In the largest comeback in program history, Florida Tech men’s lacrosse fought back from an 8-0 deficit to hand the Rollins College Tars a 17-16 defeat.
This was the Panthers’ first game of the season against a fellow Sunshine State Conference opponent.
They improved to a 5-1 score on the season and 1-0 in the conference play.
Midfielder Reid Chaconas led the way for Florida Tech with four goals and an assist.
Three other midfielders, Brett Pohlmeyer, Logan Sweeney and Justin Williams, each added two goals and an assist.
Midfielder Tommy Bowser added a goal and two assists of his own, as Attacker Brad Schillinger tacked on another two goals.
Rollins started the scoring early, giving the Tars a 1-0 lead just 49 seconds into the game.
They continued their scoring barrage with seven more unanswered goals, giving them an eight-goal cushion with 9:35 to go in the second quarter.
The Panthers finally responded with 8:52 left in the second quarter, as Schillinger scored his ninth goal of the season.
The Tars reacted quickly, though, making the score 9-1 and pushing the lead back to eight.
After back-to-back goals by Chaconas, the Panthers narrowed the Tars lead to six.
Before halftime, the Panthers scored three straight goals by Pohlmeyer, midfielder Bryce Johnson and defensive midfielder Tyler Oblong.
Rollins responded with a goal, making the score 10-7 heading into halftime.
Schillinger started the scoring in the second half, followed by another goal by Pohlmeyer, making the score 10-9.
After the Tars and Panthers traded goals for most of the second half, Florida Tech was able to build a three-point lead.
This was soon reduced to just a one-point difference after the Tars scored consecutive goals.
The score now stood at 16-15 in the Panthers’ favor with 5:42 to go.
Chaconas then scored his fourth goal of the game, but a little over two minutes later, Rollins was able to counter attack.
It ultimately proved to be too little too late for the Tars, as Florida Tech retained their lead for the last 1:32 of the game, securing their fifth victory of the season.
The Panthers take on another SSC opponent Wednesday, March 27, against the University of Tampa Spartans.
Start time is set for 8 p.m. at the Naimoli Family Athletic Complex in Tampa, Florida.