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LAKELAND, Fla. (April 11, 2017) – A young fifth-ranked Rollins women’s lacrosse team squared up against their toughest competition yet this season, taking on the defending National Champion and No. 4 Florida Southern Moccasins in a key Sunshine State Conference and south region tilt on Tuesday night. Despite the Tars’ best efforts, Rollins fell to the Mocs by a final score of 18-5 at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla. The loss snaps a 10-game win streak for the Tars, and moves their record to 11-3 and 2-1 in Sunshine State Conference action, while the Moccasins advance to a mark of 15-2 and 4-0 in SSC play to claim the regular season conference title.
In total, the Tars saw just five upperclassmen and 13 underclassmen take to the field to face a stout Moccasin squad that was led by 10 upperclassmen and just two starting underclassmen. In total, a seasoned Florida Southern team saw a total of 11 upperclassmen and just seven underclassmen earn participation on the night.
Rollins was led in goals by freshman Hannah Ashton on the evening with two, followed by sophomore Kallie German, and freshmen Maggie Dougherty and Hannah Coakley with one apiece. German added the Tars’ lone assist for two points on the evening to close out the Tars’ scoring efforts. Sophomores Kaitlin Prince, Lindsay Van Beck, and Brooke Ottaway picked up a team high two ground balls apiece, while freshman Lily Rizk led the team in caused turnovers with two. Rizk and Dougherty also led the team in draw controls with two each on the night. In goal, Malorie Olin and Sarah Neely saw dual time, with Olin earning the start and seeing a total of 36 minutes in cage. The junior earned six saves while allowing 11 goals, while freshman Neely made five saves while allowing just seven goals in 24 minutes of action.
Florida Southern was led by senior Kendall Kerge in both goals and points, scoring six goals and adding two assists for a team best eight points on the night. Junior attacker Cayla Shawfield earned four goals and one assist on the night for five points, while sophomore Dani Bursinger dished out a team high three assists. Junior Shannon Gilfedder matched Bursinger in points with three, notching one goal and two assists. Junior Meghan Vadala led the game in both ground balls and caused turnovers with five and four respectively, while Bursinger won a game best seven draw controls on the night. In goal, senior Taylor Gillis earned six saves while allowing just five goals.
HIGHLIGHTS AND HALF ANALYSIS
First Half l Florida Southern opened up to a 3-0 lead with 26:37 on the clock, but the Tars whittled away at the deficit thanks to two goals by Ashton to pull to within one, 3-2 with 23:30 to go in the half. Rollins evened the score at 3-3 three minutes later thanks to an unassisted goal by Coakley, but the Mocs’ Shawfield broke the run at the 19:31 mark to give Florida Southern the 4-3 advantage. Shawfield’s goal ignited a seven goal run by the Mocs that saw them take a 10-3 lead with 8:40 to go in the period. The remainder of the period remained scoreless for both sides, closing out the first 30 minutes of play with the Mocs holding onto a seven goal lead, 10-3.
Second Half l The Mocs continued their run entering into the second half, scoring three straight to pull ahead to a 13-3 lead with 20:42 to go in the period. Dougherty broke the run at the 15:45 mark to pull the Tars back to within nine, 13-4, but the Mocs answered back at the 14:26 mark to pull back to a 10 goal differential, 14-4, and went on to tack on three more to pull out to a 17-4 advantage with 5:46 to play. German broke the Mocs’ four goal run as she converted a free position shot with 3:30 on the clock, and as the final seconds ticked down Florida Southern added one more goal to close out the key conference and regional win with a final score of 18-5.
- The Mocs snapped Rollins’ 10 game win streak while advancing their own win streak to 12
- Florida Southern has now won four straight against Rollins and leads the all-time series between the two programs, 6-4.
- The last time the Tars took down the Mocs was on April 26, 2015, where Rollins defeated Florida Southern by a score of 12-10 in overtime to claim the Inaugural Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championship title.
- Florida Southern became the first Sunshine State Conference team to win the women’s lacrosse national championship last season, defeating perennial powerhouse Adelphi by a final score of 8-7 on May 21, 2016.
- Rollins has now squared up against its sixth nationally-ranked opponent this season.
- The Tars’ starting lineup featured one senior, two juniors, five sophomores, and four freshmen, compared to Florida Southern’s starting 12, which featured three seniors, seven juniors, and two sophomores.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
Rollins returns to action on Sunday, April 16, when they host Lenoir-Rhyne University on Senior Day at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. Game time against the Bears is slated for 3 p.m. Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action with a free live video broadcast on the Geico Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.
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