WINTER PARK, Fla. – A goal by sophomore Alley Rhinehart with 1:33 left in double overtime was the clincher as No. 4 Rollins beat No. 9 Bentley 12-11 on Monday at Barker Family Stadium.
Katie Palasz and Kathleen Williams led the Tars in scoring with a pair of goals apiece. Anna Townsend chipped in a pair of assists while Courtney Bianculli scooped up a game-high five ground balls in the victory.
The Tars scored five of the first six goals of the game and looked to be cruising with a 5-1 lead when Bentley shifted the momentum in its direction, scoring five consecutive goals and capturing the lead at 6-5 going into the half.
Coming out of the intermission, Senior Mo Imel tied the score at 7-7 after a stellar pass from Townsend.
After a Bentley score, Palasz netted a free-position goal to deadlock the score at 8-8. The Falcons added a pair of unassisted goals to take the lead but the resilient Rollins attack answered back with goals from Bianculli and Palasz to level the score at 9-9 with a little more than five minutes to play.
The outlook didn’t look good for the Tars as Bentley netted the next two goals to take the lead 11-9 with 3:34 left to play.
The momentum changed when Chelsea Pinneke intercepted a pass and raced toward the net, faked a pass, then slipped the ball past the keeper to pull the Tars to within one with 1:37 left.
Rollins controled the next draw and, after a series of passes, drew a foul on Bentley to set up Erica Pagliarulo for a free-position shot with 31 seconds left.
The Barker Family Stadium crowd erupted as Pagliarulo drilled her 14th goal of the season into the back of the Falcons’ net to level the score at 11-11.
Rollins controlled the succeeding draw but the Falcons keeper Ally Dorman preserved the score and forced overtime by saving a last-second Pagliarulo shot.
The first six-minute overtime was played to a draw as both teams stepped up the defense in the period, forcing a combined five turnovers.
A little more than a minute into the second overtime, which is played In “sudden victory” format, Rhinehart caused a Bentley turnover in its own end before firing a long shot into the open net for the game winner.
Rollins outshot Bentley 38-26 in the game, including 7-0 in the two overtime periods.