WINTER PARK, Fla. (August 10, 2017) – The Tars, who are receiving votes in the first preseason ranking, are set to return 10 players from last year's team, and have added 16 vital newcomers heading into the 2017 season.
Head coach Alicia Schuck will be entering her seventh season at the helm, coming off an 11-4-3 record from a year ago. Last season the Tars were victorious in their NCAA first round game with an overtime win against Lee. However, Rollins season came to an end in the NCAA second round, with an overtime loss to Sunshine State Conference rival Barry, 3-2.
Looking to advance even further this upcoming season, the Tars will begin the season with an Exhibition game against Eastern Florida on August 25th.
The Tars will begin their 2017 regular season campaign on the road, as they travel to Cleveland, Tennessee for a pair of regional matchups. Mississippi College will be the Tars first opponent on Friday, Sept. 1. The Choctaws are coming off a 13-5-2 season themselves, that ended in the Gulf South Conference tournament final with a loss to West Florida, 2-0. Then, two days later the Tars will turn around and face host Lee University on Sunday, Sept. 3 to wrap up their road trip. The Tars lead the all-time series against the Flames, 2-0.
Rollins home opener at Barker Family stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field will take place against Minnesota Crookston on Saturday Sept. 9. This will be the first time in school history that these two teams will meet on the pitch.
For the second time this season, the Tars will pack their bags and hit the road when they travel to Lakewood, Colorado. While in the Centennial state, Rollins will first take on hosts Colorado Christian on Tuesday Sept. 12, and turn around two days later when they wrap up their road trip against Colorado Mesa on Thursday Sept. 14.
Sunshine State Conference play will begin for the Tars on Wednesday, Sept. 20,when they will play away at Florida Southern. The tars lead the all-time series against the Mocs, 27-2.
Barry will make their way to Winter Park to take on the Tars on Saturday, Sept. 23. The Buccaneers are ranked 16th in the first preseason poll, after an NCAA tournament appearance last season.
Lynn on Sept. 27th, will give Rollins back-to-back home games before a single game trip to Nova Southeastern on September 30, where the Tars lead the overall series against the Sharks 11-4-3.
Tampa will head to Winter Park on Wednesday, Oct. 4, before The Tars will visit newly added Sunshine State Conference member Palm Beach Atlantic on Oct. 7.
Rollins will return home on Oct. 11 to face Eckerd, and the Tars will step out of SSC play on Saturday Oct. 14, to take on Peach Belt member Flagler College where they lead the overall series against the Saints, 14-4-1.
The Tars will head to defending SSC champions and 17th ranked Saint Leo on Wednesday, Oct. 18, before returning home to face another newly added SSC member in Embry-Riddle on Saturday Oct. 21. Rollins will conclude their regular season with a trip to face Florida Tech on Wednesday, Oct. 25. The Tars were able to fend off Florida Tech in a 1-0 victory last season.
The opening round of the SSC tournament is slated for Tuesday, Oct. 31 on campus sites with the finals set for Nov. 3-5.
Fans can follow the Tars all season long with live games on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSports.com.