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PREVIEW: Rollins Takes to the Road for Conference Carolinas Match-ups

PREVIEW: Rollins Takes to the Road for Conference Carolinas Match-ups

Weekend Lineup Sees Tars Face No. 6 Limestone and Lenoir-Rhyne


MATCH-UP:
No. 11/16 Rollins (8-2) vs No. 6/6 Limestone (7-1)
No. 11/16 Rollins (8-2) vs Lenoir-Rhyne (4-6)

WHERE:
Vs. No. 6 Limestone | Saint Field | Gaffney, S.C.
Vs. Lenoir-Rhyne | Helen and Leonard Moretz Stadium | Hickory, N.C.

WHEN:
Vs. No. 6 Limestone | Friday, March 23, 2018 | 7:00 p.m.
Vs. Lenoir-Rhyne | Sunday, March 25, 2018 | 1:00 p.m. 

COVERAGE:
Vs. No. 6 Limestone:      Limestone Live Stats

                                    Saints Sports Network

Vs. Lenoir-Rhyne:          Lenoir-Rhyne Live Stats

                                    Bears Sports Network


IWLCA DII COACHES POLL:
Week 4 | March 19

NIKE/US LACROSSE DII TOP 20: Week 5 | March 19

SET-UP:
Riding a seven-game win streak and standing with an overall record of 8-2, the Rollins women's lacrosse team hits the road for the second-straight weekend.  This time around, it will be a pair of Conference Carolinas opponents on the docket as the Tars square up against No. 6 Limestone on Friday night, followed by a Sunday matinee against Lenoir-Rhyne.  Links to live coverage of both games are available on RollinsSports.com.

The Tars earned the No. 11 position on the IWLCA Division II Coaches Poll for the second-straight week this week, and climbed one spot to No. 16 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Women's Top 20.  Limestone earned the nod at No. 6 on both rankings, while Lenoir-Rhyne did not appear on either.

Limestone enters into Friday night's showdown with a record of 7-1, and have won five straight.  The Saints are coming off of a 22-1 victory over Barton on March 18, as well as a 12-8 win over then No. 15 Queens (N.C.) back on March 15.  When playing at home, Limestone is currently 4-1 on the season, with their only loss coming at the hands of then No. 6 Florida Tech back on February 23.  When playing against Conference Carolinas opponents, the Saints are a perfect 4-0 on the season, but sit with a record of 1-1 when playing against Sunshine State Conference opponents.

Lenoir-Rhyne sits with an overall record of 4-6, and have won their last two, including a 12-11 victory over current No. 17 Queens (N.C.) on Wednesday evening.  When playing on their home turf, the Bears are 3-4 on the season, but are a perfect 4-0 when playing against Conference Carolinas opponents so far this year.  Against Sunshine State Conference opponents, Lenoir-Rhyne is 0-3 on the year.

TRACKING THE TARS:
After being named IWLCA Offensive Player of the Week, as well as Sunshine State Conference Offensive Player of the Week for her record-matching and career performance last week, junior Kallie German leads the team with 42 goals and 18 assists for 60 points so far this season.  Hannah Ashton follows in goals scored with 33, and has added one assist for 34 overall points.  Paige Brock has tallied 17 goals and added six assists for 23 points, followed by Lily Rizk with 10 goals and four assists for 14 points.  Both Hannah Coakley and Maggie Dougherty have earned eight gols, while Megan Cury, Hannah Forbes and Nikki Stumpf have scored seven.  Stumpf has dished out a team second best nine assists, good for 16 points in 10 games played, while Dougherty matches her in overall points with eight assists.  Lindsay Van Beck leads the team in both ground balls and caused turnovers with 18 and 19, respectively, while Dougherty has picked up 14 ground balls and leads the team in draw controls with 28.  Freshman Genia Sprinkle, Rizk, and Ashton have won 18, 17, and 16 draw controls, respectively.  Behind Van Beck's team high 19 caused turnovers, German has earned nine, while Haley Brock and Kaitlyn Prince have caused seven apiece.  Malorie Olin leads the way in goal, playing in all 10 contests and starting eight.  Olin has allowed 54 goals so far this season for a goals against average of just 8.14.  The senior has earned 53 saves, and currently holds onto a save percentage of .495. 

TRACKING THE SAINTS:
Entering into their ninth game on the season, Limestone is led by Kendra Sheppard with 22 goals, Britannie Ouimet with 21, and Caitlyn Nemeth with 20.  Courtney Lafler has scored 19, followed by Shannon Sisk with 13, and Julia Foster with 11.  Sisk leads the team in assists with 27, good for a team best 40 points, while Ouimet has dished out 15 assists for 36 points.  Sisk also leads the team in ground balls with 22, followed by Rose Blackburn with 18, and Jenna Haring with 15.  Nemeth has won a team best 28 draw controls, followed by Alyssa Voccia with 23.  Heading up the Saints in the caused turnover category is Samantha Yurechuk with 12, followed by Alexandria Allen, Blackburn, and Sisk with nine apiece.  On their heels is Voccia with eight caused turnovers.  In goal, Haring as played all eight games in their entirety, playing a total of 480:00 minutes between the pipes.  Haring has faced 119 shots, allowing 47 goals for a goals against average of just 5.88.  The goalie has earned 43 saves, totaling a save percentage of .478 so far this year.

As a team, Limestone is outscoring their opponents 134-47, and have earned more assists, 61-22.  The Saints are currently outshooting their opponents, 276-119, and have placed more shots on goal, 222-90. 

TRACKING THE BEARS:
With 10 games played, the Lenoir-Rhyne Bears are led by Gabby Sousa with 33 goals and seven assists for a team high 40 points.  Cathleen Gaffney leads the team in assists with 18, and has added 17 goals for a team second best 35 points, while Rachel Elmore has notched 26 goals and chipped in one assist.  Ines Flueck has earned 19 ground balls, followed by Madison Prkna with 16, and Elmore with 15.  Elmore leads the squad in the caused turnover category, causing 12 so far this year, while Emily Kessler has caused nine, and Sousa has posted eight.  Elmore has amassed an impressive 59 draw controls, while Ashley MacIntyre has won 19, and Kaley Harris has won 16.  In goal for the Bears, Flueck has played in all 10 games, seeing a total of 5:12:20 minutes in cage, followed by Paula Cortezano with 65:46 minutes, and Cristi Rowland with 21:54 minutes.  Flueck has faced a total of 236 shots, allowing 103 goals for a goals against average of 12.06.  She has earned 70 saves, and holds onto a save percentage of .405 entering into the matchup with the Tars.

The Bears are currently being outscored by opponents, 118-110, and have earned less assists as they trail their opponents 46-41.  Lenoir-Rhyne also trails in shots, 266-219, as well as shots on goal, 199-172.

THE SERIES:
The Tars and Saints have a long-standing rivalry dating back to April 24, 2009 where Rollins fell to Limestone by a score of 15-13.  In the all-time series, Limestone leads 6-4, but Rollins owns the win in their last matchup, defeating the Saints by a score of 13-9 on March 9, 2017.

Rollins and Lenoir-Rhyne have matched up nine times since their first meeting on May 4, 2011.  The Tars are undefeated against the Bears and own the all-time record, 9-0.  Their last matchup was an 11-5 win on April 16, 2017.

NOTES:

  • In total, 17 Tars have scored at least one goal so far this season, and 15 have contributed at least one assist.
  • Rollins is outscoring their opponents, 152-88, and has dished out more assists, leading opponents, 65-36.
  • Career Records to Watch:
    • Sophomore Maggie Dougherty has made her mark in career draw controls, moving into the Top-10 in program history as she as amassed 67 draw controls in her career.  Dougherty sits 120 behind the program's all-time leader, Erica Pagliarulo `13, with 187.
    • German ranks first in the program record books for free-position goals scored, having earned 51 in her career, and also now leads the program in game-winning goals, with 13.  The junior also ranks fourth for career goals scored with 125, and has jumped from seventh to third for career points scored with 181.  German is currently tied with former Rollins standout Marissa Giannerini `11 in career points scored.  Giannerini is in her first season as head coach of Sunshine State Conference opponent Embry-Riddle.
    • Malorie Olin currently ranks second in program records for career saves with 417.  She sits behind Elyse De Lisle `14, who amassed 463 in her career.
    • Lindsay Van Beck has moved into third in program record books for caused turnovers in a career with 72.  She sits 35 caused turnovers behind program leader Courtney Bianculli `13, who amassed 107 in her time with the Tars. 

NEXT:
Rollins returns home for their next game, hosting first year program Palm Beach Atlantic on Saturday, March 31.  Game time against the Sailfish is set for 5:00 p.m.  Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network on RollinsSports.com, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

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