Rollins Squares Off Against Panthers in Semifinals for Second-Straight Season


 

MATCH-UP:
No. 9 Rollins (12-4) vs. No. 6 Florida Tech (12-2)

WHERE:
Bryant Stadium | Lakeland, Fla. 

WHEN:
Friday, April 28, 2017 | 6:00 PM 

COVERAGE:

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SET-UP:
The Rollins women's lacrosse team travels to Lakeland, Fla. on Friday for a 6 p.m. Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinal clash with the sixth-ranked and second-seeded Florida Tech Panthers.  The ninth-ranked and third-seeded Tars are set to get underway against the Panthers at 6 p.m. at Bryant Stadium, and live coverage will be provided by host institution and top-seeded Florida Southern.

This marks the second-straight season the Tars have matched up with the Panthers in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals.  Last year, Rollins took down the Panthers by a final score of 15-14 at Bryant Stadium in the SSC Semifinal tilt, which advanced them to the tournament championship game where they fell to eventual 2016 National Champions, Florida Southern.

The Tars enter into Friday night's showdown with a record of 12-4, and most recently checked in at No. 9 on the latest IWCA DII Poll.  Rollins is coming off of a 14-10 loss to then ninth-ranked Florida Tech on April 20.  The then sixth-ranked Tars saw a hat trick from sophomore Kallie German, while freshmen Hannah Ashton and Maggie Dougherty scored two goals apiece.  Lindsay Van Beck led the team in ground balls with three, while Ashton won a team high four draw controls.  Both Jessica Kopenhaver and Van Beck caused two turnovers apiece to lead the team.  In goal, Malorie Olin made five saves while allowing 14 goals.

Florida Tech enters into the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals riding a four-game win streak, including a hard-fought victory over the Tars on April 20 in Winter Park.  Against the Tars, Sara Grenier led the team in goals with four, while Allie Modica, Carline Dunleavy, and Lauren Tybor each netted a hat trick on the night.  Stephanie Stuart, Tybor, and Olivia Going picked up three ground balls each to lead the team, while Modica and Tybor led the Panthers with three draw controls each.  Sam Schiano and Going earned a team best three caused turnovers apiece.  In goal, Stuart earned four saves in 60 minutes of play while allowing 10 goals by the Tars.

TRACKING THE TARS:
Kallie German leads the team in goals (40), assists (25), and points (65) so far this season, followed by Hannah Ashton with 36 goals and three assists for 39 points.  Paige Brock follows with 34 points, having tallied 28 goals and six assists, followed by Brittany Eveler and Maggie Dougherty with 24 goals each.  Eveler has added five assists for 29 points, while Dougherty has contributed a team second-best 16 assists for 40 points, good for second best on the team.  Hannah Coakley, Lily Rizk, and Megan Cury wrap up the double-digit goal count with 14, 11, and 11, respectively.  Olin leads the team in ground balls with 27, followed by Sophie Stavisky and Maddie Hendren with 23.  Close behind are Jessica Kopenhaver and Dougherty with 22 and 21, respectively.  Leading the team on the draw is Dougherty with 36, followed by Paige Brock with 29 and Rizk with 25.  Defensively, Lindsay Van Beck has caused a team high 26 turnovers, followed by German with 14, and Hendren with 13.  In goal, Olin has played a total of 8233 minutes and has faced 257 shots in 16 games played.  Olin has earned 102 saves for a save percentage of .500, and has allowed just 102 goals this season, averaging 7.43 per game.  

TRACKING THE PANTHERS:    
With 14 games under their belts this season, Sara Grenier leads the team in goals with 49.  Allie Modica follows close behind with 43 goals on the year, and has added a team high 17 assists to lead the team in overall points with 60.  Caroline Dunleavy has notched 33 goals so far this year, followed by Sam Schiano with 24.  Dunleavy follows close behind Modica in assists with 15 on the year, followed by Mary Gormley with 12.  Behind Modica in overall points, Grenier has added nine assists for a team second best 58 points, while Dunleavy has notched 48 points overall.  Gormley leads the team in ground balls with 44, followed by Schiano with 42 and Modica with 35.  Leading the team in caused turnovers is Schiano with 32, followed by Lauren Tybor with 23, and Gormley with 22.  In goal, Stephanie Stuart has played in all 14 games, earning 13 starts.  Stuart has faced 217 shots so far this season, earning 74 saves for a save percentage of .430.  Stuart has allowed 98 goals in 693 minutes, averaging 8.48 goals per game. 

NOTES:

  • Rollins leads the all-time series against the Panthers, 3-1.
  • The last time the Tars squared up against the Panthers in SSC Tournament Semifinal action, Rollins earned the 15-14 victory in the Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals on April 29, 2016.

TICKET PRICES:

  • SSC Tournament Ticket Prices
  • (Tickets will be available at the gate)
  • Adult: $5.00 / Children & Seniors: $3.00
  • Students with a valid I.D. from participating SSC institutions are free

NEXT:

The winner of the Sunshine State Conference Semifinal game will go on to play the winner of the No. 1 seeded Florida Southern vs. No. 4 seeded Tampa game on Sunday for the SSC Tournament Championship match-uip.  Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Bryant Stadium in Lakeland, Fla.  Live coverage will be provided by Florida Southern Athletics.

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