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No. 6 Tars Cruise to 22-5 Win Over Catawba

No. 6 Tars Cruise to 22-5 Win Over Catawba

Rollins Remains Perfect on the Season with Seven Points by Gastonguay


SALISBURY, N.C.  (March 18, 2019) – Running on their 11th day of their road trip, the sixth-ranked Rollins women's lacrosse team did not display any fatigue as they cruised to a 22-5 victory over Catawba College on Monday afternoon at Shuford Stadium.  The win marks the ninth-straight for the Tars, matching a program second-best for undefeated wins to begin a season.

The Tars earned their ninth straight victory, and moved to an unblemished record of 9-0 on the season, while the Indians of Catawba College drop to 3-5 overall.

Freshman Caroline Gastonguay led the Tars as she posted four goals and three assists for seven points on the night.  Senior Kallie German was close behind with four goals and two assists, followed by Lily Rizk with three goals of her own.  Hannah Ashton notches two goals and an assist, while Paige Brock and Sammy Ottimo earned two goals apiece.  Nikki Stumpf, Shannon Polk, Hannah Coakley, Eden Cooke, and Taylor Kienle each scored one goal on the night.  Adding assists on the night were Lindsay Van Beck and Coakley with one apiece.  In total on the night, the Tars posted 22 goals and eight assists.  Coakley led the team with three ground balls, while Van Beck and Maggie Dougherty notched six and five draw controls, respectively.  Van Beck was a power on defense, earning a game high four caused turnovers to help the Tars to victory.  In goal, Gabby Tanner played 46:00 minutes, earning two saves while allowing five goals.  Sarah Neely closed out the game in cage for the final 14 minutes, and didn't face a shot on goal in her time on the field.

The Indians saw five players score one goal apiece, as Katie Barth, Brooklyn Tilley, Colleen Green, Nicole Hunt, and Mercedez Boucicaut scored one goal each.  Boucicaut and Hunt earned a team best two points each as they added an assist on the night, while Gianna Pezzulo dished out an assist of her own.  Goalie Aryn Dorr won a team high five ground balls as she played a total of 48:30 in goal, notching eight saves while allowing 18 goals.  Grace Brennen closed out the final 11:30 in goal, not earning a save while allowing four goals.  Tilley led the Indians in draw controls with six, while Barth earned a team high three caused turnovers.

Rollins led the shot count 39-11, as well as draw controls, 18-10.  The Tars were also successful on 12-of-15 clears, while holding Catawba to a success rate on 11-of-23 clear attempts.  Rollins also led the game in ground balls, 22-18.  

How it Happened:
Rollins jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 24:05 on the clock in the first half, but saw their momentum halted by the Indians at the 23:11 mark as Hunt converted a free position shot for Catawba's first goal of the game.  The Tars went on to outscore the Indians in the remaining 22 minutes, 7-3, to enter into halftime with a lead of 9-4.  The Tars continued to ride their momentum throughout the second half, outscoring Catawba 13-1 en route to the 22-5 South Region win.

Series  History:
Rollins vs Catawba (2-0)

Date

Opponent

 

Score

Attend

 

Site

Notes

3/18/2019

At Catawba

W

22-5

66

 

Salisbury, N.C.

 

2/23/2018

At Catawba

W

16-5

88

 

Salisbury, N.C.

 

2/19/2012

At Catawba

W

22-2

108

 

Salisbury, N.C.

 

Overall: 3-0
Conference: 0-0
Home: 0-0
Away: 3-0
Neutral: 0-0

Notes:

  • The Tars are 3-0 this season when playing a true road contest.
  • Last time out against Catawba, Rollins earned a 16-5 victory over the Indians on Friday, February 23, 2018.
  • Rollins leads the overall program series against Catawba, 3-0 – all three games against the Indians have been played at Shuford Stadium in Salisbury, N.C
  • Rollins now sits at No. 6 on the March 18 IWLCA DII Poll, and sixth on the March 11 NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20.
  • With a record of 9-0, the Tars have now matched their second best start in program history.  The last time Rollins went 9-0 to start a season was back in 2016, where the Tars eventually matched up against West Chester in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals, defeating the Rams 9-8 to advance to the Semifinals where they fell to Florida Southern by a score of 8-5.
  • The Tars' best undefeated run was in 2012, where they went 15-0 before falling to Regis in regular season action, 14-13.  That year, Rollins advanced to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals, where they fell to West Chester by a score of 19-10.

NEXT:
The Tars return to action on Saturday, March 30, when they open up Sunshine State Conference play on the road at Palm Beach Atlantic.  Game time against the Sailfish is set for 5:00 p.m. Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network as well as the Sunshine State Conference Digital Network, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

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