Eighth-Ranked Rollins Defeats Determined Rangers

WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 15, 2011) Eighth-ranked Rollins picked up their 10th victory of the season as they defeated a determined Regis University roster, 17-15 on Friday evening in Winter Park, Fla. The Tars advance to a mark of 10-3 on the season, while the Rangers drop to 9-2.

Led by a team-best four point performance from Erica Pagliarulo (three goals, one assist), the Tars were able to best their opponent on the scoreboard and pick up their third-consecutive win. Marissa Giannerini posted a hat trick, as well, while Caroline Lamere notched two goals and one assist for a three point game. A total of 10 Tars put 22 points on the scoreboard as Rollins tallied 17 goals and five assists.

Regis' Danica Cutshall finished the matchup with a game-high five points as she notched three goals and two assists. The Rangers also saw hat tricks from Erin Dybus and Cristina Johnson, while Morgan Taylor posted three points with two goals and one assist.

The Tars saw nine saves from freshman goalie Elyse De Lisle, with her counterpart, Erin Lewis, collecting seven on the evening. Off the draw, Pagliarulo won a team-best five, while Katie Palasz picked up a team-high five ground balls and caused two turnovers.

Pagliarulo tallied the first goal a little over two minutes in, but Regis turned the score in their favor with two quick goals within 17 seconds from Chani Taggart and Dybus to set the score at 2-1 in favor of RU. Rollins' Ginevra Czech grabbed the first equalizer of the game on an unassisted shot with 24:46 on the clock, igniting a three-goal run from Rollins to put the Tars in a 4-2 lead with 21:53 before the half.

Regis netted the next two, knotting the score at 4-4 with 18:58 to go, but the Tars saw four goals from four different players to pull ahead to an 8-4 advantage with 14:27 remaining in the period. As quickly as Rollins built up their lead, Regis knocked it down, netting four consecutive goals of their own to lock the score at 8-8 with 4:11 to go before the half.

Regis held the Tars silent over 11 minutes as they whittled away at their four-goal deficit, but Lamere halted the skid with an assist from Sophie Townsend to pull the Tars out to a 9-8 lead with 2:54 left before the break. Giannerini set the score at 10-8 on an unassisted goal with 1:40 on the clock, but Johnson pulled Regis back to within one just 18 seconds later for the last goal of the half to set the scoreboard at 10-9 at the break.

The Rangers found the back of the net first in the second half, scoring just 36 seconds into the period to even the score at 10-10, but Palasz put the Tars in the lead once again thanks to a well-placed shot off of an assist from Pagliarulo. A minute later, Pagliarulo notched a goal of her own on an assist from Courtney Bianculli to pull Rollins out to a 12-10 lead with 27:46 to go, but Regis fought back and broke even thanks to goals from Taylor and Johnson to knot the score at 12-12 with 18:42 in the half.

Pagliarulo scored 23 seconds later to put the Tars ahead yet again, but Johnson grabbed the seventh, and final, equalizer of the game on an assist from Cutshall to set the score at 13-13 with 18:03 left.

Rollins hunkered down and tallied the next two, pulling out to a two-goal lead with 15-13 on the scoreboard and 10:49 to go in the period. Regis cut the deficit to one on a goal from Margaret Nahrup, but Sarah Ann Showell and Giannerini pulled the Tars ahead by three with a score of 17-14 and 4:54 remaining. Cutshall pulled the Rangers back to within two on an unassisted goal with 3:56 left, but the Tars were able to walk away with the victory with smart play in the final minutes.

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