Pagliarulo

WEST CHESTER, Pa. -- Down and nearly out early, fifth-ranked Rollins erased a five-goal deficit to beat second-ranked West Chester 12-9 on Thursday.

The Tars (10-1) avenged their loss to the Golden Rams in last season’s NCAA Division II national semifinal while also handing them a first loss of the season (9-1).

A trio of Tars earned hat tricks with Erica Pagliarulo, Kelly Thayer and Caroline Lamere each netting three goals. Pagliarulo also added two assists with Mo Imel tallying two helpers.

Elyse De Lisle was spectacular in the cage, earning four saves in a winning effort. After a tough start, she allowed just two West Chester goals during the final 41 minutes of action. The Tars surrendered the Rams seventh goal with 11 minutes to play in the first and didn’t allow an eighth score until less than seven minutes left in the second.

West Chester saw two goals each from Lauren Glassey, Theresa Giunta and Jamie Dolan. Glassey also earned two assists with Giunta getting one. Jess Henderson took the loss, racking up 10 saves and allowing 12 goals.

Playing in its second contest of a four-game road trip, Rollins was slow to start as to goals by Pagliarulo kept the score tied at two with 20:33 to play in the first.

The Golden Rams then rolled off a 5-0 run during the next nine minutes and took a commanding 7-2 advantage with 11:05 left in the first.

Thayer got Rollins back on track, scoring at the 9:17 mark and sparked what would become perhaps the biggest comeback in program history.

Lamere, Courtney Bianculli and Lamere again scored to close the half and pulled Rollins to within 7-6 at intermission.

The Tars momentum continued into the second half and stymied the Rams attack.

Thayer tied the score at seven a little more than a minute into the second and Ginevra Czech put Rollins on top for the first time and capped off a Rollins 5-0 spurt.

A goal by Jamie Wadovick made it 9-7 before Thayer and Lamere completed their hat tricks to put Rollins ahead 11-7 with eight minutes to play.

The Golden Rams picked up goals with 6:48 to play and 2:40 on the clock to close to within 11-9 before the defense dug in and Pagliarulo closed the door with a final score in the finals seconds.