Depth Shines as Rollins Sets New record for Goals , Points, Assists, and Faceoffs Won in a Game
WINTER PARK, Fla. (February 17, 2019) – The Rollins men's lacrosse team opened their 2019 campaign in a big way, setting new program records for team points, goals, and assists in a game as the Tars routed Savannah College of Art and Design by a final score of 25-4. The Tars saw a total of 23 different players contribute to scoring efforts on the afternoon as the team earned a total of 40 points with 25 goals and 15 assists.
The win kicks off the Tars' season with a record of 1-0, while the Bees, who are ranked sixth within the NAIA, drop to 3-2 on the season.
Along with their new program records in scoring, Rollins also set a new program high for faceoffs won by the team in a contest, as they walked away with 26-of-32 on the day.
Leading the Tars in scoring on the day was senior Greg Taicher with a game high five points as he notched one goal and a game high four assists. Ryan Dunn made his collegiate debut count scoring a game high four goals, followed by sophomore Joey Cinque with a hat trick of his own. Freshman Nick Coppola notched the first goal of his collegiate career and tacked on one more for two on the afternoon, while Jackson Buell, Kyle Portera, Eric NeCamp, Parker Mosack, Finn Jent, Bailey Pringle, and Peyton Miller matched Coppola in overall points as they all registered one goal and one assist. Evan Schimek, Drew Miller, Dave Gollenberg, Rocky Harpin, Brandon Carlin, Colin Hall, Cam Reeves, and Nate Gillan all scored one goal apiece, while Tommy Keane, Travis Miller, Adam Scalisi, and Ford Johnson all dished out one assist on the day. At the faceoff-x, Rollins saw Cam Reeves lead the way, winning 12-of-13 attempts and earning five ground balls. Kyle Sudol followed, winning 7-of-9 attempts with four ground balls, followed by Jake Jones winning 7-of-10 with three ground balls. Matching jones in ground balls was Schimek with three. In goal, Senior Landon Salie earned the win, facing 10 shots and earning four saves while allowing only three goals in 30 minutes of action. Ty Wedekind and Will Eckert split time in the final two quarters. Wedekind earned three saves in the third quarter as he faced six shots, allowing only one goal, while freshman Will Eckert made his debut as a Tar earning one save while facing two shots in the fourth quarter and holding the Bees off the board for the final 15 minutes of play.
SCAD saw two goals from Liam Thomas, followed by one apiece from Elliot Fish and Bryant Aquino. Jude Kuhn earned the Bees' lone assist on the afternoon. JT Smith led SCAD at the faceoff-x, winning 5-of-25 attempts, and picking up a game high six ground balls on the day. In goal, Ross Wiseman shouldered the loss, not earning a save as he allowed 10 goals in the first quarter. Benny Goldberg closed out the final three quarters, earning 17 saves while allowing 15 goals.
The Tars led the game in shots, 59-18, ground balls, 45-24, faceoffs won, 26-of-32, and caused turnovers, 6-5.
How it Happened:
The Tars opened up with four goals in the first four and half minutes before the Bees could find the back of the net at the 9:47 mark. Rollins closed out the final nine minutes of first quarter action pouring on six more goals to enter into the second stanza with a substantial 10-1 lead, and never looked back as the outscored SCAD in the final three periods, 15-3.
- Rollins has received votes on both the preseason and week one polls for both the USILA/Warrior and New Balance DII Poll, as well as the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top 20.
- The Tars are currently 1-0 on their home turf in 2019.
- The contest marked the second time the two teams matched up in official competition. Rollins now leads the all-time series against the Bees, 2-0.
- 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 transitioned into playing in the NAIA.
- Rollins set new program records for team goals, assists, and overall points in a game.
- The Tars also set a new program record for team faceoffs won in a game with 26.
- A total of 23 different players contributed to scoring efforts on the afternoon.
- Career and Program Record Updates:
- Greg Taicher currently sits fourth in program record books for career points with 101, third in career goals with 68, and an fourth in career assists with 33. The Berwyn, Pa. native also ranks third in the all-time records for man-up goals in a career with 10. Taicher's four assists on the day are good for third in program record books for assists in a game.
- Evan Schimek ranks seventh in program record books for career caused turnovers with 41.
- Scoring their first goals of their Rollins careers were Jackson Buell, Nick Coppola, Ryan Dunn, Colin Hall, Rocky Harpin, Finn Jent, Drew Miller, Peyton Miller, Bailey Pringle, and Cam Reeves
- Earning their first collegiate assists were Adam Scalisi, Mosack, Pringle, P. Miller, Jent, Ford Johnson, and J. Buell.
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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