WINTER PARK, Fla. (May 12, 2012)- The Rollins women's lacrosse team waited six days in order to find out their opponent in their first NCAA Tournament game as No.7 West Chester knocked off No.4 Limestone, 11-7, Saturday afternoon.
The Golden Rams made their 10th NCAA Semifinal appearance in 12 seasons and are riding a three consecutive year streak in the final four. West Chester also boasts a 13-7 record in the tournament and have had control over the series between Limestone, holding a 7-3 advantage. West Chester also owns two crowns with the first coming in 2002 and their latest in 2008.
The Tars making their first NCAA Tournament appearance are doing it in a big way with a semifinal berth, which saw Rollins post a 15-1 regular season mark. The Blue and Gold posted a program best 15 consecutive victories before being knocked off in the season finale against Regis. Rollins leads the nation in scoring offense and is ranked fourth in scoring defense, while the Golden Rams are eighth in scoring offense and seventh in scoring defense.
The first semifinal game will be a showcase between two high-powered offenses with Rollins tallying 294 goals on the season, while West Chester has notched 283. The Golden Rams use a strategic attack and have collected 108 assists to 65 for the Blue and Gold.
Rollins will look to the dependable Elyse De Lisle, who ranks seventh in GAA in Division II and was instrumental in preserving the 15 game winning streak. The Tars will also look to Erica Pagliarulo for offensive support with the Winchester, Mass. native leading the scoring attack with 2.83 goals per game, ranking her 48th in Division II.
Both schools have met twice with the Golden Rams earning victories over the Tars in the 2010 and 2011 seasons.
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