Rollins (4-1) vs. New York Institute of Technology (NYIT) (2-0)
Barker Family Stadium & Cahall Sandspur Field | Winter Park, Fla.
Sunday, March 5, 2017 | 1:00 P.M.
LIVE STATS: TarsStats.com
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Clark Sprinkel
The Tars will square up against their second nationally-ranked opponent this season when they welcome fifth-ranked NYIT to Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field on Sunday afternoon. Rollins enters into Sunday’s showdown with a record of 4-1 after back-to-back come from behind wins against UIndy and Wheeling Jesuit. Most recently against the Wheeling Jesuit Cardinals, Rollins scored five straight and held the Cardinals off the board for the last 23 minutes en route to their second straight win. Trailing by four, 9-5, with 8:54 to play in the third quarter, Rollins locked down on defense and turned up the intensity on attack, holding WJU scoreless for the remainder of the game while netting five straight, including the game tying goal by Greg Taicher with 48 second to go, and the game-winner by Diamond with 34 ticks on the clock to earn the 10-9 win.
NYIT enters into Sunday’s matchup with a record of 2-0 on their young season after defeating Bentley in their season opener on February 25 by a score of 13-9. The Bears are coming off of a 10-7 win over Florida Southern on Friday in Lakeland, which saw them holding a 7-3 lead over the Moccasins at the half before closing out the game for their second straight win to open their 2017 campaign.
Of late, the Bears are known to be a perennial powerhouse within Division II and the North Region. NYIT closed out their 2016 season ranked seventh on the DII Poll, finishing with an overall record of 13-5 and advancing to the NCAA DII Quarterfinal round where they lost in overtime to eventual 2016 National Champion LeMoyne by a final score of 8-7. They have won four National Championships in program history, and have made six NCAA Tournament appearances, including last season.
TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars are led by Justin Diamond, who has notched a team high 14 goals so far this season, while adding three assists good for a team second best 17 points overall. Greg Taicher leads the team in overall points, with a team high nine assists and nine goals for 18 points so far this season. Connor Ashton is quickly climbing the scoring ranks, having notched six goals and two assists for eight points. Lucas Brush leads the team in ground balls with 17 in five games played, followed by Andrew Matthews with 13, and TreLaPorta with 11. Laporta leads the team at the faceoff-x with a .593 win percentage, having won 54-of-91, while Brett Portera has won 6-of-12. Brush leads the team in caused turnovers with five, followed by Austin Jackson and Roy Hansen with four each. In goal, Jake Hogan has played the last four games, facing a total of 122 shots and earning 36 saves for a save percentage of .493. Hogan has allowed 37 goals so far this year, averaging 9.14.
TRACKING THE BEARS:
Entering into Sunday’s game, George Schultz leads the team with seven goals, followed by Will Kistinger with five. Schultz and Matthew Chanenchuk lead the team in overall points, with Schultz adding an assist, and Chanenchuk tallying a team high seven assists and one goal for each to add up to a team high eight points. Leroy Halftown is close behind with seven points, having contributed three goals and four assists. Ian Prate leads the team in ground balls with 11, followed by Shlomo Amar with eight. Defensively, Prate holds onto a team high six caused turnovers. The Bears’ faceoff specialist, Amar, has taken all of the faceoffs for NYIT this season, winning 18-of-47 attempts. In goal, Alex Seltzer has played the entire contest in the Bears’ last two games. Seltzer has earned 28 saves and has compiled a save percentage of .636, while allowing 16 goals for a goals against average of 10.67 so far this year.
- Sunday’s matchup will mark the first time Rollins and NYIT have met in official competition.
- Justin Diamond has scored three of the Tars’ four game-winning goals so far this season, including the last two in the Tars’ thrilling consecutive come-from-behind wins.
- With a 4-1 record to open their season, Rollins matches a previous program record set in their 2016 campaign. If the Tars can hit 5-1 with an upset victory over NYIT, it will mark the best season opening record in program history.
The Tars return to action on Sunday, March 12, when they travel back to Savannah, Ga. to Daffin Park for the second time this season. Rollins will square off against Mount Olive, with game time set for 1 p.m.
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