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PREVIEW: Tars Host Two Home Games in Three Days

PREVIEW: Tars Host Two Home Games in Three Days

Rollins Opens SSC Play Against Lynn, Saturday, Welcomes Alabama-Huntsville, Monday


MATCH-UP:
RV/20 Rollins (2-3) vs 18/14 Lynn (7-1)

RV/20 Rollins (2-3) vs Alabama-Huntsville (6-3)

WHERE:
Barker Family Stadium & Cahall-Sandspur Field | Rollins College | Winter Park, Fla.

WHEN:

Saturday | March 24, 2018 | 4:00 P.M.

Monday | March 26, 2018 | 7:00 P.M.

COVERAGE:
VIDEO: Tars Sports Network

STATS:  TarsStats.com

USILA Division II Coaches Poll:  Week of March 19, 2018  
NIKE/ US Lacrosse DII Men's Top-20: Week of March 19, 2018

SET-UP:

After a week that saw the Tars go 2-0, including an upset victory over then No. 4 Colorado Mesa, the Rollins men's lacrosse team moved into the standings on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Men's Top 20 this week, and received votes on the USILA Division II Coaches Poll.  Rollins prepares to host two games in three days, beginning with their Sunshine State Conference opener on Saturday afternoon when they host No. 18/14 Lynn University at Cahall-Sandspur Field.  Game time against the Fighting Knights is set for 4 p.m., and will be followed two days later by a 7 p.m. matchup against Alabama-Huntsville on Monday, March 26.  The Tars are now 2-3 overall on the season.

The Fighting Knights checked in on both polls this week, getting the nod at No. 18 on the USILA DII Coaches Poll, while sitting 14th on the NIKE/USL Top 20.  Lynn sits with an overall record of 7-1 on the season, having dropped their only contest to then ninth-ranked Limestone by a final score of 16-6 back on Saturday, February 3.  Since then, the Fighting Knights have won six straight, and are 2-1 when playing on the road.  In their most recent game, Lynn took down then-10th ranked Belmont Abbey by a score of 10-9 on Saturday, April 17.

The Chargers make the trip to the Sunshine State holding onto an overall record of 6-3 on the season, having most recently lost a 14-4 contest to UIndy on Wednesday, March 21.  When playing against Sunshine State Conference opponents, the Chargers are 2-1, having lost to Saint Leo, 18-10, and then earning a 14-5 win and a 12-10 victory over first year programs Embry-Riddle and Palm Beach Atlantic.  When playing on the road, the Chargers are 0-1 on the season.

TRACKING THE TARS:

After five games played, the Tars are led in scoring by senior Jeremy Slocumb with 10 goals, followed by Greg Taicher with eight, and Joey Cinque with five.  Slocumb also leads the Tars in assists with five, while Tommy Keane has dished out three, and Connor Ashton, Brandon Carlin, Grant Long, and Eric NeCamp have earned two apiece.  Kyle Sudol has earned a team best 36 ground balls as he has won 57-of-95 faceoff attempts.  For his efforts last week, Sudol was named to the USILA Division II Team of the Week.  Lucas Brush and Evan Schimek earned 16 and 14 ground balls, respectively, and lead the team in caused turnovers with nine each.  In goal, senior Andrew Hoemann has seen a total of 291:55 minutes in between the pipes.  Hoemann has earned 46 saves so far this season, earning a save percentage of .489, and has allowed 48 goals, posting a goals against average of just 9.87.  Landon Salie has played a total of 15:00 in cage this season, earning five saves for a save percentage of .625 while allowing three goals.

TRACKING THE FIGHTING KNIGHTS:

Entering into their ninth game of the season, Lynn is led by Nick Howard, who has put up 17 goals.  Xander Cosenza has scored 15, while Keegan Maxwell and Stephen Polsinelli have scored 13 apiece.  Mikey Urso has amassed a team best 14 assists, leading the team in overall points with 24 on the season as he has added 10 goals.  Dryden Brous has earned an impressive 82 ground balls so far this season, winning 116-of-152 faceoff attempts.  Urso follows in ground balls with 24, followed by Greg Morissette and Conrad Rhein with 18 apiece.  Cody Bartusiak has earned a team best 10 caused turnovers, followed by Harrison Kaplan with seven.  In goal, Collin McClelland has played and started in all eight games for the Fighting Knights, seeing a total of 388:25 minutes in goal.  McClelland has allowed 56 goals, and has a goals against average of 8.65 so far this season while earning 45 saves and posting a save percentage of .446.

TRACKING THE CHARGERS:

With nine games played so far this season, the Chargers are led by Luke LeVette, who has earned 20 goals, while Kevin Coppinger and Emory Weaver have scored 15 and 14, respectively.  Both Coppinger and Jacob Glen have dished out a team best 10 assists, giving Coppinger the team lead in overall points with 25 on the season.  Nik Kubik leads the team in ground balls with 43, having won 116-of-202 faceoff attempts.  Colton Nall and Jack Utrevis have picked up 37 and 22 ground balls to follow Kubik.  Nall leads the team in caused turnovers with eight, followed by Connor Evers with seven.  In goal, Kyle Siersman has played and started in six games, seeing a total of 315:00 minutes on the field.  Siersman has faced a total of 160 shots, allowing 48 goals for a goals against average of 9.14 while earning 54 saves for a save percentage of .529.  Ethan Randell has earned three starts while playing in four games for a total of 172:39 minutes.  Randell has faced 96 shots, allowing 20 goals for a goals against average of just 6.95.  Randell has also earned 32 saves, and has a save percentage of .615 on the season.  Zak Welsh has also seen time in goal, playing 52:21 minutes throughout four games and facing 24 shots.  Welsh has allowed eight goals, for a goals against average of 8.44, and has made eight saves to post a save percentage of .500 on the season.

THE SERIES:

Rollins is 3-1 against the Fighting Knights, with their last matchup resulting in a thrilling 12-11 overtime victory over Lynn down in Boca Raton on April 8, 2017. 

Monday's contest will mark the first time the Tars and Chargers will meet on the turf.

NOTES:

  • Rollins is outshooting their opponents 195-170, and 111-102 when it comes to shots on goal.
  • Freshman Kyle Sudol currently sits at the top of the program record books for Faceoff Win Percentage.  Sudol has won 57-of-95 attempts, and currently holds onto a win percentage of .600.  For his efforts last week, Sudol was named to the USILA Division Team of the Week this week.
  • With 71 overall points, Greg Taicher sits sixth in program record books for points in a career.  Taicher also sits seventh overall in career goals (51) and ninth in career assists (20). 
  • Jeremy Slocumb has moved into the program record books for career assists, having earned 11 to place him in a tied for 20th.
  • Connor Ashton currently sits 16th in program record books for career points (42), 15th for career goals (25), and 12th for career assists (17).
  • Lucas Brush has earned 121 ground balls, and sits sixth in program record books for ground balls in a career.  The Dublin, Ohio native is also currently fifth in program record books for career caused turnovers with 49.  He currently sits 28 CT's behind program leader Nick Scannapieco (2010-13) who amassed 77 in his career.
  •  Key Individual Game Records to Watch in 2018:
    • Most points in a game: 7
    • Most goals in a game: 6
    • Most caused turnovers: 6
    • Most assists: 5
    • Most saves: 25
    • Most shots: 19
    • Most ground balls: 17
    • Most man-up goals: 4
    • Most man-down goals: 2
    • Most faceoffs won: 23

NEXT:
Rollins returns to action on Saturday, March 31, when they take on Florida Tech in Sunshine State Conference action.  Game time against the Panthers is slated for 1 p.m.  Fans who are unable to attend the game in person can follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

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