WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 8, 2017) – The sixth-ranked Rollins women’s lacrosse team opened up to a five goal lead and never looked back as they earned a convincing 24-6 win over Sunshine State Conference opponent University of Tampa on Wednesday evening at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field.
The win opens up the Tars’ season with a record of 1-0, and immediately puts them at the top of the Sunshine State Conference standings with a 1-0 mark in SSC action, while the Spartans open their season with a record of 0-1 and 0-1 in SSC play.
Rollins saw 10 different players score, including four newcomers. Freshman middie Hannah Ashton led the way in goals and scoring in her collegiate debut, notching a game high four goals and one assist for five points on the night. Four Tars tallied hat tricks, as senior Brittany Eveler, sophomore Kallie German, and freshmen Maggie Dougherty and Hannah Coakley each tallied three goals on the night. Megan Cury earned four points with two goals and two assists, while German and Coakley matched her in points as they each added one assist to their hat tricks. Paige Brock and Lily Rizk each notched two goals, while Kaitlin Prince and Elle Ueland scored once apiece. Adding to the scoring efforts were Maddie Hendren and Meg Bespolka with an assist each.
The Spartans saw Claire Swanson and Allie Popelar tally two goals each, while Rachel Crawford matched them in points with two assists. Amanda Voges, and Carly Vaccaro each scored once, while Amanda Rom, Maggie Gladden and Natalie Carraway all earned one assist apiece.
The Spartans saw Mackenzie Hackett pick up five saves while allowing 20 goals on the night. Jaime Austin stepped between the pipes for seven minutes, allowing four goals in the second half.
- Hannah Ashton | 4 goals | 1 assist | 1 ground ball | 3 draw controls
- Brittany Eveler | 3 goals | 1-1 free-position shots
- Maggie Dougherty | 3 goals | 6 ground balls | 4 draw controls | 4 caused turnovers
- Megan Cury | 2 goals | 2 assists
- Kallie German | 3 goals | 1 assist | 1 ground ball | 2-3 free-position shots
- Hannah Coakley | 3 goals | 1 assist 1 draw control | 1-1 free-position shots
- Lindsay Van Beck | 1 ground ball | 2 draw controls | 3 caused turnovers
- Lily Rizk | 2 goals | 1 ground ball | 1 draw control | 1 caused turnover
- Paige Brock | 2 goals | 7 draw controls
- Claire Swanson | 2 goals | 3 ground balls | 1 draw control | 1 caused turnover
- Allie Popelar | 2 goals | 1 draw control
- Kristin Frizol | 4 ground balls | 2 caused turnovers
- Marissa Killpack | 2 ground balls | 3 draw controls | 1 caused turnover
HIGHLIGHTS AND ANALYSIS
First Half l The Tars opened up to a five goal lead and never looked back, holding onto a 13-3 lead at the half. German notched all three of her goals in the first half, while Dougherty and Cury scored two each in the first 30 minutes of play.
Second Half l Tampa came out of the break to score the first two of the second half, but the Tars rattled off four straight to pull ahead to a 17-5 advantage with 24:36 to play. The Spartans’ lone goal for the remainder of the half came at the 22:40 mark thanks to a Voges goal off of an assist by Crawford, and the Tars sealed the deal with seven straight to close out their season and SSC opener with an 18 goal lead.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
- Shots: Rollins out-shot the Spartans, 38-14
- Ground Balls: Rollins held the edge, 18-16
- Draw Controls: Rollins dominated off the draw, winning 21-of-30
- Saves: The Tars earned more saves than Tampa, 6-to-5
- Fouls: Tampa committed more fouls, causing 27 to the Tars’ 11
- Caused Turnovers: Tampa held the advantage in caused turnovers, 11-to-8
- Rollins leads the all-time series with Tampa, 5-0, and has opened up their season against the Spartans for four straight seasons.
- Rollins haw won nine of its 10 season openers in program history. The lone loss came in the Tars’ inaugural season back in 2008, where Rollins fell to Pfeiffer by a score of 19-12 on February 16.
- The Tars saw 10 different players score goals, and 12 different players contribute to scoring efforts on the night.
- Four different freshmen scored goals on the night, with each player scoring at least two goals.
- A stalwart Rollins defense held their opponent to just three goals in each half while causing eight turnovers.
- Dennis Short improves to 105-42 in his career at Rollins, and 126-88 in his 13 years as a head coach.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
The Tars return to action on Sunday, February 19, when they host Lindenwood at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. Game time against the fifth-ranked Lions is set for noon. Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow the Tars with free HD video available on the Geico Tars Sports Network with additional links to live coverage available on RollinsSports.com.
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