Tars Suffer Setback Against No. 10 Stonehill

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 10, 2010) Rollins entered into the contest with one goal on their minds, an upset victory over No. 10 Stonehill College. But the Skyhawks sprinted out to a 12-4 lead in the first half, and ultimately shut down the Tars 20-9, Wednesday evening at Showalter Field.

Rollins (3-2) was led by sophomore Mallory Surpless, who netted a hat trick on the evening. Erica Pagliarulo, Marissa Giannerini, Liz Connelly, Sarah Ann Showell, Sophie Townsend, and Tori Snow found the back of the cage once each to complete the scoring efforts for Rollins, with Pagliarulo, Connelly, and Giannerini registering assists.

Sophomore midfielder Tori Snow had a solid matchup against Stonehill (1-0), as she won a game high eight ground balls while shooting a perfect 1 for 1 on free position attempts and causing three turnovers.

Alyssa Emens set aside seven shots for Rollins to help deter the Skyhawks, with her counterpart, Rebecca Moore, racking up 10 saves on the evening in her first collegiate contest.

Liza Gross led the game in overall points with four goals and an assist for Stonehill, who opened their 2010 campaign against the Tars. Heather Sullivan and Sarah Galligan netted four apiece for a successful opening night to sit alongside Gross on the scoreboard. Four other Skyhawks contributed to the overall count for Stonehill as they ran away with the lead in the first half, and continued to hold strong throughout the second period.

Pagliarulo set up the Tars' first two goals of the contest, including the game-opening shot from Showell to put Rollins up on the scoreboard first just 36 seconds into play. With 27:02 remaining in the first half, the Tars held a 2-1 lead over their opponent, but nine straight goals from the Skyhawks over a 20 minute span gave them a 10-2 lead with 6:40 to go before the half.

Snow and Giannerini netted the next two tallies, pulling Rollins to within six with 3:16 remaining before the break. But two quick goals from Gross in under a minute and a half to close out the first half left Rollins in a 12-4 rut after 30 minutes of action.

The Tars exploded into the second half, pulling back to within six goals of Stonehill with two quick tallies from Surpless and Connelly in the first three minutes of action. However, the Skyhawks found their stride once again, scoring five unanswered goals over 15 minutes of play to pull ahead 17-6 with 10:34 remaining in the game.

Rollins matched the Warriors goal for goal in the remainder of the contest as both teams placed three shots apiece in the cage to close out the first matchup between the two schools.

The Tars led the game in the ground ball count 30-28, but the Skyhawks dominated the contest in draw controls as they won 21 to Rollins' nine.

Rollins takes to the field in their next contest on Monday, March 15, when they host the University of New Haven at 7:00 p.m.

2010-03-11



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