SAINT LEO, Fla. (April 5, 2017) – The fifth-ranked Rollins women’s lacrosse team made easy work of their opponent on Wednesday evening, defeating the Saint Leo Lions by a final score of 17-7 at University Turf Stadium in Sunshine State Conference play. Eight different Tars scored en route to their 10th straight win, advancing Rollins’ record to 11-2 and 2-0 in SSC action, while the Lions drop to a record of 6-7 and 0-2 in conference play.
Rollins led by three at the half, 8-5, but outscored their conference opponent in the second stanza by a score of 9-2 en route to their 10th straight victory this season.
The Tars were led by Maggie Dougherty and Paige Brock with four goals each, while Lily Rizk, Hannah Coakley, and Brittany Eveler scored two goals apiece. Hannah Ashton, Lindsay Van Beck, and Elle Ueland netted one goal each as the Tars saw eight different players net goals on the night. Paige Brock led the team in points, adding two assists to her goal count for six points overall, followed by Eveler with two assists for four points. Also adding assists were Ueland with two, and Coakley and Ashton with one each. Kaitlin Prince, Sophie Stavisky, Maddie Handren, Haley Brock, and Van Beck all scooped up two ground balls on the day to lead the team, while the Tars were led in caused turnovers by Van Beck with three. Off the draw, freshman Rizk won a game high five to help the Tars to victory. In goal, Malorie Olin played a full 60 minutes, making seven saves while allowing seven goals. Five of Olin’s saves came in the first half.
Saint Leo was led in scoring by Leslie Ferguson and Kelsey Burns with two goals each. Sabrina Sanacore, Katherine Larson, and Abbie Ross each scored one goal to close out the Lions’ goal count on the evening. Dishing out Saint Leo’s two assists were Burns and Caroline Fraser as they earned one apiece. Delaney Chrisco led the team in ground balls with four, while Chrisco earned a team high four draw controls. Defensively, the Lions saw Larson and Burns cause two turnovers each. In goal, Rebecca Halley played 43:58 minutes, earning five saves, all of which came in the first half, while allowing 14 goals by the Tars. Erin Davis closed out the contest, earning four saves and allowing three goals on the night.
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF ANALYSIS
First Half l Rollins opened the game with a three-goal lead eight minutes in thanks to two goals by P. Brock with a goal by Rizk sandwiched inbetween. The Lions’ Burns broke the run to cut the Tars’ lead to two, 3-1, at the 15:52 mark, but P. Brock netted her third of the game with 14:44 on the clock to give the Tars a 4-1 lead. Saint Leo scored the next two, pulling to within one of the Tars with 13:28 on the clock, but a goal by Van Beck, followed by a second goal by Rizk within nine seconds gave the Tars a 6-3 lead with 12:15 to go in the half. The Lions scored two straight to pull back to within one, 6-5, with 10:21 on the clock, but the Tars found the back of the net twice in under two and a half minutes, including a goal by Eveler with 14 ticks to go thanks to an assist by Ashton, to take an 8-5 lead at the break.
Second Half l Saint Leo opened the second stanza with a goal by Sanacore at the 25:32 mark, but Rollins rattled off eight straight to take a commanding 16-6 lead with 6:27 left to play. The Lions’ Ferguson broke the Tars’ scoring streak with an unassisted goal at the 4:22 mark, but Rollins answered back with one more goal, an unassisted tally by Dougherty with 2:25 to play, to close out the SSC matchup with a final score of 17-7.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
Rollins returns to action on Tuesday, April 11, when they take on Florida Southern College in Lakeland, Fla. Game time against the Moccasins is slated for 7 p.m. Links to live coverage will be available on RollinsSports.com.
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