SPARTANBURG, S.C. (April 2, 2010) - Freshman Sarah Ann Showell netted a career and game-high six goals, and added an assist, as the Tars ran past the Converse College Valkyries 26-10 on Friday afternoon in Spartanburg, S.C.
With seven different players scoring goals for Rollins (6-4), and another seven registering assists on the afternoon, the Tars made easy work of Converse, who drops to 4-8 on the season.
Behind Showell, Marissa Giannerini placed five shots between the pipes for Rollins, with Mallory Surpless and Erica Pagliarulo notching four apiece. Sophie Townsend earned a career best in goals as she walked away from the game with her first hat trick.
Both Katy Tyszko and Tori Snow completed the day with two goals each to round out the scoring for the Tars as they picked up another victory over an in-region opponent. Junior Liz Connelly led the game with three assists, while Tyszko registered two of her own for a total of four points on the day.
Suzanne Gainey headed up a stingy defensive unit that allowed their opponents only 16 shots and 13 shots on goal all contest. Gainey led the contest with five ground balls and four of Rollins' 10 total caused turnovers, and played a large role in holding the Valkyries back on half of their clear efforts as Converse found success on only 9-of-18 attempts in comparison to the Tars' 12-for-14 final clear count.
Rollins stifled the Valkyries in draw controls, winning 28 of 38 total thanks in large part to midfielder Tori Snow, who came up with a game-best eight on the afternoon. Supported by Connelly who won four draws and earned four ground balls, as well as Pagliarulo who came up with four key ground balls and three draw controls, the Tars were able to make easy work of their opponent as they led the game in ground balls 28-19, as well as shots 54-16.
After an early goal from Converse's Lacy Bevilacqua almost two minutes into the game gave CC the initial advantage, Rollins jumped out to a two-goal lead with a quick goal from Townsend and two more from Showell to pull ahead 3-1 with 21:40 before the half.
The Valkyries closed the gap to one with a goal from Bridget Dullea on a free position shot, but Giannerini and Tyszko teamed up just seconds later to pull Rollins back to a two-goal advantage with 18:07 on the clock.
Converse answered back in a big way two minutes later, with a goal from Kayla Foster, and another one from Bevilacqua 41 seconds later to knot the score at 4-4 with 16:17 remaining before halftime.
The two teams traded blows, and found themselves with a score of 5-5 with 14 minutes remaining in the first half, but Rollins turned on the afterburners and closed out the period out-scoring Converse 11-1 as the first half wound down, including three goals from Surpless and Giannerini.
Thanks to Rollins' late first half run, the Tars entered into the break with a score of 16-6.
The Valkyries opened the second half with a four-goal streak, pulling to within four goals of the Tars with a score of 16-10 and 24:59 remaining in regulation. But the Tars held their opponent silent for the remainder of the game, and went on to score 10 unanswered goals to close out the contest with a final score of 26-10.
Converse goalie Molly Donaghue made 16 saves after seeing a total of 54 shots and 42 shots on goal. Rollins goalie Alyssa Emens set aside three shots on the afternoon.
Rollins returns to action on Saturday, April 3, when they take on Lees McRae College on the campus of Converse. Game time against the Bobcats is slated for noon at Hayden Abney Field. Fans will be able to catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RolliinsSports.com.