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WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 5, 2017) – Squaring up against their second nationally-ranked opponent this season, the Rollins men’s lacrosse team put up a fight, but were unable to topple the fifth-ranked NYIT Bears on Sunday afternoon at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. The Tars were edged out by NYIT by a final score of 8-7, dropping their overall record to 4-2 on the season while the Bears advance to 3-0.
Rollins was by Dylan Bassham and Greg Taicher with three goals apiece this afternoon, while Connor Ashton tallied a goal and an assist for two points on the day. Andrew Matthews and Lucas Brush earned a team high four ground balls each, with Matthews contributing a game high two caused turnovers. In goal, Jake Hogan played a full 60 minutes, setting aside seven shots, including three saves in the fourth quarter, while allowing eight goals.
The Bears were led in goals by Leroy Halftown with a hat trick on the afternoon, while Matt Chanenchuk led the team in points with four, tallying three assists and one goal. Will Kistinger notched two goals of his own, while Andrew Zito earned two assists and one goal for three points. Shlomo Almar picked up a game high four ground balls as he won 13-of-19 attempts at the faceoff-x. Alex Seltzer earns the win between the pipes, allowing only seven goals while making nine saves, including six in the second quarter.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS
First Quarter l The Bears opened up to a two goal lead with 6:57 to play in the first quarter, but a goal by Bassham with 4:10 on the clock kicked off a three goal run to put the Tars in the lead, 3-2, with 19 seconds to go in the period. NYIT gained possession off of the faceoff thanks to Kistinger, who ran the ball down and found the back of the net with 10 seconds to go before the close of the period to even the score at 3-3 entering into the second quarter.
Second Quarter l Kistinger got the second stanza scoring started with a goal at the 13:43 mark off of an assist by Zito to give the Bears a 4-3 lead, but Rollins answered back with a goal by Ashton to even the score at 4-4. Halftown closed out the scoring in the second quarter with an unassisted goal with 6:07 to go before the break, closing out the first 30 minutes of play with NYIT holding onto a slim 5-4 lead at halftime.
Third Quarter l Bassham kicked off the third quarter with an unassisted goal with 12:07 on the clock, but three straight from the Bears, including two by Halftown, pulled NYIT into an 8-5 lead entering into the final quarter.
Fourth Quarter l Rollins mounted the attack in the fourth quarter, and turned up the intensity on defense as Rollins shut out the fifth-ranked Bears in the fourth quarter. Bassham found the back of the net with 10:52 to play, pulling the Tars to within two, 8-6. Taicher pulled Rollins to within one just 37 seconds later as he placed a shot from long range into an open goal as NYIT scrambled to get back on defense after a failed clear. The Tars looked to secure their third straight come-from-behind victory, but fell just short as a resolute Bears defense held them at bay the remainder of the game.
- The Tars matched up against their second nationally-ranked opponent this season
- Sunday’s game marked the first time the two teams have met in official competition. NYIT now leads the series, 1-0
- Rollins opened their season ranked No. 20 on the USILA Division II Poll, and have been receiving votes on the first two polls of the season.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
The Tars return to action on Sunday, March 12, when they travel back to Daffin Park in Savannah, Ga. where they will square up against Mount Olive. Game time against the Trojans is set for 1 p.m.
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