Sunshine State Conference Tournament First Round
No. 4-seed Rollins (10-4-2) vs. No. 5-seed Nova Southeastern (6-8-1)
Tuesday, November 4, 2014 - 7 p.m.
Barker Family Stadium - Winter Park, Fla.
*Note - fans will be required to pay for entry as regular season passes will NOT be accepted during postseason play
As the No. 4-seed, the Tars host fifth-seeded Nova Southeastern on Tuesday in the SSC Tournament First Round. The winner will advance to face top-seeded Lynn on Friday, Nov. 7 in the Tournament Semifinal. Fans that cant make it to the game, can watch live on the Geico Tars Sports Network on RollinSports.com
ROLLINS AT A GLANCE: Last time out, Rollins closed their regular season last Saturday at Saint Leo in a non-conference match, eventually playing to a 2-2 draw after two overtime periods. Brett Durrance and Alexis Martinez both scored in the win while Julian Grundler made nine saves in goal, playing the full 110 minutes.
The Tars finished the regular season first in the SSC in assists per game (2.31/game), second in goals (32), points (101) and scoring offense, averaging an even two goals per game.
Durrance leads the team with seven goals to go along with a pair of assists for 16 points, also a team high. Martinez, Rob Crowley and Grant Blackhurst are all tied for second on the team with four goals apiece while Skyler Russell has a team high, nine assists.
Grundler has played and started 13 games in his first season as a Tar, posting a goals against average of 1.47 with 56 saves and two shutouts.
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 285-134-26 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, the Sharks fell to Tampa, 2-0, to close out their regular season. NSU did outshoot the Spartans, 16-14, in the loss and took six corners compared to UT's two.
The Sharks closed out their season eighth in the conference in goals (21) and scoring offense, averaging just 1.40 per match. They were fifth in assists (19) and last in the SSC in goals allowed, surrendering 2.07 per game.
Victor Cardoso leads the team with four goals and is tied for the team lead in assists with three. Stefano Fanfoni and Victor Nirennold are tied for second on the team with three goals each while Guido Riffeser has two goals and is tied with Cardoso with three assists.
Andrea Giombetti has played the majority of the minutes in goal, starting 11 games with a 2.15 goals against average and 49 saves.
Taking over in 1999, Giuseppe DePalo needed just four years to become the all-time winningest coach in NSU history. Now in his 15th season, DePalo has amounted a 147-108-24 record and has more than doubled the highest number of wins achieved by any previous NSU coach.
LAST MEETING: Rollins defeated Nova Southeastern, 4-3, in overtime in their only meeting during the regular season, coming back from a 3-0 deficit to force OT.
NEXT UP FOR ROLLINS: The winner of Tuesday's match will go on to face top-seeded Lynn in the SSC Semifinal on Friday, Nov. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in Boca Raton.