MATCH-UP:
Rollins (3-1) vs. Wheeling Jesuit (0-3)

WHERE:

Barker Family Stadium & Cahall Sandspur Field | Winter Park, Fla.

WHEN:

Thursday, March 2, 2017 | 7:00 P.M.

COVERAGE:

SET-UP:

Rollins, who received votes on the latest USILA Division II Poll, enters in their home opener with a record of 3-1 after earning a big come-from-behind victory over the University of Indianapolis on Sunday, February 26.  Trailing by four with 12:33 to play, the Tars turned on the afterburners, scoring four straight to knot the score at 8-8 and send the game into overtime against the Greyhounds.  With a minute left in OT, Justin Diamond found the back of the net, marking his third goal in the Tars’ final five goal run, to secure the 9-8 victory against UIndy on the road.

Diamond led the way for Rollins with four goals, including his three in the Tars’ final push to lift the team to victory.  Connor Ashton notched three points with two goals and an assist, while Eric NeCamp earned two points with a goal and an assist on the day.  Greg Taicher, and Dylan Bassham each scored once, while Carson BuellBlake BuellDalton LeMaster, and Roy Hansen added assists.  In goal, Jake Hogan played the full 63 minutes between the pipes, earning 11 saves, including five in the first quarter.

Wheeling Jesuit makes the trip to Winter Park with an overall mark of 0-3, but their record is not to be overlooked.  The Cardinals have squared up against nationally-ranked opponents in all three of their contests so far this season, beginning with a season opener against then-No. 18 Molloy where they fell by a final score of 11-9.  Wheeling Jesuit then took on Rockhurst who, while not ranked on the poll at the time of the contest, just earned the nod at No. 18 on this past week’s USILA Poll.  The Cardinals had the edge throughout the majority of the game, but ultimately let the Hawks walk away with the 12-11 victory.  Their last time out, Wheeling Jesuit took on Lenoir-Rhyne, who was ranked 14th at the time of the matchup.  After a solid first half, the Cardinals were unable to hold back a solid Bears squad, falling by a final tally of 21-17 on February 25.

TRACKING THE TARS:

The Tars enter into Thursday’s home opener with Justin Diamond leading the way in goals with 12 on the year, while adding an assist for a team high 13 points overall.  Connor Ashton and Greg Taicher have notched five goals apiece, with Taicher dishing out a team high seven assists for 12 points so far this season.  Lucas Brush leads the team with 14 grounds balls, followed by Andrew Matthews with nine, Trey LaPorta with eight, and Roy Hansen with seven.  Both Brush and Hansen lead the team in caused turnovers with four apiece, followed by Austin Jackson with three.  LaPorta has been the primary faceoff specialist for the Tars this season, winning 41-of-70 attempts for a win percentage of .586.  Brett Portera has stepped up to the faceoff-x on 12 occasions, winning six for a win percentage of .500 in three games played.  In goal, Jake Hogan has seen a total of 183:00 minutes between the pipes, earning a save percentage of .491 having made 27 saves as he has faced 93 shots.  Hogan has allowed 28 goals so far this season, averaging 9.18.  Freshman Landon Salie started the Tars’ season opener, playing a full game where he earned five saves as he faced 20 shots for a save percentage of .357.  Salie has allowed nine goals in 60 minutes of action, for a goals against average of 9.0.

TRACKING THE CARDINALS:    

Entering into Thursday’s game with a record of 0-3, the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals are led by Dereck Downs, who has amassed 11 goals so far this season.  Downs has also added a team second best 4 assists, good for a team high 15 points.  Matt Lee follows Downs in the goal column with nine, and has chipped in one assist for 10 points, good for second best on the squad.  Lee also leads the team with three man-up goals so far this year.  Joe Wright leads the team in assists with six.  Scotty Gwyn has earned a team high 12 ground balls, followed by Jack Brandenburg with nine.  Gwyn also leads the team in caused turnovers with nine, and has compiled a team best faceoff percentage of .381, winning 8-of-21 attempts.  Oscar Ortega is next, winning 4-of-11 for a .364 win percentage, and Spencer Hilden with a win percentage of .269 having won 7-of-26 attempts.  Fernando Martinez has taken the most faceoffs for the Cardinals this season, winning 8-of-33 for a win percentage of .242.  In goal, Jake Lilly has started all three contests, seeing a total of 171:22 minutes in cage.  Lilly has faced 135 shots so far this year, and has earned 39 saves for a save percentage of .476.  Lilly has compiled a goals against average of 15.06, having allowed 43 goals on the season.  Kellen McMahon, who has played a total of 8:38 minutes, has allowed one goal and earned no saves in his time between the pipes.

NOTES:

  • The will square off against Wheeling Jesuit for the third time in program history, with the Cardinals leading the series, 2-0.
  • Last time out against the Cardinals, the Tars fell by a final score of 16-6 back on April 6, 2014.
  • Rollins opened their season ranked No. 20 on the USILA Division II Poll, and have been receiving votes on the first two polls of the season.
  • For their efforts in last week’s game at UIndy, Justin Diamond and Jake Hogan earned Sunshine State Conference Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week honors, respectively

NEXT:

The Tars return to the turf on Sunday, February 5, when they host No. 5 NYIT at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field.  Game time against the Bears is set for 1 p.m.  Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live with free HD video on the Geico Tars Sports Network, as well as live stats provided on RollinsSports.com.

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