Rollins Rallies but Can't Catch No. 5 West Chester

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (March 28, 2010) Rollins outscored their opponent 10-6 in the second half to try to erase an 8-1 halftime deficit, but dropped 14-11 to the No. 5 West Chester Golden Rams on Sunday afternoon at Vonnie Gros Field in West Chester, Pa.

Marissa Giannerini led the Tars with four goals as Rollins (5-4) tried to hand West Chester (7-0) their first loss of the season. But with a game-high five goals from the Golden Rams' Jackie Hoover, West Chester stayed perfect on the season.

The Tars saw scoring efforts from six different players, as Erica Pagliarulo and Sarah Ann Showell notched two apiece. Liz Connelly matched Giannerini in points with a goal and three assists for four points overall, with Katy Tyszko and Sophie Townsend contributed one goal each on the afternoon.

Rollins led in shots 24-23, and held close with their opponent in ground balls as they trailed 16-14. Both teams grabbed 13 draw controls each, with Pagliarulo and Tori Snow earning four apiece for the Tars. West Chester was led off the draw by Katy Crouse, who collected a game-high six, including three key possessions after each of the Tars' final three goals of the contest.

Defensively, the Tars kept their opponent on their toes as they caused 12 turnovers, with Connelly and Suzanne Gainey earning three, and Sophie Townsend leading the Tars with four ground balls.

West Chester pulled out to a 6-0 lead in the first 20 minutes of action, but a Giannerini goal from Connelly snapped the Golden Rams' scoring streak with 7:05 to go before the half. WCU notched two more before the break to put the Tars in a seven goal deficit at halftime, leaving Rollins with plenty of work for the final 30 minutes of play.

Giannerini ignited the Tars' comeback attempt as she scored the first goal of the second half with 27:47 on the clock to put the score at 8-2, kick starting a 10 goal second half as Rollins fought to climb out of their first half slump.

In goal, Alyssa Emens totaled six saves on the day, setting aside three shots in each half. Her counterpart, MacKenzie O'Keefe, made eight total saves after facing 19 shots on goal from Rollins.

The Tars return to action on Friday, April 1, when they take on Converse College in Spartanburg, S.C. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m.


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