WINTER PARK, Fla. — No. 4 Rollins’ balanced offensive attack had eight different players find the net, including hat tricks from Kelly Thayer, Chelsea Pinneke and Erica Pagliarulo, en route to a narrow 16-15 win against No. 7 Stonehill on Saturday.
Stonehill jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first half before the Rollins attack kicked into gear following a Tars timeout. Kelly Thayer got Rollins on the board with one of her three goals, then assisted the next Tars goal by Caroline Lamere 19 seconds later to put the score at 4-2.
Rollins rattled off an additional six goals in a row to move the score to 8-4. The Skyhawks added another goal right before half to bring the score to 8-5.
Stonehill went on a hot streak in the early stages of the second half, claiming the lead at 12-11 with 15:46 to play.
The Tars answered back with goals from Chelsea Pinneke, Tyler Thomas and Courtney Bianculli to reclaim the lead at 14-12 with just under nine minutes remaining.
From that point on, the Tars never surrendered the lead for the eventual 16-15 final.
It was a busy evening for Elyse De Lisle between the pipes as she grabbed 15 saves.
Her Stonehill counterpart only managed to stop five Rollins shots. Rollins was 5-for-7 on free-position shots, including a perfect 4-for-4 in the first half.
Stonehill’s Heather Sullivan had six goals on 10 shots in the losing effort to lead the Skyhawks.