GAFFNEY, S.C. (May 1, 2010) - Three Tars tallied hat tricks as the Rollins women's lacrosse team concluded their regular season slate with a 19-12 loss to the fifth-ranked Limestone College Saints on Saturday afternoon in Gaffney, S.C.
Rollins closes out their third season of play with a mark of 9-5, dropping contests to only nationally-ranked programs, and ending their junior campaign with only two regional losses out of 10 in-region opponents. The Saints, who currently hold onto the second seed in the South Region, advance to a record of 18-1 as they look ahead to see if they will earn a bid to the post season.
Leading the Tars with three goals apiece were Marissa Giannerini, Erica Pagliarulo, and Katy Tyszko. The hat trick trio headed-up a group of six Tars in goals, and eight total players to contribute points on the afternoon.
Sarah Ann Showell, Liz Connelly, and Anna Townsend netted a goal apiece, while Showell and Tori Snow earned two assists. Connelly and Mallory Surpless rounded out the scoring efforts with an assist each as the Tars overcame a 12-2 halftime deficit to outscore their opponent 10-7 in the second half.
Renee Albro led all scorers with five goals on the day, while Katie Ilott and Kelly Osterson both recorded hat tricks for the Saints. Raquel Prager and Chelsea Treat each scored twice, while four more Saints scored on the way to their eighteenth victory of the season.
Snow had a game high six ground balls, leading the way as Rollins won the ground ball battle 17-13, with help from Pagliarulo who added collected four of her own.
The Tars hung on as Limestone had the advantage in draw controls 18-14, with a game best five from Snow, after giving up 10 to Limestone in the first half. Rollins stymied the Saints with seven caused turnovers on the day, including three from Pagliarulo and two from Snow as the midfielders had a big day for the Tars.
Rollins fired first with a goal from Giannerini off of a Snow feed a minute and a half into the contest to earn their only lead of the game, but Limestone dominated the shots and draw controls in the first half to gain the 10-goal lead at halftime, leaving Rollins behind with a score of 12-2.
Despite the first half setback, Rollins came out strong in the second period, outshooting the Saints 20-12 and winning 9 of the total 17 second half draw controls. The Tars got the ball rolling once again, with a quick goal from Showell 43 seconds in to open the second period, but Albro countered with a goal of her own three minutes later.
Both team traded blows once more, pulling the score to 14-4 with 22:11 to go in the game, but the Tars were not broken up by the two traded goals. Tyszko found a pass from Surpless and placed the ball between the pipes with 19:56 on the clock, igniting a five goal run in a span of two and a half minutes that brought the Tars back to within five goals of the Saints with a score of 14-9 and 17:18 to go in the game.
Ilott slowed the Tars' drive with free position goals at 16:22 and 12:26, while Prager found the back of the cage on a free position shot of her own with 10:38 on the clock and a tally of 17-9 on the scoreboard. But Snow won the ensuing draw and ran it down to the Tars' attacking end, sending a quick feed to Tyszko for the Tars' tenth goal of the day just ten seconds later to pull the Tars back to within seven.
The Tars and Saints closed out the game with two more goals apiece to leave Rollins in a final seven point deficit.
The Saints held the 35-33 advantage on shots and 18-14 advantage on draw controls. Rollins had 17 ground balls to Limestone's 13. Limestone was 19-22 in clears while the Tars were 11-13.The Saints were also 11-12 in free-position attempts.
Rollins closes out their regular season against the nationally-ranked Saints, who will now await the news of post season play with the NCAA selection show to be held on Sunday, May 9. For the latest news, information, and updates on all of Rollins women's lacrosse, check the Tars' home on the web at RollinsSports.com.