Rollins (7-6, 2-2 SSC) vs. Florida Tech (6-6, 2-2 SSC)
F.W. Olin Sports Complex | Melbourne, Fla.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 | 1:00 P.M.
With one game remaining on their regular season slate, the Rollins men’s lacrosse team is primed and ready to take on Florida Tech in a Sunshine State Conference clash on Saturday afternoon at the F.W. Olin Sports Complex. The game marks the regular season finale for both teams, who each received votes on the latest USILA Division II Poll released earlier this week, and holds tremendous SSC Tournament seeding implications.
The Tars enter into Saturday’s tilt with a record of 7-6, and are 2-2 against SSC opponents, while the Panthers sit with a record of 6-6 and 2-2 in SSC play. Current conference standings have Tampa claiming the regular season championship title with a current record of 4-0, while Florida Southern, Rollins, and Florida Tech all hold onto league records of 2-2. Rounding out the conference standings are Saint Leo and Lynn, who enter into their final league game of the regular season with records of 1-3. To date, there are eight different scenarios to determine tournament seedings, with Rollins earning a spot in the tournament in all eight situations unless a coin-flip in a tiebreaker situation bounces them out of the standings. Currently, there is one scenario which would bounce Florida Tech out of the conference tournament, with Saint Leo defeating Tampa, Florida Southern defeating Lynn, and the Tars taking down the Panthers.
Rollins is coming off of a hard-fought 9-8 loss to Florida Southern on April 15 that saw Greg Taicher, Connor Ashton, and Blake Buell each notch two goals, while Carson Buell set up two teammates for a pair of assists to lead the team. In goal, Ty Wedekind played a full 60 minutes, earning seven saves.
Florida Tech is riding a two game skid that saw them lose a 13-8 contest to Saint Leo on April 8, followed by a 15-10 loss to Tampa on April 15. Carson Clough led the way against the Spartans, with one goal and three assists, while Reid Chaconas and Logan Sweeney recorded two goals apiece. Cody Martin matched the duo in points with one goal and one assist on the day. In goal, Daniel Flock played 59:50 minutes, earning 10 saves while allowing 14 goals.
TRACKING THE TARS:
Leading the Tars in goals, assists and overall points after 13 games is Greg Taicher, who has notched 32 goals and 14 assists for 46 points on the season. Justin Diamond has tallied 27 goals and four assists, for a team second best 31 points, followed by Connor Ashton with 16 goals and a team second best 10 assists for 26 points to date. Lucas Brush leads the Tars in ground balls and caused turnovers, scooping up 39 and causing 23 turnovers in 13 games played. Andrew Matthews is close behind in ground balls with 31, followed by Trey LaPorta with 26. Evan Schimek and Roy Hansen have caused nine turnovers apiece, 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 earning the start and seeing a full 60 minutes in the last three contests. Wedekind has faced 97 shots in 184 minutes, earning 30 saves for a save percentage of .556. The sophomore has allowed 24 goals, averaging 7.83 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 PANTHERS:
After 12 games played this season, Nick Wynne leads the team in goals and points, tallying 30 goals and adding 11 assists for 41 points overall. Logan Sweeney has notched a team second best 21 goals, followed by Cody Martin with 15. Leading the team in assists is Carson Clough with 16, followed by Tyler Covey with 12. Behind Wynne’s 41 points is Clough with 27 and Sweeney close behind with 26. Lance Pavlina has earned a team high 52 ground balls, followed by Clough and Addison Abramson with 42 apiece. Abramson has caused a team best 20 turnovers, followed by Tom Filipow with 11 in 12 games played. In goal, Daniel flock has started all 12 games and played 688:30 minutes. Flock has faced 398 shots this season, earning 134 saves for a save percentage of .540 while allowing 114 goals, averaging 9.93 per contest.
- The Tars lead the all-time series with Florida Tech, 4-2
- Last time the two teams met in action was on April 16, 2016, where Rollins claimed the 11-9 victory at home in Winter Park.
- Rollins is 4-1 on the season when playing true away contests.
- With 38 assists in his career, senior Carson Buell is just four assists away from tying the program record in All-Time Assists. Buell needs to dish out five more assists to overtake 2016 graduate Morgan Baker, who closed out his career with 42.
After Saturday's matchup, the Tars will await news on final Sunshine State Conference Tournament pairings, with the hopes of returning to action in the Tournament Semifinals on Friday, April 28, when they will play in the tournament semifinals. This season’s tournament will be hosted by regular season champion, University of Tampa. Tournament pairings and game times will be announced upon the conclusion of the 2017 regular season on Sunday, April 23. More information will be posted on RollinsSports.com as it becomes available.
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