Fast Starts Lead #9/11 Rollins Past #17/18 Stonehill, 16-11

Vetter scored four goals, pulling within a point of 100 for her career. (PHOTO BY Denise Archetto)

Vetter nets four goals, moves one point shy of career century mark for Skyhawks

WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 5, 2017) – Rollins College, ranked No. 9 in the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches' Association (IWLCA) Division II poll and 11th in the US Lacrosse Magazine poll, staked out an early four goal lead and made it stand down the stretch for a 16-11 victory over Stonehill College, ranked 18th in the IWLCA Division II poll and 17th in the US Lacrosse poll, in non-conference women's lacrosse action at Barker Family Stadium tonight.

Sophomore Kallie German (Centreville, Maryland/Queen Anne's County) led Rollins with two goals and four assists for six points, while adding a caused turnover. Freshman Hannah Coakley (Gambrills, Maryland/Arundel) added four points with three goals and an assist, while classmate Hannah Ashton (Berwyn, Pennsylvania/Conestoga) netted three markers with three ground balls.

Senior Elizabeth Vetter (Great River, New York/East Islip) netted a game-high four goals to lead Stonehill, moving within a point of her 100th career point, having totaled 87 goals and 12 assists for 99 points in 56 career games. She also chipped in with a ground ball, draw control and caused turnover.

Freshmen Jennifer Wheaton (Dartmouth, Massachusetts/Dartmouth) and MacKenzie Pleshaw (Franklin, Massachusetts/Franklin) shined in their collegiate debuts for Stonehill, netting two goals apiece. Wheaton also controlled possession during the Skyhawks comeback efforts with five draw controls and a caused turnover, while junior Taylor Shannahan (Mendham, New Jersey/Morris Catholic) totaled a goal and assist with four ground balls, three caused turnovers and a draw control.

Wheaton netted two goals and collected five draws in her collegiate debut. (PHOTO BY Denise Archetto)

Junior Malorie Olin (Skaneateles, New York/Skaneateles) finished with six saves and three ground balls in the Rollins goal as the Tars posted a 30-26 edge in shots for the contest. Junior Kaitlyn Hess (Guilderland, New York/Guilderland) registered a career-high 11 saves in goal for Stonehill.

Rollins scored the first four goals of the game, including a pair by Coakley, to open a lead it would not relinquish on the night. The Tars extended their lead to five goals (7-2) after freshman Maggie Dougherty's (New Hope, Pennsylvania/New Hope-Solebury) eighth goal of the year with 10:10 remaining in the first half, before stretching the lead to six (9-3) after an Ashton goal with 5:03 left.

Stonehill closed the half with a 4-1 run to cut the gap to three (10-7) at the break with goals from four different players. Shannahan opened the run with a free-position goal with 4:04 on the clock, followed by Wheaton's first collegiate goal 36-seconds later. Pleshaw and Vetter closed out the first half scoring with markers in the final 1:42.

Rollins started the second half similarly as the first with three straight goals, including a pair of free-position markers by German, to restore its six goal lead (13-7) six minutes in. Stonehill was able to draw back within four (14-10) after senior Shannon Booth's (Pearl River, New York/Nanuet) first goal of the year with 14:50 still to play. However, the Skyhawks would get no closer as Ashton answered with her 14th goal of the season a minute later and then freshman Julianna DeSimone (Brightwaters, New York/St. John the Baptist) closed out the scoring after Vetter's fourth of the night with 44-seconds remaining.

Stonehill (0-1, 0-0 NE10) is back in action on Tuesday when it faces Tusculum University in Davenport, Florida, at noon. The Skyhawks home opener is Saturday, March 11, when they host No. 3/4 LIU Post at W.B. Mason Stadium at noon. Rollins (4-2, 1-0 SSC) hosts No. 6/8 Limestone University on Thursday at 7 p.m.

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