April 1, 2011

Rollins Falls Short Against No. 2 Lock Haven

from press release

– The ninth-ranked Rollins women's lacrosse team held on tight against No. 2 Lock Haven with a score of 5-5 at the half, but were unable to capitalize on second half opportunities as the Lady Eagles defeated the Tars 12-7, Friday afternoon. Rollins gives LHU their closest game yet, but drops to 7-3 on the season, while Lock Haven stays perfect on the season with an overall mark of 9-0.

Rollins gave the Eagles a run for their money, with Marissa Giannerini and Tori Snow posting two goals each. Cat Kelley, Sophie Townsend, and Katy Tyszko each netted one to complete the goal count for the day, with Kelley and Sarah Ann Showell dishing out an assist apiece.

Having a big day between the pipes was freshman goalie Elyse De Lisle, who set aside 12 shots on the day, including nine in the first half. Her counterpart, Heather Sacko, made a total of nine saves for Lock Haven.

The Lady Eagles saw two goals from four different players as Allison Berger, Kayleigh Johnson, Jamie Uzialko, and Kate Smyth placed the ball between the pipes twice each. Lindsay Walbrandt, Elyse Fisher, Jessica Pandolf, and Gwen Buss posted one goal apiece as LHU used a big second half to stay perfect on the season.

The game got off to a slow start, with both teams in a stalemate as the initial minutes ticked away. Lock Haven was finally able to get up on the scoreboard first off of an unassisted goal by Berger after seven minutes had run off the clock. Giannerini knotted the score at 1-1 on a free position shot a minute later, but Johnson pulled the Lady Eagles back out to a one goal lead with an unassisted goal with 20:27 on the clock.

Lock Haven added two more consecutive goals to pull ahead to a 4-1 advantage with 17:19 to go before the half, but Kelley's goal at the 14:04 mark broke the LHU streak, and cut the Tars' deficit to 4-2. Almost seven minutes ticked off the clock yet again before either team could place a ball between the pipes, but thanks to an assist from Kelley, Townsend was able to pull Rollins to within one with 7:49 to go before the break.

Buss gave the Lady Eagles a two-goal advantage with 5:28 on the clock, but Snow tallied a goal off of a free position shot to set the score at 5-4 with 2:05 before the break, and Showell set up Giannerini with 1:28 remaining in the first period to grab the equalizer with a score at 5-5 to close out the half.

Lock Haven opened up the second period with four straight goals, pulling ahead to a 9-5 lead with 13:32 remaining in the game. Tyszko ended the run with an unassisted goal at the 12:46 mark, but the Lady Eagles posted two more before the Tars could capitalize on another scoring opportunity. Snow closed out the goal scoring for the Tars with an unassisted tally with 5:47 to go in the contest, and LHU netted a last-second goal with just two seconds on the clock thanks to a one-two connection from Walbrandt to Johnson to close out the game.

The Tars gave Lock Haven their closest competition yet as they barely trailed on the shot count 24-29, held close on ground balls 28-26, and caused seven turnovers on the afternoon.

Rollins returns to action on Sunday, April 3, when they take on Edinboro University. Game time against the Fighting Scots is set for 1 p.m. on the campus of Lock Haven University. Fans will be able to follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.

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