LAKELAND, Fla. -- Fifth-seeded and seventh-ranked Rollins earned a hard-fought victory in the first round of the 2016 NCAA Division II Women’s Lacrosse Tournament. The Tars defeated fourth-seeded and No. 8 West Chester University by a final score of 9-8 on Friday evening at Bryant Stadium.

With the score tied at 8-8 and under a minute to play, Rollins ran a play which placed the ball in the stick of sophomore Megan Cury who grabbed the coveted game-winner with 31 seconds left in the game.  The win moves Rollins to a record of 15-3, and advances them to the quarterfinal round, marking the second time in program history the Tars have advanced past their first game in the tournament.

Rollins is making its fourth postseason appearance in five seasons after debuting in 2012.

The loss for West Chester drops its overall record to 17-3, and closes out the 2016 campaign. The defeat marks the first time the Golden Rams have not advanced to the next round of the tournament in program history. The two-time national champion has advanced past the first game in all 10 of their previous tournament appearances and has made it to the NCAA tournament final nine times.

Kris Coppolino led the team in points on the day, notching a hat trick and one assist for four points overall while adding a team high three ground balls and team best three draw controls.  Tyler Thomas matched Coppolino in goals, with three, while Taylor Thomas, Paige Brock, and Megan Cury netted one each. Kallie German and Emily Eddowes completed the Tars’ scoring efforts with one assist apiece.

In goal, Malorie Olin earned seven saves, including six key stops in the second half to keep the Golden Rams off the board. Matching Coppolino in ground balls was Grayson McPhee with three, while Maddie Hendren and German matched Coppolino with three draw controls each.  Defensively, Lindsay Van Beck and Angelica Perdomo led the team with two caused turnovers apiece.