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UPSET! Olin Has Career Day as No. 8 Tars Topple Top-Ranked Mocs

Malorie Olin
Malorie Olin

Olin's 18 Saves Help Tars Hand No. 1 Florida Southern First Loss of the Season


WINTER PARK, Fla.  (April 4, 2018) – Rollins senior goalie Malorie Olin posted a career high 18 saves, marking a program second best for saves in a game, as the No. 8 Rollins women's lacrosse team toppled top-ranked Florida Southern on Wednesday night at Cahall-Sandspur Field.  The win marks the 11th-straight for the Tars, and advanced their record to 12-2, and 2-1 in Sunshine State Conference action, while the No. 1 Moccasins drop to 12-1 and 1-1 in SSC play.

Rollins hands Florida Southern their first loss of 2018, snapping a 27-game regular-season winning streak, and marking the Mocs' first-ever loss in SSC regular-season action.  The game marks Florida Southern's first loss to the Tars since the 2015 SSC Tournament Championship game. The Moccasins have now dropped to 14-1 all-time in regular-season SSC contests

Olin's 18 saves mark a new career best for the Skaneateles, N.Y. native, and now place her in second in program record books for saves in a game, just one save away from matching the program best of 19 owned by Lisa Weber, which was set in the Tars' inaugural season against East Stroudsburg on March 9, 2008.  The senior has now amassed 458 career saves, and is just six saves away from becoming the program's all-time leader in saves.  Along with her career night in saves, Olin walked away from the game with a team high five ground balls, and made six saves within the first 10 minutes of action to help thwart the top-ranked Mocs and change the course of the game.

Leading the way in scoring for the Tars was sophomore Hannah Ashton, who scored a team best four goals on the night.  Junior Kallie German led the team in overall points, earning a game high four assists and adding two goals for a six point performance.  Lily Rizk netted two goals of her own, while Paige Brock earned two points with a goal and an assist.  Maggie Dougherty and Hannah Coakley scored one goal apiece.  Ashton led the team in draw controls with three of the Tars' five total, while Dougherty and Taylor Kienle each won one.  Leading the team in caused turnovers were Lindsay Van Beck and Kaitlin Prince with two each.

The Mocs were led by Emily Santoli, who scored a hat trick on the evening.  Meghan O'Brien and Shannon Mazza scored two goals apiece, while Shannon Gilfedder, and Sam Keesey earned one goal each.  Florida Southern's final goal of the evening was an own goal by Olin, who lost her handle on the ball after a save to see it cross the goal line.  Earning assists on the night for Florida Southern were Dani Bursinger, Marina Jozokos, and O'Brien.  Emily Santoli led the team in ground balls with five, while O'Brien earned four on the evening.  Sam Keesey won a game high eight draw controls, helping the Mocs win 17 of 22 on the night.  Leading FSC in caused turnovers were Santoli and Keesey with two apiece.  In goal, Alanna Zambetti earned the start, playing 14:06 minutes between the pipes where she allowed six goals and did not earn a save.  Mary Gately closed out the game, playing for a total of 45:54 minutes where she earned one save while allowing five goals.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • First Half:  The first half saw a flurry of opening action, with both teams combining for eight goals in the opening 10 minutes of play.  The Moccasins bit first, scoring on a Santoli free-position shot to give Florida Southern a 1-0 lead with 27:19 on the clock.  Rollins evened the tally at 1-1 as German converted a free-position shot of her own at the 26:11 mark, but the Mocs responded with two straight to take a 3-1 lead with 24:55 on the clock.  The Tars fought back, scoring three straight to take their first lead of the contest, 4-3, with 21:44 to go before halftime.  Florida Southern knotted the score at 4-4 a minute later thanks to a goal by Gilfedder off of an O'Brien assist, but the Tars scored two consecutive goals to pull back out to a two-goal lead, 6-4, with 15:54 on the clock.  An unfortunate turn of events went down to pull Florida Southern back to within one of the Tars when a big save by Olin was mishandled and crossed the goal line as she went to initiate the Tars' clear attempt.  The Tars' own goal pulled Florida Southern back to within one of Rollins, 6-5, with 15:02 left in the period, but it did not play a large impact on Olin's psyche as she bounced back to earn three more saves in the remainder of the half.  After the own, goal, Ashton converged a free-position shot to give Rollins a 7-5 advantage, but two straight goals by the Mocs to close out the first half saw the score tied at 7-7 at the break.
  • Second Half:  Back-to-back goals by the Tars to open the second half proved to be the deciding factor for Rollins.  The Tars opened up the second stanza with an unassisted goal by Coakley at the 24:09 mark, followed by a goal by German at the 18:52 mark to give Rollins a two goal advantage once again, with the score set at 9-7.  O'Brien scored at the 12:29 mark, pulling FSC to within one, 9-8, but Rollins retaliated with German assisting on a goal by Ashton at the 7:36 mark, extending their lead to two once again, 10-8.  The Mocs scored 29 seconds later, pulling back to within one, 10-9, but the German/Ashton duo teamed up once more to score at the 4:11 mark to give the Tars an 11-9 cushion.  Florida Southern found the back of the net one last time, scoring on an extra-man offensive opportunity with just 35 second left to pull to within one of the Tars, 11-10, but the ensuing draw control was won by Kienle and Rollins was able to maintain possession as the clock ran down.

NOTES:

  • The Tars and Mocs have faced off 10 times since 2012, with the Tars trailing the overall series, 5-6.  Leading up to Wednesday night's showdown, Florida Southern has won the last four outings against the Tars.  The last matchup between the two teams saw the Tars fall to the Mocs by a final score of 18-5 on April 11, 2017.
  • The Tars entered into the week sitting 8th on the IWLCA Division II Coaches Poll, and sit 9th on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top 20.
  • Florida Southern was given the nod at No. 1 on both the IWLCA DII Poll, as well as the NIKE/USL Top 20 this week.
  • Rollins hands No. 1 Florida Southern their first loss of 2018, snapping a 27-game regular-season winning streak, and marking the Mocs' first-ever loss in SSC regular-season action.  The game marks Florida Southern's first loss to the Tars since the 2015 SSC Tournament Championship game. The Moccasins have now dropped to 14-1 all-time in regular-season SSC contests
  • Rollins has now won 11 straight this season, and is 6-1 overall when playing at Cahall-Sandspur Field. The Tars' lone home defeat came at the hands of then-No. 1 Adelphi back on Tuesday, February 20.
  • Wednesday night's matchup against the Mocs marked the second time this season the Tars have faced a team ranked No. 1 in the country.  Rollins also faced Adelphi back on Tuesday, February 20, who was ranked No. 1 at the time.
  • Olin notched a new career high for saves in a game with 18.
  • Career Records to Watch:
    • Sophomore Hannah Ashton has cracked into the program record books, and currently sits 10th in career goals with 86.
    • Sophomore Maggie Dougherty has amassed 71 draw controls in her career, placing her in 10th in program record books.  Dougherty sits 116 behind the program's all-time leader, Erica Pagliarulo `13, with 187.
    • Kallie German ranks first in the program record books for free-position goals scored, having earned 55 in her career, and also now leads the program in game-winning goals, with 14.  The junior also ranks fourth for career goals scored with 134, fourth in career assists with 64, and has moved into second in career points with 198. 
    • Malorie Olin currently ranks second in program records for career saves with 458.  She sits behind Elyse De Lisle `14, who amassed 463 in her career.  Olin has also moved into 10th in program records for career ground balls with 96.
    • Lindsay Van Beck has moved into third in program record books for caused turnovers in a career with 74.  She sits 34 caused turnovers behind program leader Courtney Bianculli `13, who amassed 107 in her time with the Tars.
    • Brenna Heaney sits seventh in program record books for career caused turnovers, with 49.

NEXT:
Rollins continues its most challenging week of the regular season then they travel to Melbourne, Fla. to square up against No. 5 Florida Tech on Saturday afternoon.  Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live with links to live coverage available on RollinsSports.com.

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