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Late Lead Slips Away as No. 7 Rollins Falls to No. 1 Adelphi

Late Lead Slips Away as No. 7 Rollins Falls to No. 1 Adelphi

WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 23, 2020) – The Tars could not hold a late lead, as No. 1 Adelphi came back in the final moments, and defeated No. 7 Rollins in overtime, 13-12.  The loss is the Tars first of the season, and moves them to 3-1 overall.  The Panthers improve to 2-1 in 2020. 

Hannah Ashton led the way for Rollins, depositing five goals.  Maggie Dougherty netted a hat-trick to go with a team high six draw controls.  Lily Rizk scored twice, picked up three groundballs, gathered one draw control, and tallied a team best three caused turnovers.  Caroline Gastonguay dished out four assists, while scooping up six groundballs.  Gabby Tanner made four saves in net for Rollins.

Kole Pollock notched four goals and one assist, good for a team best five points.  Christina McCabe also found the back of the net four times for the Panthers.  Alison Johnson led Adelphi with three assists.  Emma Lemanski made 10 stops, playing the full game in the cage.

Rollins would jump out to a 2-0 lead, in just over two minutes of action, with goals from Eden Cooke and Ashton.  After the Panthers tallied their first, Rollins would expand the lead to three at, 4-1, with Rizk's first goal, and Ashton's second.  From there Adelphi went on a 4-0 run, taking their first lead at 5-4 with just under eight minutes remaining in the half.  The Tars rebounded to finish the half with a 3-0 streak of their own, punctuated by perfectly executed free position play with 29 seconds on the clock.  Dougherty fed the ball to Liz Fahey, who found herself alone with the goalie and made the score 7-5 going into the break.

Rollins would start the second half well, again tallying the first two goals, expanding their lead to 9-5, the largest of the game.  McCabe netted a natural hat-trick to pull the Panthers back within one.  The Tars again hit back with a pair of goals from Ashton, and one from Dougherty over the next six minutes, and the score stood at 12-9 at the 10 minute mark.  Pollock, the reigning Division II Player of the Year, netted the next two, making it a one score game with five minutes remaining.  Both defensives held the offenses over the final minutes, making clutch stands down the stretch.  However, it would be Pollock who, again, was the a thorn in the sides of the Tars, registering an assist to Lena Riportella with 13 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

In the extra period the Panthers would control the draw and take a timeout.  Again, Adelphi turned to their star, and again she delivered.  Taking the ball and dodging straight to the net, and shooting into the top corner for the game winner.

Notes:

  • The Tars have yet to defeat the perennial powers from Long Island.  The Panthers now lead the series 6-0, while Rollins falls to 1-5 all-time against No. 1 ranked opponents.
  • Dennis Short is the only coach in the 13 year history of Rollins women's lacrosse, and currently sits with a 148-55 overall record.
  • Hannah Ashton passed Erica Pagliarulo for third all-time in Rollins history in goals scored.  The senior has now netted 164 goals for the Tars. Next on the list is Tyler Thomas with 195, and a top the ranks is Kallie German, with 206.

Up Next:
The Tars continue their five-game home stand on Monday, March 2, when they take on Lander.  The first draw is set for 7:30 p.m. at Barker Family Stadium.

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