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PREVIEW: Fourth Seed Rollins Sets Sights on Top Seed Saint Leo

PREVIEW: Fourth Seed Rollins Sets Sights on Top Seed Saint Leo

Rollins Squares Off Against Lions in SSC Tournament Semifinals


MATCH-UP:
RV/RV Rollins (7-6) vs 5/5 Saint Leo (13-1)

WHERE:
University Turf Stadium | Saint Leo University | St. Leo, Fla.

WHEN:
Thursday, April 26, 2018 | 7:00 PM

COVERAGE:
VIDEO:  Sunshine State Conference Digital Network

STATS:  Saint Leo Live Stats

SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE TOURAMENT HOME PAGE

TOURNAMENT BRACKET

USILA Division II Coaches Poll:  Week of April 23, 2018  
NIKE/ US Lacrosse DII Men's Top-20: Week of April 23, 2018

SET-UP:
After missing out on the 2017 Sunshine State Conference Tournament due to a three-way tie and coin-flip decision, the Rollins men's lacrosse team has made their triumphant return to the SSC Tournament in 2018.  The Tars, who enter the tournament as the No. 4 seed, are set to take on the No. 1 seed and host Saint Leo University Lions on Thursday night at University Turf Stadium.  Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all the action with live video broadcasted on the Sunshine State Conference Digital Sports Network, as well as with live stats provided by Saint Leo.

Rollins enters into Wednesday night's game with an overall record of 7-6, while the Lions hold onto a mark of 13-1 on the season.  On the latest rankings released April 23, Rollins received votes on both the USILA Division II Coaches Poll, as well as the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top 20.  The Lions, who are riding a nine-game winning streak, checked in at No. 5 on both rankings this week.

SUNSHINE STATE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT HISTORY:

Sunshine State Conference Regular Season Champions
2018: Saint Leo
2017: Tampa
2016: Tampa
2015: Tampa
2014: Tampa     *Inaugural season in 2014

Regular Season Championships by School
Tampa - 4
Saint Leo - 1

SSC Men's Lacrosse Tournament Champions
2017: Tampa
2016: Tampa
2015: Tampa
2014: Tampa

Tournament Championships by School
Tampa - 4

TRACKING THE TARS:
After concluding their regular season with 13 games played, Rollins is led in goals by freshman Joey Cinque with 30 on the season.  The West Palm Beach, Fla. native has added one assist for 31 points overall, and is fifth in the conference in goals per game with 2.31, and sixth in goals scored.  Greg Taicher has earned a team second best 24 goals, followed by Jeremy Slocumb with 17, Connor Ashton with 14, and Jackson Colling with 10.  Slocumb leads the team in assists with 18, and ranks fourth in the SSC in assists per game (1.38), as well as overall assists on the year.  Both Ashton and Taicher have dished out a team second best 10 assists.  Kyle Sudol leads the team in ground balls with 59, good for eighth in the SSC in GBs per game (4.54), and has won a team best 127-of-228 faceoff attempts this season.  Lucas Brush has earned 46 ground balls, followed by Eva Schimek with 33.  Schimek has earned a team best 25 caused turnovers, followed by Brush with 118, and Chase Snyder with 13.  Schimek currently sits fourth in SSC rankings in caused turnovers per game (1.92), while Brush sits seventh with 1.38 CTs per contest.  In Goal, Andrew Hoemann has seen a total of 717:18 minutes in cage, earning 99 saves for a save percentage of .458.  Hoemann has allowed 117 goals, for a goals against average of 9.79, and has earned 25 ground balls.

TRACKING THE LIONS
The Lions have played 14 games leading up to Thursday night's match-up.  Kyle Pauwels leads the way with 44 goals and has added 14 assists for a 58 points, while Jake Gilmour leads the team in overall points with 29 goals and a team best 34 assists for 63 total points.  Pauwls currently leads the SSC in goals per game (3.14), and ranks second in goals scored, followed by Kurtenbach in fourth for total goals and goals per game (2.57).  Jake Gilmor leads the conference in total assists, as well as assists per contest (2.43), while Kurtenbach sits third in total assists and second in assists per game (1.64).  The trio currently leads the team in overall points per game, with Gilmour in first (4.50), Kurtenbach in second (4.21), and Pauwels in third (4.14).  Jordan Williams leads the team in ground balls with 54, and has won 136-of-287 faceoff attempts so far this season.  Julian Taylor and Kurtenbach follow with 41 and 38 ground balls, respectively.  Ethan Ticehurst leads the pack with 19 caused turnovers, followed closely by Jake Bye with 17, and Joe Serrecchia with 16.  In goal, Thomas Tartarian has started all 14 games, seeing a total of 818:28 minutes between the pipes.  Tartarian has faced 519 shots so far this season, posting a save percentage of .596 as he has earned 189 saves.  Entering into Wednesday's game, he has allowed 128 goals, for a goals against average of 9.38.

LAST TIME OUT:
Last time out against the Lions, the Tars fell in a hard-fought mid-week tilt at University Turf Stadium on April 4.  Tied at 10-10 with under a minute to play, the Rollins men's lacrosse team was unable to hold back a No. 6 Saint Leo University squad, allowing the Lions to score the game-winning goal with just eight seconds left on the clock to pull out the 11-10 win over the Tars. 

Jackson Colling led the team in overall points on the night, earning a team best four assists and adding one goal for five points.  Connor Ashton followed close behind with four as he notched a hat trick and added one assist, while Joey Cinque scored three goals of his own.  Greg Taicher, Tommy Keane, and Kyle Sudol scored one goal apiece, while Jeremy Slocumb dished out one assist on the night.  Kyle Sudol led the game in ground balls with six as he won 15-of-23 faceoff attempts for the Tars.  Both Chase Snyder and Taicher earned a game high two caused turnovers.  In goal, senior Andrew Hoemann earned six saves, posting up three in the third quarter, as he faced 31 shots and 17 shots on goal from the nationally-ranked Lions.

The Lions were led by Jake Gilmour, who scored two goals and added a team best three assists for five points.  Kyle Pauwels netted two goals and added one assist, while Charlie Kurtenbach tallied two goals of his own.  Julian Taylor, Matt Shand, Anthony Visintin, Ethan Ticehurst, and Zach Lysyk scored one goal apiece, while Shand, Taylor, and Jordan Williams dished out one assist each.  Taylor and Ticehurst led Saint Leo in ground balls with four each, while Ticehurst, Jake Bye, Conner Knaresboro, and Daniel Sparks earned one caused turnover apiece.  At the faceoff-x, Jordan Williams won 7-of-18 attempts, while Justin Taylor won two-of-three on the night.  In goal, Thomas Tatarian earned 23 saves, including eight in the second quarter, to keep the Tars at bay.

THE SERIES:

The Tars' longest running rivalry dates back to their first matchup on March 2, 2008, and has seen the two teams square up against each other 15 times throughout the years.  Saint Leo holds onto the series advantage, 12-3.  The last time the Tars squared off against the Lion in SSC Tournament action, Rollins defeated the Green and Gold in overtime, 10-9, to advance to the 2017 SSC Tournament Championship game.

NOTES:

  • The Tars are currently 2-4 when playing on the road.
  • When playing at home, Saint Leo is 7-0 on the season.
  • 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 winner of contest between the Tars and the Lions will advance to the SSC Championship Game, where they will play the winner of the other semifinal between the Florida Tech Panthers and the Tampa Spartans.  The Tournament Final is scheduled for Sunday, April 29.

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