Denver, Colo.: The 2012 Regis University women's lacrosse team had their eyes set on upsetting #2 ranked Rollins College but the Tars were up to the challenge defeating the Rangers 18-8.
Rollins' (15-0) Erica Pagliarulo scored the first three goals of the game before Regis (8-8) got on the board when sophomore Danica Cutshall scored with 23:24 left in the first half. The two teams traded goals for the next seven minutes with the Rangers getting goals from senior Erin Dybus and junior Margaret Nahrup. The Tars scored the next four goals to take a 9-3 with just under eight minutes to go.
Rollins headed into halftime with a 10-4 lead but the Rangers came out of the break scoring two in a row one each by freshman Melissa Hastie and senior Morgan Taylor to cut the lead to 10-6. Freshman Hillary Duda scored to again pull within four goals with 19 minutes left in the game.
Rollins scored four in a row to blow the game open and scored seven of the last eight goals to win 18-8.
Rollins outshot the Rangers 37-20 and in a category the Rangers usually dominate, draw controls, they didn't today getting only 10 of the 28.
Cutshall netted two goals and had one assist and the nation leader in draw controls, grabbed six of them. Nahrup caused four turnovers, with junior Jessika Carlstrom and freshman Sierra Perrella each caused three. Nahrup grabbed four ground balls, while senior Ari McDonald and freshman Gianna Lombardi each took three of them.
Lombardi tallied a career-high 13 saves playing all 60 minutes in goal.
The two teams will play again on Sunday afternoon at the Regis Lacrosse Field. The season finale will begin at noon.