WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 9, 2020) – The No. 17 Tars put on a show at Barker Family Stadium, opening their 2020 campaign with a dominating 20-4 win over the Molloy Lions. The Tars improve to 1-0 after the debut, while Molloy, who received votes in the USILA National Poll, fall to 0-2 on the year.
Eleven Tars found the back of the net for Rollins, led by Grant Long who tallied a hat-trick. The junior midfielder also added one assist. Peyton Miller, Colin Hall, Jackson Colling, Kyle Portera, Ryan Dunn, Marshall Ellison, and Bailey Pringle each netted a pair of tallies. Blake Buell led Rollins with two helpers. Cody Iserman got the start in net, playing 50 minutes, making five saves, and allowing only four goals. TJ Donahue closed the contest, making two saves, and not allowing a goal.
Scott Capicchioni, Sean Plasencia, Mike Del Giorno, Kevin Pastier each scored once for Molloy. Anthony Teresky tallied a pair of assists. James O'Grady and Timothy Berry split the time in net, combining for six saves on 26 shots.
The opening 15 minutes was back and forth, neither team full settling into the game. Ryan Dunn tied the score at 1-1 with a man-up goal at the 8:44 mark, recording the first rolling goal of the day, Pringle earned the assist. Ellison tallied the Tars' second, as the first quarter ended 2-2.
The Tars stepped up their intensity in the second, outscoring the Lions 6-0 in the quarter. Long tallied the first two and the final goal of the run, as Rollins took an 8-2 lead into the locker room.
Rollins kept the momentum coming out of the half, scoring seven unanswered goals in the third quarter, jumping out to a 15-2 advantage with 4:23 left in the frame. Peyton Miller and Bailey Pringle each scored twice in the quarter, and Rollins led 16-4 after three.
Rollins iced the game away in the fourth. The defense held the Lions off the board. Colin Hall scored twice including the 20th goal with just under seven minutes remaining. At that point the Tars took their foot off the gas and cruised to the final whistle, and their first win of the year.
- Rollins went 20-27 at the faceoff. The Tars were led by Cam Reeves, going 7-9 with seven groundballs, and Kyle Sudol, going 9-13 with six groundballs.
- Charlie Rask led the Tars defense with three caused turnovers, while Kai Stampar forced two Lion errors in his first collegiate game.
- Rollins held the Lions off the scoreboard for a run of 30:06 from the end of the first quarter through the third quarter, and for the final 15:51 of game time.
- The Tars are now 1-1 all time against Molloy
- Rollins is 4-1 in their last five season openers.
- Chris Lewis, in his fifth season at the helm of the Rollins men's lacrosse program, now carries a 38-30 overall record.
The Tars will head to Savannah, Georgia for a neutral site battle against No. 14 Queens. Faceoff is set for 3 p.m.