SSC Women: Rollins with the 9-8 Win over ERAU – Both Recaps

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No. 7 Rollins Survives Scare from No. 18 Embry-Riddle

by Michael Pierce, photo by Mike Watters

The Tars surrendered an 8-2 lead but got the game-winning goal late to stay perfect on the season

WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 5, 2023) – The seventh-ranked Rollins women’s lacrosse team opened up an 8-2 lead and then had to hold off a late charge to escape with a 9-8 win over visiting No. 18 Embry-Riddle on Wednesday night. The Tars improve to 12-0 and 2-0 in conference play, while the Eagles drop to 10-2, 1-1 in SSC action.

Caroline Gastonguay tallied six points with four goals and two assists to go along with a game-high four ground balls, while Charlotte Gastonguay racked up three goals and two ground ball. Abigail Cawley added a goal, two assists, and two ground balls, while Whitney MacMillan had six draw controls and a ground ball. Claire Barber (4-0) got the win, making nine saves while playing all 60 minutes.

First Quarter

  • The Eagles took the opening draw and went straight down the field to score just 14 seconds into the contest.
  • Caroline Gastonguay quickly answered, netting her first of the night 32 seconds later.
  • Charlotte Gastonguay got her first goal at the 6:31 mark to give the Tars their first lead of the night, and Cawley scored 1:24 later to make it a 3-1 game.

Second Quarter

  • Caroline and Charlotte Gastonguay scored the first two goals of the second quarter, respectively, pushing the lead to 5-1.
  • After an ERAU goal, Charlotte Gastonguay completed her hat trick to make it 6-2.
  • Jorie Alf increased the lead to 7-2, scoring with just 24 seconds left on the clock.

Third Quarter

  • Caroline Gastonguay completed her hat trick with the lone goal of the third quarter, giving Rollins an 8-2 lead with 10:11 to play in the period.
  • Neither team would score for nearly 15 minutes of play from that point.

Fourth Quarter

  • Embry-Riddle found its offense in the fourth quarter, rattling off six straight goals in a span of 8:38, eventually tying the game at 8-8 with 3:09 to play.
  • Just 19 seconds later, Caroline Gastonguay came up with a huge goal, which proved to be the game-winner.

The Tars will hit the road for the first time in over a month when they travel to Lakeland to face No. 4 Florida Southern on Saturday, April 8. That contest is set for a 1 p.m. start.

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Late Rally Falls Short as No. 7 Rollins Clips Women’s Lacrosse 9-8

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 18th-ranked Embry-Riddle women’s lacrosse team mounted a fierce fourth-quarter rally against No. 7 Rollins on Wednesday. But the Eagles were unable to come away with the win as a late goal gave the Tars a 9-8 edge at the Barker Family Stadium. The result was the first conference loss of the season for the Eagles who are now 10-2 on the year and 1-1 in the Sunshine State Conference. Rollins is undefeated at 12-0 overall and 2-0 in the league.

Wednesday’s game got off to a fast start offensively with two goals coming in the first 46 seconds. Embry-Riddle was the first to get on the scoreboard just 14 seconds in the contest when Sallie Squire won the draw and raced all the way to the goal to score her 39th goal of the season. Rollins answered 32 seconds later to equalize and two more goals in the last 6:30 of the period gave the Tars a 3-1 lead at the end of the first.

Rollins also won the second quarter, outscoring the Eagles 4-1 to build the advantage to 7-2 at the half.

After the third quarter yielded a lone goal by the Tars, the Eagle offense came alive in the fourth. Undeterred by a six-goal deficit, Embry-Riddle steadily mounted a comeback against the seventh-ranked Tars outscoring the home team 6-1 in the final 12 minutes. The rally started with Samantha Reich who scored a free-position goal and followed with an assist on Alexa Zeruto’s goal at the 10:20 mark. Less than two minutes later, Zeruto struck again with an assist from Anna Maurer and Maurer got a goal of her own to narrow the gap to 8-6.

Three minutes went by without a goal from either team, but after Squire’s shot was saved, the Eagles recovered the ball and worked it around the cage before Alexa Zeruto found her sister Kenley cutting to the goal and the Zeruto combination made it a one-goal (8-7) game with 4:18 left to play. Less than a minute later, the Eagles took advantage of a Tar turnover and got the ball to Squire who maneuvered around the defense to net the 100th goal of her career and tie the score (8-8) at the 3:09 mark.

The Tars were finally able to stop the Eagle onslaught just moments later as they scored off the draw following the Squire goal to grab the win.

The Eagles are back at the Embry-Riddle Lacrosse Stadium on Saturday to host No. 13 Lynn in another SSC match-up. First draw is scheduled for 1 p.m.