10th-Ranked Catawba Sprints Past Florida Tech

MELBOURNE, Fla. No. 10 Catawba (6-0, 2-0) recorded a 15-2 win over Florida Tech (0-7, 0-6) Thursday night in Deep South Conference action at Melbourne Central Catholic's Hustler Stadium.

"Defensively, we came out flat and gave up some early goals," head coach Ryan McAleavey said. "Offensively, we didn't have good possessions. We have a long way to go to achieve our goals. We need to start playing with more passion. It didn't seem like we had any tonight."

Catawba scored the first four goals before Christian Isola wristed a shot past Indians' goalie Michael Pecchia with 6:25 left in the first quarter. Andrew Conley added his team's second goal at the 11:32 mark of the fourth quarter.

Both Isola and Derek Swayze scooped up a team-high four groundballs. Isola also paced the Panthers with six of his team's 18 shots.

Next week, FIT will play its last three home games of its inaugural season. The Panthers are scheduled to play Pfeiffer Tuesday at 3:00 p.m., Colorado Mesa Thursday at 7:00 p.m. and Shorter Saturday at 1:00 p.m. at Hustler Stadium.

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MELBOURNE, FL -- Catawba claimed a 15-2 win over host Florida Tech in Deep South Conference men's lacrosse action on Thursday night at Hustler Stadium. The 10th-ranked Catawba Indians got goals from a dozen different players in improving to 6-0 overall and 2-0 in the DSC. The Panthers, field a team for the first season, falls to 0-7 and 0-6.

Steve Ridolfo (Charlotte, NC/Providence HS/Gettysburg), Trevor Sieracki (Austin, TX/Anderson HS) and Adam Hebert all scored a pair of goals from the Indians. Ridolfo added an assist to join Braden Artem (Acton, Ontario, CANADA/Christ the King HS), who had a goal and two assists with three total points on the night.

Catawba racked up 50 shots to just 18 for the Panthers and picked up a +14 edge in ground balls 38 to 24. Michael Pecchia (Coquitlam, BC, CANADA/Heritage Woods) played nearly three quarters of the game, allowing one goal and stopping six shots.

The Indians scored the first four goals to take a 4-0 lead midway through the opening quarter. Sieracki had the first tally at the 13:10 mark. After Christian Isola scored for the Panthers, Catawba added four more goals before the half to give the visitors an 8-1 lead at the break.

Catawba ran its stretch of consecutive goals nine with five more to start the second half and a 13-1 lead with just over 12 minutes remaining. John Scheich (Waxhaw, NC/Weddington HS), Freddie Turcio (Guilford, CT/Guilford HS), Alex Hodges (Columbia, SC/Whitney Point(NY) HS, Broome CC) and Brendan Kennedy (Weddington, NC/Weddington HS) all had a goal and an assist in the win.


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