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Wild 1st Half Sees #11 Rollins Women Edge #15 Wingate16-15 as Tars Withstand Late Rally; Mendes’ Late Goals Hold Up

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No. 11 Tars Hold On for 16-15 Win at No. 15 Wingate

by Michael Pierce

Rollins scored 10 goals in the second quarter on Wednesday

WINGATE, N.C. (March 13, 2024) – The 11th-ranked Rollins women’s lacrosse team survived a late rally from the hosts on Wednesday, defeating No. 15 Wingate on the road, 16-15. The win puts the Tars at 9-1 on the year, while the Bulldogs drop to 6-3.

Caroline Gastonguay led all players with five goals and seven points, while Jorie Alf contributed four goals and Lauren Noonan added three goals. Aleksa Allen chiped in with two goals, an assist, a ground ball, two caused turnovers, and two draw controls, while Holyn Trautwein had a game-high 11 draw controls. Angelina Vitale (2-0) got the win, making five saves on 14 shots in just over 41 minutes of playing time.

First Quarter

  • The Bulldogs got going quickly with a goal 20 seconds in and another less than a minute later.
  • Wingate was stout defensively, shutting out the Tars in the opening quarter as it took a 4-0 lead.

Second Quarter

  • The home team scored two of the first three goals in the second, extending its lead to 6-1.
  • Things started to change when Caroline Gastonguay found the net at the 11:46 mark, which sparked a 6-0 run for the Tars over the next 6:04.
  • Alf scored the next two goals, followed by Allen, and then Caroline Gastonguay scored the following two, giving the Blue and Gold its first lead, 7-6, with 5:42 to play in the half.
  • Wingate answered, but Caroline Gastonguay replied 36 seconds later to put the Tars back in front, 8-7.
  • After another tying goal from the Bulldogs, Rollins put home two late goals, one with 23 seconds left and the latter with just one second remaining, capping a second quarter that saw the Tars outscore Wingate 10-4 to take a 10-8 halftime lead.

Third Quarter

  • The Bulldogs came out and scored the first three goals in the third, keeping the Tars off the scoreboard for over 13 minutes as they retook the lead, 11-10.
  • Alf finally broke through at the 1:30 mark and Noonan came through with a clutch goal with only 12 ticks on the clock, pushing the Blue and Gold back in front, 12-11.

Fourth Quarter

  • After Wingate tied things at 12, Caroline Gastonguay untied it at the 10:50 mark and Noonan extended the lead at the 10:35 mark, making it 14-12.
  • Molly Mendes then scored two goals in 46 seconds, expanding the margin to 16-12, which would prove to be crucial.
  • The Bulldogs scored with 4:40 on the clock and again with 3:06 to go, cutting the deficit to 16-14.
  • Wingate made it interesting with a goal at the 53-second mark, but the Tars would hold on for those final seconds to leave with a 16-15 victory.

The Tars will be back at home on Sunday, March 17, when they host No. 22 Limestone at 12 p.m.

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