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Second-Ranked Rollins Stymied by No. 8 Mocs in SSC Showdown

Second-Ranked Rollins Stymied by No. 8 Mocs in SSC Showdown

Tars Drop First Game of 2019, Fall to Florida Southern, 16-11


LAKELAND, Fla.  (April 3, 2019) – The second-ranked Rollins women's lacrosse team found themselves at the bottom end of a 16-11 final score on Wednesday afternoon at the Barnett Athletic Complex, falling to No. 8 Florida Southern in a key Sunshine State Conference matchup.  The loss marks the first of the season for the Tars, and halts their second-best start in program history, dropping their record to 10-1, and 1-1 in Sunshine State Conference play.  With the win, the Mocs advance to 10-2, and 2-1 in SSC action.

Florida Southern kicked off the matchup with three quick goals within 44 seconds of each other, opening up to a shockingly sudden 3-0 lead with 25:28 on the clock in the first half.  Despite Rollins' best efforts, the Tars were unable to recover as they found themselves stymied by their conference and regional rival throughout the remainder of the contest.

Senior Kallie German led the Tars in points, earning tow gals and dishing out a game high four assists, earning the team's only assists of the day for Rollins.  Rachel Valocchi and Hannah Coakley added two goals apiece, while Nikki Stumpf, Sammy Ottimo, Lily Rizk, Hannah Ashton, and Caroline Gastonguay each found the back of the net once.  Adia Field-Ridley and Gabby Tanner led the team in ground balls with three each, while Taylor Kienle won a team high four draw controls.  In total, six Tars earned one caused turnover on the afternoon.  In goal, Tanner played a full game, facing 29 shots from Florida Southern where she earned 13 saves while allowing 16 goals.

Florida Southern saw a game high five goals from Riley Bannatyne, while Julia Couch put up two goals and two assists for four points.  Marina Jozokos matched Couch in points with a goal and a team best three assists.  In total, nine Mocs put goals on the board, while four contributed assists on the day.  Sara Tomasello led the game in ground balls with four, followed by Dani Bursinger and Becca Hill with three each.  Bursinger won a game high 10 draw controls, which was followed closely by Sam Keesyey with nine.  Both Hill and Keesey earned a game high two caused turnovers.  In goal for the Mocs, Patricia Werker faced a total of 24 shots from the Tars in 60 minutes of action, earning 13 saves while allowing 1 goals.

How it Happened:
Florida Southern jumped out to a quick lead, scoring three goals within 44 seconds of each other to lead 3-0 advantage with 25:28 on the clock.  Rollins answered back with two straight, pulling to within one, 3-2, with 18:25 on the clock in the first half, but four unanswered goals by the Mocs gave them a 7-2 lead with 12:02 to go before the half.  The Tars halted Florida Southern's run with two goals of their own, pulling to within three, 7-4, with 3:32 left in the half, but a late goal by FSC with 1:32 remaining in the period closed out the first 30 minutes of action with the Mocs holding onto an 8-4 lead over the Tars at the break.  Florida Southern outscored the Tars 8-7 in the final 30 minutes of play, earning the 16-11 win.

Notes:

  • The Tars are 4-1 when playing in a true road contest this season, and are 3-6 against the Mocs when playing in Lakeland.
  • Kallie German is nine goals away from becoming the program's all-time leader in career goals.
  • Lindsay Van Beck is nine caused turnovers away from becoming the program's all-time leader in career caused turnovers.  She currently has 99 under her belt, and needs to surpass leader Courtney Bianculli `13, who amassed 107 in her career with the Tars.
  • Rollins entered into the game ranked No. 2 on the IWLCA DII Poll, and No. 3 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20.
  • Florida Southern earned a No. 8 ranking on the IWLCA DII Poll this week, and checked in at No. 9 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20.

Series  History:
Rollins vs Florida Southern (5-8)

 

Date

Opponent

 

Score

 

Attend

Site

Notes

 

4/11/2012

At #15 Florida Southern

W

16-10

 

145

Lakeland, Fla.

 Rollins ranked No. 3

 

4/3/2013

At #11 Florida Southern

W

12-10

 

273

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 4

 

4/28/2013

#10 FLORIDA SOUTHERN

W

18-12

 

236

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 3

 

4/25/2014

#6 FLORIDA SOUTHERN

L

13-16

 

234

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins unranked

*

3/27/15

At #5 Florida Southern

L

8-15

 

100

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 9

%

4/26/2015

At #5 Florida Southern

W

12-10

OT

173

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 11 – Tars win inaugural SSC Tournament Championship

*

4/21/2016

#6 FLORIDA SOUTHERN

L

6-15

 

514

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 3

%

5/1/2016

At #3 Florida Southern

L

11-12

 

335

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 6

+

5/14/2016

At #3 Florida Southern

L

5-8

 

455

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 7 – Tars wrap up NCAA Tournament appearance in Quarterfinals

*

4/11/2017

At #4 Florida Southern

L

5-18

 

325

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 5

*

4/4/2018

#1 FLORIDA SOUTHERN

W

11-10

 

467

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 8

%

4/27/2018

At #4 Florida Southern

L

6-23

 

236

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 6 – Tars bounced out of SSC Tournament in the Semifinals

*

4/3/2019

At #8 Florida Southern

L

11-16

 

201

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 2

Overall: 5-8
* Conference: 1-4
% SSC Tournament: 1-2
+ NCAA Tournament: 0-1
Home: 2-2
Away: 3-6
Neutral: 0-0

NEXT:
Rollins returns home to Cahall-Sandspur Field on Saturday, April 6, when they host Florida Southern in SSC action.  Game time against the Panthers is set for 7:30 pm.  Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network as well as the Sunshine State Conference Digital Network, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

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