Florida Tech Falls Short in Overtime Setback to Catawba

MELBOURNE, Fla. – Florida Tech (1-4) rallied to head into the fourth quarter with an 8-6 lead. Up two with just under four minutes remaining, the Panthers suffered from déjà vu for the second consecutive contest, as Catawba (3-3) forced overtime and found the net two minutes later, defeating FIT 12-11 on Monday evening at Hustler Stadium.

Austen Zugelter registered a hat trick for the second time this season, Andrew Conley recorded four assists, CJ Nichols added two goals and two assists, and Brian Bacarella finished with two goals. However, the Indians made the most out of a late Panthers penalty, tying the game on a man-up goal with 59 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter.

Jordan Hayes (0-3) stopped 15 shots for FIT, but was tagged with his third loss of the season while Indians goalie Pete Wesselman improved to 3-3 on the year. Catawba is now 3-0 against Florida Tech all-time.

After the Indians scored a quick goal to begin the game, Nichols fired a shot that found the net to tie the game at 1 with 11:41 remaining in the first quarter. Catawba answered back with four consecutive goals, but goals by Zugelter and Charlie Morrisette off assists from Conley cut FIT's deficit to two as the Indians led 5-3 at halftime.

Zugelter carried the load early in the second half, scoring back-to-back goals to tie the game at 5-5. John Schiech's second of four goals gave the Indians their third lead of the game, but a rare goal by defender Jordan Carlock (first career goal) was followed with goals by Christian Isola and Nick Wynne, allowing the Panthers to take a two-point cushion heading into the fourth quarter.

The Indians outscored the Panthers, 5-3, in the fourth quarter and overcame Bacarella's two crucial goals to tie the game at 11 with less than a minute remaining, forcing the third consecutive overtime for FIT.

The Panthers are now 0-3 in overtime contests and have lost the last four games by a combined total of four goals.

FIT looks for its first ever Sunshine State Conference victory in its inaugural game on Friday, March 14 against Saint Leo University. The game is scheduled for a 7:00 p.m. start and live stats, audio and video will be provided on FloridaTechSports.com, the official home of FIT athletics.

Admission to all home lacrosse games is free with a valid Florida Tech ID. Ticket prices are $7 for general admission and $5 for senior citizens ages 65 and up, youth ages 5-16 and non-Florida Tech students with school ID. Children ages four and under are also free.

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MELBOURNE, FL -- Junior Alex Dantzler (Holly Springs, NC/Holly Springs HS) scored with 1:50 left in overtime to lift visiting Catawba to a 12-11 victory over Florida Tech in men's lacrosse action on Monday night at Hustler Stadium. The Catawba Indians even their record at 3-3, while the Panthers fall to 1-4.

Catawba led early then had to rally, scoring twice in the final four minutes to force the extra time. Trailing 11-9, Dantzler tallied at the 3:49 mark to pull Catawba within a goal. John Scheich (Waxhaw, NC/Weddington HS) netted his fourth of the game with 59 seconds remaining to pull Catawba even.

Scheich led the Indians with his four goals and also assisted on the game-winner. Dantzler added three goals with Davis Hughes (Windermere, FL/W. Orange HS) scoring two goals with three assists.

The Indians led 3-1 after a quarter and grabbed a 5-1 lead midway through the second after goals from Hughes and Scheich. The Panthers trimmed the margin to 5-3 by the half and tied the game at 11:28 of the third after consecutive goals from Austen Zugelter.

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