WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 4, 2010) - The Rollins College Tars saw scoring efforts from ten different players en route to a 21-10 thrashing over the Notre Dame College Falcons on Thursday evening at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field.
Rollins (2-1) picks up the big win over NDC (1-1), thanks to junior Katy Tyszko, who matched her career best in assists with five, while also taking on two goals. Senior Marissa Giannerini registered five goals on the evening, while freshman Sarah Ann Showell added four goals of her own.
Freshman Erica Pagliarulo had another big game with three goals, four ground balls, and seven draw controls, while junior Liz Connelly was stellar all around with one goal, four assists, and six draw controls to help the Tars to their second victory of the season.
Defensively, the Tars saw plenty of action from goalkeeper Alyssa Emens, who registered 10 saves, five per half, on the way to shutting down the Falcons. Her counterpart, Ally Phillips made a total of seven saves, six in the first half, but the Falcons' defensive efforts were not enough to stop a powerful Rollins squad.
Notre Dame was led by Katie Christensen, who racked up four goals and two assists to lead the team with six points on the night. Jenn Morse and Jill Dixon notched two apiece as the Falcons dropped their first contest of the season.
The first half saw plenty of action, with Rollins leading 2-0 after seven minutes of play, thanks to goals from Connelly and Surpless. The Falcons answered back to close their deficit to one as Christensen placed a ball past Emens for their first goal of the contest at the 22:50 mark.
Showell answered back 16 seconds later to put the Tars up 3-1, but the Falcons were able to go on a three goal run over the ensuing five minutes to pull out to an unexpected 4-3 advantage with 15:24 before the half.
Pagliarulo knotted the score at four apiece on a free position shot with 14:44 on the clock, but the Falcons would take the lead one last time as Dixon placed a ball between the pipes with 12:14 remaining in the period to put the score at 5-4.
Pagliarulo once again found the equalizer, and ignited a four goal run for the Tars that put Rollins ahead 8-5. Christensen found an assist from Jen Hrobuchak to pull to within two with 4:26 to go before halftime, but it would be the final time the Falcons would be within reach.
Rollins ended the first half with three quick goals, one from Showell and two from Giannerini, including a last-second free position goal with nine ticks on the clock, to put the Tars up 11-6 at the break.
Giannerini opened the second half for the Tars on a high note, ripping two more goals past Phillips to put Rollins ahead by seven with 26:47 remaining in the game. The Tars continued to build their lead, outscoring NDC 8-4 to close out the contest as Rollins defeated the Falcons for the second straight time in the program's short history.
The Tars out-shot their opponent 36-23, and dominated in draw controls 22-11. The two teams were evenly paired in ground balls 34-33, but Rollins' 83 percent success rate on clears in comparison to NDC's 50 percent played a big role in the Tars' momentum throughout the contest.
Rollins returns to action on Monday, March 8, when they host Millersville University in a 7 p.m. matchup at Showalter Field in Winter Park. Fans will be able to catch all of the action on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.