St. Leo Rocks Rollins, 21-13
from press release
WINTER PARK, Fla. – Long stick middie Andrew Vossler scored the first goal of his career, but the Rollins men's lacrosse team was unable to upset the 12th-ranked Saint Leo University Lions on Saturday afternoon at Showalter Field. Rollins fell to their Deep South Conference opponent 21-13, and drop to 0-2, and 0-2 DSC action.
Rollins saw hat tricks from Peter Harvey and Austin Ricci, as well as a five point performance from Eric Schmit who tallied two goals and three assists to lead the Tars in scoring. Completing the goal count for the afternoon was Charlie Shelly with two, and Vossler, Andrew Post, and Justin Wright with one apiece.
The Lions (1-0, 1-0 DSC) were led by George Proechel and Matt Obermeyer, who ripped a game high six goals apiece past Rollins goalie Doug O'Brien. Proechel tacked on two assists to his total for a game-best eight points on the afternoon.
O'Brien had a solid day in cage with 11 saves, but faced 50 shots and 32 shots on frame throughout the contest thanks to a tough SLU attack unit. His adversary, Blake Barnett, collected a total of 12 saves after seeing 32 shots from the Tars and 25 shots on cage.
The Lions bit first with Proechel ripping an unassisted shot past O'Brien almost three minutes into the contest, but Schmit connected a pass to Ricci who snuck a shot past Barnett less than two minutes later to put the score at 1-1 with 10:50 remaining in the first quarter.
Saint Leo went on a three goal run, pulling ahead 4-1 with 6:23 to go in the period, but Harvey won the ensuing faceoff and ran the ball down just six seconds later to put another goal on the scoreboard for the Tars.
Saint Leo notched the next goal off of an unassisted shot from Obermeyer with 4:25 remaining in the period, but in replay fashion Harvey again won the resulting faceoff and took it down for a goal eight seconds later to set the score at 5-3 with 4:17 before the first break. Shelly found an assist from James Libutti with 2:06 on the clock, and sent a nicely placed shot past Barnett to put the Tars in a 5-4 deficit at after the end of the first period.
Rollins was unable to carry their first quarter momentum into the second period, and the Lions outscored the Tars 5-1 to enter into the half leading by a score of 10-5. The second half proved to be much like the second quarter, as the Lions found the back of the cage 11 more times, while Rollins was only able to score eight more goals throughout the final two periods.
The Tars trailed in shots 50-32, and ground balls 30-21. Rollins was able to hold the nationally-ranked Lions silent on 6-of-8 man up opportunities, allowing only two SLU goals in man down situations.
Rollins returns to action on Saturday, February 26, when they host York College at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field. First faceoff against the Spartans is set for noon. Fans who cannot make it to the game will be able to catch all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.
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