No. 4 Rollins Outlasts No. 9 Bentley to Win in Overtime

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 11, 2013) - In a game that loomed large in the No. 4 Tars' run at a national title, Rollins emerged victorious after a double overtime bout with No. 9 Bentley by a score of 12-11.

A goal by sophomore Alley Rhinehart with 1:33 left in double overtime was the clincher on Monday evening in Winter Park.

Katie Palasz and Kathleen Williams led the Tars in scoring with a pair of goals apiece. Anna Townsend chipped in a pair of assists while senior Courtney Bianculli scooped up a game-high five groundballs in the victory.

The Tars scored five of the first six goals of the game and looked to be cruising with a 5-1 lead when Bentley shifted the momentum their direction, scoring five consecutive goals and capturing the lead at 6-5 going into the half.

Coming out of the intermission, Senior Mo Imel tied up the score 7-7 after a stellar pass from Anna Townsend.

After a Bentley score, Palasz netted a free position goal to deadlock the score at 8-8. The Falcons would add a pair of unassisted goals to take the lead but the resilient Tars attack answered back with goals from Bianculli and Palasz to level the score 9-9 with just over five minutes to play.

The outlook didn't look good for the Tars as Bentley netted the next two goals to take lead 11-9 with 3:34 left to play.

The momentum changed when Chelsea Pinneke intercepted the Bentley goalie pass and raced towards the net, faked a pass, then slipped the ball past the keeper to pull the Tars to within one with 1:37 left.

Rollins would control the next draw and after a series of passes, draw a foul on Bentley, setting Erica Pagliarulo up for a free position shot with thirty-one seconds left and the Tars down one, 11-10.

The Barker Family Stadium crowd erupted as Pagliarulo drilled her fourteenth goal of the season into the back of the Falcon net to level the score 11-11 with less than half of a minute left to play.

Rollins controlled the succeeding draw but the Falcons keeper Ally Dorman preserved the score and forced overtime by saving a last-second Pagliarulo shot.

The first six-minute overtime was played to a draw as both teams stepped up the defense in the period forcing a combined 5 turnovers.

Just over a minute into the second overtime, which is played In "sudden victory" format, the Tars capitalized on a Bentley mishap as Rhinehart caused a Bentley turnover in their own end before firing a long shot into the open net for the game winner.

Rollins outshot Bentley 38-26 in the game including 7-0 in the two overtime periods.

The Tars will be back on the field this Wednesday, Mar. 13 as they take on Lenoir-Rhyne. Game time is set for 7:00 p.m. at Barker Family Stadium.

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WINTER PARK, Fla. A sudden victory goal by Rollins' Alley Rhinehart with 1:33 left in double overtime gave the fourth-ranked Tars a hard-fought 12-11 victory over No. 9 Bentley in a non-conference game Monday night.

With the score tied at 11 after the first six minutes of overtime did not produce a winner, Rhinehart converted a Bentley turnover in their own end into the winning goal. The win is the fifth straight for Rollins to begin the young season, while the Falcons were playing their first game.

Bentley took an 11-9 lead late in the second half after two straight goals from junior Chelsea Larivee (Amherst, N.H./Souhegan). She scored first with 4:02 remaining to break a 9-9 tie, then scored again 36 seconds later to give them a two goal lead.

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