BELMONT, Ca. (March 20, 2011) - The Rollins men's lacrosse team was firing on all cylinders as they executed a textbook game plan, defeating Notre Dame de Namur University 6-4 on Sunday afternoon. Rollins picks up their second-straight victory of the season, and marks a program first with two consecutive road wins as they conclude their California expedition on a high note.
Rollins (2-7) had a big day from senior goalie Doug O'Brien, who posted 13 clutch saves to help keep the Argos at bay. The Tars saw goals from four different players, led by Charlie Shelly and Peter Harvey with two apiece. Freshman Jack Dever notched a goal and two assists for a team best three points, with Justin Wright closing out the scoring efforts with a goal and assist on the afternoon.
The Argonauts, who drop to a mark of 3-7 on the season, were led by Gregory Bearson with two goals on the afternoon. Jacob Hayashi tallied a goal and assist, and Rory Galvin notched a goal of his own to complete the goal total for NDNU. Derek Kimbrough dished out two assists, and Kevin Nguyen registered one of his own to complete the scoring for the Argos.
The Tars were the first to find the back of the net as Dever set-up Harvey for a hard shot between the pipes two minutes into the contest. Rollins held the Argos silent as the defense shut down any NDNU offensive opportunities, and the Tars extended their lead to 2-0 with a goal from Shelly off of a Wright assist with 1:08 to go in the period.
Despite shutting down the Argonauts in the first quarter, the Tars were unable to hold back their opponent as NDNU answered back with two goals of their own before halftime. Rollins was unable to capitalize on any of their attacking opportunities in the second quarter, and entered into the break knotted-up with the Argos at 2-2.
Notre Dame de Namur extended their scoring streak into the third quarter, with Bearson netting his second in a row at the 12:46 mark to pull the Argos ahead to a 3-2 lead. The Argos made it four-straight with a goal from Galvin with 8:39 remaining in the period, pulling ahead to a 4-2 lead over the Tars.
Rollins was not about to back down, and kicked the intensity into high gear as Wright ripped a shot past Adams with 4:17 to go, pulling the Tars back to within one. Harvey netted the equalizer with 3:13 on the clock on an unassisted shot, setting the score at 4-4.
Shelly gave the Tars the lead once again as Dever connected a pass with less than ten seconds on the clock. Shelly had just enough time to wind up and fire a hard shot past Adams to pull Rollins ahead 5-4 with just six seconds remaining in the third period.
The Tars held the Argos silent in the final 15 minutes, and notched one more goal thanks to an unassisted shot from Dever to pull Rollins out to a 6-4 advantage.
Rollins returns to action on Sunday, March 27, when they host Lenoir-Rhyne University in their final home game of the regular season. Game time against the Bears is set for noon at Showalter Field in Winter Park. Fans will be able to catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.