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Panthers Take Down Chippewas - Mar 2, 2014
Pittsburgh, Pa - In their third game of the season, the Panthers rolled against Central Michigan, topping their conference foes 15-8.
After going 1-1 during their opening weekend, Pitt took the field hoping to get a key conference win. Chris Roy opened the scoring just 40 seconds into the game with the first of his three goals on the day. After the Panthers took a 2-0 lead on a Matt Higgins goald, Senior James Gentile scored the first goal for Central Michigan, dumping in a rebound to put the Chippewas on the board.
After a close first quarter, the Panthers blanked Central Michigan in the second while scoring eight goals, pushing the halftime score to 12-3. Goalie Travis O'Connor, who had 13 saves on the day, shined throughout the game, making one acrobatic save after another. "I was in the zone today," said O'Connor. "They had a lot of good looks, but I was seeing the ball and getting to almost everything." O'Connor was helped by a high pressure defense led by Senior Max Carlson, who tallied ten groundballs on the day.
After a brief push by the Chippewas in the third quarter, Pitt responded in the fourth with three goals of their own to protect their lead. Sophomore Goalie Chris Wimbrow closed out the game in goal for the Panthers, racking up three saves while allowing only two goals.
For a complete game recap, schedule, and statistics, check out the Panthers page at the MCLA website at mcla.us.
The Panthers will take the field at the Cost Center again on Sunday, March 16 when they take on Central Connecticut.
Hail to Pitt!
Opening Weekend - Feb 17, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA -- After six weeks of bitter winter weather, tough indoor practices, and grueling track workouts, the #25 Pitt Panthers will open their 2014 campaign this weekend. The Panthers begin the season at the Cost Center on Friday night against CCLA rival #22 Davenport. After graduating 2013 CCLA 1st Team All-Conference Attackman Jordan Richtsmeier, Davenport will look for seniors Dominic Boggiano and Nathaniel Adkins to provide a scoring threat. Pitt came away victorious in both meetings with Davenport last year, winning 18-11 on the road in April and 14-10 at the CCLA Championships in May.
On Saturday, Pitt will take on the Colonials of George Washington. Despite being in their first year as an MCLA club in 2013, the Colonials hung around with Pitt during an early season matchup, with the Panthers prevailing 12-7.
Pitt's high-powered offense, led by Senior Alex Powell and Junior Cheech Gianfrate at midfield, will hope to control the tempo of these early season matchups. "We like to get out and play our way," said Gianfrate. "When we can play fast and play with confidence, we are a tough team to beat." On the other side of the field, the Panthers return all of the starters from a defense that allowed just 7.5 goals per game last year.
We encourage all family, friends, fans and alumni to come out and support the Panthers at the Cost Center at 8 pm Friday and 7 pm Saturday.
Hail to Pitt!
Panthers #25 in Pre-Season Poll - Jan 22, 2014
Pittsburgh, PA - The MCLA has released its first Coaches' Poll of the season. In the Pre-season Poll, the Panthers received 55 points, good enough to secure the final spot in the first set of rankings of the year. The #25 ranking is a three spot slide from the final poll of 2013, where Pitt came in at #22.
The Panthers are not only excited to be included in the rankings, but also to see a lot of their upcoming competition in the poll as well. "It's a good sign of the steps our program has taken, to get this kind of respect from coaches around the nation," said senior captain Max Carlson. "Our schedule is packed with ranked teams, so we know what we have cut out for us. It's going to be a fun year."
Other CCLA teams in the poll include #7 Michigan State and #22 Davenport. Pitt will also face #10 Boston College, #16 UConn, and #21 Georgia. Defending MCLA Champions Colorado State came in at #1.
Hail to Pitt!
Spring Schedule Announced - Dec 19, 2013
Pittsburgh, PA - The Panthers have released their schedule for the 2014 season. After a home scrimmage against Grove City College on February 15, the Panthers will open their season at home on Friday, February 21 against conference rival Davenport.
Pitt will be challenged early and often this year, with road trips to Virginia Tech and Buffalo, as well as facing top-ranked programs such as Boston College and Georgia on the road. The Panthers wrap up their campaign with home games against rival Michigan State and UConn on April 26.
For a look at the complete schedule, check out the Pittsburgh page at mcla.us or the schedule tab on this site.
Hail to Pitt!
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