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Third-Ranked Tars’ SSC Tournament Run Cut Short by No. 6 Tampa

Third-Ranked Tars’ SSC Tournament Run Cut Short by No. 6 Tampa

Rollins Falls to Spartans in Conference Tournament Semifinals, 14-10


WINTER PARK, Fla.  (April 25, 2019) – Matching up against the University of Tampa Spartans for the third time this season, the third-ranked Rollins women's lacrosse team was unable to overcome the sixth-ranked Spartans at Cahall-Sandspur Field on Thursday night in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals.  The Tars, who entered the SSC Tournament as the No. 2 seed, found themselves thwarted by the third-seeded Spartan goalie Bridget Sutter, whose 24 saves on the evening sealed the deal on the UT victory as they toppled Rollins by a score of 14-10.

The loss ends the Tars' SSC Tournament run, and marks just their second of the season as they drop to an overall record of 14-2.  The Spartans, who advance to the conference tournament championship for the first time in program history, advance to an overall record of 13-3.

Hannah Ashton led the way for the Tars with four goals and two assists, while Kallie German notched one goal and four assists.  Paige Brock netted two points on the night with a goal and an assist, while Nikki Stumpf, Lily Rizk, Rachel Valocchi, and Hannah Coakley scored one goal apiece.  Caroline Gasonguay handed out an assist of her own to close out the Tars' scoring efforts.  Valocchi led the team in ground balls with three, while Ashton, Hannah Coakley, Lindsay Van Beck, and Haley Brock earned two apiece.  Paige Brock, Hannah Forbes, Rachel Valocchi, and Haley Brock each earned one caused turnover on the night, while Rizk, Maggie Dougherty, and Van Beck each won a team high four draw controls.  In goal, Gabby Tanner played a full game, facing 28 shots from the Spartans where she earned 14 saves while yielding 14 goals.

The Spartans locked in the win thanks in large part to 24 saves from Sutter, including 16 in the first half.  Caroline Forester notched a team high four goals and added an assist for five points, which was matched by Rachel Crawford with two goals and a team best three assists.  Carly Vaccaro netted a hat trick and added one assist for four points, followed by Claire Swanson with a hat trick of her own.  Both Kayla Kosubinsky and Allie Popelar scored one goal each, while Kristyn Staley added two assists of her own.  Alexa Scudillo led the game with seven ground balls, while Swanson earned a game high five draw controls and three caused turnovers.

How it Happened:
Tampa jumped out to a two goals lead in the first five minutes and never looked back.  Rollins pulled to within one on seven separate occasions, including trailing the Spartans by a score of 9-8 with 18:02 to play, but Tampa then netted four straight to pull ahead by five, 13-8, with 8:46 to go which cemented the win. The Tars outscored their opponent 2-1 in the final seven  minutes, but it wasn't enough to overcome the late deficit.

Notes:

  • Thursday's game marked the third time the two teams have met this season, with all three contests being played at Cahall-Sandspur Field. The Tars and Spartans previously met twice in the regular season, first when they opened their 2019 slate against each other on February 5, followed by a conference contest on on April 10.
  • The loss marks just the second time the Spartans have defeated the Tars.  The first UT victory over Rollins was on February 10, 2018, when Rollins was defeated by a final score of 10-6.
  • Thursday's game marked the first time the two teams have met in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament.
  • The loss marked the first one for the first for the Tars when playing on their home turf this season, and snaps a 12 game home win streak.  When playing at home in 2019, the Tars are now 6-1. The last time the Tars were defeated on their home turf was on February 20, 2018, when they fell to then No. 1 Adelphi by a score of 15-11.
  • Rollins entered into the game ranked No. 3 on the IWLCA DII Coaches Poll, and No. 4 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20
  • Tampa ranked sixth on the IWLCA DII Poll, and checked in at No. 9 on the US Lacrosse Top 20 this week.
  • Rollins owns a share of the 2019 SSC Regular Season Championship, sharing the title with both Tampa and Florida Southern.  It marks the first time the Tars have finished in the top spot in regular season conference standings in program history.

Series  History:
Rollins vs Tampa (7-2)

 

Date

Opponent

 

Score

 

Attend

Site

Notes

 

2/9/2014

At Tampa

W

21-7

 

487

Tampa, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 4

 

4/27/2014

TAMPA

W

17-6

 

345

Winter Park, Fla.

 

*

2/8/2015

TAMPA

W

24-5

 

316

Winter Park, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest | Rollins ranked No. 18

*

2/7/2016

At Tampa

W

13-6

 

345

Tampa, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest | Rollins ranked No. 6

*

2/8/2017

TAMPA

W

25-6

 

316

Winter Park, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest | Rollins ranked No. 6

*

2/10/2018

At Tampa

L

6-10

 

243

Tampa, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest | Rollins ranked No. 11

 

2/5/2019

#19 TAMPA

W

21-16

 

213

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 9

*

4/10/2019

#5 TAMPA

W

18-10

 

157

Winter Park, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest | Rollins ranked No. 5

 %

4/25/2019

#6 TAMPA

L

10-14

 

235

Winter Park, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals | Rollins ranked No. 3

Overall: 7-2
* Conference: 4-1
% SSC Tournament: 0-1
+ NCAA Tournament: 0-0
Home: 5-1
Away: 2-1
Neutral: 0-0

NEXT:
Rollins now awaits the next regional standings and news on an NCAA Tournament bid.  For the latest news on this year's NCAA tournament schedule, stay tuned to RollinsSports.com.

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