WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 20, 2014) – In a back-and-forth battle, Rollins men’s lacrosse held on late to defeat Lindenwood, 13-12, to stay unbeaten on the young season. The game featured three ties and three lead changes.
The Tars improve to 2-0 while the Lions fall to 0-1. The 2-0 start is the best in the seven year history of the program.
Troy O’Donnell was the games leading goal scorer, pacing Lindenwood with four goals and two assists. McNein Hewitt finished with three goals on eight shots.
In goal, Rollins’ reigning SSC Defensive Player of the Week, Andrew Sheerin, improved to 2-0, recording 12 saves while playing the full 60 minutes.
The Tars jumped out to the early 3-0 lead after a pair of Stefanowicz goals and Schultz’ first but gave it right back as the Lions tied it with three unanswered of their own with 49 seconds left in the first quarter.
The score would hold until Lindenwood took their first lead early in the second with a pair of goals to take a 5-3 lead.
A Lions goal followed by a Dever score and Stefanowicz’ third sent the game into half with the Tars leading, 7-6.
Rollins outscored Lindenwood 3-2, including Morgan Baker’s first of the year, in the third to extend their lead to 10-8 heading to the fourth.
The Tars seemed to have the game in hand after opening the quarter with a pair of scores to extend their lead to 12-8 with 12:24 left to play but the Lions roared back with three unanswered to make it a one goal game with 4:01 left.
Schultz completed his hat trick with 1:54 on the clock to give Rollins some breathing room but a costing penalty gave Lindenwood a man-up opportunity over the final 26 seconds. The Lions found the back of the net with 10 second left to again pull within a score but a final push stalled and the Tars held on to finish the win.
Rollins will be off the next two days and then host Limestone on Sunday, Feb. 23 at noon at Barker Family Stadium. Fans that can’t make it to the game can watch all the action live on the TSN on RollinsSports.com