Coker Comes up Short Against Florida Tech

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – Steven Marciano (Shirley, N.Y.) recorded a hat trick with an assist as the Coker lacrosse team came up short in an 11-9 loss to Florida Tech on Friday night.

The Cobras rallied from a 7-4 deficit at halftime, cutting the Panther lead to just one (9-8) with eight minutes left in the fourth quarter. FIT added a pair of goals over the next six minutes taking an 11-8 lead. Coker added their ninth goal of the game in the final minute of play.

Keith LaClair (Lindenhurst, N.Y.) netted two goals and handed out an assist, earning his 20th goal of the season. C.J. Bogue (Jupiter, Fla.) also scored two goals, while Adam Zinsmeister (Annapolis, Md.) and John Bretton (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) had a goal with an assist each. Ryan Vento (Bellmore, N.Y.) also added three assists for the Cobras.

Christian Stevens (Mooresville, N.C.) made seven saves between the pipes.

The Cobras will hit the road for their next two games when they head to the sunshine state to take on Florida Southern on Saturday, March 31 and Saint Leo University on Sunday, April 1.

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. (Men's Lacrosse) – Florida Tech registered its first road win of the program's inaugural season Friday night, turning back Coker 11-9 at Byerly Park. The Panthers (2-9) have now won two consecutive games, while the Cobras (2-9) fall for the fifth straight time.

“This game was a true team effort,” head coach Ryan McAleavey said. “We played a great team game and everyone stepped up to get it done. These kids would not quit and were not going to lose this game.”

Coker took a two-goal lead early, but FIT bounced back by scoring seven unanswered goals between the first and second quarters. The Cobras made a late charge in the last 15 minutes, however, they came away empty handed.

Patrick Manning scored a team-high three goals. Christian Isola had seven groundballs and won 9 of 11 faceoffs. He and Tyler Kunce combined to go 17 of 23 in the circle.

Mason Cook was big in goal, making 15 saves on 37 shots.

The Panthers will now return to Florida to prepare for their final trip to North Carolina late next week. They will play at Lenoir-Rhyne Friday, March 30, at 7:00 p.m. and at Belmont Abbey on Sunday, April 1, at 12:00 p.m.


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