via Rollins press release/website, by Michael Pierce, photo by Mike Watters
The Tars outscored the Bulldogs 4-1 in the fourth quarter to come back for the win
WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 6, 2023) – The seventh-ranked Rollins men’s lacrosse team survived a scare on Monday, coming from behind to defeat visiting Barton, 11-10. The Tars improve to 5-0 with the win, while the Bulldogs drop to 5-2.
Justin Spencer tallied three goals, two assists, and two ground balls for the Tars, while Grant Hansen added three goals and an assist. Thomas Garvin was 16-for-21 at the faceoff “X” with six ground balls, while Charlie Metz had a game-high seven ground balls to go along with an assist. Bradley Peterson (1-0) got the win in goal, making eight saves on 18 shots.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Tars took the opening faceoff and sprinted down the field to get on the board early, with Garvin assisting Hansen on the opening goal just six seconds into the game.
- Jack Lambert found the net about eight minutes later to make it 2-0.
- 31 seconds after Lambert’s goal, Barton got its first of the night.
- The Bulldogs tied things up with a man-up goal with 4:41 to play in the first.
- Logan Myers gave the Tars the lead once again with a goal 2:22 into the second.
- Barton answered back with three straight goals, giving the visitors the lead at 5-3 with 8:10 to go in the first half.
- Harrison Key scored 48 seconds after Barton’s fifth goal, cutting the deficit to 5-4 at the break.
- Myers got the first goal of the second half just 64 ticks into the third, knotting things up at 5-5.
- The Bulldogs responded with a goal of their own just 90 seconds later to retake the lead, 6-5.
- Hansen then notched a man-up goal just 34 seconds after that, leveling the score once again at 6-6.
- Barton got back-to-back goals to go up 8-6 before Spencer got his first of the game in a man-up situation, making it an 8-7 game.
- The Bulldogs re-established a two-goal lead with a tally in the final two minutes of the third, giving the visitors a 9-7 lead with 15 minutes to play.
- Spencer netted his second of the night only 51 seconds into the fourth, and Jack Johnstone followed that 43 seconds later with a goal to tie the game at nine.
- Rollins retook the lead for good when Hansen scored his third of the night with 8:53 on the clock, putting the home team ahead, 10-9.
- Spencer rounded out his hat trick just over a minute later, giving the Tars what would be a much-needed insurance goal with 7:46 to play.
- Barton cut the deficit to a single goal with 4:38 left in the game, but the Rollins defense held strong in the closing minutes, helping the Tars hold on for an 11-10 win.
The Tars will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah for a neutral-site game against Colorado Mesa on Saturday, March 11. That game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Eastern Time, 1 p.m. Mountain Time.
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