WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 10, 2011) - Freshman goalie Paul Valukas set aside 10 shots against No. 12 Catawba as the Tars dropped 12-7 to the Indians on Thursday afternoon in Winter Park. The loss drops Rollins to a mark of 0-6, and 0-4 in Deep South Conference play, while Catawba advances to an overall record of 4-1, and opens conference play with a 1-0 mark.
Valukas made six saves in a demanding second quarter, slowing down Catawba's momentum and setting the Tars up for a strong second half. Seeing a total of 35 shots and 22 shots on goal, Valukas yielded only 12 goals to the nationally-ranked Indians, while setting aside 10 for a career-high. His counterpart, Michael Pecchia, also set aside 10 on the afternoon.
Fellow freshman Jack Dever led the Tars with four goals. Behind Dever, Eric Schmit, Austin Ricci, and Matthew Lunnen also put shots between the pipes, with Schmit adding two assists to his total for three points on the day. Ben Adrian, Peter Harvey, John Herbert, and James Libutti all contributed one assist to help the Tars put up seven goals on the scoreboard.
Catawba was led by Braden Artem with four goals and one assist. Matching Artem in points was John Scheich, who's three goal, two assist final tally helped the Indians get the job done. Catawba saw scoring efforts from six different players.
Rollins scored just 17 seconds into the game as Schmit connected a pass to Dever for a quick shot past Pecchia. But the Tars found themselves in man-down situations for five minutes in the first period, which allowed the Indians to post five straight goals to pull ahead to a 5-1 lead with 4:42 remaining in the quarter.
Dever closed out the period thanks to a fast break pass from Herbert to set the score at 5-2 entering into the second quarter, but Catawba posted three unanswered goals throughout the period to enter the half with an 8-2 advantage over Rollins.
The Tars surrendered one more Catawba goal to start the third quarter before finding their third tally of the day off of a Lunnen shot assisted by Schmit, but the Indians scored the subsequent three before the Tars could put another goal on the scoreboard to enter into the final period with a score of 12-4.
Rollins posted three unanswered goals in the final quarter while holding their opponent silent. The Tars were out-shot 35-26, but led the battle on the ground as they bested their opponent 33-28. The Tars also found more success on faceoffs, winning 13-of-22 attempts thanks to Schmit who was 8-for-14, and Harvey who won 5-of-7. A stingy Tars man-down unit held the Indians to just three goals on 13 opportunities.
The Tars return to action on Wednesday, March 16, when they host Mars Hill in another Deep South Conference matchup. Game time against the Lions is set for 5 p.m. at Hungerford Preparatory Field. Fans will be able to catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.