No. 9 Tars Test Sixth-Ranked West Chester

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (April 23, 2011) Ninth-ranked Rollins tested the sixth-ranked West Chester Golden Rams, but fell to their south region foe 15-11 on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Tars drop to an overall record of 11-4, while West Chester advances to 14-3 on the season.

Leading the Tars in their key south region showdown were Erica Pagliarulo, Sarah Ann Showell, and Anna Townsend with two goals apiece on the afternoon. Marissa Giannerini, Sophie Townsend, Tori Snow, Caroline Lamere, and Cat Kelley scored one each, with Katie Palasz and Katy Tyszko earning an assist.

Rollins goalie Elyse De Lisle posted a big second half, setting aside six shots and completing the afternoon with a total of nine saves, besting her counterpart MacKenzie O'Keefe by one.

West Chester saw a five goal performance from Jackie Hoover, while Shannon Hayes posted a five-point afternoon with three goals and two assists.

The Golden Rams opened up to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to two goals from Hayes in just a little over a minute of action, but Giannerini cut the deficit in half on a free position shot with 25:16 on the clock to set the score at 2-1.

Tyszko connected on a pass to Anna Townsend less than a minute later to knot the score at 2-2, but Erin Oczkowski put WCU back into a one goal lead with 23:59 before the half. Hoover extended the lead to 4-2 on an unassisted shot a minute later, but Lamere answered back with an assist from Palasz to set the score at 4-3 with 21:40 on the clock.

Both teams traded blows throughout the ensuing minutes, going goal for goal with West Chester holding a slim 8-7 lead with 10:43 to go before the break. Despite the Tars' best defensive efforts, Hoover ignited a five-goal Golden Ram sprint, giving them a 13-7 advantage with just 1:37 remaining before halftime.

Rollins netted two late goals thanks to Sophie Townsend who netted a shot with 20 seconds on the clock, and Pagliarulo who ran a draw control through the eight meter for a shot past O'Keefe with just eight ticks remaining before the half to pull the Tars back to 13-9 at the break.

Rollins scored the first goal out of the break thanks to a free position goal from Kelley, but it wasn't enough to spark a second half comeback as both teams netted two goals apiece throughout the final stanza.

The Tars led the shot count 30-28, but WCU came up 17 ground balls while Rollins came up with 10. The Tars were hot on free-position shots, making good on 4 of 7 from the hash marks. The Golden Rams were whistled for 30 fouls in comparison to Rollins' 26, and committed more turnovers as they led the count 15-13 thanks to six caused turnovers by the Tars.

Rollins returns to action on Wednesday, May 4, when they travel to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne University. Game time against the Bears is slated for 4:00 p.m.

2011-04-23



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