WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 2, 2020) – Rollins rebounded from their first loss of the year by dismantling the Lander Bearcats, 21-3, on the turf at Barker Family Stadium. The Tars improve to 4-1 on the year, while the first year Bearcats fall to 2-4 in their inaugural season.
Sammy Ottimo and Hannah Ashton each tallied a hat-trick to lead the Rollins scorers. Maddie McVicker, Lily Rizk, and Elaina Joyner each found the back of the net twice. Shannon Polk led Rollins with a pair of assists. Maggie Dougherty collected a team best five draw controls, while Rollins forced Lander into 15 turnovers. Gabby Tanner got the start in net, earning the win; while Claire Barber saw a majority of the minutes, making two saves.
Emma Arifin, Alyssa Suchan, and Emmy Peterson each put in one goal for the Bearcats. Suchan, Alex Miller, and Kasey Bronco each picked up three draw controls. Brenah Sarell made 10 saves, after getting the start in net for Lander, Marie Berry made three saves in just under 20 minutes of play.
The Tars scored the first eight goals to jump out to a commanding early lead. Hannah Ashton started the game with a natural hat-trick, before five other Tars each got on the board. After the Bearcats got their first goal, Rollins responded with Rizk's first and a pair from Sammy Ottimo to build a ten-goal margin. Rizk's second, Ottimo's third, Joyner's first, and a late goal from Marina Longo rounded out the half. The teams headed to the locker room with the Tars up 15-1.
Rollins slowed the pace in the second, but still managed to score the first six goals of the half. Paige Kienle tallied her first career goal to make the score 17-1, and AJ Wilder notched her first goal of the season from a free position shot, taking the score to 20-1. Joyner tallied her second with just under the four minute mark, pushing the score to 21-1. The Bearcats would tally the final two goals of the game, making the final score 21-3.
- This was the first ever meeting between Lander and Rollins. The Tars now lead the all-time series 1-0
- Elaina Joyner, Maddie McVicker, Genia Sprinkle, and AJ Wilder each tallied their first points of the season.
- Dennis Short is the only coach in the 13 year history of Rollins women's lacrosse, and currently sits with a 149-55 overall record.
Rollins has a quick turn around, and they will face Wilmington on Wednesday, March 4, at Barker Family Stadium. The first draw is set for 7:30 p.m.