April 28, 2013

Tars Top Mocs; Pagliarulo Tops Tars' Scoring List

from press release

WINTER PARK, Fla. – Erica Pagliarulo became Rollins' all-time leader in goals scored and sent her fellow seniors out in style as the third-ranked Tars beat 10th-ranked Florida Southern 18-12 Sunday afternoon.

The win ends Rollins' regular season at 15-1 while FSC drops to 10-3. The Tars will next await its postseason fate when NCAA selections are announced May 5. Rollins entered the day ranked second in the South Region with the top four teams earning bids.

Pagliarulo and fellow senior Sophie Townsend each netted five goals to lead Rollins' offense. Caroline Lamere totaled three goals and an assist while Mo Imel scored twice to go along with two assists. Tyler Thomas, Kelly Thayer and Katie Palaszalso found the back of the net for the Tars.

Pagliarulo tied the career school record with a tally 10 minutes in and, with 12:13 left in the first, scored for 155th time in her career to stand alone atop the charts. By the end of the day, she set the record at 158 career goals.

Elyse De Lisle was her normal solid self in goal, racking up five saves.

Megan Asper led Southern with four goals while Danielle LaDuca added three. Katie Hammerer took the loss, but earned 13 saves.

The two rivals traded goals over the first 14 minutes as an Asper tally tied the game for the fourth time, 4-4. Townsend and Pagiarulo scored back to back to put the Tars up 6-4 only to have the Mocs come back and tie the score at six with 7:26 left in the first.

Rollins then went on a 3-0 run to take a 9-6 lead and momentum heading into intermission. FSC, however, took a little steam out of the Tars roll, scoring with one second left to make the halftime score 9-7.

Imel quickly got the score back early in the second half, but again Rollins couldn't shake the Mocs as an Apser free position goal with 19:42 to play cut the Tars lead to 11-10.

The Tars then dug in on defense and amped up the offense as Pagliarulo, Townsend and Pagliarulo again gave the Tars a 14-10 advantage three minutes later.

Rollins then kept Southern at bay the rest of the day, not allowing it guests any closer than three with less than six minutes to play, while leading by as many as six.

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