Panthers Drop Pivotal DSC Contest to Moccasins

MELBOURNE, Fla. Florida Tech took an 8-7 lead into halftime, but Florida Southern outscored the Panthers, 8-2, in the second half to leave Melbourne with a 15-10 victory on Wednesday at Melbourne Central Catholic's Hustler Stadium.

Sophomore Andrew Conley scored the game's first goal three minutes into regulation to give Florida Tech (5-8, 2-5 DSC) an early 1-0 lead.

Six minutes later, Florida Southern (5-7, 2-4 DSC) tied the game at 1-1. Then the Moccasins jumped out to a 3-1 lead with 40 seconds remaining in the first quarter.

With 19 seconds remaining, Conley netted his second goal of the game on a pass from freshman Brian Bacarella.

Florida Southern scored seven seconds into the second quarter off a faceoff win to extend its lead to 4-2. Senior Matt Durand brought Florida Tech back to within one goal just two minutes later.

The Moccasins' Brian Well scored his second goal of the half with 11:03 left in the second quarter to push their lead to 5-3. But then the Panthers got hot.

Florida Tech scored five unanswered goals in a span of 4:28 to take an 8-5 lead. Conley began the run with his third goal of the first half to complete his sixth hat trick of the season. Freshman Nick Brown followed with an unassisted goal less than two minutes later before Conley scored his fourth goal of the game.

Durand scored the Panthers' conference-leading 23rd man-up goal of the season on a pass from sophomore Mike Marshner with 4:04 remaining in the half. Then Conley netted his fifth goal of the game, third of the five-goal run, to give Florida Tech the three-goal lead.

Florida Southern scored two goals during the final three minutes of the second quarter, including a seventh goal with seven seconds remaining to trail, 8-7, at the break.

It was all Moccasins in the second half. Florida Southern outscored the Panthers by a combined margin of 8-2 in the third and fourth quarters

Florida Tech opened the fourth quarter with a goal by junior Evan Ryan just 16 seconds into the period to tie the game at 10-10. But the Moccasins went on to score the game's final five goals to win by a score of 15-10.

The Panthers, who played their final conference game, will find out their playoff hopes after conference action concludes this weekend. The DSC Tournament is set to begin on Tuesday, April 9 with the quarterfinal round.

Florida Tech will play a neutral site game against Young Harris on Sunday, April 21 at the Bolles School in Jacksonville. The game is set to begin at 1:00 p.m.


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