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TAMPA, Fla. – The No. 10 ranked University of Tampa women’s lacrosse team defeated the No. 7 ranked Rollins College Tars in Sunshine State Conference play.
INSIDE THE MATCHUP:
Final: #10 Tampa 13, #7 Rollins 9
Records: Tampa (2-0, 2-0 SSC), Rollins (0-1, 0-1 SSC)
Location: Naimoli Family Athletic Complex | Tampa, Fla.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
Lauren McNeill got the ball rolling early and quickly for the Spartans, netting the game’s first goal just over a minute into the game, assisted by Gracie Colombo. Gracie Colombo decided an assist was not enough and scored her first goal of the game, assisted by Abby Hope, at the 22:09 mark. Rollins answered a minute later, scoring on a free position shot to make the game 2-1.
Tampa would then reel off four goals in a row in a three-and-a-half-minute span: McNeill again, assisted by Hope (17:08); Genie Santarpio, assisted by Cece Colombo (15:05); Hannah Bush, assisted by C. Colombo (13:42, man-up); Santarpio, assisted by C. Colombo (13:36). The Spartans scoring punch put them ahead 6-2.
Rollins scored the final two goals in the half to claw back, 6-4. Score: 6-4 Tampa
The Tars started the half on a tear, scoring three goals in two minutes to tie the game, 7-7. The Spartans kept fighting, though, and rattled off three goals of their own to extend their lead 10-7 with 15:15 to go. Goals by Georgia Glowaki (man-up), assisted by Santarpio, Riley Coleman with the helper from McNeill, and Emma McLoughlin assisted by Gia Colombo. The Tars scored a goal, cutting the lead to within two, 10-8. Glowaki scored again from the free position shot with 5:04 left to make it 11-8 Tampa. Gia Colombo scored her second of the game, unassisted, 40 seconds later to make it 12-8 Tampa.
INSIDE THE STATS:
UT had six players register multi-point efforts:
UP NEXT: Tampa is on the road for their first away game of the season against the Palm Beach Atlantic University Sailfish in West Palm Beach, Fla. The game begins at 5:00 p.m.
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The No. 7 Tars stumbled out of the gate, falling against the No. 10 Tampa Spartans
TAMPA, Fla. (March 24, 2020) – The No. 7 Tars stumbled out of the gate, falling against the No. 10 Tampa Spartans, 13-9 in their 2021 season opener. With the loss Rollins starts the year at 0-1, and 0-1 in Sunshine State Conference play. Tampa moves to 2-0 overall, and 2-0 against SSC opposition.
Eden Cooke led the way for the Tars, netting a hat-trick. Abigail Cawley and Sammy Ottimo each tallied a pair of goals. Taylor Kienle registered Rollins only assist. Gabby Tanner played the full 60 minutes in net, making 10 saves.
Jacksonville transfer Genie Santarpio paced the Spartans with a hat-trick of her own. Midfielder Cece Colombo dished out a game high four assists. Alex Walling made eight saves between the pipes for Tampa.
The Spartans jumped out to a 2-0 lead, before a Taylor Kienle free position goal got Rollins on the board. However, Tampa followed Rollins first score of the year with four goal run, extending their advantage to 6-1 with 13 minutes remaining in the first half. The Tars responded with an Ottimo free position goal, a score from Cooke, who beat her defender behind the net, and a free position goal from Liz Fahey. Rollins trailed 7-4 going into the break.
Rollins came out of the halftime on a roll, scoring the first three goals of the period to bring the score level, at 7-7. Ottimo put a free position shot in the back of the net for the equalizer. The Spartans responded with a three goal run of their own, taking a 10-7 lead at the halfway point of the second period. Cawley ended the Tampa run, making the score 10-8, but that would be as close as the Tars would get in the final minutes. Tampa held off the Tars final efforts, as Rollins dropped their season opener.
Rollins will return to the friendly confines of Barker Family Stadium for their home opener against the Lynn Fighting Knights. The first draw is set for Saturday, March 27, at 2 p.m.