No. 12 Lions Too Much for Panthers

MELBOURNE, Fla. The 12th-ranked Molloy Lions scored five consecutive goals, including four straight to begin the second half to gain a 10-goal lead. Florida Tech only found three answers in the second half to drop its second-straight decision by a score of 18-7 on Tuesday at Melbourne Central Catholic's Hustler Stadium.

Molloy (4-0) scored goals in groups throughout the evening. Florida Tech (4-4) tied the game at 1-1 just four minutes into the contest when sophomore Ryan Bailey netted his sixth goal of the season. But the Lions quickly responded with three goals to take a 4-1 lead.

Junior Evan Ryan scored his first goal of the season with 2:24 remaining in the first quarter, but again Molloy netted three-straight goals to take a 7-2 lead.

With 5:51 remaining in the second quarter, senior Matt Durand scored on a man-up opportunity on a pass from freshman Brian Bacarella.

The Lions scored three more goals before the game went to halftime to Florida Tech's one. Sophomore Andrew Conley scored his only goal of the contest late in the second quarter. The Panthers trailed 10-4 at the break.

Molloy, after scoring the final goal of the second quarter, scored four-straight goals to begin the third quarter to take a 14-4 lead. The Lions took their largest lead of 17-5 just 20 seconds into the fourth quarter.

Freshman Nick Gardner and Durand each scored a man-up goal in the final quarter, but it was not enough as the 12th-ranked Lions remained unblemished with an 18-7 victory.

Both Bailey and Durand finished with two goals, while Bacarella recorded his team-leading 10th and 11th assists of the season.

The Panthers will travel to Catawba on Friday, March 15 for a 7:00 p.m. start to begin a weekend trip to North Carolina. Florida Tech will then face Wingate on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.


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