First Quarter Surge Propels Bears Past Panthers

MELBOURNE, Fla. Lenoir-Rhyne displayed its offensive attack scoring six unanswered goals in the first quarter. Florida Tech responded with five of the next six goals to trail 7-5, but the Bears scored four straight goals to leave Hustler Stadium with an 11-6 victory.

Lenior-Rhyne (6-4, 3-1 DSC) scored the opening goal less than two minutes into regulation. Over the final nine minutes of the first quarter, the Bears scored five more goals to take a 6-0 lead.

Two minutes into the second quarter, sophomore Mike Marshner finally put Florida Tech (4-7, 2-4 DSC) on the board. Junior Evan Ryan, streaking down the right side, found an open Marshner on the left side for the goal.

The Bears then found their seventh goal of the game four minutes later to take a 7-1 lead. But the Panthers fought back.

One minute later, Florida Tech netted its conference leading 22nd man-up goal of the season. Marshner found freshman Brian Bacarella for his 15th goal of the season-his first man-up goal.

Twenty-six second later, Ryan scored his second goal of the season, unassisted, to cut the deficit to 7-3.

Neither team found a goal in the third quarter.

The Panthers opened the final quarter with two-straight goals to cut Lenoir-Rhyne's lead to 7-5 with 9:36 remaining in regulation.

Freshman Nick Brown recorded his first assist of the season to set up freshman Nick Gardner. Two minutes later, sophomore Andrew Conley scored a career-high 27th goal of the season to cut the margin to two goals.

But the Bears went on another run, scoring four-straight goals over the next five minutes to push their lead to 11-5.

Gardner added a team-high second goal of the game for his 22nd goal of the season with 10 seconds remaining, but it was not enough as the Panthers fell by a score of 11-6.

Junior Eric Biller made 11 saves in the loss.

Florida Tech will get a week of rest before returning to action on Friday, March 29 when it welcomes Massachusetts Institute of Technology to Hustler Stadium. It will be senior day for the Panthers and they will recognize their seniors prior to the opening face-off. The contest is set to begin at 5:00 p.m.

2013-03-23



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