Saint Andrews vs. Rollins
April 1, 2011
The Game Story:
Tars Left Searching as Questionable Call Gives St. Andrews Advantage in 7-6 Overtime Win

LAURINBURG, N.C. (April 1, 2011) - The Rollins men's lacrosse team is searching for answers as a questionable series of events in overtime gave St. Andrews Presbyterian College an advantage, allowing the Knights to pull out a 7-6 win in extended play on Friday afternoon. The Tars drop to 2-9 on the season, while the Knights advance to 6-8.

Rollins and St. Andrews were knotted at 6-6 at the end of the fourth quarter thanks to a late equalizer from Austin Ricci to send the game into overtime. The Tars ended regulation in a man-up situation as the result of a late SAPC penalty, but the Knights' goalie held possession of the ball at the end of regulation, earning them control of the ball at the start of overtime.

Already in a man-down situation, the Knights only had eight players on the field at the start of extended play. Squeaking their ninth player onto the field after the starting whistle, SAPC's goalie Kyle Davitt found the open man at the substitution box, which resulted in a fast break clear. The late substitution caught the Tars off guard and resulted in the game-winning goal from SAPC's Steven Tramonte just 10 seconds into overtime.

Ricci led the Tars on the afternoon with his third hat trick of the season. Charlie Shelly, Peter Harvey, and Jack Dever netted a goal apiece. Assisting on the afternoon were Eric Schmit with two, and James Libutti and Justin Wright with one each as the Tars posted a total of 10 points on the day.

Rollins goalie Doug O'Brien had a career day between the pipes as he set aside 15 shots and collected five ground balls. O'Brien faced a total of 37 shots and 23 shots on frame, yielding only seven.

His counterpart, Davitt, made nine saves while allowing six goals and picking up five ground balls.

The Knights were led by Chris Michela who posted a team best three points with two goals and an assist. Cameron Walsh was close behind with two goals of his own, while Alex Tindall posted two points as he earned two assists.

SAPC got on the scoreboard first with a goal from Ryan Konig, but the Tars retaliated with Libutti connecting a pass to Shelly to set the score at 1-1. Harvey scored the final goal of the first period on an unassisted shot, giving the Tars a 2-1 advantage entering into the second quarter.

St. Andrews opened the second period in the same fashion as the first, with Michela netting a goal off of a Tindall assist to tie the score at 2-2, but Dever struck back and placed a shot between the pipes off of an assist from Wright to put the Tars back into a one goal lead with the score set at 3-2. Michela found the back of the net to close out the half, knotting the scoreboard at 3-3 at the break.

Rollins held their opponent silent throughout the third quarter and, thanks to a lone goal from Ricci, pulled ahead to a 4-3 lead with one quarter to go.

The Knights scored the first goal of the final regulation period to even the tally at 4-4, but Schmit found Ricci for another goal to give Rollins a one point advantage yet again. St. Andrews rattled off two straight to earn their second lead of the game, but Ricci's final goal of the day set the score at 6-6, and set in motion the flurry of overtime events that left the Tars stunned.

Rollins trailed in shots 37-28, but led the ground ball war 42-40. Both teams won 8-of-16 faceoffs, with Schmit winning a game high 83% as he found success of 5-of-6 attempts. The Tars were 25-of-30 on clear attempts, and caused a total of 11 turnovers, led by Nick Scannapieco and Andrew Vossler with three each.