Rollins Downs Griffins in Regional Action
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (March 10, 2019) – Senior attackman Greg Taicher set a new program record for points scored in a game, and nnotched a career high in goals and overall points as he helped lead the Tars to a 12-8 regional victory over Westminster College (Utah) on Sunday afternoon at Dumke Field. The Berwyn, Pa. native notched a career high six goals and added three assists, for a career best nine points, marking a new program high for points scored in a game by an individual player.
The win marks the third straight for the Tars, and advances their record to 4-1 overall, while the Griffins drop their second straight and fall to 2-2 on the season.
Taicher's career best nine points were followed by Ryan Dunn with five as he earned four goals and one assist. Both Kyle Portera and Brandon Carlin notched one goal apiece, while Blake Buell and Tommy Keane dished out two assists each. Jackson Colling completed the Tars scoring efforts on the afternoon with an assist of his own as the Tars put up a total of 12 goals and 10 assists. Taicher, Dunn, Chase Snyder, Evan Schimek, and Harrison Bluestein all earned four ground balls on the afternoon, while Schimek and Bluestein were credited for a team best two caused turnovers apiece. In goal, Landon Salie earned the start and earned three saves in 22:14 minutes before being sidelined due to injury in the second quarter. Freshman Will Eckert closed out the game and earned the win, making 13 saves in the final 37:46 minutes while allowing only six goals for a save percentage of .684 on the afternoon. At the faceoff-x, Kyle Sudol won 5-of-6 attempts, Travis Miller won 3-of-4, and Cam Reeves won 5-of-12.
The Griffins saw a team high four goals from Kolton Atkinson, while Nick Marcy, Spencer Whinery, Dylan Tuor, and Dylan Brauer each scored one on the day. Marcy led the team in overall points with five as he added a squad best four assists. Mitchell Senour amassed a game high five ground balls as he won 8-of-18 faceoffs. Atkinson, Grant Phillips, and Kyle Williams notched two caused turnovers each. In goal for Westminster, Sean Edwards played a full game, earning seven saves while allowing 12 goals, compiling a save percentage of .368.
How it Happened:
Keane found Taicher with 13:43 on the clock in the first quarter to put the Tars on the board, but two goals b the Griffins in the ensuing 10 minutes gave Westminster a 2-1 lead with 4:29 left in the quarter. Rollins was not about to back down, and netted two goals in the final 3:17 minutes to hold onto a slim 3-2 lead at the end of the first quarter, and tacked in one more at the start of the second to extend their lead by two, 4-2, with 12:11 to go before the half. The Tars outscored Westminster throughout the remainder of the second period, 3-2, to hold onto a 7-4 lead at halftime, and never looked back as they worked their way to a 12-8 final score.
- Rollins received votes on both the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top 20, as well as the USILA/Warrior and New Balance Division II Poll this week.
- Greg Taicher set a new program record for points in a game as he set a new career best for goals in a game with six, as well as overall points in a game with nine as he added three assists on the afternoon.
- Rollins leads the all-time series with the Griffins, 2-0. The last time the Tars and Griffins met in the field was on March 16, 2018 at Cahall-Sandspur Field, marking the first matchup between the two teams in program history. The Tars used a strong second quarter to take a 7-2 lead over the Griffins, and held off a resurgent Westminster squad to secure the victory.
- The Tars are 3-1 this season when playing on the road.
Rollins men's lacrosse returns to action on Wednesday, March 13, when they take on RV/No. 20 Colorado Mesa in Grand Junction, Colo. Game time against the Mavericks is set for 9 p.m. Eastern/7 p.m. Mountain time. 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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