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Ninth-Ranked Tars Conquer No. 19 Spartans in Season Opener, 21-16

Ninth-Ranked Tars Conquer No. 19 Spartans in Season Opener, 21-16

German Becomes Program's All-Time Leader in Career Points


WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 5, 2019) – With two goals under her belt and her second assist of the evening, Rollins senior middie Kallie German notched career point number 224, marking a new program record for points in a career.  The Centreville, Md. native wrapped up the night with four goals and three assists, climbing to 227 overall points in her career.  With German's help, the ninth-ranked Tars held the No. 19 University of Tampa Spartans at bay, helping Rollins earn the 21-16 victory in their season opener.

The win advances Rollins, who sit at No. 9 on the IWLCA Division II Preseason Poll and No. 12 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Preseason Top 20, to an overall record of 1-0 on the young season.  The match-up was marked as a non-conference tilt, as the Tars and Spartans are set to meet again later in the season for a Sunshine State Conference contest.  The Spartans, who earned the nod at No. 19 on the IWLCA Preseason Poll but did not appear on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Preseason Top 20, open their 2019 campaign with a record of 0-1.

Five Tars earned five or more points on the evening as Rollins put up 21 goals and added 13 assists to kick off their 2019 season.  Rachel Valocchi made her Rollins debut earning two goals and four assists for six points.  Hannah Ashton also earned six points, matching a career high with a team best six goals on the night, including the game-winner.  Paige Brock marked a new career high with five goals on the night, while freshman Caroline Gastonguay dished out a team high five assists.  Also adding points on the night were Nikki Stumpf with one assist, Lily Rizk with two goals, Sammy Ottimo with a goal and an assist, and Taylor Kienle with a goal of her own.  Valocchi, Gabby Tanner, and Hannah Coakley led the team with three ground balls apiece, while Maggie Dougherty earned a team high eight draw controls.  Both Kaitlin Prince and Gastonguay notched a team best two caused turnovers on the night.  In goal, Tanner played a full 60 minutes where she faced 36 shots and 26 shots on goal and earned 10 saves while allowing 16 shots to find the back of the net.

The Spartans saw a game high seven points from Claire Swanson, who notched five goals and two assists on the night.  Kristyn Staley earned four goals and one assist, while Carly Vaccaro tallied a hat trick of her own.  Bridget Sutter led the game in ground balls with six, and played a total of 33:03 minutes in cage where she earned seven saves while allowing 11 goals.  Taylor Sisk closed out the game in goal for the Spartans, earning four saves while allowing 10 goals.  Swanson led the game in draw controls with nine, and also led the team in caused turnovers with three, which was matched by Alexa Scudillo.

How it Happened:
Rollins opened up to a 4-1 lead with 12:45 to go in the first half, and outscored the Spartans 6-2 in the final eight minutes to close out the first period with a 10-3 lead.  The Spartans opened up the second half with a quick goal just 23 seconds in, and outscored the Tars in the ensuing 10 minutes, 5-3 to pull to within four, 13-9, with 20:34 on the clock.  Rollins scored three quick goals to pull ahead by a score of 16-9 with 17:19 to go, but Tampa fought back, outscoring the Tars 5-1 over the next seven minutes to close the gap to three, 17-14, with 8:08 to play.  The Tars were not about to back down, however, and closed out the contest scoring four goals while allowing Tampa to only find the back of the net twice as the minutes waned, wrapping up the season opener for both teams with the Tars earning the 21-16 victory.

Notes:

  • Rollins is 4-0 when playing against Tampa on their home turf.
  • The Tars hold onto a dominating 6-1 overall record against the Spartans since first matching up against UT on February 9, 2014.
  • The Tars and Spartans have kicked off the last six seasons against each other.
  • The two teams will face each other again later in the season in a conference tilt on April 10, 2019.  The conference tilt will take place in Winter Park, with first draw set for 7:30 p.m.
  • Career and Program Record Updates:
    • Kallie German moved into first place in program record books for points in a career.  The senior surpassed Tyler Thomas `16, who finished her career with 223 points overall (195g, 28a).  German's fourth point of the evening gave her career point number 224, and with three more points added on, the Centreville, Md. native closed out the night with 227 points in her career (155g, 72a).  German also currently ranks first in program record books for points per game (4.35).  With her final goal of the evening, German moved into third in program record books for career goals, scoring her 155th and surpassing Marissa Giannerini `11, who is currently the head coach of Embry-Riddle. German also currently sits fourth in career assists (72), first in game-winning goals in a career (15), and first in free-position goals scored in a career (62).  She currently holds the single game program record for points in a game (10), and sits tied for first for goals in a game (8).
    • Lindsay Van Beck enters into her senior season ranked 15th in program record books for ground balls in a career with 78, and third in caused turnovers in a career with 87. She is currently 21 caused turnovers away from becoming the program's all-time leader for caused turnovers in a career.
    • Maggie Dougherty currently ranks seventh in program record books for draw controls in a career with 97.
    • Hannah Ashton's six goals matched a career high first set on March 15, 2018 against Young Harris.
    • Van Beck set a new career high in draw controls in a game with five.
    • Paige Brock set a new career high with five goals.
    • Caroline Gastonguay made her collegiate debut count, dishing out a team high five assists, good for second in program record books for assists in a game.
    • Taylor Kienle set a new career record for draw controls with five.
    • Gabby Tanner earned a new career high for saves in a game with 10.
    • Newcomer Rachel Valocchi made her debut as a Tar count, earning six points with two goals and four assists.

NEXT:
Rollins returns to action on Saturday, February 16, when they welcome Westminster (Utah) to Cahall-Sandspur Field.  Game time against the Griffins is set for 7:30 a.m.  Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live with live stats on TarsStats.com, as well as with free live video on the Tars Sports Network on RollinsSportsLive.com, as well as on the Sunshine State Conference Digital Network at SunshineStateConference.tv.

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