MATCH-UP:
Rollins (6-5, 1-1 SSC) vs. Lynn University (4-5, 0-2 SSC)

WHERE:

Bobby Campbell Stadium | Boca Raton, Fla.

WHEN:

Saturday, April 8, 2017 | 5:00 P.M.

COVERAGE:

VIDEO:  Lynn University Video

LIVE STATS:  Lynn University Live Stats

SET-UP:
After picking up a Sunshine State Conference win over Saint Leo their last time out, the Rollins men’s lacrosse team enters into the weekend with their sights set on Lynn University for a Saturday evening tilt in Boca Raton, Fla.  Rollins holds onto a record of 6-5 and 1-1 in SSC play, and are riding a one game winning streak after taking down the Lions by a final score of 6-4 on Saturday, April 1 on their home turf. 

The Tars currently sit third in the SSC standings with a conference record of 1-1 so far this season.  Tampa remains in first with an SSC mark of 3-0, followed by Florida Tech, who is 2-0 against conference opponents having defeated Lynn and Florida Southern.  Lynn sits last in the standings with Saint Leo, as both are 0-2 against SSC opponents.  The Fighting Knights have dropped games to Florida Tech and Tampa so far this season.

Lynn enters into Saturday’s matchup with a record of 4-5 and 0-2 in SSC play.  The Fighting Knights opened their season with three straight victories, including a 9-7 upset over then No. 8 Adelphi back on February 18.  Lynn then dropped their next three, including a 13-4 loss to then No. 2 Limestone on March 11, and a 13-12 overtime loss to then 11th-ranked Seton Hill on March 18.  In their most recent game, Lynn fell to 13th-ranked Tampa on April 1 by a final score of 18-7.

TRACKING THE TARS:

Leading the Tars in goals, assists and overall points after 11 games is Greg Taicher, who has notched 26 goals and 12 assists for 38 points on the season.  Justin Diamond has tallied 23 goals and three assists, for a team second best 26 points, followed by Connor Ashton with 13 goals and a team second best seven assists for 20 points to date.  Lucas Brush leads the Tars in ground balls and caused turnovers, scooping up 32 and causing 20 turnovers in just 11 games played.  Andrew Matthews is close behind in ground balls with 28, followed by Trey LaPorta with 21.  Evan Schimek and Roy Hansen have each caused eight turnovers, followed closely by Austin Jackson with seven.  In goal, the Tars have seen three different players post up time between the pipes, most recently seeing sophomore Ty Wedekind in goal.  Wedekind earned Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts against Saint Leo as he earned nine saves while allowing only four goals to hand the Tars their first SSC victory of the season.  Jake Hogan has seen the most time in goal, spending 453:50 minutes in cage in eight games played.  Hogan has amassed a save percentage of .507, making 72 saves as he has faced 228 shots so far this season.  Hogan averages 9.25 goals per game, allowing 70 on the year.  Landon Salie has played a total of 149:10 in goal, facing 76 shots and earning 12 saves for a .273 save percentage.  Salie has allowed 32 goals, averaging 12.87 per game.  LaPorta leads the team at the faceoff-x, winning 86-of-174 taken for a win percentage of .494.  Brett Portera has won 16-of-33 taken, earning a win percentage of .485 in seven games played.

TRACKING THE FIGHTING KNIGHTS:    

Austin Jerhoff leads Lynn with 19 goals in nine games played, followed by Mikey Urso with 16, and Johnny Gavin with 12.  Urso holds onto a team high 17 assists for a team high 33 points, followed by Jerhoff with 32 points as he adds 13 assists to his stat line.  Gavin is next in line with 14 points on the year, followed by Nick Howard with 11 (seven goals, four assists), and Brian Kiel with 10 points (eight goals, two assists).  Dryden Brous has picked up a team high 47 ground balls as he has won 83-of-128 faceoff attempts, followed by Christopher Lasprogata with 25 ground balls as he has won 52-of-91 at the faceoff-x.  Urso sits third on the team with 20 ground balls this season.  Defensively, John Flanary has caused a team high nine turnovers, followed by Travis Quillin with seven, and Cody Bartusiak, Angelo Beacon-Paglia, and Mark Pryor with six apiece.  Collin McClelland has played the majority of the season in goal, spending a total of 454:24 between the pipes.  McClelland has allowed 87 goals so far this season, averaging 11.49 per game, and has accumulated a save percentage of .456 as he has made 73 saves in nine games played.  Mitchell Goode has played 79:08 in goal for the Fighting Knights over the course of three games, averaging 6.07 goals per game as he has allowed eight on the year.  Goode has a save percentage of .529 so far this season as he has tallied nine saves.

NOTES:

  • The Tars lead the all-time series against the Fighting Knights, 2-1.
  • Rollins last matched up against the Fighting Knights on April 2, 2016 in a national showdown as then 20th-ranked Rollins hosted then No. 18 Lynn.  The Fighting Knights edged out the Tars to claim the victory, and went on to finish the season with a 9-5 overall record, and 2-3 mark in the SSC.
  • 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 3-1 on the season when playing true away contests.

NEXT:
Rollins returns to action on Saturday, April 15, for their final home game of the 2017 regular season.  Rollins hosts Florida Southern on Senior Day, with the Tars and Mocs set to square off at 1 p.m. at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field.  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, as well as with live stats at TarsStats.com.

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