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Panthers Outlast Wilmington in Afternoon Tilt

Header pic: Zach Rozgonyi – Credit: Florida Tech Athletics

The Florida Tech men’s lacrosse team won their third straight game Monday afternoon, dispatching Wilmington 19-14 in Delaware. The Panthers came into the day ranked 16th in one poll and 18th in the other and this result certainly won’t hurt. Monday’s win comes after the big win on Saturday, against Seton Hill, who was ranked 15t coming into that matchup.

Zach Rozgonyi had an eight-point day, with four goals and four assists. Collin Stewart had four goals on five shots. Nate Deplancke had two goals and an assist, while Bennett Duffy, Griffin Bowie, and Austin Engeler had two goals each. Sam Sidari, Jakob Terpak and Justin Williams all added single tallies.

Logan Stinson led the Wildcats with four goals and an assist. Giovanni Marino and Jimmy Cava both had three goals and an assist.

Florida Tech goalie John Hulsman made 13 saves including a beauty with about 8:43 left in the first quarter with the Wildcats on the man-up. Jason Roland made seven saves for Wilmington.

Rozgonyi got the scoring started 5:40 into the game and Cava tied it. Duffy and Stewart scored 2:07 apart and the Panthers were up 3-1. Wilmington would tie it at three before Deplancke and Bowie went back-to-back 35 seconds apart to make it 5-3.

Wilmington (1-2) got one back before Bowie scored with 1:17 left in the quarter to make it 6-4.

Rozgonyi and Stewart scored 53 seconds apart in the early going of the second quarter, making it 8-4. After another Wilmington goal, Stewart and Deplancke scored consecutive goals to make it 10-5. The trend continued after Stinson made it 10-6, Rozgonyi (man-up) and Terpak scored 24 seconds apart and it was 12-6.

Jake Copio would get one back for Wilmington but Sidari answered with 1:05 left and the Panthers went into halftime leading 13-7.

Jacob Herman got the Wildcats on the board to start the third, but Engeler answered less than two minutes later. The Wildcats would score twice to close the gap to 14-10 before Duffy made it 15-10 with 7:53 left in the third. Marino and Stewart would trade goals to make it 16-11, heading into the fourth.

Williams scored to start the fourth, expanding the Panthers’ lead to 17-11. Wilmington would answer with three in a row and all of a sudden, it was a three-goal game. Rozgonyi stopped the momentum with his fourth of the game and Engeler closed the scoring with his second of the day, with 1:18 left.

Panthers Coach Brad MacArthur was happy with his teams’ effort in the last two games, including Saturday’s win over #15 Seton Hill.

“Good teams find ways to win even if it’s ugly. It’s tough playing two games in three days on the road the way we did, but the young men found a way to dig deep and hold on. Seton Hill and Wilmington back to back like that isn’t an easy task.”

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Wilmington had the shots advantage 57-47 but turned the ball over 24 times to the Panthers 22. The Wildcats had a 40-35 advantage in ground balls and led in faceoffs 22-16. The Panthers were 4-for-7 on the man-up, while the Wildcats went 1-for-5.

The Panthers’ road trip continues Saturday when they travel to Tampa for a 1:00 p.m. game.