No. 8 Rollins has furious comeback to survive Bentley in overtime
WINTER PARK, Fla. -- Behind a furious second half comeback on Friday afternoon, the eighth-ranked Tars survived Bentley 16-14 in overtime. It was the second time in two meetings that Rollins knocked of the Falcons in overtime, the last coming on March 11, 2013 when the Tars won 12-11 in double OT.
In a game the was a tale of two halves, the Tars narrowly edged Bentley 31-30 in shots but dominated the second half and overtime, outshooting the Falcons, 18-9 in the final 36:00 minutes.
Sophomore Angelica Perdomo led Rollins with four goals while junior Alley Rhinehart continued her offensive onslaught of late, recording three goals. Senior co-captain Caroline Lamere finished with 2 goals and three assists.
Carolyn Kynoch and Cailin White both scored four goals in the loss while Taylor Bastien added five assists.
Elyse De Lisle was again exceptional in goal, recording nine saves in 63 minutes. Freshman Hannah Ricci spelled De Lisle late in the first half, picking up a save.
The first half was owned by the Falcons on Friday, as they exploded for 12 goals and led by as much as 6 to take a 12-7 lead at half. Kynoch scored all four of her goals in the half while Perdomo led Rollins with three in the period. Senior Kelly Thayer scored her first of two on the day with 11 seconds to go in the half to end a 4-0 run by Bentley.
In the second half, it was Rollins’ turn, exploding out of the gates with scores by Brittany Eveler and Thayer to cut the deficit to 12-9 with 18:41 left to play.
A goal by Bentley’s Taylor Lunden would make it 13-9 before Rhinehart, Lamere and Allie Bohan each found the back of the net in a span in just three minutes to cut the Falcons’ lead to one 13-12 with 7:29 left to play.
Shortly after, Ellie Shuman would halt the Tars’ run, making it 14-12 at the 6:55 mark. Rollins was unable to create a scoring chance during the next four-plus minutes, still down two as the game clock ticked under two and half minutes.
Then, at the 2:23 mark, freshman Taylor Burns was awarded a free position attempt and converted to again pull the Tars within one, 14-13.
Just 61 seconds later, with Rollins fully in control of momentum, Lamere would tie it at 14-14 and force overtime. It was the games’ first tie since the opening minute when it was 0-0.
Rollins’ depth and gutty performance from their upperclassman proved too much for the Falcons in OT, as Perdomo first finished off her best game of the year with 4:55 left before Rhinehart sealed it at the 2:03 mark, ending the game in a final of 16-14.