BELMONT, N.C. (February, 18 2012)- The eighth-ranked Rollins women's lacrosse team collected a challenging and convincing first road victory over Belmont Abbey, Saturday afternoon, 18-6. Rollins improves to 2-0 on the season and will look to extend their winning streak against Catawba on Sunday.
Nine different Tars found the back of the net to pace the offense with Erica Pagliarulo collecting four tallies on the afternoon. Also collecting multi-goal efforts were Cat Kelley and Sarah Ann Showell with three goals apiece, while Ginevra Czech and Sophie Townsend tallied two goals each.
The early stages of the game the Crusaders were able to keep it close, coming within one goal of tying the game, but that seemed to ignite the Tars offense, which ended the first half on a 7-1 scoring streak. Elyse di Lisle was strong for the Tars between the pipes, collecting 10 saves and only allowing six goals to the potent Crusader offense.
Rollins played stingy defense, not allowing Belmont Abbey to establish any sort of rhythm or even to get into their offense. The Crusaders relied on quick transition strikes to create their chances, but could not generate enough of those as the they were stymied by the Tars defense.
Heading into the break the Tars held a 10-4 advantage and looked to press even further heading into the second half. Both teams went back and forth with nobody asserting their presence until the Tars offense got back on track. The Tars clamped down and put the finishing touches on the victory by scoring eight goals in the second half, while limiting the Crusaders to two tallies.
Rollins will be back in action, Sunday at noon against Catawba in their last game of the road trip. Fans check RollinsSports.com for all the latest news and information on Rollins athletics.