Bretton Scores Four, But Coker Falls to Florida Tech

HARTSVILLE, S.C. Coker suffered an 18-10 loss to the Florida Tech Panthers on Monday (Feb. 17) in men's collegiate lacrosse action.

John Bretton scored a career-high four goals to lead Coker, while Ryan Maurer registered a team-high five points on two goals and three assists. Rounding out the offense for the Navy and Yellow was Timothy Smith with two goals and an assist, Mike Martiello with a goal and two assists and Shane Wilson with one goal.

Leading Coker defensively was John Elliott and Tim Ryan. Elliott caused five turnovers and scooped up seven ground balls, while Ryan made 13 saves between the pipes.

The Panthers would waste little time taking control of the contest as they scored the game's first five goals. The Cobras would use two unanswered goals by Bretton and Wilson to bring them within three with 3:42 left in the first period. Both teams would trade goals to close the period with Florida Tech holding a 6-3 advantage. The second period would be dominated by the Cobras, who gave up only two goals while netting four scores of their own in the period. The stellar defensive performance would send Coker into the break trailing 8-7.

Coker would come out strong defensively to start the second half, but Florida Tech's offense would prove to be too much for the Cobras. The Panthers utilized their second five-goal run of the game to open up a six-goal lead over Coker before a Bretton goal made it 13-8. Florida Tech would tag on another goal to make it 14-8 heading into the fourth period. The final period would produce only two goals for the Navy and Yellow, while the Panthers would add four more tallies to secure an 18-10 win.

The Cobras will take a break become hitting the field again on February 26th when they host the Bulldogs of Wingate University. The game is scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. start at Byerly Park.

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. The Florida Tech (1-0) lacrosse squad celebrated an Opening Day win for the second consecutive season on Monday afternoon as the Panthers offense exploded for 18 goals on the way to an 18-10 victory over Coker College (1-1) at Bylerly Park.

Sophomore Brian Bacarella led the offense with five goals, three coming in the first quarter. Bacarella's five goals tied his career-high and the midfielder added two assists. Freshmen CJ Nichols and Austen Zugelter teamed for seven goals and three assists in their collegiate debuts and Christian Isola scored two goals. Nick Wynne, Alex Carlson, Nick Brown and Andrew Conley each added one goal apiece. Eric Biller (1-0) improved to 7-7 in his FIT career after recording 12 saves.

With the victory, the Panthers are now 3-0 against the Cobras and the 18 goals are the most in a single game in the school's three-year history.

Florida Tech jumped out to a 5-0 lead before closing out the first quarter with a 6-3 lead. The Cobras outscored the Panthers 4-1 in the first 10 minutes of the second quarter to tie the game at 7-7 before Nichols' scored his first collegiate goal with two minutes remaining in the first half.

The Panthers came out firing in the third quarter and got on the board six times in the stanza to take a 14-8 lead, including the quarter's first five goals. Nichols scored the first two, followed by Carlson, Bacarella and Isola. FIT closed out the game with two goals in the final minutes of the game to clinch an opening day victory, 18-10.

For Coker, John Bretton led with four goals, Ryan Maurer recorded three assists and a team-high five points. Goalie Tim Ryan (1-1) fell to 1-1 on the season after allowing 18 goals and registering 13 saves.

Florida Tech won 18 of the 31 faceoffs and added 41 ground balls, led by Travis Wunder's 17 faceoffs and 12 ground balls.

The Panthers will continue action on Wednesday, Feb. 19 when they take on Belmont Abbey College at 1:00 p.m.


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