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WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 2, 2017) – The Rollins men’s lacrosse team earned their second come-from-behind win in as many games thrilling fashion, scoring five straight in the final 19 minutes of play to defeat Wheeling Jesuit University by a final score 10-9 on Thursday night at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. The win advances the Tars to a record of 4-1 on the season, while the Cardinals trop yet another heartbreaker in the fourth quarter to fall to a mark of 0-4 on the season.
Greg Taicher led the way in scoring for the Tars, tallying four goals and adding two assists on the night for six points. Taicher netted three straight as the game began to wind down, including notching the game-tying goal with 48 seconds to go, which gave Justin Diamond the go-ahead for the game-winner just 14 seconds later. Diamond notched two goals and two assists on the night, followed by Tommy Keane with two goals, and Eric NeCamp and Connor Ashton with one apiece. Dalton LeMaster wrapped up the scoring efforts with an assist of his own on a fast break down the field to help the Tars earn their eighth goal of the game. Leading the way in ground balls was Jake Hogan, who saw a full 60 minutes in goal as he set aside nine shots while earning nine saves. Andrew Matthews was next with four ground balls of his own. At the faceoff-x, Trey LaPorta saw a full game of action, winning 13-of-21 attempts.
The Cardinals were led by Dereck Downs, who netted a hat trick and two goals for five points on the night. Jordan Getz, Matt Lee, and Luke Gilman notched two points each with a goal and an assist apiece, whileJoe Wright, Trenton Kindall, and Travis Getz earned one goal apiece. Scotty Gwyn amassed a game high seven ground balls, while Gilman and Kindall caused a team high two turnovers each. In goal for the Cardinals, Jake Lilly played 59:26 minutes in cage, allowing 10 goals while earning 14 saves, including six in the first quarter. Kellen McMahon closed out the final 30 seconds in goal, but did not see any action in the waning moments of the game.
HIGHLIGHTS AND QUARTER-BY-QUARTER ANALYSIS
First Quarter l Rollins got on the board just 60 seconds into the contest thanks to a goal by Necamp off of an assist by Taicher, but Wheeling Jesuit notched three straight, including two by Downs, to pull into a 3-1 lead with 5:54 to go in the first quarter. Rollins found the back of the net at the four minute mark thanks to a goal by Diamond off of an assist by Taicher, setting the score at 3-2 in favor of the Cardinals entering into the second quarter.
Second Quarter l Rollins opened up the second quarter pulling into a one goal lead thanks two back-to-back goals by Taicher and Keane to set the score at 4-3 in favor of the Tars with 11:52 to go before the half. The Cardinals answered back with two of their own to take a 5-4 lead with 5:34 on the clock, but Rollins knotted the score at 5-5 thanks to an unassisted goal by Ashton with 3:32 remaining in the quarter. Despite the Tars’ best defensive efforts, Wheeling Jesuit notched two goals in 52 seconds in the final minute of the quarter to enter into the half with a 7-5 lead.
Third Quarter l The Cardinals took control of the third quarter, scoring two straight to pull out to a 9-5 lead with 8:54 to go in the third quarter. Rollins was not about to back down, and answered back with two of their own to close out the quarter, including the final goal of the period by Taicher with 4:13 to play before the break, leaving the Tars trailing by two, 9-7, entering into the final quarter.
Fourth Quarter l Taicher netted the Tars’ eighth goal of the night to kick off the scoring in the fourth quarter, finding the back of the net on fast break down field thanks to an assist by LeMaster with 11:11 on the clock. Neither team was able to find the back of the net until 48 seconds to go in the game when Diamond found Taicher streaking in front of the goal for the game-tying tally to set the score at 9-9. LaPorta won the ensuing faceoff and sprinted down towards goal to get a shot on frame and missed the mark, but fortunately Rollins backed-up the shot to regain possession. With the seconds ticking off the clock Diamond ran the ball from behind the goal to side left where we turned and shot to place the ball in the back of the net, despite Lilly’s best efforts to stop the shot, giving the Tars the 10-9 advantage with 34 ticks to go. Wheeling Jesuit won the faceoff and were able to get a shot off in the final seconds, but were unable to find the back of the net, giving Rollins the 10-9 win as they scored the final five goals of the game.
- This marks the second-straight game Rollins has scored five straight goals to come from behind and earn the victory.
- Rollins has now won two straight, both in thrilling fashion
- The Tars matched up against Wheeling Jesuit for the third time in program history this evening, and earned their first victory over the Cardinals in program history.
- The Cardinals now lead the series, 2-1.
- Last time out against the Cardinals, the Tars fell by a final score of 16-6 back on April 6, 2014.
- Rollins opened their season ranked No. 20 on the USILA Division II Poll, and have been receiving votes on the first two polls of the season.
NEXT UP FOR THE TARS
The Tars return to the turf on Sunday, February 5, when they host No. 5 NYIT at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. Game time against the Bears is set for 1 p.m. Fans who are unable to attend 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 live stats provided on RollinsSports.com.
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