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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 26, 2017) – Trailing by four with 12:33 to play, the Rollins men’s lacrosse team turned on the afterburners, scoring four straight to knot the score at 8-8 and send the game into overtime against University of Indianapolis. With a minute left in overtime Rollins’ Justin Diamond found the back of the net, marking his third goal in the Tars’ final five goal run, to secure the 9-8 victory against the Greyhounds on Sunday afternoon at Key Stadium.
The win advances the Tars, who received votes on the latest USILA Division II poll, to a record of 3-1 on the season, while UIndy drops to 0-2 to start their second year as a program.
Diamond led the way for Rollins with four goals, including his three in the Tars’ final push to lift the team to victory. Connor Ashton notched three points with two goals and an assist, while Eric NeCamp earned two points with a goal and an assist on the day. Greg Taicher, and Dylan Bassham each scored once, while Carson Buell, Blake Buell, Dalton LeMaster, and Roy Hansen added assists. In goal, Jake Hogan played the full 63 minutes between the pipes, earning 11 saves, including five in the first quarter.
The Greyhounds were led by Parker Johnson with a hat trick on the afternoon. Luke Allen matched Johnson in points with two goals and an assist, while Parker Kump notched two goals and Sam Horning scored once. Matthew Johnson led the team in assists with three, followed by Shawn Kimble with one. In goal, Jarod Kimble shouldered the loss, making 11 saves including two in overtime.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS
First Quarter l The Tars gave up a goal just 59 seconds into the contest on an unassisted goal by Horning. The Greyhounds fired off seven shots over the course of the next 11 minutes, three off cage and four saved by Hogan to keep them off the board. UIndy finally found the back of the net with 2:02 to play in the quarter, pulling ahead 2-0, but the Tars were able to score with 41 seconds to go thanks to a goal by Taicher off of a Hansen assist. The Greyhounds had one last look on goal to close out the period, with Hogan earning his fifth save of day to leave the Tars trailing by one entering into the second quarter, 2-1.
Second Quarter l Rollins knotted the game at 2-2 three and a half minutes into the second stanza, but UIndy took a two goal lead less than three minutes later scoring back-to-back goals within eight seconds of each other, pulling ahead 4-2 with 8:06 before the break. Despite the Tars’ best efforts, the team entered into halftime trailing by two.
Third Quarter l The third quarter saw UIndy score three straight to pull out to a 7-2 advantage, but a late goal by Diamond with 2:58 to go before the final quarter pull the Tars back to within four, 7-3.
Fourth Quarter l The fourth quarter saw six goals scored, including five by the Tars. NeCamp kicked off the scoring spree with 13:33 on the clock thanks to an assist by Carson Buell, pulling the Tars to within three, 7-4. However, the UIndy tandem of Johnson (Parker) and Johnson (Matthew) teamed up a minute later to extend their advantage back to four, 8-4, with 12:23 to go. Blake Buell found Diamond for the Tars’ fifth goal of the game at the 8:43 mark, which ignited the four goal run that saw Ashton and Diamond score two apiece to even the game at 8-8 with 5:01 to go. Neither team was able to produce a goal in the final minutes, as Kimble and Hogan both made one save each to close out the fourth quarter.
Overtime l Rollins won the faceoff thanks to a violation by Dominic Guarino, and began to execute their attack. Diamond fired off a shot that was blocked, followed by another shot that went wide. Ashton followed with two shots of his own, both of which were saved by Kimble to keep the Tars off the board. As UIndy began to work the ball down field on a clear attempt, the Greyhounds’ Max Gerhardt turned the ball over, giving Rollins possession with 1:10 to go in the period. NeCamp earned the ground ball, and the Tars worked their way back on offense where Diamond sealed the deal with the game-winner with a minute to go in overtime.
- Both Rollins and UIndy were ranked on the USILA Division II Preseason Poll, but were bounced out and received votes in the first week.
- The Tars matched up with UIndy for the second time in program history, and with the win lead the all-time series 2-0.
- The last time the Tars matched up against the Greyhounds, a staunch Rollins defense helped the Tars to a 9-7 victory over the first-year UIndy squad at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field on March 16, 2016.
- Head Coach Chris Lewis is in his second season as Head Coach of the men’s lacrosse team coming of the most successful season in the Program’s history. In his first official season as head coach, Lewis compiled a record of 10-6.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
Rollins returns to Winter Park for their home opener on Thursday, March 2, when they host Wheeling Jesuit at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. Game time against the Cardinals is set for 7 p.m. Fans who are unable to make it to the game will be able to follow all of the action live with free HD video on the Geico Tars Sports Network, as well as with live stats provided on RollinsSports.com.
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