MATCH-UP:
Rollins (5-5, 0-1 SSC) vs. No. 19 Saint Leo (8-2, 0-1 SSC)

WHERE:

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

WHEN:

Saturday, April 1, 2017 | 4:00 P.M.

COVERAGE:

VIDEO:  Geico Tars Sports Network

PLAY-BY-PLAY: Clark Sprinkel

LIVE STATS:  TarsStats.com

SET-UP:
With a week to prepare for their next contest, the Rollins men’s lacrosse team welcomes Saint Leo to Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field on Saturday afternoon.  The Tars enter into their Sunshine State Conference clash with their longest in-state rival with an overall record of 5-5 and 0-1 against SSC opponents, and are coming off of a hard-fought contest that saw the Tars fall to then No. 14 Tampa by a final score of 18-11 in their SSC opener on Saturday, March 25. 

Greg Taicher led the team in goals on the night with a hat trick, followed by Connor Ashton, Justin Diamond, and Eric NeCamp with two apiece.  Tommy Keane and Dylan Bassham netted one goal each.  Taicher led the team in goals, assists and overall points as he added two assists for a five point outing.  Also earning assists on the night were Ashton, Jeremy Slocumb, Dalton LeMaster, and Keane each earned one assist on the night.  Leading the team in ground balls were NeCamp, Roy Hansen, and Harrison Bluestein with three apiece, while Lucas Brush led the team in caused turnovers with four while adding two ground balls.  Earning his second start of the season, freshman goalie Landon Salie made seven saves while allowing 18 goals has he faced 42 shots from the Spartans.

After their tough loss, the Tars received votes once again the USILA Division II Poll.  The Tars have matched up with four nationally-ranked programs so far this season, falling to two of those opponents by just one goal, while another game was decided by two.

The Lions enter into Saturday’s matchup with a record of 8-2 and 0-1 in SSC action.  Saint Leo is coming off of a 20-9 victory over Young Harris on Sunday, March 26.  The Lions, who donned camo uniforms, honored all who have served in the armed forces, including their own Chris Burke, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, and Nick Argitis, a current member of the United States Army ROTC.

The Lions saw sophomore Charlie Kurtenbach finish with a career-high six points with three goals and three assists. Juniors Kyle Pauwels and Anthony Visintin each added five points. Pauwels scored four goals and added an assist, while Visintin tallied three goals and added two assists for a career-high five points. Jake Gilmour added four points with two goals and two assists, while Bruce Preeschl and Zach Lysyk each had three points. Preeschl tallied two goals and an assist, while Lysyk added a goal and two assists.

So far this year, Saint Leo has matched up against two nationally-ranked opponents, defeating then No. 7 LIU Post in their season opener on February 3, before falling to then No. 2 Limestone by a final score of 17-10 back on March 4.  In Sunshine State Conference competition, Florida Southern took down the Lions by a final score of 15-13 on Friday, March 24, marking the first time the Saint Leo has lost at home this season and snapping a four game win streak.

TRACKING THE TARS:

Justin Diamond and Greg Taicher lead the team so far this season with 23 goals apiece, while Taicher leads the team in overall points with the addition of a team high 12 assists.  So far this season, 14 different Tars have dished out assists, while 14 have contributed goals.  Lucas Brush leads the team with 30 ground balls, followed by Andrew Matthews with 26, and Trey LaPorta with 20.  LaPorta has earned a .506 win percentage at the faceoff-x, winning 83-of-164, while Brett Portera has won 16-of-31 for a win percentage of .516.  Defensively, Brush leads the team in caused turnovers with 16, followed by Evan Schimek with eight and Austin Jackson with seven.  In goal for the Tars, Jake Hogan has played and started in eight games for a total of 453:50 minutes.  Hogan has faced 228 shots, earning 72 saves for a save percentage of .507, while allowing 70 goals for an average of 9.25.  Landon Salie has played in three games, earning two starts for a total of 149:10 in cage.  Salie has faced 76 shots, earning 12 saves for a save percentage of .273.  The freshman has allowed 32 goals, averaging 12.87 per game.

TRACKING THE LIONS:    

The Lions are led by Kyle Pauwels, who has amassed 42 goals so far this season, followed by Jake Gilmour with 25.  Gilmour leads the team in assists and overall points, dishing out 28 assists for 53 points so far this year.  Charlie Kurtenbach is next with 10 assists, adding to 18 goals for 28 points.  Pauwels has added eight assists of his own for 50 points in 10 games played.  Mitch Wilson has picked up a team high 65 ground balls, followed by Austin Dipietro with 32 and Jake Kavanagh with 30.  Jake Bye has caused a team best 18 turnovers, followed by Ethan Ticehurst with 11.  Faceoff specialist Mitch Wilson has won 104-of-153 taken, followed by Dipietro winning 68-of-117, and Jake Kavanagh winning 6-of-9, and Jack Spera winning 4-of-5.  Thomas Tartarian has played and started in nine games, seeing a total of 495 minutes in cage for the Lions.  The sophomore has earned a save percentage of .590 after making 111 saves, allowing only 77 goals for a goals against average of 9.33.  Ryan Kolesnikov has seen time in two games for 45 minutes, making six saves for a save percentage of .600 while averaging 5.33 goals per game, allowing four.  Ian Areford has played in three games, earning one start, for a total of 60 minutes of action.  The freshman has earned 10 saves for a save percentage of .769, while allowing three goals this season.

NOTES:

  • The Tars are 2-11 in the all-time series with the Lions.
  • Rollins, who has won the last two matchups against the Lions, defeated then No. 17 Saint Leo for the first time in program history on March 26, 2016 by a final score of 12-10.  The Tars then went on to take down the Lions in SSC Tournament action, defeating SLU by a score of 10-9 in overtime on April 29, 2016.
  • Five of the Tars’ nine games this season have been decided by just one goal.  In those games, Rollins is 3-2 on the season
  • Rollins is 2-2 on the season when playing at home.

NEXT:
The Tars will continue SSC play on Saturday April 8, when they travel to Boca Raton to take on Lynn University.  Game time against the Fighting Knights is set for 5 p.m.  Links to live coverage will be available on RollinsSports.com.

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