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PREVIEW: No. 8 Tars Look to Pounce on Fifth-Ranked Panthers

PREVIEW: No. 8 Tars Look to Pounce on Fifth-Ranked Panthers

Rollins and Florida Tech Set to Clash in SSC Showdown, Saturday


MATCH-UP:
No. 8/9 Rollins (12-2, 2-1 SSC) vs No. 5/5 Florida Tech (11-1, 1-1 SSC)

WHERE:
Florida Tech Panther Stadium | Florida Tech | Melbourne, Fla.

WHEN:
Saturday | April 7, 2018 | 12:00 P.M.

COVERAGE:
VIDEO:  Florida Tech Video
STATS:   Florida Tech Live Stats

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

SET-UP:
Coming off of their most epic win yet this season, an 11-10 victory over undefeated No. 1 Florida Southern, the Rollins women's lacrosse team holds onto a record of 12-2 and 2-1 in Sunshine State Conference action.  The Tars are riding a, 11-game win streak, and have just three more regular season games on their docket, beginning with Saturday's matchup against No. 5 Florida Tech.  Saturday's game will mark the sixth time this season the Tars will face an opponent ranked on the IWLCA Division II Coaches Poll at the time of competition, and the fifth time Rollins will face an opponent ranked higher them then in the standings.

Entering into Saturday's match-up with a record of 11-1 and 1-1 in SSC play, the Florida Tech Panthers are riding a two game win streak.  The Panthers most recently took down No. 16/18 Tampa by a score of 23-13 on April 4, with a similar result against CSU-Pueblo with a 23-10 victory on Friday, March 30.  Florida Tech's first loss of the season came at the hands of Florida Southern on Saturday, March 24, where they fell to the top-ranked Mocs by a score of 15-11 at Florida Tech Panther Stadium.  Florida Tech has faced a wide array of opponents this season, including East Region opponents Molloy, Saint Anselm, and Pace University, Midwest Region opponents McKendree, CSU-Pueblo, and Alderson Broaddus, along with South Region opponents Limestone, Queens University of Charlotte, Young Harris, Lenoir-Rhyne, Florida Southern, and Tampa.

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 Tech has been consistently riding both polls at No. 5 this season.

TRACKING THE TARS:
After 14 games played, junior Kallie German leads the team with 51 goals, and has added a team best 26 assists for 77 points on the season.  Hannah Ashton has secured 45 goals and added one assist for 46 points overall, while Paige Brock has netted 21 goals and eight assists for 29 points on the season.  Sophomore Maggie Dougherty has notched 12 goals and eight assists for 20 points this season, while classmates Lily Rizk has scored 12 goals and earned five assists for 17 points.  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 21, followed by Kaitlin Prince with 17, Olin with 16, and Dougherty and Brooke Ottaway with 15 apiece.  Dougherty has won a team best 32 draw controls, followed by Ashton with 31, and Genia Sprinkle with 19.  Van Beck has earned a team best 21 caused turnovers, followed by German with 11, and Prince with 10.  Senior Malorie Olin is having a standout season in goal, and is coming off of a career game that saw her put up 18 saves, good for second best in program records for saves in a game.  Olin has played a total of 578:12 minutes in cage, and has a win percentage of .833 this season as she has earned 10 saves and just two losses.  Olin has posted 94 saves so far this season, compiling a save percentage of .550 while allowing just 77 goals for a goals against average of just 7.99 on the year.

TRACKING THE PANTHERS:
As a team, Florida Tech is out-scoring opponents 222-119, as well as overpowering their challengers in assists, 94-48.  FIT has scored on 42-of-114 free position shots, while opponents have been held to just 31-of-68.

The Panthers are led by Sara Grenier with 45 goals, followed by Sam Schiano with 34, and Lauren Tybor with 32.  Caroline Dunleavy leads FIT in assists, dishing out 31 and adding 26 goals for a team best 57 points.  Tybor has earned 24 assists, and is second on the team in overall points with 56.  Grenier has earned four game-winning goals so far this season, followed closely by Leah Dunn with three.  Sam Schiano has amassed 49 ground balls this year, and also leads the team in caused turnovers with 37.  Olivia Going has earned a team second best 39 ground balls, followed by Tybor with 32.  Tybor is also second on the team in caused turnovers with 27, followed closely by Brittney Embree with 26.  Tybor also leads the Panthers in draw controls with 77, while Schiano has earned 63.  In goal, Stephanie Stuart has started all 12 contests, seeing a total of 589:47 minutes between the pipes.  Stuart has faced 232 total shots, allowing 107 goals for a goals against average of 10.89.  The senior has earned 80 saves, good for a save percentage of .428 on the season.

NATIONAL STATISTICAL SPOTLIGHT:

Rollins in the National Statistical Rankings

Florida Tech's National Statistical Stance

THE SERIES
Since their first meeting in 2015, the Tars and Panthers have matched up five times, with Rollins holding onto the series record, 3-2.  When playing at the home of the Panthers in regular season, the Tars are 2-0 against FIT.

Rollins vs Florida Tech (3-2)

 

Date

Opponent

 W/L

Score

Attendance

Site

Notes

*

4/8/2015

At #10 Florida Tech

W

18-6

107

Melbourne, Fla.

 

*

4/13/2016

at Florida Tech

W

14-10

150

Melbourne, Fla.

 

%

4/29/2016

vs Florida Tech

W

15-14

160

Lakeland, Fla.

SSC Tourney

*

4/20/2017

#9 FLORIDA TECH

L

10-14

316

Winter Park, Fla.

 

%

4/28/2017

vs #9 Florida Tech

L

14-19

202

Lakeland, Fla.

SSC Tourney

Overall: 3-2
Conference: 2-1
Home: 0-1
Away: 2-0
Neutral: 1-1

NOTES:

  • When playing on the road this season, the Tars hold onto a record of 4-1.
  • When playing on their home field, the Panthers are 8=1 on the season.
  • Career Records to Watch:
    • Sophomore Hannah Ashton has cracked into the program record books, and currently sits 10th in career goals with 86.
    • Sophomore Maggie Dougherty has amassed 71 draw controls in her career, placing her in 10th in program record books.  Dougherty sits 116 behind the program's all-time leader, Erica Pagliarulo `13, with 187.
    • Kallie German ranks first in the program record books for free-position goals scored, having earned 55 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 134, fourth in career assists with 64, and has moved into second in career points with 198. 
    • Malorie Olin currently ranks second in program records for career saves with 458, and is just six saves away from becoming the program's all-time leader.  She sits behind Elyse De Lisle `14, who amassed 463 in her career.  Olin has also moved into 10th in program records for career ground balls with 96.
    • Lindsay Van Beck has moved into third in program record books for caused turnovers in a career with 74.  She sits 34 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 returns to action on Saturday, April 14, when they host Saint Leo University at Cahall-Sandspur field on Senior Day.  Game time against the Lions is set for 7:30 p.m.  Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person can follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network, as well as with live stats on RollinsSports.com. 

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