Rollins vs. Wingate
March 1, 2010
The Game Story:
WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 1, 2010) - With excitement already built up from playing at Rollins' on-campus venue, the Tars men's lacrosse team earned a program first and notched their first ever Deep South Conference victory as they downed Wingate University 11-8 on Monday night at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field.

Rollins (1-2, 1-1 DSC) reaches the .500 mark in conference play for the first time in their short history with help from Charlie Shelly who led the game in overall points as he racked up two goals and three assists on the night. Wingate drops to an overall mark of 0-4, and 0-2 in Deep South action, and were headed up by Travis Barrett and Angus Derbyshire with two goals each.

It was a total team effort for the Tars as Chuck Magid, Charles Cook, and Hudson Atkins Jr. joined Shelly in scoring with 2 goals apiece. Austin Ricci, Drew Berger, and James Libutti each tallied one as the Tars raced out to an early first quarter lead. Freshman Justin Wright notched two assists, the first of his career. Eric Schmit, and goalie Zach Cole followed suit, and tallied their first assists of their Rollins career as well, with each getting credit for one.

Cole's assist on an amazing pass down field to Shelly capped off an already stellar night as he made 10 saves on the evening to help cage the Bulldogs. Doug O'Brien saw time between the pipes as well to close out the contest, making one save and allowing only two goals in Wingate's final press in the remaining minutes.

Wingate goalkeeper Danny Dlugozima earned six saves on the night after seeing 27 shots from the Tars. Rollins trailed Wingate in total shots 39-27, as well as ground balls 40-36, and faceoffs as Wingate won 12-of-23. But a stingy Rollins defense was able to hold Wingate to only one man-up goal out of 12 possible situations, shutting down the Bulldog attack in extra-man opportunities.

After a back and forth contest in the initial five minutes of action, Wingate finally kicked the scoring into high gear with Mutton finding an assist from Harward at the 10:08 mark in the first quarter to pull ahead 1-0. Rollins answered back quickly as Atkins ripped an unassisted goal past Dlugozima for the equalizer.

Wingate pulled ahead 2-1 with Barrett finding the back of the net at 7:46, but Shelly and Wright teamed up soon after to pull even with their DSC foe for one last time with 6:39 to go before the first break.

Rollins notched three straight to close out the first quarter, as Atkins, Magid, and Cook helped the Tars end the first period with a 5-2 lead that they wouldn't relinquish for the remainder of the game.

It was a low-scoring second quarter, as each team scored once. Derbyshire netted one for the Bulldogs with 9:21 to go before the half, and Rollins got a score late in the quarter from Cook with 24 seconds to go before the break to lead 6-3 at halftime.

The second half saw a flurry of action as both teams notched five goals apiece, with Rollins out-scoring the Bulldogs 3-1 in the third quarter, and pulled out to an 11-4 lead early in the final period for their largest lead of the game.

Wingate chipped away at their seven goal deficit to close out the fourth quarter, out-scoring Rollins 4-2, but it wasn't enough as the Tars cruised to a big win on their home turf.

The Tars return to action on Friday, March 5, when they take to the field in a matchup against Pfeiffer University. The game will be held at Showalter Field in Winter Park, and slated to begin at 3 p.m. Fans who cannot make it to the game can catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.