Rollins vs. Grand Canyon
March 1, 2009
The Game Story:


WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 1, 2009) - The Rollins menís lacrosse team opened up their 2009 regular season on a high note with a 14-11 victory over the Antelopes of Grand Canyon University Sunday afternoon, kicking off the Tarsí sophomore season with a record of 1-0, while the ĎLopes drop to 1-4 overall.

Sophomore transfer BJ Neller said hello to the Rollins community in high fashion leading both teams with five goals on the afternoon. Helping Neller along the way were freshmen Matthew Lunnen and Cooper Gilman, who registered four points apiece as Lunnen tallied two goals and two assists, while Gilman fired off three goals and one assist to help the Tars to their seasonís first victory.

Sophomore standout Zach Cole saw plenty of action in goal making 11 saves and seeing a total of 22 shots on goal to kick off his highly anticipated season between the pipes with a .500 save percentage. Making a big Rollins debut on defense was freshman long pole Andrew Vossler with 12 ground balls and four caused turnovers, as well as a first quarter assist to help the Tars make their steady comeback in the initial minutes of the game.

Grand Canyon put themselves up on the board first with a goal from midfielder Patrick Murphy three minutes into the contest. Gilman fired back less than a minute later with the equalizer, but with two straight goals from Grand Canyon the Tars found themselves down 3-1 with 7:42 remaining in the first period.

Vosslerís connection to freshman Austin Ricci with 3:13 to go in first quarter action helped spark the Tars back into play, and with a Neller goal off of a pass from sophomore veteran Matty Ryan, Rollins found themselves back in the game with a score of 3-3 and a little over a minute left in the first period.

Lunnen fired his first goal behind GCU goalie Andrew Hunter with just 17 seconds to go in the first quarter, and with steady play to close out the first quarter the Tars found themselves leading 4-3 before the start of the second period.

The second quarter saw plenty of back and forth action as the Antelopes grabbed two straight goals to pull ahead by one, but the Tars quickly reciprocated to bring the score up to 6-5 in their favor. Murphy slid his second goal of the day behind Cole to tie the score at six with a less than five minutes to go before the half, but Neller came through once again with a goal late in the second quarter to put the Tars up 7-6 entering into break.

The Tars dominated the third quarter, scoring six goals and silencing Grand Canyon as the Antelopes were unable to place the ball between the pipes at all throughout the period. Rollins entered into the fourth quarter with a seven point lead, but that didnít stop GCU as they exploded into the fourth quarter to score four unanswered goals to pull back to within three.

Neller tallied the last goal for the Tars with 6:38 remaining in the game, pulling Rollins back out to a four point lead before attacker Jason Hippensteel closed out the game for the ĎLopes with 2:42 to go in the period to pull Grand Canyon back to within three. A stingy Rollins defense and solid midfield squad helped hold back a desperate Antelope offense as the Tars ended the contest at 14-11, pulling in a victory over fellow second year program Grand Canyon.

The Tars will have a week to prepare for their next game as they take on Queens University of Charlotte on Saturday, March 7 in a 2:00 p.m. home matchup. For more information check out www.RollinsSports.com for all the latest news, broadcasts, and live statistics during the season.