Rollins vs. Pace
March 13, 2010
The Game Story:
WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 13, 2010) - The Tars and Setters were knotted at four goals apiece at the end of the third quarter, but Rollins exploded into the final period to outscore their opponent 6-2, securing a 10-6 victory over Pace University on Saturday afternoon in Winter Park.

Rollins (3-4) sets a new program record in wins in a season with help from Justin Wright, who led the team in points with two goals and an assist. Matthew Lunnen ripped two shots between the pipes, both in the second quarter, to match Wright in goals. Austin Ricci, Charles Cook, Chuck Magid, Charlie Shelly, James Libutti, and Hudson Atkins Jr. each netted one as the Tars put the Setters in their place.

Pace (1-2) drops their second straight contest in the Sunshine State, but not before seeing scoring action from Nicholas Pellerito, who notched a game best two goals and two assists for four points on the afternoon. James Hammel, Thomas Earl, Kevin Swierc, and Joseph Clark tabbed one goal apiece to close out the day.

The Tars saw a big day from Zach Cole who set aside 16 shots, including eight in the fourth quarter, to help keep the Setters off the board. Cole faced a total of 37 shots, and 22 shots on goal in a full 60 minutes of action. His counterpart, Sean Kearney, collected nine saves while allowing 10 goals on the day.

Rollins was solid on defense, shutting down Pace in 4-of-5 man up opportunities. The Tars were 11-for-18 on faceoffs thanks to Eric Schmit who won 7-of-11, and Magid who walked away from the day with a 4-for-7 mark. Freshman Nick Scannapieco led the game with six ground balls, and was followed closely by Cole who snagged five, while Schmit, Andrew Vossler and Chris Gorman earned four each.

The Setters jumped into action first, posting two goals from Swierc and Pellerito in the first quarter to pull out to an early 2-0 lead. But Rollins held their own in the second period, shutting down Pace and notching three goals of their own. Shelly put the Tars up on the board first with 12:39 to go before the half, cutting their deficit to one.

Lunnen pushed the Tars into the lead with two goals to close out the second quarter, with Ricci getting the assist on both, to put Rollins up 3-2 entering into the half.

Magid ripped a shot on cage with 9:18 left in the third period to put Rollins ahead by two, but Earl and Pellerito closed the gap in the final four and a half minutes of the period to knot the score at four apiece entering into the final quarter.

Lubutti ignited a four goal run for Rollins as the Tars exploded into the fourth quarter. With goals from Ricci, Atkins, and Cook, the Tars found themselves with an 8-4 advantage with 8:06 to go.

Hammel and Clark netted the next two goals of the game, closing the gap to 8-6 with 3:35 remaining in regulation. But with two goals from Wright to close out the game, including a well-placed ball with .6 seconds on the clock in a man-down situation, the Tars pulled out to a final four goal lead, and locked in their third victory of the season.

Rollins closed out the afternoon with a 60 percent man-up success rate, while shutting down their opponent on 4-of-5 extra man opportunities and just two goals on 16 total shots in the final 15 minutes of action.

The Tars return to action in their final home game of the regular season on Wednesday, March 17. Rollins hosts Deep South Conference foe Mars Hill at 3 p.m. at Showalter Field in Winter Park. Fans will be able to catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.