice in 2:04, giving the Panthers a 7-4 lead. Findlay got one back before Boyle found the back of the net twice more in the span of 1:08, her third and fourth of the night, putting the Panthers up 9-4.

Murphy-Morrow made it 9-5 before Johnson scored with 33.7 to go in the half on a free-position chance and Millie Hurt put one in with 2.9 seconds left on an assist from Minton. That put the Panthers up 11-5 at the break.

Boyle struck for two more 2:14 apart early in the third, both free-position goals and her fifth and sixth of the night, putting the Panthers in front 13-6. Findlay got one back off the stick of Mackenzie Cole before MacLeod and Minton each scored their hat trick goals back-to-back, making it 15-6 with 4:59 left in the third.

Kellen Lucchesi took over in net for Canessa to start the fourth quarter. Canessa allowed six goals and made four saves in 45 minutes.

Minton scored 45 seconds into the fourth quarter to start the running clock with a 16-6 score. To the Oilers’ credit, they scored two consecutive goals to cut the Panthers’ lead to 16-8.

MacLeod took over from there, scoring her final three goals in less than seven minutes. Johnson and Boyle assisted on the final two tallies of the night.

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Lucchesi made one save while allowing two goals in the fourth quarter. Bornstein made seven saves for Findlay.

Florida Tech doubled up the Oilers in shots, 32-16. Findlay had 22 turnovers to the Panthers 21. The Panthers held a 19-13 advantage in ground balls and dominated in draw controls 22-9.

The Panthers will be back at Florida Tech Panther Stadium on Sunday night for a 7:00 p.m. tilt against Davis & Elkins.