TAMPA, Fla. (May 12, 2019) – The seventh-ranked Rollins women’s lacrosse team concluded their 2019 season after a hard-fought 14-13 overtime defeat to the No. 10 Queens University of Charlotte Royals on Sunday afternoon in the NCAA Tournament Quarterfinals. With the loss, the Tars wrap-up the season with a record of 15-3, while the Royals advance to the Semifinals for the first time in program history and hold onto a record of 19-2.
The game marked the second-straight overtime contest for the Tars in the 2019 NCAA DII Tournament. Just two days prior, the Tars defeated No. 6 and second-seeded Florida Southern by a score of 12-11 in the tournament First Round in overtime, earning their right to advance to the next round.
The third-seeded Tars were led by Kallie German with four goals and two assists for a total of six points on the afternoon. With her first point of the day, an assist on the Tars’ second goal of the game, German notched her 100th point of the season. Nikki Stumpf added a hat trick, while Lily Rizk and Caroline Gastonguay scored two goals apiece. Hannah Ashton and Hannah Coakley scored a goal and an assist each, while Paige Brock added an assist of her own. Haley Brock led the team in ground balls with three, while Lindsay Van Beck, Rachel Valocchi, German, Coakley, Ashton, Kaitlin Prince, and Hannah Forbes earned two each. Van Beck led the team with three draw controls, followed by Forbes with two. German earned a team high four caused turnovers, while Van Beck, Rizk, Coakley, Ashton, and P. Brock earned two caused turnovers each. Gabby Tanner played 41:45 minutes in goal, facing 13 shots and earning one save while allowing 12 goals. Sarah Neely closed out the game, facing four shot where she earned two saves while allowing two goals in 19:46 minutes of action.
The fourth-seeded Royals were led by Kyleigh Masteran and Hanna Scott, who each put up a team high four goals. Kara Blanchard led the team in overall points with seven as she scored a hat trick and added a team high four assists. Ally Blood added a goal and an assist of her own, while Katie Wardle and Sydney Bracken scored one goal each. Chase Brokaw led the team in ground balls with four, followed by three from Jillian Mitrecic. Sydney Hussey earned a game high eight draw controls, with Bracken earning six of her own. Posting a game high four caused turnovers was Cammy Case. In goal, Brokaw earned the win as she made 14 saves while facing 27 shots, allowing 13 goals in 61:31 minutes of play.
How it Happened:
Queens jumped out to a quick lead, scoring two goals in the first 51 seconds to pull ahead 2-0, but the Tars answered back with a goal by Ashton at the 27:11 mark to cut the early deficit in half, 2-1. Both teams traded blows to set the score at 4-3 with 17:06 on the clock, and the Tars netted one more for the first tie of the game, 4-4, with 13:56 on the board. The Royals scored back-to-back goals to pull back to a two, goal lead, 6-4, with 10:52 on the clock, but the Tars outscored Queens 5-2 in the final eight minutes to enter into halftime with a 9-8 lead. Queens entered into the second half and scored three straight, pulling back into the lead, 11-9, with 25:21 remaining. Rollins halted the Royals’ run thanks to a goal by Stumpf off of an assist by Brock, pulling the Tars back to within one, 11-10, with 23:17 on the clock, however, a goal by the Royals at the 17:42 mark extended their advantage back to two, 12-10. Rollins was not about to back down, and scored three straight to take a 13-12 lead with 7:23 to go, but a goal by Queens at the three minute mark knotted the score at 13-13, and the game was sent into overtime after neither team was able to capitalize on scoring opportunities in the remainder of regulation. The Royals sealed the deal and punched their ticket to the National Semifinals a minute and a half into overtime, as Scott sent a shot past Neely with 4:29 on the overtime clock thanks to an assist by Blanchard.
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