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The Tars defeated the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish, 10-5, behind a banner day for freshman goal keeper Patrick Thomas
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (April 17, 2021) – The Tars defeated the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish, 10-5, behind a banner day for freshman goal keeper Patrick Thomas. Rollins improves to 3-2 overall, and 3-2 in the Sunshine State Conference. Palm Beach Atlantic remains winless, at 0-5 overall, and 0-4 against conference opposition.
Ryan Dunn led the Tars attacking unit, pouring in four goals and adding a pair of assists, good for six points. Bailey Pringle, Connor Coltharp, Finn Jent, Grant Long, Blake Buell, and Rob Champigny all tallied once. Chase Snyder forced six Sailfish turnovers, the third most ever in a single game by an SSC lacrosse player. Patrick Thomas starred in net, stopping 14 shots, good for a 74% save percentage.
Henry Sloyan tallied a pair of goals to lead Palm Beach Atlantic. Gerrit Kurtycz kept the game close, matching Thomas, making 14 saves, while allowing ten goals, good for a 58% save percentage.
The Tars tallied the only goals of the first quarter, jumping out to a 2-0 lead. Rob Champigny tallied his first goal in the Blue and Gold, streaking down the field on a fast break and attacking an off balance Sailfish defense before firing a low shot into the net. Dunn found a wide open Coltharp to double the Tars advantage in the final minute of the period.
Dunn attacked from behind the cage, and beet his defender to the top-side, netting his first and making the score 3-0 early in the second quarter. Palm Beach Atlantic pulled two goals back before Grant Long fired a bounce shot into the top corner to restore Rollins two goal cushion just before halftime.
The Tars outscored the Sailfish 4-2 in the third quarter. Bailey Pringle dodged underneath his defender and finished a long angle shot of the post to open the second half scoring. Dunn got a feed from Brandon Carlin to score his second of the afternoon and make the score 6-2. After a PBA extra man goal, Finn Jent responded with a man-up score for the Tars. Dunn would complete his hat trick late in the third, giving Rollins a five goal advantage, at 8-3, but the Sailfish would find a last second tally to go into the fourth down just four.
Blake Buell fired a shot into the left corner of the goal early in the third to grow the Rollins lead back to five. Ryan Dunn would use early offense to take advantage of an unsettles defense to find his fourth goal, and make the score 10-4. The Rollins defense clamped own late, as the Sailfish managed just one score in the final 15 minutes, and Rollins got on the bus with a victory.
Rollins begins the non-conference portion of their schedule with a visit from Florida Tech on Wednesday, April 21. Faceoff is set for 8 p.m.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. – The Palm Beach Atlantic men’s lacrosse team returned to action this afternoon for the first time in two weeks after multiple postponements as they faced off with the Rollins Tars. The Sailfish honored four seniors before the game in Alex Aken, Jesse Ball, Gerrit Kurtycz, and Harrison Wood, but the Tars came out on top in a low-scoring affair 10-5.
Rollins got on the board first scoring at the 12:27 mark in the first quarter but after that, both goalies and defenses were superior to the offensive chances that each side was able to create. The ‘Fish had 12 shots in the quarter with the best chance being a Zach Holmes shot that hit the post, but they were unable to break through against Tars goalie Patrick Thomas. The Sailfish defensive intensity was solid throughout the game, especially in the opening half where they forced 18 Rollins turnovers. Gerrit Kurtycz got the start in net for the Sailfish on his senior day and came up with four big saves in the first quarter, limiting the Tars to two goals in the opening 15 minutes as they scored for the second time with just 40 seconds remaining in the quarter.
The Sailfish beat Thomas for the first time mid-way through the second quarter when Henry Sloyan ripped a shot that found the top shelf to put PBA on the board. Jonah Robertson found Austin Evans five minutes later for the second consecutive Sailfish goal as they trimmed the deficit to 3-2. The Tars would add one more before the half to take a 4-2 lead as Thomas came up with six saves in the second quarter to hold down the Sailfish attack.
Despite struggling in the faceoff circle in the opening half, 6-2, the Sailfish were within striking distance coming out of the half, but the Tars scored the opening two goals of the half to go up 6-2. The Sailfish defense was solid throughout and kept PBA in the contest as Gunner Gebelein recorded seven ground ball and forced three turnovers, while the senior defensive leaders of Alex Aken and Harrison Wood combined for the same stat line.
Sloyan would score his second of the game at the 4:21 mark in the third quarter, but the three-goal deficit was as close as the Sailfish would get it. Ben Justice would go on to score a nice goal with four seconds left in the third to make it an 8-4 game and Christopher Tucker would score the game’s final score to finish at the 10-5 scoreline.
The Sailfish were better in the faceoff circle in the second half winning 5-of-10 chances but only winning 7-of-18 for the game. The defense was able to force 32 Rollins turnovers for the game, but Patrick Thomas’s 12 saves kept the Sailfish out. Kurtycz made 12 saves of his own in net for the ‘Fish but the Tars were too much on the day claiming the 10-5 victory.
The Sailfish will return to action next week on April 20 when they are set to travel to Saint Leo. The Lions are 2-3 on the year as the Sailfish will look to pick up their first win of the conference-only season.