Catawba Snaps Skid with Win Over Florida Tech

SALISBURY, NC -- Catawba snapped a five-game losing streak with a 14-8 win over visiting Florida Tech in DSC action on Friday night at Shuford Stadium. The Catawba Indians improve to 3-5 overall and 1-3 in the DSC, while the Panthers fall to 4-5 and 2-2.

John Scheich (Waxhaw, NC/Weddington HS) led the Catawba attack with four goals and an assist, while freshman Matt Symes (Coquitlam, BC, CANADA/Centennial HS) added three goals. Florida Tech got a pair of goals from Nick Gardner, Brian Bacarella and Mike Marshner.

Symes scored twice for Catawba in the opening minutes and Daniel Rew (Forest Hill, MD/Bel Air HS) added a third at the 11:34 mark for an early 3-0 edge by the Indians. The Indians led 5-1 before the Panthers rallied with four consecutive goals to pull even on a tally by Bacarella with 8:11 left in the opening half.

Scheich and Symes scored just over a minute apart to put the Indians back up at 7-5 with 5:27 to go in the half. A late goal by Zach LaFavre (Weymouth, MA/Weymouth HS) put Catawba up 8-5 at the break. Andrew Conley got the Panthers within 9-7 at the 5:13 mark of the third quarter, but Catawba put the game away by scoring the next five goals.

Florida Tech held a 47-43 edge in shots, including a 15-8 margin in the final quarter, but could only score one goal in those final 15 minutes. Christian Klimczyk (Linthicum, MD/Cardinal Gibbons School) made five of his 16 saves in the final quarter. Rew won 11 of 15 face-offs for the Indians and picked up eight ground balls. Eric Biller made 19 saves for Florida Tech.

Catawba is idle until March 23 when the Indians host Mars Hill on that Saturday night at 7:00 p.m.

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SALISBURY, N.C. Florida Tech scored four unanswered goals in the first quarter to tie the game at 5-5, but Catawba responded with four goals of its own and never looked back to defeat the Panthers, 14-8, on Friday at Frock Athletic Complex.

Catawba (3-5, 1-3 DSC) opened the contest with three consecutive goals in a span of 2:32 to take a 3-0 early lead.

Freshman Nick Gardner then got Florida Tech (4-5, 2-2 DSC) on the board with his 16th goal of the season on a pass from sophomore Mike Marshner.

The Indians quickly responded with two goals to extend their lead to 5-1 with 3:26 left in the first quarter.

Freshman Brian Bacarella cut the deficit to three goals with 2:06 on the clock with his 11th goal of the season, and then set up Gardner for his second goal of the first quarter with two seconds remaining to cut Catawba's lead to 5-3 heading into the second quarter.

The Panthers opened the second quarter with two-straight goals to tie the game at 5-5. Marshner scored a man-up goal just three minutes in on a pass from Bacarella. Bacarella then scored his second goal of the half with 8:11 on the clock. Bacarella contributed two goals and two assists during the four-goal run.

Over the final seven minutes of the second quarter, the Indians scored three unanswered goals. Catawba then opened the third quarter with a fourth-straight goal to take a 9-5 lead.

Florida Tech cut deficit to two with a man-up goal by Marshner from sophomore Andrew Conley. Conley then scored his team-leading 23rd goal of the season three minutes later to trail 9-7.

Catawba was too much, scoring five-straight goals to take its largest lead of the game at 14-7 with six minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

Freshman Alex Carlson recorded a man-up goal with four minutes remaining, but it was not enough as the Panthers fell, 14-8, to the Indians.

Florida Tech will remain in North Carolina for another Deep South Conference game against Wingate on Sunday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m.


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