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PREVIEW: Rollins Prepped to Face Florida Southern in SSC Action

PREVIEW: Rollins Prepped to Face Florida Southern in SSC Action

Tars Make Short Trek to Take on No. 20 Mocs, Saturday


MATCH-UP:
NR/RV Rollins (4-5, 1-2 SSC) vs RV/20 Florida Southern (7-4, 2-1 SSC)

WHERE:
Barnett Athletic Complex | Florida Southern College | Lakeland, Fla.

WHEN:
Saturday, March 7, 2018 | 1:00 PM

COVERAGE:
VIDEO:  Florida Southern Video
STATS:  Florida Southern Live Stats

USILA Division II Coaches Poll:  Week of April 2, 2018  
NIKE/ US Lacrosse DII Men's Top-20: Week of April 2, 2018 

SET-UP:
With four Sunshine State Conference games left in the regular season, the Rollins men's lacrosse team makes the short trek to Lakeland, Fla. on Saturday to square up against Florida Southern on Saturday afternoon.  The Tars and Mocs are set to face off at 1:00 p.m. in the brand new Barnett Athletic Complex on the campus of Florida Southern.  Links to live coverage of Saturday's SSC showdown are available on RollinsSports.com.

The Tars enter into the weekend after losing two hard-fought SSC contests to then No. 18 Florida Tech, and current No. 6 Saint Leo.  Rollins has fallen in the their last two match-ups by minimal deficits, having dropped to the Panthers by a score of 14-12, and Saint Leo by just one goal, 11-10.  So far this season, Rollins has matched up against five opponents ranked on the USILA Division II Coaches Poll, and will take on Florida Southern, who received votes on this week's USILA DII Coaches Poll and also checked in at No. 20 on the NIKE/USL Top 20.

Rollins enters into Saturday's matchup with a record of 4-5 overall and 1-2 against Sunshine State Conference opponents.  After boasting a four-game win streak in March, the Tars look to get back to their winning ways against the Mocs on Saturday.  The Tars did not appear on the USILA DII Coaches Poll this week, but received votes on the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20 this week.

Florida Southern welcomes the Tars to their new facility on Saturday with a record of 7-4 and 2-1 in SSC action.  The Mocs enter into the weekend receiving votes on this week's USILA Division II Coaches Poll, and checking in at No. 20 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Top 20. 

TRACKING THE TARS:
After nine games this season, the Tars are led in goals by freshman Joey Cinque with 18, followed by Grag Taicher with 16, and Jeremy Slocumb with 15.  Jackson Colling has scored eight, while Tommy Keane and Grant Long have scored five each.  Connor Ashton and Slocumb lead the team in assists with eight each, followed by Taicher with seven, and Colling with six.  Freshman Kyle Sudol leads the team in ground balls with 50, and also takes the lead in faceoffs won having earned 96-of-165.  Lucas Brush has earned 34 ground balls, followed by Evan Schimek with 21, and Taicher with 18.  Evan Schimek leads the team in caused turnovers with 16, while Brush has earned 13 and Chase Snyder has totaled nine so far this season.  In goal, senior Andrew Hoemann has played in all nine games, earning nine starts for the Tars.  The Bellingham, Wash. native has allowed 90 goals, for a goals against average of 10.15 this season.  Hoemann has also earned 79 saves, and holds onto a save percentage of .467 so far this season.

TRACKING THE MOCCASINS:
The Mocs have played 11 games so far this season, with Lucas Claude leading the way with 34 goals.  Kevin Dyer has scored 26, whole Carson Wallace has netted 12, Colin Byer has scored 11, and Dalton Simpson has scored 10.  Dalton Simpson holds onto a team best 13 assists, followed by Liam Winwood with nine and Claude and Carson Wallace with eight apiece.  Leading the team in ground balls is Austen Lison with 56, followed by Kevin Horwitz with 42.  Horwitz is the primary faceoff specialist for the Mocs, winning 101-of-195 attempts on the year.  The Mocs are led by Alex Dugan in the caused turnover category, as he's earned 18 on the season.  Austen Lison and Roy Decker follow next with 15 and 14, respectively.  In goal, Mike Greco leads the way, seeing a total of 618:55 minutes between the pipes.  Greco has allowed 106 goals, for a goals against average of 10.28, while earning 123 saves for a save percentage of .537 so far on the season.

THE SERIES:
After their first matchup on March 11, 2009, the two teams have met a total of ten times over the years.  Florida Southern leads the all-time series, 8-2, most recently edging the Tars by a score of 9-8 on April 15, 2017.

NOTES:

  • The Tars are currently 0-4 when playing on the road.
  • When playing at home, Florida Southern is 4-1 overall.
  • Senior Andrew Hoemann currently sits sixth in program record books for career saves with 82.
  • Freshman Kyle Sudol currently sits third in program record books for Faceoff Win Percentage.  Sudol has won 96-of-165 attempts, and currently holds onto a win percentage of .582.
  • With 85 overall points, Greg Taicher currently sits fifth in program record books for career points. Taicher also sits fifth overall in career goals (59) and sixth in career assists (26).
  • Jeremy Slocumb now sits in the program record books for career assists, having earned 14 to place him in 17th.
  • Connor Ashton currently sits 13th in program record books for career points (52), 15th for career goals (29), and has moved into a tie for eighth for career assists (23).
  • Lucas Brush has earned 139 ground balls, and sits fourth 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 53.  He currently sits 24 CT's behind program leader Scannapieco, 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:
The Tars return to action on Wednesday, April 11, when they host the University of Tampa at Cahall-Sandspur Field in Sunshine State Conference action.  Game time against the Spartans is set for 7 p.m.  Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person can follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

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