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PREVIEW: Rollins Set for Season Opener Against SCAD

PREVIEW: Rollins Set for Season Opener Against SCAD

Tars and Bees Set to Clash in Sunday Afternoon Tilt


MATCH-UP:
RV/RV Rollins (0-0) vs Savannah College of Art and Design (3-1) 

WHERE:
Barker Family Stadium and Cahall Sandspur Field | Winter Park, Fla.

WHEN:
Sunday, February 17, 2019 | 1:00 p.m.

COVERAGE:
VIDEO: Tars Sports Network
STATS: TarsStats.com

RANKINGS:
USILA / Warrior and New Balance Division II Poll | Week 1: Rollins – RV
NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top-20 | Week 1: Rollins – RV

SET-UP:
Entering into their 12th season of action, the Rollins men's lacrosse team is set to open their 2019 campaign on Sunday afternoon when they host the Savannah College of Art and Design Bees at Cahall-Sandspur Field.  The Tars, who have received votes on both the preseason and week one rankings on both the USILA/Warrior and New Balance DII Poll and NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II top 20, will look to a veteran core of returners, as well as a solid mix of newcomer strength and talent throughout the season.  Live coverage of Sunday's season opener will be available with a free broadcast on the Tars Sports Network on RollinsSportsLive.com, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

TRACKING THE TARS:
Rollins enters into the season having received votes on the preseason rankings for both the USILA and US Lacrosse, and held onto those votes on the recent week one poll released February 11.  Picked to finish fifth on the Sunshine State Conference preseason rankings, the Tars will look to climb the conference ranks and are in search for a return to post season play with both the SSC and NCAA tournament.  Returning 31 players from last season, Rollins has a strong group of veteran strength to rely on.  The Tars welcome back the top two scorers from 2018, Joey Cinque and Greg Taicher, as well as the Tars' leader in caused turnovers, Evan Schimek.  Also returning is Kyle Sudol, who led the team in ground balls with 65 as he won 138-of-246 faceoff attempts.  Along with their veteran muscle, the Tars also welcome 23 fresh faces to the roster, including 20 true freshmen, an MCLA transfer, a 2016 returner, as well as one transfer from an NCAA institution.  Rollins closed out 2018 with a record of 7-7 overall and 4-3 in SSC play, and were bounced out of the SSC Tournament Semifinals by the eventual NCAA DII Runners Up Saint Leo Lions.  This season, Rollins has their sights set on a return to the conference tournament, as well as a bid to NCAA post-season play.  They will face plenty of tough competition along the way, and will play nine road games and five games on their home turf.  This season's schedule will see the Tars travel to North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Utah, and Colorado before closing out the remainder of their slate at home in the Sunshine State.

TRACKING THE BEES:
SCAD, who plays in the NAIA as part of the Appalachian Athletic Conference, enter into the weekend with a record of 3-1 after earning wins over Flagler, Point University, and Tennessee Wesleyan, and falling to Keiser University by a score of 16-7 on Saturday morning.  Leading the way for SCAD entering itnto this weekend is Wolf Zachar, who has notched nine goals, followed by Sean Parmer and Jude Kuhn with eight goals apiece.  Liam Thomas holds onto a team high nine assists, and adds seven goals for a team best 16 points so far this season.  JT Smith leads the way with 27 ground balls, and has won 51-of-73 faceoff attempts for a win percentage of .699 on the season.  Matt Tolmer has earned a team best four caused turnovers, followed by Jackson Bryan, and Dan Saucier with three each.  In goal, Ross Wiseman has played a full 60 minutes in all three contests, facing 73 shots in 180 minutes played.  Wiseman has earned 24 saves while allowing 23 goals, posting a save percentage of .511, and a goals against average of 7.67.

THE SERIES:
Rollins vs SCAD (1-0)

 

Date

Opponent

 

Score

 

Attend

 

Site

Notes

 

2/15/2008

SCAD

W

13-6

 

107

 

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins College earns their first win in program history

Overall: 1-0
Conference: 0-0
Home: 1-0
Away: 0-0
Neutral: 0-0

NOTES:

  • Rollins and SCAD first matched up on Friday, February 15, 2008, in the Tars' first official game of their inaugural season.  Rollins defeated the Bees by a final score of 13-6 at Showalter Field in Winter Park, marking the first win for the Tars in program history.  At the time of competition, SCAD was considered a member of NCAA Division II, but have since moved to the NAIA.
  • Career Records to Watch:
    • Greg Taicher currently sits in fourth place in program record books for career points with 96.  He is seven points away from surpassing Jack Dever `14, who ended his career with 102 points and sits in third in the record books.  Taicher is also three points away from moving into second in program record books for career goals.  He enters into his senior season with 67, and needs three goals to move into second place, and is 27 goals away from becoming the program's all-time leader.
  • Key Individual Game Records to Watch in 2019:
    • Most points in a game: 7
    • Most goals in a game: 6
    • Most assists: 5
    • Most Shots: 19
    • Most caused turnovers: 6
    • Most saves: 25
    • Most ground balls: 17
    • Most faceoffs won: 23
    • Most man-up goals: 4

NEXT:
Rollins hits the road for their final game in February, traveling to Wingate, N.C. to take on the Wingate University Bulldogs on Saturday, February 23.  Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person will be able to follow all of the action with links to live coverage on RollinsSports.com.

 

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