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Rollins Falls to No. 19 Tampa in SSC Tournament Semifinals, 16-11

Photo Credit: Noah Harmon
Photo Credit: Noah Harmon

Tars Close Out 2019 with Record of 10-5


TAMPA, Fla. (April 25, 2019) – Entering into the 2019 Sunshine State Conference Tournament as the No. 3 seed, the Rollins men's lacrosse team matched up with the second-seeded University of Tampa Spartans on Thursday night at Naimoli Field in the semifinals.  Despite leading 6-5 at the half, the Tars saw the Spartans post a big third quarter and ultimately secure a 16-11 victory over Rollins.

The loss closes out the Tars' 2019 campaign with a record of 10-5, while the Spartans advance to the SSC Tournament Championship for the sixth-straight year with a record of 13-5.

Leading the way for the Tars in goals were Joey Cinque and Tommy Keane with a hat trick apiece.  Parker Mosack led the team in overall points with four as he netted two goals and added two assists.  Jackson Colling handed out a team high three assists on the evening, while Ryan Dunn earned a goal and an assist of his own.  Both Brandon Carlin and Sawyer Cairns each scored once, while Evan Schimek and Brandon Portera each notched an assist on the night.  Kyle Sudol and Will Eckert tallied a team high three ground balls apiece, with Sudol winning 4-of-14 face-off attempts.  Cam Reeves won 5-of-15 from the faceoff-x, pulling in one ground ball.  Wyatt Todd, Roy Hansen, and Tommy Keane added two ground balls apiece.  Cinque, Todd, Reeves, Schimek, and Luke Sawyer were all credited with one caused turnover on the night.  In goal, Eckert played a full 60 minutes, facing 26 shots on goal from the Spartans.  The Bristow, Va. native earned 10 saves while allowing 16 goals.

The Spartans, who checked in at No. 19 on the latest USILA/Warrior and New Balance Division II Poll this week, were led by Andrew Kew with three goals and three assists for six points on the evening.  Colin White, Bryan Wright, and Luke Curran earned a hat trick apiece, while Chris Cox netted two goals and two assists for a four point performance.  Matt Vetter matched Cox in points with a goal and three assists.  Also earning a goal was Jake Mosher McGraw, while Harry Kilkowski and Dylan Carter handed out one assist each.  In goal, Bryan Karn played 58:35 minutes, facing 21 shots where he earned 11 saves while allowing 10 goals.  Anthony Caruso closed out the final 1:25, where he allowed one goal on one shot faced.  Ross Dickerson was key for the Spartans on the faceoff, winning 19-of-26 attempts while earning a game high 11 ground balls.  Both Nicholas Perrot and Jack Tyrrell notched a game best two caused turnovers.

How it Happened:
Tampa jumped out to a two goal lead thanks to goals by Curran and White within 20 seconds of each other, but four unanswered goals by the Tars to close out the first quarter gave Rollins a 4-2 edge after the first 15 minutes of play.  Rollins tacked on one more goal to start the second period, pulling ahead to a 5-2 lead with 11:13 to play before the break, but a goal by the Spartans at the 5:52 mark put an end to the Tars' five goal run.  In the final five minutes of action, Tampa outscored Rollins 2-1 to close out the first half with Rollins holding onto the slight edge, 6-5.  The Tars came out of halftime to score the first goal of the third quarter, pulling ahead 7-5 with 13:40 on the clock.  But a seven goal run by Tampa throughout the remainder of the period put the Tars in a five goal deficit entering into the final quarter, 12-5.  The Spartans continued their scoring dominance to begin the final stanza, adding on two more to extend their lead by seven, 14-7, but the Tars were finally able to halt the nine goal run with a goal by Cinque off of an assist by Dunn with 10:13 to play.  Rollins outscored the Spartans 3-2 in the final 10 minutes of action, but were unable to overcome the deficit as they fell by a final score of 16-11.

Notes:

  • With 75 career caused turnovers, Evan Schimek closes out his career ranked second in program record books.  He finishes just two behind the program's all-time leader in career caused turnovers, Nick Scannapieco `13, who concluded his career with 77 over four years.
  • Thursday's matchup marked the second time the two teams have met this season.  Last time out, the Tars almost upset the then-16th ranked Spartans, falling by one goal, 13-12, on April 10.
  • Thursday night's game marked the third time the two teams have met in conference tournament action.  Last time the two teams met in the conference tourney, then No. 1 seeded Tampa defeated the then-second seeded Tars by a final score of 16-7 on May 1, 2016 in the Tournament Championship game.  Prior to that, the two teams met in the SSC Tournament Semifinals on April 19, 2014, where Tampa defeated the Tars by a score of 13-8.
  • Since the Sunshine State Conference first sponsored men's lacrosse for the 2014 season, the Spartans have won four regular season championships, and all five conference tournament championships.
  • Rollins enters into the game receiving votes on the USILA/Warrior and New Balance DII Poll, and ranked No. 17 on the the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII top 20 this week.
  • The Spartans enter into the game ranked No. 19 on the USILA Poll, and No. 16 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Top 20.

Series  History:
Rollins vs Tampa (0-11)

 

Date

Opponent

 

Score

 

Attend

Site

Notes

$

4/6/2012

TAMPA

L

8-15

 

463

Winter Park, Fla.

Deep South Conference Contest

$

4/5/2013

At Tampa

L

6-10

 

1516

Tampa, Fla.

Deep South Conference Contest

*

4/9/2014

#6 TAMPA

L

8-13

 

345

Winter Park, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest

**

4/19/2014

Vs #6 Tampa

L

8-13

 

375

Tampa, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals

*

2/28/2015

At #7 Tampa

L

5-11

 

107

Tampa, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest

*

4/22/2016

#6 TAMPA

L

9-11

 

579

Winter Park, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest

**

5/1/2016

Vs #5 Tampa

L

7-16

 

631

Tampa, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Tournament Championship | No. 1 Seed Tampa vs. No. 2 Seed Rollins

*

3/25/2017

At #14 Tampa

L

11-18

 

286

Tampa, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest

*

4/11/2018

#8 TAMPA

L

5-17

 

316

Winter Park, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest

*

4/10/2019

At #16 Tampa

L

12-13

 

225

Tampa, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Contest | Rollins ranked No. 20

**

4/25/2019

At #19 Tampa

L

11-16

 

212

Tampa, Fla.

Sunshine State Conference Tournament Semifinals | Rollins Received Votes

THE BREAKDOWN:
Overall: 0-11
$ Deep South Conference: 0-2
$$ DSC Tournament: 0-0
* Sunshine State Conference: 0-6
** SSC Tournament: 0-3
Home: 0-4
Away: 0-7
Neutral: 0-0

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