No. 18 Rollins (4-2) vs. No. 5 Mount Olive (4-1)
Optimist Field at Daffin Park | Savannah, Ga.
Sunday, March 12, 2017 | 1:00 P.M.
No Live Coverage will be available.
The Tars take to the road to travel once again to Savannah, Ga. to play at neutral site Daffin Park. The Tars will face their third nationally-ranked opponent this season when they match up with fifth-ranked Mount Olive on Sunday afternoon. Rollins enters the contest with a record of 4-2 after losing a close one-goal game against then fifth-ranked NYIT, 8-7, on March 5. In the game against NYIT, the Tars kept it close at the end of the first quarter tied 3-3 and went into halftime only down by one goal. The Bears offense exploded in the third quarter for three goals, as they took an 8-5 lead into the final quarter of play. The Tars’ defense held the Bears scoreless in the fourth quarter while mounting a comeback as they made it a one-goal game, but the Bears’ defense held strong and kept the Tars at bay in the final minutes of action. After their performance against NYIT, Rollins vaulted back into the USILA Division II Poll, checking in at No. 18 this past week, marking their highest ranking of the season.
Mount Olive is in the midst of a four-game streak away from home, and enters into Sunday’s contest with a record of 4-1 so far this season. The Trojans most recently earned a tie for the No. 5 spot on the latest USILA DII Poll, earning a tie with Seton Hill as both earned 284 points this past week. The Trojans made the climb from eighth to fifth after rolling out to a record of 4-0 this season, and face the Tars this weekend after swallowing their first loss of the season this past week, a 7-5 loss to Lake Erie on March 8. Against the Storm, Mount Olive held the advantage at the beginning of the game outshooting Lake Erie 10-6, but trailed by one after the first 30 minutes of action, 3-2. After the break, Lake Erie took a three-goal lead, and never looked back. Mount Olive was able to cut the deficit to two late in the game, 7-5, but could not pull off the comeback.
TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars are led in overall points by sophomore Greg Taicher, who has notched a team high 21 so far this season, scoring 12 goals and adding a team best nine assists. Senior Justin Diamond leads the team in goals scored with 14, while also adding three assists. Last game, Dylan Bassham had three goals for the Tars bringing his season total to five goals, good for five points. Connor Ashton is quickly climbing the scoring ranks, having notched seven goals and three assists for ten points. Lucas Brush leads the team in ground balls with 21 in six games played, followed by Andrew Matthews with 17, and Trey LaPorta with 12. Laporta leads the team at the faceoff-x with a .545 win percentage, having won 60-of-110 taken, while Brett Portera has won 6-of-12. Brush leads the team in caused turnovers with six, followed by Austin Jackson and Roy Hansen with five each. In goal, Jake Hogan has played the last five games, facing a total of 141 shots and earning 43 saves for a save percentage of .489. Hogan has allowed 45 goals so far this year, averaging 8.91.
TRACKING THE TROJANS:
Brett Kingston leads the team in goals with 12, followed by Jacob Ball with 10. Both lead the team in overall points, as well, with Kingston earning 15 as he has added three assists, and Ball tallying 14 points after adding four assists. Cody Graden leads the Trojans in assists with nine, and has tacked on four goals for 13 points so far this season, good for third best on the team. Cole Groebner has picked up a team high 16 ground balls so far this season, followed by Will Urban with 14, and Cody Lykins with 13. Groebner also leads the team in caused turnovers with seven, followed by Austin Pepper with five. Specialists Matt Lewis and Lykins have shouldered the majority of the faceoff duties so far this season, with Lykins winning 29-of-50, and Lewis winning 22-of-47 attempts. In Goal, Will Urban has earned the start in all five contests, allowing 39 goals in 302 minutes for a goals against average of 7.74. Urban has earned 65 saves, compiling a save percentage of .625 so far this year.
- The Trojans finished last season with a mark of 13-5 overall, and advanced to the NCAA DII Quarterfinal round where they fell to Limestone by a final score of 15-6.
- Last time out against the Trojans, Rollins gave then No. 12 UMO a run for its money, but fell by a final score of 11-8 on February 14, 2016.
- Mount Olive leads the overall series between the two programs, 1-0.
The Tars return home where they will face Colorado Mesa on Thursday, March 16. Game time against the Mavericks is set for 7 p.m. Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action with free live video on the Geico Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com along with live stat coverage on TarsStats.com.
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