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No. 5 Rollins Surges Past Anderson

No. 5 Rollins Surges Past Anderson
WINTER PARK, Fla. (September 4, 2014) -

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, the fifth-ranked Tars exploded in the second period for three scores, defeating Anderson by a final score of 3-1 to open their 2014 season on Thursday night.

Senior Rob Crowley and juniors Grant Blackhurst and Brett Durrance each scored their first goals of the season while Crowley also added an assist. Reigning SSC freshman of the year, Tosan Popo, added an assist and took three shots.

Sophomore Brad Du Plooy scored the loan goal for the Trojans while Lars Zimmerman added an assist. Aaron Roberson took a team high two shots.

In goal, freshman Julian Grundler earned his first career win, making four saves while playing the full 90 minutes. Bo Haug also played the full game for Anderson, allowing three goals and made three saves.

In front of a pack crowd at Barker Family Stadium, the Trojans jumped out to the early one-goal advantage as Zimmerman sent a cross into the box in just the third minute to Du Plooy, who finished past Grundler.

Rollins would outshoot Anderson 6-2 over the last 42 minutes of the period but Du Plooy's first of the year proved to be the only scoring of the half.

Crowley would finally put the Tars on the board after the break, taking the pass from Popo at the top of the box and fired a shot past Haug. The goal was his 16th career score, moving him within six goals of cracking the top-20 goal-scorers in program history.

Then, last year's leading scorer and second team All-SSC honoree, Blackhurst, scored his first of the year in the 68th minute, beating a Trojan defender 1v1 before sliding a shot past Haug to give Rollins their first lead of the season.

Durrance would then put the game out of each, converting on the open net after a perfect cross from Crowley with less than 10 minutes to play.

Rollins will be back in action on Tuesday, September 9th, traveling to Flagler. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Fans that can't make it to the game can listen live on the Geico Tars Sports Network on

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