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Preview: Rollins Preps for Top-25 Showdown and Battle with Sharks

Preview: Rollins Preps for Top-25 Showdown and Battle with Sharks

SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, September 23 at No. 4 Lynn | 6:00 p.m. | Boca Raton, Fla.
Saturday, September 30 vs. Nova Southeastern | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium 

COVERAGE:
LU – Watch | Live Stats
NSU – Watch | Live Stats 

SET UP:
Rollins will continue Sunshine State Conference play after picking up two key conference wins last week.  The No. 23 Tars shutout Florida Southern for a 1-0 victory on Wednesday before defeating Barry in double overtime, on Saturday, in Miami Shores.  The Tars must now turn their attention to the second top-five team on their schedule, as they prepare to visit No. 4 Lynn on Wednesday.  Rollins will then return home to deal with the Nova Southeastern Sharks on Saturday evening. 

WHO TO WATCH:
No. 23 Rollins (4-0-1): Rollins has had five goal scorers through the first five games of 2017, with nine Tars tallying at least one point.  Ben Grant in pacing the offense, and sits in a tie for second in the SSC, with four goals on the year.  His eight points also leads Rollins, and is tied for the fourth highest total in the conference.  Damian Clarke is the Tars' only other multi-goal scorer, with three tallies.  The junior has also added an assist for seven points.  Stefan Avram, James Crowley, who netted the overtime winner at Barry, and Fritz Engel round out the Tars' scorers.  Johnny Nartowicz is leading Rollins with two assists. 

The Tars have used a trio of keepers in this young season.  Drew Trautmann and Julian Grundler have each started two games.  Trautmann has made eight saves, and was vital to the Tars upset of then No. 1 Wingate, while Grundler has made 10 stops, and held the Tars' only clean sheet in the win over Florida Southern.  Both Trautmann and Grundler have earned SSC Defensive Player of the Week honors for their efforts this season. 

No. 5 Lynn (5-0-0): The No. 4 Fighting Knights took down SSC opponent Embry-Riddle by a score of 1-0 their last time out.  The reigning SSC champions have yet to surrender a goal this season, and are outscoring the opposition 16-0 through the first five games. 

Alun Webb leads the Lynn attack, sitting tied for second in the SSC with four goals on the year. The senior from Wales has also added an assist for nine points, third most in the conference. Jack Watson has registered three tallies, and two assists for eight total points.  Stefan Strohmaier, who scored the winner against the Eagles, and Tomer Bitton have each found the back of the net twice.  Along with Watson, four other Fighting Knights have dished out two assists. 

Alexander Roth has played every minute in net for Lynn on the year.  The senior has made 14 saves with out surrendering a goal. 

Nova Southeastern (2-2-0): The Sharks have had an up and down 2017, as they have traded wins and losses.  Last time out Nova Southeastern dismantled Flagler 5-1; the five goals are the most the Sharks have scored in a game under current coach Matt Watts. 

Nova Southeastern has seen contributions from six different players, but despite their offensive explosion last time out, still only boast one multi-goal scorer.  Noel Johnson leads the Sharks with two goals for a total of four points.  Ignacio Goya has also made his presence felt, notching one goal and two assists to tie Johnson for the team lead with four points. 

Nico Rosiglioni has seen the majority of the action between the pipes for the Sharks.  The graduate student had made nine saves in three contests, while giving up four goals, good for a save percentage of .692. 

NOTES:

  • The Tars are 10-21-2 all-time against Lynn, falling in a 5-3 shootout against the Fighting Knights last season.
  • Rollins is 15-5-1 all-time when facing Nova Southeastern, including besting the Sharks 4-3 last season; the Tars got goals from Matt Volk, Ben Grant, Johnny Nartowicz, and James Winchester.
  • The Tars only match against ranked competition for far in 2017 was their upset victory over then No. 1 Wingate on September 2.
  • Julina Grundler's SSC Defensive Player of the Week award last week was the Tars' third weekly conference award of the year, with Damian Clarke and fellow net-minder Drew Trautmann sweeping the honors in the opening week of the campaign.
  • Tars' head coach Keith Buckley is entering his 27th year at the helm of the Rollins soccer program, and currently sits with a record of 310-148-30, the 14th best record among active Division II head coaches. 

NEXT:
Rollins will continue SSC action with a visit to the Tampa Spartans on Wednesday, October 4, kickoff is set for 7 p.m.  The Tars' conference slate will then feature a visit from No. 8 Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, October 7; game time at Barker Family Stadium is scheduled for 7 p.m. 

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