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PREVIEW: Eighth-Ranked Tars Host No. 1 Mocs in Top-Ten Showdown

PREVIEW: Eighth-Ranked Tars Host No. 1 Mocs in Top-Ten Showdown

Rollins and Florida Southern Clash in Key Conference and Regional Matchup


MATCH-UP:
No. 8/9 Rollins (11-2, 1-1 SSC) vs No. 1/1 Florida Southern (12-0, 2-0 SSC)

WHERE:
Barker Family Stadium & Cahall-Sandspur Field | Rollins College | Winter Park, Fla.

WHEN:

Wednesday | April 4, 2018 | 7:30 P.M.

COVERAGE:
VIDEO:  Tars Sports Network

STATS:   TarsStats.com

IWLCA DII COACHES POLL:   April 2, 2018

NIKE/US LACROSSE DII TOP 20:  April 2, 2018

SET-UP:

Rollins enters into the key Sunshine State Conference matchup riding a 10-game win streak, owning an 11-2 record and 1-1 mark in Sunshine State Conference action.  The Tars have defeated ten straight, including then tenth-ranked Queens, 15-4, then No. 25 Lock Haven 16-9, and then sixth-ranked Limestone 9-7.

The Moccasins make the short trek to Winter Park on Wednesday undefeated with a record of 12-0 and 2-0 against Sunshine State opponents.  The Mocs earned a 24-14 win over Mount Olive in their last game on Friday, March 30, 2018.  In their last Sunshine State Conference showdown, the Mocs secured a 13-12 win over then 17th-ranked Tampa on Tuesday, March 27.

The Tars earned the No. 8 position on the IWLCA Division II Coaches Poll this week, climbing two spots from their previous ranking of 11th.  The Tars also climbed the ladder on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Women's Top 20, jumping from 10th to ninth this week.  Florida Southern is ranked No. 1 on both the IWLCA Poll, as well as the NIKE/USL Top 20.

TRACKING THE TARS:
After 13 games played, junior Kallie German leads the team with 49 goals, and has added a team best 22 assists for 71 points on the season.  Hannah Ashton has secured 41 goals and added one assist for 42 points overall, while Paige Brock has netted 20 goals and seven assists for 27 points on the season.  Sophomore Maggie Dougherty has notched 11 goals and eight assists for 19 points this season, while classmates Julianna DeSimone and Lily Rizk have scored 10 goals each .  DeSimone has dished out six assists, followed by Rizk with five.  Nikki Stumpf has earned a team second best 13 assists on the year, and has added nine goals for a total of 22 points so far this season.  Leading the team in ground balls is Lindsay Van Beck with 19, followed by Kaitlin Prince with 16, and Dougherty and Brooke Ottaway with 15 each.  Dougherty has won a team best 31 draw controls, followed by Ashton with 28, and Genia Sprinkle with 19.  Van Beck has earned a team best 19 caused turnovers, followed by German with 11.  With 13 games under their belts, Rollins is led by Malorie Olin in goal, who has played a total of 518:12 minutes between the pipes.  Olin has earned 76 saves, posting a save percentage of .531 on the season, while allowing 67 goals for a goals against average of just 7.76 on the year.

TRACKING THE MOCS:

With 10 games played this season, the Mocs are led by Emily Santoli with 35 goals.  Marina Jozokos has netted 21 goals, followed by Meghan O'Brien with 20 and Shannon Gilfedder with 19.  Julia Couch and O'Brien lead the team with assists with 18 each, followed by Gifedder and O'Brien with eight apiece.  Jozokos leads the Mocs with 34 ground balls, followed by Sam Keesey with 22, and Santoli with 20.  Santoli also leads the team in draw controls with 56, followed by Dani Bursinger with 41, and Keesey with 27.  Keesey currently leads the team in caused turnovers with 19, followed by Santoli with 13, and Sarah Rheinsmith with 11, and Becca Hill and Meghan Vadala with 10 each.  Mary Gately has earned five starts in goal, seeing time in all nine contests.  Gately has earned 31 saves in 300:20 minutes played, posting a save percentage of .397 while allowing 47 goals for a goals against average of .939 on the season.  Alanna Zambetti has seen 239:40 minutes in cage, earning 21 saves for a save percentage of .339 while allowing 41 goals for a goals against average of 10.26 this season.

THE SERIES:

The Tars and Mocs have faced off 10 times since 2012,with the Tars trailing the overall series, 4-6.  Florida Southern has won the last four outings.

NOTES:

  • Sophomore Maggie Dougherty has made her mark in career draw controls, moving into the Top-10 in program history as she as amassed 70 draw controls in her career.  Dougherty sits 117 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 53 in her career, and also now leads the program in game-winning goals, with 14.  The junior also ranks fourth for career goals scored with 132, fourth in career assists with 60, and sits third for career points scored with 192. 
  • Malorie Olin currently ranks second in program records for career saves with 440.  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. 
  • Brenna Heaney sits seventh in program record books for career caused turnovers, with 49.

NEXT:
Rollins continues its most challenging week of the regular season then they travel to Melbourne, Fla. to square up against No. 5 Florida Tech on Saturday afternoon.  Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live with links to live coverage available on RollinsSports.com. 

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