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PREVIEW: Tars Look to Lock-Up SSC Tournament Bid

PREVIEW: Tars Look to Lock-Up SSC Tournament Bid

SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, October 18 vs. Saint Leo | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium
Saturday, October 21 at Embry-Riddle | 7:00 p.m. | Daytona Beach, Fla. 

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SET UP: Coming on the back of a pair of victories, the Tars will look to continue to build momentum as the Sunshine State Conference Tournament looms ahead.  It took the Tars double overtime, but they defeated SSC foe Eckerd last week, before trouncing South Region opponent Flagler, 4-0, over the weekend.  Rollins will now prepare for a pair of conference basement dwellers.  The Tars will host Saint Leo before making the trip Daytona Beach for a matchup against first year SCC school Embry-Riddle. 

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins (7-3-1, 4-3-0 SSC): The Tars' offense has tallied 21 goals in 11 matches, good for 1.909 goals per game, and fifth place in the SSC.  Ben Grant continues to pace the Rollins attack, and sits second in the conference with six goals on the year.  Overall, 11 Tars have scored this season, with five players tallying more than once.  Johnny Nartowicz, Dominic Adomakoh, and Liam Luke all earned their first goals of the season in last week's matches.  Ten Tars have recorded assists on the year, with Nartowicz, Matt Volk, and Andre Nansen leading the way with two a piece. 

Drew Trautmann earned SSC Defensive Player of the Week honors for his efforts against Eckerd and Flagler.  The Orlando, Florida native has started four games, and made 15 saves, while only giving up four goals, and holding two clean sheets.  Julian Grundler has also seen significant minutes, and sits fifth in the SSC in save percentage.

Saint Leo (2-8-1, 1-5-1 SSC): The Lions enter Wednesday on a three game losing skid, having dropped contests against Lynn, Florida Tech, and, most recently, Nova Southeastern.

Saint Leo is currently averaging .818 goals per game, ranking them ninth in the SSC.  They are led by Guillaume Campos, who has found the back of the net three times.  Tyler Palmer and Hermon Constant have each tallied twice.  Till Lammertz is the only Lion to have dished out multiple assists on the year, as the sophomore has set up two goals.

Wessel Berenschot and Conor McElhinney have split time in net for Saint Leo.  Berenschot has appeared in five games and made 19 saves while surrendering 15 goals.  McElhinney has made six starts while holding opponents to 13 goals, and registering 28 saves.

Embry-Riddle (1-7-1, 0-6-1 SSC): The Eagles also limp into the week with three consecutive losses.  Embry-Riddle has dropped matches against Florida Tech, Tampa, and Florida Southern, but they have a chance for a win as the play Flagler on Wednesday before hosting the Tars on Saturday.

Four players account for Embry-Riddle's five goals on the year.  Magnus Magnusson is the only multi goal scorer on the roster, as he has tallied twice on the year.  Three Eagles are tied for the team lead with an assist, Tim-Frederik Lange, Cole Tepper, and Felix Lohmeyer.

Richard Dearle has played every minute in net this season for Embry-Riddle.  The sophomore has played 849 minutes and faced 114 shots.  Dearle has leads the SSC with 45 saves, while he has surrendered 15 goals, good for a .750 save percentage.

NOTES:

  • The Tars are 44-7-4 all-time against Saint Leo.  Rollins defeated the Lions last year 3-0; the Tars got goals from Matt Volk and James Winchester, and an assist from Johnny Nartowicz in the victory.
  • Rollins is 19-3-1 all-time when facing the Eagles. Rollins owned the matchup last year, which came on the final day of the season.  Stefan Avram and Cyrus Siminou each scored, and James Crowley tallied an assist in the 3-0 win.
  • The Tars currently sit fifth in the SSC; the top six teams make the SSC Tournament.  Rollins is five points clear seventh place Barry with three games to play.
  • Matt Volk is just two goals away from moving into a tie for 20th on Rollins' all-time goal scoring list.
  • With 15 more saves Drew Trautmann will move into a tie for 10th on the Tars' all-time list.
  • Tars' head coach Keith Buckley is in his 27th year at the helm of the Rollins soccer program, and currently sits with a record of 313-151-30, the 14th best record among active Division II head coaches.

NEXT:
Rollins will close out their regular season at home against Florida Tech.  Kickoff at Barker Family Stadium is scheduled for Tuesday, October 24, at 7 p.m. 

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