Rollins Rallies Back and Survives Scare from Lindenwood
from staff reports
St. Charles, Mo.- One game after taking down the second-ranked team in the country, No. 4 Rollins survived an upset bid itself, before rallying to defeat Lindenwood, 13-12.
The Tars record is now 11-1. It is the first loss since March 11 of last year for Lindenwood (12-1).
It looked like Lindenwood would pull the upset after Melissa Smith scored to put the Lions up 12-10 with 11:02 remaining, but Rollins scored the game’s final three goals to pull out its fifth consecutive win.
Erica Pagliarulo put the Tars within one with 6:41 remaining and Tyler Thomas evened it off an assist from Caroline Lemere just under a minute later. Pagliarulo delivered the game-winner on a free position with 2:12 remaining.
Lindenwood’s Jamie Miller picked up a ground ball off the ensuing draw and the Lions would manage two more shots before Kelly Thayer picked up a ground ball and Rollins successfully cleared to win the game.
Lindenwood had led for 25 minutes before Rollins rallied back. Shelby Polk scored with 37 seconds remaining in the first half to put the Lions up, 7-6, a lead they would hold until Thomas’ equalizer late in the second half.
Polk led all players with four goals and one assist and Smith had three goals for Lindenwood. Thomas and Sophie Townsend led Rollins with three goals each and Pagliarulo had two goals and one assist.
Elyse De Lisle made 10 saves for the Tars, who were outshot by Lindenwood 31-25. LU also won the draw control battle, 12-10. Rollins had more ground balls by a margin of 14-10.
Rollins will be in action in the Midwest again on Sunday, when it heads to McKendree. Lindenwood has a chance to win a second consecutive WILA championship, when it hosts Regis on Thursday. A week later LU will get another chance at a Top 5 team, when it visits Adelphi.