Conference Tournament Bid Falls Short in Three Way Tiebreaker
WINTER PARK, Fla. (April 23, 2017) – Entering into Saturday morning, the Sunshine State Conference was facing eight different scenarios in determining this year’s 2017 Men’s Lacrosse Conference Tournament bracket, two of which would have to come down to a coin flip in order to determine who would advance into the tournament as the third and fourth seeds.
After concluding the 2017 Sunshine State Conference regular season in a three-way tie with Florida Southern and Lynn, the Rollins men’s lacrosse team found themselves having to bank on a coin flip in order to earn a spot on the tournament bracket this year.
All three teams finished the regular season with a record of 2-3 against SSC opponents, and as luck would have it, all three teams went 1-1 in group play. Rollins defeated Lynn (12-11 on April 8) while falling to Florida Southern, Lynn defeated Florida Southern (11-8 on April 22) but lost to the Tars, and Florida Southern defeated Rollins (9-8 on April 15), and lost to Lynn.
All three teams then defeated Saint Leo in season, but lost to Tampa and Florida Tech. With only four spots to fill in the tournament bracket, and the top two seeds being claimed by Tampa and Florida Tech, respectively, it left the three teams tied at 2-3 vying for a spot on this year’s bracket.
After surviving the first round of coin flips with all three schools coming up tails, the Tars ultimately found themselves the odd man out in the second round as their flip came up tails while Florida Southern and Lynn both came up heads. After head-to-head play this season, Lynn will advance to the SSC Tournament Semifinals as the No. 3 seed, while Florida Southern advances as the fourth-seed.
The Tars’ 10th season in program history will be one for the record books. Rollins concludes its 2017 campaign having taken on its toughest schedule in program history. The Tars finished with a record of 7-7 and 2-3 in SSC action, and were ranked as high as 18th on the USILA Division II Poll this season. With every game proving to be a challenge, Rollins squared up against eight teams that were either ranked on the USILA Poll or had received votes at the time of competition. Seven of their 14 games were decided by one-goal differentials, four of which were thrilling victories that often saw the Tars fight from behind to earn the win. Rollins graduates 11 seniors from this season’s squad, but will rely on eight juniors, 10 sophomores, and a strong corps of 14 freshmen to return in 2018 to carry on the success from this past season.
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