April 11, 2013

Nine-Goal Run Sends Rollins Past West Chester

from press release

WEST CHESTER, Pa. – Fifth-ranked Rollins College used a nine-goal spurt and a packed in defense to turn its non-league women's lacrosse match in its favor en route to a 12-9 victory over second-ranked West Chester University Thursday afternoon at Vonnie Gros Field.

West Chester (9-1) saw its nine-game winning streak to open the season come to a close while Rollins (10-1) won its fourth straight game. It marked the first time the Tars have beaten the Golden Rams in four meetings dating back to 2010, including the 2012 NCAA Division II semifinal.

Rollins held West Chester scoreless for a little over 34 minutes while rattling off nine unanswered goals to erase a 7-2 deficit and take control of the game. The Tars packed it in their defensive zone and junior goalkeeper Elyse De Lisle made a couple of key saves, one on a free position, during the scoreless drought to electrify the visitor's momentum.

The Tars outshot the Golden Rams, 18-7 in the second half and scored three extra-man goals in five attempts – all in the second half. West Chester trailed 9-7 with 13:43 left when senior Jamie Dolan was whistled for a slash, her second yellow card of the game, and sent off. The Golden Rams had to finish the game without their second-leading scorer. Rollins capitalized on that EMO and then added another tally five minutes later to open up an 11-7 advantage, before the Rams could put another ball in the Tars' cage.

Lauren Glassey scored on a free position with 6:48 remaining, and Theresa Giunta added another unassisted effort with 2:40 to go that pulled the Rams within two, 11-9. West Chester won the ensuing draw control, but turned the ball over and did not regain possession until 29 seconds remained.

West Chester seemed to be in control of the game through the first 20 minutes of action. The Golden Rams raced out to a 7-2 lead, scoring five straight times with the match tied at 2-all. Dolan netted a pair of back-to-back goals 30 seconds apart that broke the 2-2 tie. Giunta then scored her first goal of the game 39 seconds after Dolan's pair, and the Rams were out in front, 5-2. When Heidelbaugh and Hannah Cowan added markers over the next seven minutes, the hosts looked like they were in control.

However, after Cowan's goal at the 11:05 mark of the first half, West Chester would not score again until Glassey's free position goal with 6:48 left in the game. From there, Rollins seized the momentum, dictated the tempo and took West Chester out of its game plan offensively.

Glassey finished with four points on the afternoon (2 goals, 2 assists). Giunta posted three points (2 goals, 1 assist), and Dolan scored twice. Tori Dugan, Cowan and Heidelbaugh had West Chester's other goals.

Erica Pagliarulo, Kelly Thayer and Caroline Lamere each registered a hat trick for Rollins. Pagliarulo added a pair of assists to her totals as well.

De Lisle (10-1) made four saves in goal for the Tars while the Golden Rams' Jess Henderson (9-1) made 10 saves in the cage.

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