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PREVIEW: Rollins Returns Home to Host Colorado State-Pueblo

PREVIEW: Rollins Returns Home to Host Colorado State-Pueblo

Tars and Thunderwolves Set to Meet for First Time


MATCH-UP:
RV/RV Rollins (5-1) vs. Colorado State-Pueblo (3-0)

LOCATION:
Cahall-Sandspur Field | Winter Park, Fla. | 1:00 PM

COVERAGE:       Live Stats  |  Video

RANKINGS:
USILA / Warrior and New Balance Division II Poll | Week 5 (3/11/19): Rollins – RV | CSU-Pueblo - NR
NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top-20 | Week 5 (3/11/19): Rollins – RV | CSU-Pueblo - NR

SET-UP:
Wrapping up Spring Break 2019, the Rollins men's lacrosse team returns home after a week of successful road games to host Colorado State-Pueblo on Sunday, March 17, at 1 p.m.  The Tars are coming off of a 12-8 upset victory over No. 20 Colorado Mesa on Wednesday, March 13, and are riding a four-game win streak.  The Thunderwolves enter into the game with an unblemished record of 3-0, most recently defeating Notre Dame De Namur by a score of 25-10.  Individuals who are not able to support the Tars in person on Sunday afternoon will be able to follow all of the action live with a broadcast on the Tars Sports Network, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

TRACKING THE TARS:
Entering into Sunday's game with a record of 5-1, the Tars are riding a four-game win streak, most recently upsetting the No. 20 Colorado Mesa Mavericks by a final score of 12-8 on Wednesday.  After six games played, Rollins is led by Ryan Dunn with 17 goals, and Greg Taicher with 16.  Taicher has notched a team best nine assists for a team-leading 25 points this season, while Tommy Keane, Blake Buell, Ryan Dunn, and Grant Long have each dished out five assists.  Kyle Sudol has earned a team-leading 28 ground balls, and has won 43-of-69 faceoff attempts.  Close behind is Cam Reeves, whose 20 ground balls are the result of winning 38-of-62 faceoff attempts.  Evan Schimek has earned 14 ground balls, and leads the team with 15 caused turnovers.  In goal, Landon Salie has seen the most time between the pipes, playing for a total of 225:22 minutes where he has earned 30 saves while allowing 29 goals.  Salie holds onto a save percentage of .508, and a goals against average of 7.72 after five games.  Will Eckert has seen time in 127:46 minutes of action, earning 19 saves while allowing only 16 goals.  Eckert, the reigning Sunshine State Conference Defensive Player of the Week, boasts a save percentage of .543, and a goals against average of 7.51.

TRACKING THE THUNDERWOLVES:
Colorado State-Pueblo enters into Sunday's game with a record of 3-0, most recently defeating Notre Dam de Namur by a final score of 25-10 on Sunday, March 1.  The Thunderwolves are led by Taylor Davis with 16 goals, while Anthony Ferrie has earned a team-leading six assists.  Jacob Muir has amassed 27 ground balls so far while winning 50-of-67 faceoffs, boasting a win percentage of .746 at the faceoff-x.  Parker Evans leads the team defensively, having earned a team high six caused turnovers while winning 12 ground balls.  In goal for the Thunderwolves, Ethan Ferrie, Garrett Breeling, and Colton Rasmussen have each played a full game.  Breeling, who faced 31 shots in 60 minutes, holds onto a save percentage of .545 as he earned 12 saves while allowing 10 goals.  Rasmussen is close behind with a save percentage of .542 as he earned 13 saves while allowing 11 goals as he faced 47 shots.  Ethan Ferrie faced 25 shots in his 60 minutes in goal, earning seven saves for a save percentage of .500.

THE SERIES:
Sunday's game marks the first time the two teams will meet in official competition.

NOTES:

  • A fairly new program, CSU-Pueblo has been competing as an official NCAA Division II varsity program since 2015.
  • CSU-Pueblo currently leads the NCAA in scoring offense, averaging 19.33 goals per game.
  • Kyle Sudol and Cam Reeves rank 22nd and 23rd in the NCAA, respectively, for faceoff win percentage.  Sudol has won 38-of-69 for a win percentage of .623, while Reeves has won 38-of-62, holding onto a win percentage of .613. 
  • The Thunderwolves' Jacob Muir ranks seventh in Division II for faceoff win percentage, having won 49-of-66 for a win percentage of .742.
  • Evan Schimek ranks 10th in Division II for caused turnovers in a game, averaging 2.5 per contest.

NEXT:
The Tars return to action on Saturday, March 23, when they open up Sunshine State Conference play at Florida Tech.  Game time against the Panthers is set for 11 a.m.  Fans who are unable to attend the contest can follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSportsLive.com, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

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