Colorado Mesa Hangs on for Victory over Florida Tech

MELBOURNE, Fla. Florida Tech gave a great effort against Colorado Mesa Thursday night at Hustler Stadium, but the Mavericks held off the surging Panthers, 12-8. The game marked FIT's final home night game of their inaugural season.

"I wanted their best effort and I got it," head coach Ryan McAleavey said. "As a result, we won faceoffs, we scored when we got set and we won the fourth quarter. We made a couple mental mistakes, but they gave me their best effort and I can't ask for anything more. We need to fix a couple of things and continue to improve every day."

Trailing by six goals with 15 minutes to play, FIT took advantage of a man-up opportunity with Billy McClellan scoring his fourth goal of the season from Patrick Manning at the 8:50 mark of the fourth quarter. Andrew Conley and Mike Marshner then made it a three-goal game, 11-8, with goals exactly one minute apart.

However, Colorado Mesa fended off the Panthers' attack in the final seven minutes and 13 seconds. Austin Pridham scored an insurance goal for the Mavericks with 2:51 to play.

FIT won more faceoffs, 14-8, however Colorado Mesa was successful in 18 of its 21 clearance attempts. The Panthers outshot their opponent 12-4 in the second quarter and 9-5 in the fourth quarter.

McAleavey and Co. will wrap up the home portion of their first schedule Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Shorter University at Hustler Stadium.

2012-03-16



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