Tuesday, Oct. 25 vs. Eckerd – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 29 vs. Embry-Riddle – 7:00 p.m.
Rollins looks to return to their winning ways, and secure their place in the Sunshine State Conference Playoffs, with a pair of victories to close out the regular season. Last week the Tars dropped back to back contests for the first time all season. The Tars now stand at 7-6-1, and 3-4-1 in SSC action. Rollins looks forward to a conference match against Eckerd, which is being made up, after inclement weather postponed the original contest, and a bout against SSC provisional member Embry-Riddle.
WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins: Senior Captain Tosan Popo leads the Tars, putting the ball in the back of the net six times, and adding seven assists, totaling 20 points. Matt Volk has tallied a team leading nine goals on the year, while also adding one assist for 19 points. Ben Grant leads Rollins with four assists. Alexis Martinez has tallied at least a point in five of the Tars last six matches. Drew Trautmann ranks fourth in the SSC with 44 saves, playing 1113 minutes in net for the Tars.
Eckerd: The Tritons come into the contest with a record of 7-4-2, and 3-3-1 in SSC play. Eckerd currently sits fifth in the conference standings, one spot ahead of the Tars. The Tritons have played four nationally ranked opponents is their last five games, including an upset victory over then No. 23 Tampa. Juan David Tejada leads Eckerd, and sits 11th in the SSC, with 17 points, on eight goals and an assists. Robert Labus has tallied 13 points with six goals and one helper. Matheus Assumpcao leads the Tritons with eight assists on the year. Alex Gott has played every minute in net for the Tritons, making a conference leading 59 saves.
Embry-Riddle: The Eagles have been struggling as of late, as they prepare for their visit to Winter Park. Embry-Riddle is winless in their last six games, and come in on a four game losing streak, during which they have been outscored 16-3. The Eagles overall record stands at 2-7-3, while their only victory over an SSC opponent came on September 9, when they defeated Nova Southeastern 2-0. Felix Moller leads Embry-Riddle with 13 points on the year, five goals and three assists. Joao Belmonte is not far behind with 10 points on four goals and two assists. Richard Dearle has seen the majority of time in net for the Eagles, making 66 saves and surrendering 2.87 goals per game.
NOTES: The Tritons were able to upend the Tars, 1-0, in their only 2015 meeting. Rollins got the better of Embry-Riddle, last season, however, besting the Eagles 5-2. James Crowley found the net twice, while Fritz Engel and Martinez each tallied a score in the win.
The match against Eckerd will close Rollins regular season conference slate, as they jockey for position in the SSC Tournament. The top-six teams in the SSC regular season standings earn a spot in the SSC Tournament; Rollins is currently sitting at No. 6 with 10 points, tied with Eckerd. Saint Leo is seventh with nine points and has two games remaining, starting with an October 26 date with Nova Southeastern.
NEXT: This week will close out the Tars regular season. The Tars will have to wait to determine their fate headed into postseason play.
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