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No. 20 Tars Fall in Shooting Match to Florida Tech, 17-16

Jackson Colling
Jackson Colling

Rollins Opens Sunshine State Conference Play with Tough Loss to Panthers


MELBOURNE, Fla. (March 23, 2019) – For men's lacrosse within the Sunshine State Conference, it's anybody's game, and conference match-ups prove to be cutthroat.  The story was no different for the No. 20 Rollins men's lacrosse team Saturday morning as they faced off against Florida Tech in their SSC opener.  After leading by as much as eight in the second quarter, the Tars watched the Panthers whittle away at the deficit to stage one of the biggest comebacks in league history, ultimately defeating the Tars by a final score of 17-16 at the F.W. Olin Sports Complex.

The loss marks just the second for the Tars this season, dropping them to a record of 6-2 and 0-1 in SSC action.  The Panthers win their third straight, and advance to a record of 5-1 and 1-0 in SSC play.

The Tars, who checked in at No. 20 on the USILA/Warrior and New Balance DII Poll and No. 16 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20 this week, saw four goals out of senior Tommy Keane, followed by a hat trick from Joey Cinque, Jackson Colling, and Ryan Dunn.  Senior Greg Taicher led the team in assists with two, and added two goals to match Keane in overall points with four. Grant Long added a goal of his own.  Long added an assist for a two point performance, followed by Blake Buell and Brandon Carlin with one assist each to round out the Tars' scoring efforts.  Dunn, Wyatt Todd, and Evan Schimek led the team with five ground balls apiece, while Luke Sawyer earned a team high four caused turnovers.  A normally dominant faceoff squad was stymied by the Panthers, only winning 9-of-37 attempts at the faceoff-x.  In goal, freshman Will Eckerd played a full 60 minutes, facing 51 shots and 32 shots on goal.  Eckert earned 15 saves while allowing 17 goals.

Florida Tech, who received votes on both the USILA DII Poll and US Lacrosse Top 20, were led by Reid Chaconas, who packed in five points with four goals and an assist.  Brad Schillinger, Logan Sweeney, Brett Pohlmeyer, and Justin Williams scored two goals each, followed by Ryan Land, Bryce Johnson, Addison Abramson, Tommy Bowser, and Tyler Oblong with one goal each.  Bowser led the team in assist with two, while Sweeney, Pohlmeyer, Williams, Abramson, Brennan Banks, and Jake Pierson contributed one assist apiece.  Land led the team in ground balls with 14 as he won 28-of-37 faceoff attempts.  Abramson earned 11 ground balls of his own, and notched a team high two caused turnovers, which was matched by Matt Weinstein. In goal for the Panthers, Daniel Flock faced 52 shots and 30 shots on goal from the Tars in 58:32 minutes.  Flock allowed 15 goals while earning 15 saves in his time on the field.  Matt Young saw 1:28 in goal in the second quarter, allowing a goal on his only shot faced.

How it Happened:
Rollins held the Panthers off of the board in the first quarter, and ran out to an 8-0 lead with 9:35 on the clock in the second period.  The Panthers halted the Tars' scoring streak with a goal by Schillinger off of an assist by Bowser with 8:51 to play, but a man-up goal by Cinque off of an assist by Taicher gave the Tars a 9-1 lead with 7:27 left in the quarter.  Florida Tech then went on their first scoring streak of the game, netting five straight to pull to within three of the Tars, 9-6, with 1:15 to go in the period, and late goals by both teams closed out the first half with Rollins holding onto a 10-7 lead.  Both teams scored two consecutive goals each to open the third quarter, giving the Tars a 12-9 lead with 2:55 to play in the period, but three late goals by FIT in under two minutes knotted the score at 12-12 entering into the final quarter.  The Panthers' scoring streak continued into the start of the fourth quarter, and after five minutes Rollins found themselves trailing by three, 15-12, with 9:50 on the clock.  Cinque netted a goal off of an assist by Blake Buell at the 9:15 mark, and an unassisted goal by Keane with 7:29 to play pulled the Tars to within one, 15-14, but FIT pulled back out by two with six and a half minutes left. Colling found the back of the net with 5:42 to play, but an unassisted goal by Chaconas padded the Panther's lead by two once again, 17-15, with 3:50 to go.  Dunn earned an unassisted goal at the 1:34 mark to pull Rollins back to within one, 17-16, and despite their best efforts the Tars were unable to place the ball in cage as the seconds wound down, closing out the contest losing by one.

The Series:
Rollins vs Florida Tech (4-5)

Date

Opponent

 

Score

Site

Notes

3/23/2019

At Florida Tech*

L

17-16

Melbourne, Fla.

 

3/31/2018

No. 18 FLORIDA TECH*

L

14-12

Winter Park, Fla.

 

4/22/2017

At Florida Tech*

L

12-8

Melbourne, Fla.

 

4/16/2016

FLORIDA TECH*

W

11-9

Winter Park, Fla.

 

4/24/2015

Vs. Florida Tech

L

12-6

Tampa, Fla.

SSC Tournament Semifinals

3/28/2015

At Florida Tech*

W

9-6

Melbourne, Fla.

 

3/31/2014

FLORIDA TECH*

W

14-7

Winter Park, Fla.

 

2/16/2013

At Florida Tech+

L

9-5

Melbourne, Fla.

 

2/25/2012

FLORIDA TECH+

W

15-7

Winter Park, Fla.

 

THE BREAKDOWN:
Overall: 4-5
*Sunshine State Conference: 3-4
+Deep South Conference: 1-1
Home: 3-1
Away: 1-3
Neutral: 0-1


Notes:

  • The Tars are now 4-5 against the Panthers in the all-time series, and have lost the last three match-ups.  When playing against FIT on their home field, the Tars are 1-3 overall.
  • Rollins is now 4-2 this season when playing on the road.
  • Rollins checked in at No. 20 on the USILA/Warrior and New Balance Division II Poll, as well as No. 16 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20 this week.
  • Florida Tech received votes on both the USILA and US Lacrosse polls this week.
  • Evan Schimek ranks fifth in DII in caused turnovers per game (2.57), and leads the SSC
  • FIT's Dan Flock ranks ninth in DII for goals against average (8.47), and leads the conference.  Flock also ranks seventh in DII, and leads the SSC in save percentage (.619), and ranks eighth in DII and first in the SSC in saves per game (14.00).
  • The Sunshine State Conference has seven of their eight league teams earning recognition on the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20.  Three teams are ranked in the Top 20 (Rollins No. 16, Lynn No. 17, Tampa, No. 20), while four received votes (Florida Southern, Florida Tech, Palm Beach Atlantic, Saint Leo).
  • Six of the SSC's eight teams are receiving recognition on the USILA/Warrior and New Balance DII Poll.  Saint Leo checked in at No. 16, followed by Rollins at No. 20, while Florida Southern, Tampa, Lynn, and Florida Tech all received votes this week.

NEXT:
The Tars return to action on Saturday, March 30, when they travel to Boca Raton to take on Lynn University in SSC play.  Game time against the Fighting Knights is set for 1:00 pm.  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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