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Tars Unable to Topple No. 18 FIT in Hard-Fought SSC Contest

Tars Unable to Topple No. 18 FIT in Hard-Fought SSC Contest

Schimek Earns Career High Five Caused Turnovers, Brush Matches Career Best Seven Ground Balls


WINTER PARK, Fla. (March 31, 2018) – Evan Schimek and Lucas Brush both had big games, with Schimek earning a new career best in caused turnovers with five, and Brush matching a career best seven ground balls in a game.  However, the RV/17 Rollins men's lacrosse team was unable to overcome the No. 18/15 Florida Tech Panthers on Saturday afternoon at Cahall-Sandspur Field, dropping their first Sunshine State Conference matchup of the season.  Rollins led by one entering into the final period, 10-9, but a strong fourth quarter from the Panthers lifted them to a 14-12 final score, snapping a four-game win streak for the Tars.

The Tars lose their first home game of the 2018 season, and fall to 4-4, and 1-1 in SSC action, while the Panthers advance to 5-4, and 2-0 in SSC play. 

Freshman Joey Cinque led the Tars in goals on the afternoon as he notched a hat trick, while Greg Taicher and Jackson Colling scored two goals apiece.  Brandon Carlin, Eric NeCamp, Jeremy Slocumb, Blake Buell, and Brush scored one goal each as the Tars put 12 total goals on the board.  Taicher led the team in assists with two, earning four points on the afternoon.  Behind Taicher's two assists, Connor Ashton, Carlin, Colling, and NeCamp each dished out one assist.  Lucas Brush led the team with his career-matching seven ground balls, while Evan Schimek notched a team best five caused turnovers, marking a new career high.  Kyle Sudol won 8-of-21 faceoff attempts, while Ford Johnson won 2-of-8 attempts.  In cage, senior Andrew Hoemann faced a total of 29 shots and 21 shots on goal, earning seven saves while allowing 14 goals.

Florida Tech saw a game high five goals from Tajee Mobley, while Reid Chaconas netted a hat trick on the afternoon and added an assist for four points total.  Carson Cough matched Chaconas in points with four, notching two goals and two assists, while Logan Sweeney scored two goals and added one assist of his own.  Mason Ostrowski led the team in assists with three, and added one goal to match Chaconas and Cough in points with four.  Tyler Oblong and Tommy Bowser contributed to the scoring efforts on the day, earning one assist apiece.  Both Addison Abramson and Lance Pavlina earned a game high eight ground balls each, with Pavlina winning 15-of-22 faceoff attempts.  Ryan Land also saw some success at the faceoff-x, winning 4-of-7 on the afternoon.  Abramson led the Panthers in caused turnovers with five.  In goal, Daniel Flock earned six saves in 60 minutes of action while allowing 12 goals.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • First Quarter:  Cinque got the scoring started with an unassisted goal at the 13:54 mark to put the Tars on the board.  The Panthers answered back with three straight goals, taking a 3-1 lead with 7:02 on the clock in the first quarter, but an unassisted goal by Taicher with 5:46 left pulled the Tars back to within one, 3-2.  Florida Tech used a late rally to close out the period, scoring two goals within 51 seconds of each other to close out the first quarter with a 5-2 lead.
  • Second Quarter:  The Panthers opened up the second stanza scoring their third straight, giving FIT a 6-2 lead with 13:25 on the clock.  But Taicher once again found the back of the net on an unassisted goal with 7:02 to go, setting the score at 6-3.  Colling connected a pass to Slocumb on an extra-man opportunity for a man-up goal with 2:11 on the clock, and an unassisted goal by Buell with 48 ticks left pulled Rollins to within one of the Panthers, 6-5.  With Rollins finding an opportunity with just seconds left in the quarter, Taicher connected a feed to Brush, who ripped a shot past Flock as the clock hit zero to tied the game at 6-6 at halftime.
  • Third Quarter:  Rollins carried their momentum into the third quarter, scoring tow more to take an 8-6 lead with 11:12 on the clock, but te Panthers answered back with two of their own to knot the score at 8-8 with 5:00 to go in the period.  Carlin gave Rollins the edge with 2:29 on the board, but Mobley answered back with 58 seconds left to tie the game at 9-9.  Rollins once again used a late push to get the best of the Panthers, and Colling found the back of the net with 23 seconds left in the period to give the Tars a 10-9 lead entering into the final quarter.
  • Fourth Quarter:  Despite the Tars' best efforts, Florida Tech outscored the Tars 5-2 in the final 15 minutes of action, closing out the conference matchup with a final score of 14-12.

NOTES:

  • The Tars received votes on the USILA Division II Coaches Poll this week, and moved into 17th on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Men's Top 20 this week
  • The Panthers checked in at No. 18 on the USILA DII Poll, and were placed at No. 15 on the NIKE/USL DII Top 20.
  • Rollins now leads the all-time series with the Panthers, 4-3.
  • Brush matched a career best for ground balls in a game with seven, while also matching a career best in goals and points with one.
  • Schimek earned a new career high for caused turnovers in a game with five.
  • Colling notched a new season best for points in a game with three, and matched a season high two goals.
  • Eric NeCamp earned the first man-up goal of his career.
  • Freshman Kyle Sudol currently sits fourth in program record books for Faceoff Win Percentage.  Sudol has won 81-of-142 attempts, and currently holds onto a win percentage of .570.
  • With 84 overall points, Greg Taicher has surpassed Austin Ricci `13 for career points in the program record books. Taicher also sits fifth overall in career goals (58) and sixth in career assists (26).
  • Jeremy Slocumb now sits in the program record books for career assists, having earned 13 to place him in a tie for 17th.
  • Connor Ashton currently sits 14th in program record books for career points (48), 15th for career goals (26), and has moved into a tie for eighth for career assists (22), tied with James Libutti `12.
  • Lucas Brush has earned 135 ground balls, and has moved into fourth in program record books for ground balls in a career, surpassing Nick Scannapieco `13.  The Dublin, Ohio native is also currently fifth in program record books for career caused turnovers with 52.  He currently sits 25 CT's behind program leader Scannapieco, who amassed 77 in his career.

NEXT:
Rollins opens the month of April with a match-up against Saint Leo on Wednesday, April 4, with game time set for 7 p.m. at University Turf Stadium.  Fans who are unable to travel to St. Leo, Fla. will be able to follow all of the action live with links to live coverage on RollinsSports.com.

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