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Tars Look to Carry Momentum to Wednesday

Tars Look to Carry Momentum to Wednesday


Rollins (6-4-1, 2-2-1 SSC) vs. Nova Southeastern (5-3-1, 2-2-0 SSC)


Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 7 p.m.


Barker Family Stadium - Winter Park, Fla.

The Tars look to ride the momentum of a win over No. 3 Saint Leo over the weekend, hosting Nova Southeastern in an SSC match on Wednesday. Fans that can't make it to the game, can watch all the action live in high definition on the Geico Tars Sports Network on

ROLLINS AT A GLANCE: Last time out, the Tars knocked off third-ranked Saint Leo on Sunday night, 1-0. The match was moved to Sunday due to scheduling issues. Evan Greenbaum scored the games' lone goal, his first of the year, cleaning up a loose ball inside the six meter box after a Skyler Russell corner kick. Russell was credited with the assist, his conference leading seventh.

Freshman Parker Sweeney started in goal, his first career start, and played the full 90 minutes. The Winter Park native finished with two saves en route to his first career shutout and was named SSC Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.

Rollins is now 2-0 in 2014 against top-10 opponents, with the last coming over then No. 5 Lynn back on September 20th.

Entering Wednesday, Rollins ranked second in the SSC in assists per game (2.09) and total assists (23) and are third in the conference in points per game (5.73), scoring offense (1.82 goals/match), total goals (20) and total points (63).

Brett Durrance leads the team with six goals, tied for fourth most in the SSC, while Russell's seven assists are sixth most in all of Division II. In goal, Julian Grundler is second in the conference in saves per game (4.20) and total saves with 42.

The winningest coach in Rollins soccer history, Dr. Keith Buckley is in his 24th year at the helm of the Tars program in 2014. His career record of 281-134-25 is the 34th best in the history of NCAA Division II men's soccer and ranks 21st among active coaches. In the past decade, Buckley's Tars have won four Sunshine State Conference Championships, three SSC tournament titles, and advanced to the NCAA Tournament eight times.

NOVA SOUTHEASTERN AT A GLANCE: Last time out, Nova Southeastern won their second straight Sunshine State Conference match Wednesday, taking down the Barry Buccaneers, 1-0, at the NSU Soccer Complex. Victor Nirennold scored the lone goal in the match, beating Barry keeper Jimmy McGregor in the 58th minute. It was Nirennold's second goal in as many matches.

Through nine games, the Sharks rank sixth in the SSC in scoring offense, averaging 1.56 goals per match, and in goals allowed, surrendering 1.63 per contest.

Stefano Fanfoni leads the team with three goals and is tied for the team lead in assists with two. Karl Enarsson and Viktor Jonsson are tied with Nirennold for second on the team with two goals apiece.

In goal, Andrea Giombetti Jo Jien Lee have split time, comibining for a 1.63 goals against average with 33 saves and three shutouts.

Now in his 15th season, Giuseppe DePalo has amounted a 146-103-24 record and has more than doubled the highest number of wins achieved by any previous NSU coach. His current winning percentage of .585 ranks among Division II winningest active coaches.

LAST MEETING: Rollins defeated Nova Southeastern in Fort Lauderdale, 6-3.

NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS: The Tars will travel to Eckerd on Saturday, October 18th at 7 p.m.

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