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#7 Rollins Women take Surprise 22-18 Shootout over PBA – Gastonguay 7G/4A

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Seventh-Ranked Tars Slip Past Sailfish in SSC Opener

by Michael Pierce

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (February 23, 2024) – The seventh-ranked Rollins women’s lacrosse team held on for a 22-18 road win at Palm Beach Atlantic on Friday. The Tars are now 5-0 on the year, 1-0 in conference play, while the Sailfish drop to 0-3 overall, 0-1 in SSC action.

Caroline Gastonguay led all players with seven goals and 11 points, while Lauren Noonan chipped in with three goals and two assists. Abigail DeGroat and Charlotte Gastongauy both contributed three goals, and Jorie Alf added two goals and two ground balls. Holyn Trautwein led the Tars with five draw controls, and Angelina Vitale (1-0) got the win, stopping three of the 11 shots she faced in the second half.

First Quarter

  • PBA scored the first three goals of the game before Sydney Nickel got the Tars on the board just over seven minutes into the contest.
  • Caroline Gastonguay netted her first of the night at the 2:21 mark after two more Sailfish goals had occurred, making it a 5-2 game.
  • DeGroat found the net with just 10 seconds left in the quarter to cut the deficit to 5-3.

Second Quarter

  • Caroline Gastonguay got the Tars within one just 42 seconds into the second quarter with a woman-up goal, but PBA answered just over a minute later to make it 6-4.
  • Caroline Gastonguay’s third of the game came just 13 ticks after that, and Molly Mendes scored the next marker to tie the game at 6-6 just over four minutes into the period.
  • After PBA scored, DeGroat and Charlotte Gastonguay found the net less than 30 seconds apart to give the Blue and Gold its first lead of the night, 8-7.
  • Palm Beach Atlantic rallied with three straight to go up 10-8, but Carsyn Christel stopped the momentum with a goal at the 3:11 mark.
  • The Gastonguay sisters each scored in the final minute of the half, with Charlotte’s goal coming with 46 seconds left and Caroline’s with 24 seconds left, pushing the Tars up by one (11-10) at the break.

Third Quarter

  • The Sailfish tied things up at 11 just 20 seconds into the third quarter before Rollins rattled off four straight goals, including two from Caroline Gastonguay, to give the Tars a 15-11 advantage.
  • The teams traded the final five goals of the quarter as Rollins carried a 17-14 lead into the fourth.

Fourth Quarter

  • Alf scored the first goal of the final period, with PBA answering quickly to make it an 18-15 score.
  • Charlotte and Caroline Gastonguay scored the next two, followed by Noonan at the 3:37 mark which gave Rollins a comfortable 21-15 edge.
  • The Sailfish netted three markers in the closing minutes, along with a goal from DeGroat, which secured the 22-18 win.

The Tars will be back in action on Sunday as they travel to Lynn for a 1 p.m. tilt.

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Sailfish Push #7 Tars to Limit in Late Home Defeat

by Assistant Director, Athletic Communications

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic women’s lacrosse team played one of the top sides in the nation today when they hosted the No. 7 ranked Rollins Tars in their Sunshine State Conference opener. The Sailfish played one of their better games of the early season as they pushed the Tars to the limit before falling late 22-18. The Sailfish record falls to 0-3 with the defeat and they are now 0-1 in SSC play.

The ‘Fish got off to a strong start as they tried to pull the upset over the Tars. PBA was up 5-1 after ten minutes of play as the offense was humming throughout the night. Olivia Larges scored both her goals on the night in the early stretch as the Tars looked like they didn’t know what had hit them as they called a timeout. Rollins settled back into the game, scoring the next two goals but PBA led 5-3 after the first quarter.

The two sides traded goals back and forth to open the second quarter. The Tars took their first lead of the night with 8:27 left in the first half, but PBA fought their way back offensively as Rollins seemed to have no answer for the Sailfish attack. Rachel DelateMegan Jackson, and Addyson Johnson all scored during a 3-0 run to give the ‘Fish a 10-8 lead late in the half. Rollins answered PBA’s run with one of their own as they scored the final three goals in the last three minutes to take an 11-10 lead at the half. 

Jackson scored a quick goal in the third but the Tars took control of the game with a 4-0 scoring run after that. Courtney Rausch was solid in the Sailfish net as she made ten saves on the night to keep PBA in the game. The Sailfish were never able to get their deficit below three goals again on the night as the sides traded goals back in forth. 

Jackson led the Sailfish offense with five goals on the night to take her season tally to seven through three games. Johnson also added five points on the night, four goals and one assist, while Delate recorded a hat trick with one assist. Larges and Ella Howlin scored two goals while Sara Metheny and Mattie Davis added one each. The two sides were close on shots for the night as the Tars narrowly got the upper hand outshooting PBA 37-29. The two sides were close in the draw-control battle with PBA winning 19-of-44. Defensively, Katie Caras led the ‘Fish with four ground balls and two caused turnovers. The Sailfish continued to battle throughout the 60 minutes as they were narrowly outscored 6-4 in the third and 5-4 in the fourth as they fell by four, 22-18.

The ‘Fish return to action on March 2 when they take a break from SSC play to host Catawba. The Chiefs are currently 1-3 on the season and have a game against Tusculum before heading to Florida to take on the Sailfish.