WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 26, 2011) - Jack Dever hit his stride and tallied a career best five goals, but the Rollins men's lacrosse team was unable to defeat York College on Saturday afternoon, falling to the Spartans 18-11.
Behind Dever, two Tars notched three point performances with Austin Ricci netting two goals and tacking on an assist, while James Libutti scored a goal and registered two assists on the afternoon. Peter Harvey placed two shots between the pipes, followed by Charlie Shelly with one goal and Eric Schmit and Hudson Atkins Jr. registering an assist apiece to complete the scoring for Rollins (0-3).
Five different players completed the day with a hat trick for York (2-0) as Jimmy Langton, Josh Gamble, B.J. Blaker, Justin Aita, and John Dubois placed three balls apiece between the pipes. Langton, Gamble, Blaker and Dubois also earned an assist apiece, to walk away with four points each.
Doug O'Brien started the game in cage for the Tars, but due to penalties was replaced by freshman Paul Valukas throughout the contest. O'Brien made nine saves on the day while yielding 16, with Valukas picking up one save while allowing two goals in his ten minutes on the field. Their counterpart, Tyler Powell, made 10 saves after seeing 24 shots and 21 shots on frame.
The Tars led after the first quarter 5-4, but York rattled off five consecutive goals in the second period before Rollins was able to capitalize on another opportunity in their attacking end. Trailing 9-5 with 4:24 remaining before the half, Harvey was able to break the Spartan streak with a quick goal off of a faceoff, but York closed out the half with one final point to secure a 10-6 advantage at the half. Despite their best efforts throughout the second half, the Tars were outscored 8-5.
Rollins trailed in shots 43-24, but led the ground ball count 43-32 thanks in large part to their success rate on faceoffs as they won 20-of-31 attempts off the ground. The Tars' defense was on the move as they caused 14 turnovers and held York to just three goals on 11 extra man opportunities. Long pole middie Andrew Vossler had a big day as he collected eight ground balls, caused two turnovers, and was key to the man-down unit that stymied the Spartans attack.
The Tars return to action on Sunday, February 27, when they host No. 4 Limestone College. First faceoff against the Saints is slated for noon at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. Fans who cannot make it to the game will be able to catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.