DENVER, Colo. (April 17, 2010) - The Rollins women's lacrosse team shellacked the Fort Lewis Skyhawks with a final score of 20-3 on Saturday afternoon as they played on the campus of Regis University. With the win, the Tars advance to 9-4 on the season, while Fort Lewis drops to an overall mark of 1-9.
Led by freshman midfielder Erica Pagliarulo with four goals and two assists, the Tars saw scoring efforts from ten different players. Mallory Surpless, Sarah Ann Showell, and Cat Kelley netted a hat trick apiece, while Liz Connelly and Marissa Giannerini placed two balls each between the pipes.
Tori Snow, Anna Townsend, and Sophie Townsend completed the goal count with one each. Connelly, Pagliarulo, Snow, and Katy Tyszko assisted on two goals apiece, with freshman Tricia Grant registering the first assist of her career to complete the total points for the day.
Fort Lewis got on the board with goals from Arielle Blankenbuhle, Jenna Steele, and Libby Weiner, all of which came unassisted off of free position shots.
Rollins dominated the pace of the game from the first draw, leading in shots 31-10, ground balls 38-20, and silencing their opponent off the draw 17-7. Snow led the charge off the draw with four total while the Townsend twins earned three apiece.
Leading the charge in the ground ball battle was Pagliarulo, with a game-high five on the afternoon that was matched by the Skyhawks' Paige Juneau. Grant recorded four ground balls of her own, while Laura Wilkin, Gabi Lombardi, Lacy Goodwyn, and Snow earned three apiece.
Defensively, the Tars were on fire as they caused a total of 12 turnovers. Suzanne Gainey set the tone with a game-best three caused turnovers of her own, as nine players helped the Skyhawks give up possession.
Rollins set the tone early with a goal from Surpless just 10 seconds into the contest to put the team up on the board. The remainder of the first half saw the Tars rack up 13 unanswered goals before Fort Lewis was able to place the ball in the back of the cage off of a good free position shot from Blankenbuhle.
The Tars continued to set the pace throughout the remainder of the game after halftime, outscoring their opponent 7-2, and controlling the ball for the majority of the contest to pick up their eighth in-region victory in nine games.
The Tars return to action on Saturday, May 1, when they take on regional foe Limestone College on the road. Game time is set for 2:00 p.m. in Gaffney, S.C. Fans will be able to catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.