Rollins (7-5, 2-1 SSC) vs. Florida Southern (6-6, 1-2 SSC)
Barker Family Stadium & Cahall-Sandspur Field | Winter Park, Fla.
Saturday, April 15, 2017 | 1:00 P.M.
VIDEO: Geico Tars Sports Network
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Clark Sprinkel
LIVE STATS: TarsStats.com
Coming off of their second overtime victory of the season that saw the Rollins men’s lacrosse team take down Lynn University by a final score of 12-11 last Saturday, the Tars are set to host Florida Southern College in their final home game of the regular season. The Tars and Mocs are set to clash in Sunshine State Conference action at Barker Family Stadium and Cahall-Sandspur Field, with the initial faceoff slated to begin at 1 p.m. after Rollins celebrates its 2017 Senior Class.
The Tars enter into Saturday’s conference tilt ranked second in the SSC standings with a record of 7-5 and 2-1 in SSC action. Florida Southern, who currently sits fifth in the conference rankings, enters into Saturday’s game with a record of 6-6 and 1-2 against SSC opponents.
Rollins is riding a two-game win streak that has seen them defeat Saint Leo and Lynn in SSC action. The Mocs have not had as much luck, and are in the middle of a two game skid that has seen them fall to Florida Tech and then 13th-ranked Tampa the last two weeks. Not to be looked over, Florida Southern has picked up key victories over then 15th-ranked Saint Leo, 15-13, as well as then No. 17 Lake Erie, 13-12.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Leading the Tars in goals, assists and overall points after 12 games is Greg Taicher, who has notched 30 goals and 14 assists for 44 points on the season. Justin Diamond has tallied 27 goals and three assists, for a team second best 30 points, followed by Connor Ashton with 14 goals and a team second best 10 assists for 24 points to date. Lucas Brush leads the Tars in ground balls and caused turnovers, scooping up 37 and causing 21 turnovers in 12 games played. Andrew Matthews is close behind in ground balls with 30, followed by Trey LaPorta with 23. Evan Schimek and Roy Hansen have caused nine and eight turnovers respectively, 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 the last two contests. Wedekind has faced 65 shots in 124 minutes, earning 23 saves for a save percentage of .605. The sophomore has allowed 15 goals, averaging 7.26 per game. 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 94-of-196 taken for a win percentage of .480. Brett Portera has won 17-of-37 taken, earning a win percentage of .459 in eight games played.
TRACKING THE MOCCASINS:
With 12 games under their belts, the Mocs are led by Cody Dyer with 20 goals, followed closely by Tyler Kopen with 19. Seth Leonard leads the way in assists with 14, while Colin Bayer has notched a team second best 10 in 10 games played. Dyer leads the team in overall points with 29 as he has added nine sasists, followed by Leonard, whose nine goals give him 23 points on the season. Bayer and Kopen each have tallied 22 points, with Bayer adding 10 goals, while Kopen has added three assists. Austin Lison leads the team with a blistering 70 ground balls this season while also holding onto a team high 25 caused turnovers. The Mocs have seen a total of five players on the faceoff, with Ashton Ceppos taking a team high 123, winning 69. Jeff Phelps has won 53-of-99, followed by Joseph Biondi, Jr. who has won 21-of-46 taken. Connor Benyo has won 10-of-33, while Kyle Silverstein has won the only faceoff he has taken this year. In goal, Matt Lalli has seen the majority of the time between the pipes, playing for 678:15 minutes and starting all 12 contests. Lalli has earned 154 saves, posting a save percentage of .550 so far this season. The senior has allowed 126 goals this season, averaging 11.15 per game.
- The Tars trail in the all-time series with Florida Southern, 2-7, but won the last matchup with the Mocs as they defeated their SSC foe by a final score of 11-10 in Lakeland on April 9, 2016.
- Six of the Tars’ 12 games this season have been decided by just one goal. In those games, Rollins is 4-2 on the season
- Rollins is 3-4 on the season when playing at home
- After 12 games, the Tars are outscoring their opponents, 119-117
- With 36 assists in his career, senior Carson Buell is just six assists away from tying the program record in All-Time Assists. Buell needs to dish out seven more assists to overtake 2016 graduate Morgan Baker, who closed out his career with 42 career assists.
Rollins returns to action on Saturday, April 22, when they travel to Melbourne, Fla. to take on Florida Tech in their final game of the regular season. Game time against the Panthers is slated for 1 p.m. Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live with links to live coverage available on RollinsSports.com.
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