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SSC Women: Rollins Earns Late Win over Embry-Riddle – Both Recaps

via the school’s press releases, photo by Mike Watters-Rollins Sports


No. 9 Tars Clip No. 12 Eagles with Late Goal

The No. 9 Tars celebrated Fox Day with a trip to Daytona Beach, for a top-15 women’s lacrosse showdown against No. 12 Embry-Riddle, coming away with an 11-10 win

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 6, 2022) – The No. 9 Tars celebrated Fox Day with a trip to Daytona Beach, for a top-15 women’s lacrosse showdown against No. 12 Embry-Riddle.  Rollins took the contest, 11-10, to improve to 11-0 on the year, and 2-0 in Sunshine State Conference action.  The Tars now sit as the last unbeaten team in the South Region.  The Eagles fall to 11-1 on the year, and 1-1 in conference action.

Caroline Gastonguay continued her stellar play, tallying a game high six points on four goals and a pair of assists.  Liz Fahey and Charlotte Gastonguay each scored twice, while Abigail Cawley dished out three helpers.  Isabella Cecchi collected a team high three draw controls and Bridget Cawley caused a turnover and picked up three groundballs defensively.  Rachel Schlesinger made four saves, playing the full 60 minutes between the pipes.

Sallie Squire found the back of the net a game high five times for the Eagles.  Elizabeth Ninesling added a hat trick for Embry-Riddle while also winning a game high five draw controls.  A pair of Eagles registered a team high two assists each.  Aubrey Fixen made six saves in cage for Embry-Riddle.

First Quarter

  • The teams traded goals throughout the first 15 minutes, setting the stage for the back and forth game.
  • The Eagles struck early finding the back of the net just 30 second into the game.  Rollins would respond minutes later when Claire Reist equalized.
  • Squires first gave Embry-Riddle a 2-1 lead, but that was neutralized by Liz Fahey’s first just 30 seconds later.
  • The Eagles would cap the quarter with a goal with 5:30 on the clock, as the hosts took a one goal lead into the first break.

Second Quarter

  • The back and forth affair continued with the Tars drawing level with Caroline Gastonguay’s first.
  • The Eagles pulled back in front with Squire’s third, but Caroline Gastonguay would pull the teams level again at 4-4.
  • Squire netted her fourth, as the Eagles reclaimed the lead, but Charlotte Gastonguay brought the team back on level terms in the final minute of the first half, sending the teams to the locker room knotted at 5-5.

Third Quarter

  • Caroline Gastonguay scored off an assist from Madison McGarry to give Rollins their first lead of the day, but it was short lived, as the Eagles tied the game with an extra woman goal less than a minute later.
  • The Tars were then able to go on run, and build a 9-6 lead.
  • Abigail DeGroat started the stretch, beating the goalie off an assist from Caroline Bailey.
  • Caroline Gastonguay and Abigail Cawley combined for the Tars next two scores, with Cawley feeding Gastongauy to make it 8-6, and Gastonguay returning the favor, as Cawley put Rollins up 9-6 at the end of three quarters.

Fourth Quarter

  • The Eagles again responded, opening the fourth quarter with three straight goals of their own to pull level at 9-9.
  • Caroline Gastonguay found Liz Fahey for her second goal, a extra woman tally, to give the Tars a 10-9 advantage.  But Embry-Riddle would equalize with Squire’s fifth, and the teams entered the home stretch locked at 10-10
  • After a defensive stand on an Eagle fast break, Rollins gained possession with just over a minute left and called a timeout to draw up a play.
  • Abigail Cawley collected the ball as the Tars rotated around the outside of the arc.  The junior then saw a cutting Charlotte Gastonguay and put a pass right on her stick.  The freshman caught the ball and quickly fired a shot low to beat the Eagle keeper for the game winner.
  • Taylor Kienle won the Tars the ensuing draw control which allowed them to run out the clock and stay perfect on the season.

The Tars continue SSC play with another contest against top ranked opposition; Rollins will host No. 5 Florida Southern at Barker Family Stadium on Saturday, April 9, at 1 p.m.

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No. 9 Tars Edge No. 12 Eagles 11-10

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – A last-minute goal was the difference-maker in a game between two nationally ranked women’s lacrosse teams and the top two teams in the Sunshine State Conference on Wednesday. In the end, it was ninth-ranked Rollins (11-0, 2-0) who managed to get by 12th-ranked Embry-Riddle (11-1, 1-1) 11-10 in both teams’ second SSC contest of the year.
The contest between the two top-12 teams and the last two undefeated teams in the league lived up to its billing. Wednesday’s game was a defensive battle that was fiercely contested for all 60 minutes with neither team able to get much separation.
The Eagles scored the first goal of the game and had a 3-2 edge at the end of the first quarter, but the Tars recorded their own 3-2 advantage in the second period, and at the half, the score was knotted at 5-5.
Rollins won the third-quarter battle as the Tars limited the Eagles to just one goal during that 15-minute stretch. Goals by Caroline Gastonguay and Abigail DeGroat helped Rollins open a 9-6 lead heading into the fourth, which marked ERAU’s largest deficit of the season.
The start of the fourth quarter featured more stout defense from both sides as the teams combined for just one look at the goal in the first four and a half minutes of the period. Alexa Zeruto ended the scoring drought, finishing a Murphy McDonough pass to make it 9-7, and subsequent scores by Kenley Zeruto and Sallie Squire pulled the Eagles level with the Tars at 9-9 with 8:32 left to play.
Rollins finally got their first goal of the fourth at the 5:51 mark, but Squire answered just over a minute later, resulting in a 10-10 deadlock with 4:16 remaining.
After a series of turnovers and missed shots by both teams, the Tars had a successful clear with 1:14 left. Rollins called a timeout and they were able to convert the conversation into a goal as Charlotte Gastonguay scored to put the Tars back in front by one with 52 seconds on the clock.
The Tars won the ensuing draw control and kept the Eagles at bay in the closing seconds to come away with the win.
Squire led all scorers with five goals, while Elizabeth Ninesling chipped in three goals and won five draws.
Caroline Gastonguay led the Tars’ offense with four goals and two assists.
The Eagles continue conference play on Saturday when the head south to take on Lynn at 3 p.m. in Boca Raton.