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Ninth-Ranked Tars Bear Down on Lenoir-Rhyne in 15-4 Victory

Paige Brock
Paige Brock

Rollins Holds Bears Silent in Second Half


HICKORY, N.C.  (February 22, 2019) – After leading by only three at the half, the No. 9/8 Rollins women's lacrosse team hit their stride in the second half, holding Lenoir-Rhyne silent in the final 30 minutes of action en route to a 15-4 South Region victory at Moretz Stadium in Hickroy, N.C. 

The win advances Rollins to a record of 3-0 on the season, while Lenoir-Rhyne drops to 1-2 overall.

Paige Brock led the way in scoring with four goals on the evening, followed by Kallie German and Lily Rizk with a hat trick apiece.  Nikki Stumpf and Hannah Ashton netted two goals each, followed by Maddie McVicker with one of her own.  Earning assists on the day were Caroline Gastonguay with a game high two, while Stumpf, German, Ashton, and Genia Sprinkle each dished out one.  German earned a team best four ground balls, while Taylor Kienle won a game best four draw controls.  German also led the way in caused turnovers with three.  In goal, Gabby Tanner earned the win, walking away with eight saves while allowing only four goals in 60 minutes of action, including holding the Bears off the board throughout the second half.

Lenoir-Rhyne saw one goal each from Rachel Elmore, Cathleen Gaffney, Gabby Sousa, and Gia Colombo.  Gaffney earned a team best three points as she added the Bears' only assists of the night with two.  Cassie Lafler earned a game best five ground balls, and led the team in caused turnovers with three.  Matching Kienle in draw controls was Elmore with four.

How it Happened:
Rollins put the first point on the board with an unassisted goal by Rizk just over 60 seconds into the game, but the Bears answered right back 34 seconds later to knot the score at 1-1.  Sprinkle fed a pass to Stumpf for the Tars' second goal of the game with 25:08 on the clock in the first half, but three straight goals by the Bears in the span of two minutes gave LRU a 4-2 advantage with 20:08 to go in the half.  Rollins came out of a time out with a new game plan, and closed out the first stanza with five unanswered goals to hold onto a 7-4 lead at the break.  The Tars came out of halftime and continue to ride their momentum throughout the second half, adding on eight unanswered goals to close out the game with a score of 15-4.

Notes:

  • The Tars currently sit ninth on the IWLCA Division II Preseason Poll, and checked in at No. 8 on the first NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20 regular season rankings of the season, climbing from their preseason ranking of 12th.
  • The Tars are currently 1-0 on the road, and 3-0 overall on the season.
  • Rollins has now held opponents silent in two separate halves, the first was in the first half against Westminster on February 16, and the second against Lenoir during the second half.
  • Rollins now leads the all-time series against the Bears, 11-0.

NEXT:
Rollins returns to action on Sunday, February 24, when they travel to Young Harris, Ga. to take on Young Harris College. Game time against the Mountain Lions is set for 1 p.m.  fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action with links to live coverage available on RollinsSports.com.

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