Ricci Has Record Six Goals, But Tars Fall to Bears

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 27, 2011) Rollins junior attackman Austin Ricci scored six goals, setting a new program record for goals in a game, as the Tars took on Deep South Conference opponent Lenoir-Rhyne University on Sunday afternoon in Winter Park. Despite the Tars' best efforts, Rollins fell to the Bears 13-12.

Rollins drops to an overall mark of 2-8, and 0-6 in Deep South Conference action, while Lenoir-Rhyne advances to 3-8, and picks up their first ever conference victory to put their DSC mark at 1-4 on the season.

Ricci's career day was backed up by Eric Schmit, Charlie Shelly, and Peter Harvey, who each netted two goals to close out the goal scoring on the afternoon. Schmit led the Tars in assists with three, while James Libutti and Shelly each dished out two, and Matthew Lunnen earned an assist of his own as the Tars posted a total of 20 points on the afternoon.

Lenoir-Rhyne's Tyler Kotch, Anthony Mangili, and Robbert Darrow took charge for the Bears as each posted a hat trick. Four more Bears scored goals to round out the goal count, and six earned assists with Fred Waddle posting a three-point performance with one goal and two assists.

The Bears were able to hold Rollins at bay thanks to an 18 save performance from goalie Patrick Stasio. Doug O'Brien saw the entire game between the pipes for Rollins, setting aside a total of six shots, while allowing 13.

Rollins pulled ahead to an early lead as Schmit connected on a pass to Ricci, who ripped a shot past Stasio a minute and a half into the contest. Ricci and Schmit teamed up once again four minutes later to pull the Tars out to a 2-0 advantage, but the Bears fought back and scored four straight to pull ahead to a 4-2 lead with 2:51 remaining in the quarter.

Schmit pulled the Tars back to within one on an unassisted goal with 19 seconds left in the period, giving the Bears a meager 4-3 lead entering into second quarter action. LRU's Gus Ratcliff extended the advantage back out to two just 15 seconds into the second period, pulling the Bears ahead 5-3, but Schmit connected a pass to Shelly 39 seconds later to pull the Tars back to within one with 5-4 on the scoreboard and 14:06 before the half

Both teams traded blows, but Lenoir-Rhyne outscored the Tars 3-2 in the second period to enter into the break with a 7-5 lead.

Rollins exploded out of the halftime break with Ricci ripping two-straight, grabbing the equalizer on a man-up goal with 9:45 remaining in the third quarter and the score knotted at 7-7. LRU's Kotch tallied the ensuing goal, but a swift pass across the box from Lunnen to Shelly resulted in a Rollins goal to tie the game at 8-8 with 6:29 remaining in the quarter.

Mangili gave the Bears a one goal advantage with 1:14 before the break, but Schmit got to work as the clock ticked down, grabbing a pass from Libutti to even the count at 9-9 with just 12 second left in the third quarter.

Tension entering into the final period was high, but the Tars pulled ahead 10-9 at the onset thanks to Ricci off of a Shelly assist 65 seconds in. Lenoir-Rhyne scored two-straight to pull back into the lead with a score of 11-10 and 8:46 remaining on the clock, but Libutti connected a quick pass to Ricci for yet another game-tying goal with 7:48 to go.

Lenoir-Rhyne pushed hard on the ensuing faceoff, and capitalized on a shot just 13 seconds later to pull back out to a one goal lead, and extended their advantage to two thanks to a man-up goal from Kotch to set the score at 13-11 with 1:59 remaining in the game.

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