Rollins Routs St. Thomas Aquinas

SPARKILL, N.Y. (April 17, 2009) - Led by the dynamic duo of junior midfielder Marissa Giannerini and sophomore sharpshooter Liz Connelly, the Rollins women's lacrosse team picked-up their sixth straight win as they downed the St. Thomas Aquinas College Spartans 19-7 on Friday afternoon in Sparkill, N.Y. The victory gives Rollins their longest win-streak in program history, and advances them to an overall record of 10-2, while the Spartans drop to 1-8 on the season.

Giannerini's five goals and one assist matched Connelly in overall points as the sophomore's four goals and two assists gave the pair six points apiece. Five other Tars put points on the scoreboard as Bizzie Durell (three goals, one assist), Mallory Surpless (two goals, two assists), Lacy Goodwyn (two goals, one assist), Tori Snow (two goals), and Katy Tyszko (one goal, two assists) helped the Tars earn 28 points on the way to their tenth victory of the season.

Rollins saw plenty of action in all areas of the field as Surpless led the game with six ground balls. Giannerini's six draw controls helped the Tars come up big in the midfield, while Tyszko, Durell, and Wilkin caused two turnovers apiece as they gave senior goalie Lisa Weber help as she made six saves throughout the contest.

The Spartans were led by the trio of Jennifer Bruen, Anne Buttafuoco, and Liz Gronwoldt with two goals each. Senior defender Kate Quinn notched a goal of her own as STAC scored five of their seven goals off of free-position shots, tallying five goals in the first half.

The Tars jumped out to a three goal lead early in the game, but with two quick free-position goals from the Spartans, Rollins found themselves in a one-goal lead with 18:43 to go before the half. Connelly ripped two quick goals past STAC goalie Jennifer Kugler off of assists from Giannerini and Tyszko to put Rollins in a three-goal lead in under two minutes, but Quinn answered back with another free-position tally to pull the Spartan's back to within two with 12:07 remaining before the half.

Both teams went back and forth over the following nine minutes, and with a minute to go before the halftime break, Rollins held a slim lead of 7-5. As the clock quickly diminished, Connelly and Giannerini teamed-up once more to score two unanswered goals in the final 24 seconds to give Rollins their largest lead of the game entering into the break.

The Tars out-scored the Spartans 10-2 in second half play to help lock-in the win. Rollins led in all areas of the field as they out-shot STAC 45-13, led the game in ground balls 37-to-25, grabbed 18-of-28 draw controls, and caused 12 turnovers in 60 minutes of action.

The Rollins women's lacrosse team prepares for a final three-game stretch of in-region contests as they look to take on Bloomsburg University in a highly anticipated South Region showdown kicking off at noon on Sunday, April 19.


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