Rollins Can't Hold Lead, Falls to No. 9 Stonehill

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 15, 2011) Rollins had a 7-6 lead with 20:51 remaining in the contest, but couldn't hold on as the ninth-ranked Stonehill Skyhawks squeezed out an 11-9 victory over the Tars, Tuesday afternoon in Winter Park, Fla.

The loss drops Rollins to an overall mark of 6-2, with the Tars' only losses coming against teams from the North Region, both of which were ranked on the IWLCA DII National Poll. Stonehill picks up their fourth consecutive victory of the season, and stays perfect with a 4-0 record.

Leading the way for Rollins was midfielder Marissa Giannerini, whose three point performance of two goals and an assist was closely followed by freshman Ginevra Czech with two goals on the afternoon. Tori Snow, Katy Tyszko, Sophie Townsend, Sarah Ann Showell, and Katie Palasz wrapped-up the scoring efforts on the afternoon with one goal apiece.

Hanna Anderson notched a game-high six goals, with Sam Lynott netting a hat trick of her own as a total of four Skyhawks notched goals throughout the game.

Stonehill got the scoring started off of an uassested goal from Anderson with 24:44 remaining in the first period. Rollins answered back a little under three minutes later to tie the score at 1-1 off of an unassisted goal from Czech, but the Skyhawks pulled back to a 2-1 lead two minutes later on a free position shot from Heather Sullivan with 19:58 on the clock.

Townsend retaliated 19 seconds later to knot the score at 2-2, and Rollins earned the ensuing score off of an unassisted shot from Tyszko to give Rollins their first lead of the game with 3-2 on the scoreboard and 16:49 to go before the half.

Stonehill scored the next goal to even the score at 3-3 with 11:02 on the clock, but Czech closed out the half with her second goal of the game to give Rollins a 4-3 advantage at the break.

The Tars entered into the second half with two-straight goals to pull ahead to a 6-3 lead with 26:22 remaining in the game. But the Skyhawks were not about to go down in flames as they rattled off three straight to draw the score even at 6-6 with 22:36 on the clock.

Giannerini found Showell in front of the cage to pull the Tars to their final advantage of the game with the score at7-6 and 20:51 remaining in regulation, but Stonehill capitalized on a string of Rollins yellow cards over the ensuing minutes and netted four straight to pull ahead to a 10-7 lead with 13:11 on the clock.

The Tars fought back with Palasz winning the subsequent draw control for a quick shot on frame 15 seconds later to pull back to within two with a score of 10-8. Giannerini closed the gap to one on a free position shot with 11:20 remaining in the game and a score of 10-9.

Both teams attacked hard throughout the final 10 minutes, but only Stonehill could capitalize on a scoring opportunity as Anderson notched the final goal of the game with 4:33 to go in the second period.

Rollins battled admirably through a copious amount of adversity that saw a total of 11 yellow cards dished out throughout the contest, six to the Skyhawks, and five Tars.

The Tars led in shots 32-18, but were thwarted thanks to a 12 save performance from Stonehill's Rebecca Moore. Her counterpart for the Tars, Elyse De Lisle, made a total of seven saves on the afternoon.

Rollins led the game in ground balls 30-23, but trailed in draw controls as the Skyhawks bested them off the whistle 12-9, with Erica Pagliarulo earning five. Tars' defender Suzanne Gainey had a big day on defense with five ground balls, with Palasz, Showell, and Courtney Bianculli earning four each, and Snow and Czech collecting three. Bianculli came up big on caused turnovers, with a game-high three, matched by Stonehill's Kelsey Reilly on the afternoon.

Rollins returns to action on Tuesday, March 22, when they host Erksine College at home in Winter Park. Game time against the Flying Fleet is slated for 7:00 p.m.


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