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PREVIEW: No. 9/12 Rollins Welcomes Westminster, Saturday

PREVIEW: No. 9/12 Rollins Welcomes Westminster, Saturday

Tars and Griffins to Match Up for First Time in Program History


MATCH-UP:
No. 9/12 Rollins (1-0) vs Westminster (Utah) (0-0)

WHERE:
Barker Family Stadium and Cahall Sandspur Field | Winter Park, Fla.

WHEN:
Saturday, February 16, 2019 | 7:30 p.m.

COVERAGE:
VIDEO: Tars Sports Network
STATS: TarsStats.com

RANKINGS:
IWLCA Division II Preseason Poll: Rollins – No. 9 | Westminster - NR
NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Preseason Top-20: Rollins – No. 12 | Westminster - NR

SET-UP:
The No. 9/12 Rollins women's lacrosse team sets their sights on their second opponent of the season, squaring up against Midwest Region member Westminster College on Saturday evening at Cahall-Sandspur.  The Griffins, who were picked to finish fourth in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, open up their 2019 campaign against the Tars.  Live coverage will be available with a free broadcast on the Tars Sports Network on RollinsSportsLive.com, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars, who checked in at No. 9 on the IWLCA Division II Preseason Poll and No. 12 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Preseason Top 20 earlier this year, opened up their 2019 season on February 5 with a 21-16 non-conference victory over the No. 19 University of Tampa Spartans.  With two goals under her belt and her second assist of the evening, Rollins senior Kallie German notched career point number 224, marking a new program record for points in a career.  The Centreville, Md. native wrapped up the night with four goals and three assists, climbing to 227 overall points in her career. In total, five Tars earned five or more points on the evening as Rollins put up 21 goals and added 13 assists to kick off their 2019 season.  Rachel Valocchi made her Rollins debut earning two goals and four assists for six points.  Hannah Ashton also earned six points, matching a career high with a team best six goals on the night, including the game-winner.  Paige Brock marked a new career high with five goals on the night, while freshman Caroline Gastonguay dished out a team high five assists.  Also adding points on the night were Nikki Stumpf with one assist, Lily Rizk with two goals, Sammy Ottimo with a goal and an assist, and Taylor Kienle with a goal of her own.  Valocchi, Gabby Tanner, and Hannah Coakley led the team with three ground balls apiece, while Maggie Dougherty earned a team high eight draw controls.  Both Kaitlin Prince and Gastonguay notched a team best two caused turnovers on the night.  In goal, Tanner played a full 60 minutes where she faced 36 shots and 26 shots on goal and earned 10 saves while allowing 16 shots to find the back of the net.

TRACKING THE GRIFFINS:
Picked to finish fourth on the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Preseason Poll, the Westminster Griffins open their season on Saturday against the Tars.  The Griffins, who hail from Salt Lake City, Utah, finished fifth in the RMAC in 2018 with a record of 6-7 and 5-4 in conference play.  Their season came to an end at the hands of Fort Lewis in the first round of the RMAC tournament.  A total of 12 players return from 2018, including five seniors, five juniors, and two sophomores. In total, the Griffins' roster boasts 19 total players, with five freshmen and two transfers rounding out the roster.  After Westminster takes on the Tars, the team will travel to Saint Leo to take on the Lions the following morning.  The Griffins return leading scorer Madie Ingman, who earned a team best 45 goals and 11 assists for a team high 56 points.  The team also sees Katie Hendershott return after leading the team in assists in 2018 with 23, as well as their leaders in draw controls, Audree Erekson, and caused turnovers, Daisy Mele.  However, the Griffins lost their in ground balls, Katie Adams.  In goal, Westminster returns Mikala Anderson, who saw time in eight games earning seven starts.  Anderson faced 252 shots, earning 99 saves and allowing 88 goals for a goals against average of 12.96 and a save percentage of .529.

THE SERIES:
Rollins vs Westminster (0-0)
Saturday marks the first matchup between the two teams.

NOTES:

  • Saturday's game marks the first matchup between the two teams. 
  • Rollins is currently 1-0 on the season when playing at home.
  • Career Records to Watch:
    • Kallie German moved into first place in program record books for points in a career.  The senior surpassed Tyler Thomas `16, who finished her career with 223 points overall (195g, 28a).  German's fourth point of the evening gave her career point number 224, and with three more points added on, the Centreville, Md. native closed out the night with 227 points in her career (155g, 72a).  German also currently ranks first in program record books for points per game (4.35).  With her final goal of the evening, German moved into third in program record books for career goals, scoring her 155th and surpassing Marissa Giannerini `11, who is currently the head coach of Embry-Riddle. German also currently sits fourth in career assists (72), first in game-winning goals in a career (15), and first in free-position goals scored in a career (62).  She currently holds the single game program record for points in a game (10), and sits tied for first for goals in a game (8).
    • Lindsay Van Beck enters into her senior season ranked 15th in program record books for ground balls in a career with 78, and third in caused turnovers in a career with 87. She is currently 21 caused turnovers away from becoming the program's all-time leader for caused turnovers in a career.
    • Maggie Dougherty currently ranks seventh in program record books for draw controls in a career with 97.
  • Key Individual Game Records to Watch in 2019:
    • Most points in a game: 10
    • Most goals in a game: 8
    • Most Shots: 16
    • Most caused turnovers: 9
    • Most assists: 6
    • Most saves: 19
    • Most shots: 14
    • Most ground balls: 12
    • Most draw controls: 10
    • Most free-position goals: 5

NEXT:
Rollins hits the road for their next two games, traveling to Hickory, N.C. to take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday, February 22, followed by a matchup against Young Harris in Young Harris, Ga. on Sunday, February 24.  Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person will be able to follow all of the action with links to live coverage on RollinsSports.com.

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