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PREVIEW: No. 9/8 Tars Hit the Road for Regional Road Games

PREVIEW: No. 9/8 Tars Hit the Road for Regional Road Games

Rollins to Face Lenoir-Rhyne and Young Harris in South Region Action


MATCH-UP:
No. 9/8 Rollins (2-0) vs Lenoir-Rhyne (1-1)
No. 9/8 Rollins (2-0) vs Young Harris (1-0)

VS LENOIR RHYNE:
at Lenoir-Rhyne | Moretz Stadium | Hickory, N.C. | 4 pm
COVERAGE:       Live Stats | Video

VS YOUNG HARRIS:
at Young Harris | YCH Soccer and Lacrosse Field | Young Harris, Ga. | 1 pm
COVERAGE:       Live Stats | Video (link available closer to game day)

RANKINGS:
IWLCA Division II Preseason Poll: Rollins – No. 9 | Lenoir-Rhyne NR | Young Harris | NR
NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top-20 – Week 1 (2/18/19): Rollins – No. 8 | Lenoir-Rhyne NR | Young Harris | NR

SET-UP:
The No. 9/8 Rollins women's lacrosse team hits the road for the first time in 2019 as they head to North Carolina to take on Lenoir-Rhyne on Friday, followed by a Sunday matchup against Young Harris in Georgia.  The Tars, who climbed from 12th to eighth on the first NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top-20 poll of the season, head north with a record of 2-0 to take on the Bears and Mountain Lions in South Region action.  Lenoir-Rhyne enters into Friday afternoons match-up with the Tars holding on to a record of 1-1 after defeating Belmont Abbey in their season opener, 16-13, followed by a tough 13-8 loss to then No. 10 Florida Tech on Friday, February 15.  Young Harris enters into the weekend with a record of 1-0 after opening their season with a 16-5 win over Lincoln Memorial on February 15, and will face off against the Shorter Hawks on Friday, February 22 before taking on the Tars on Sunday afternoon.  Links to live coverage of both games are available on RollinsSports.com.

TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars, who checked in at No. 9 on the IWLCA Division II Preseason Poll and No. 8 on the week one NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top 20 this week, enter into the weekend unbeaten with a 2-0 record.  Rollins opened up their season with a 21-16 win over then No. 19 Tampa on February 5, and then took down Westminster by a final score of 19-1 on February 16.  Hannah Ashton leads the way in goals with seven, followed by Kallie German with six, and Paige Brock with five.  Freshman Caroline Gastonguay has made her mark early on, and leads the team with six assists on the young season, while German, Nikki Stumpf, and Rachel Valocchi have each dished out four so far.  Valocchi leads the team in ground balls with five, followed by Hannah Coakley with four, while Kaitlin Prince and Gabby Tanner have three each.  Maggie Dougherty has won a team best 12 draw controls after two games, followed by Lindsay Van Beck with eight, and Taylor Kienle with seven.  In caused turnovers, Gastonguay holds onto a team best four after two games played.  In goal, Tanner has played a total of 90 minutes so far this season, earning 16 saves while allowing 16 goals.  Tanner currently has a goals against average of 10.67, and a save percentage of .500.  Sarah Neely has spent 30 minutes between the pipes this season, earning three saves while allowing one goal against in her time on the field.

TRACKING THE BEARS:
Lenoir-Rhyne enters into Friday afternoon's game with the Tars holding onto a record of 1-1. The Bears opened their season with a 16-13 win over Belmont Abbey on February 8, followed by a 13-8 loss to then tenth-ranked Florida Tech on February 15.  Lenior-Rhyne was picked to finish in a tie for first place in the South Atlantic Conference preseason poll, and saw five players given the nod on first and second team preseason all-conference lists.  The Bears garnered SAC respect heading into 2019 after winning their first regular season SAC Championship in 2018 and finishing last season with an undefeated record in conference play – the first in school history.  Leading the way so far this season are Rachel elmore with eight goals, followed by Cathleen Gaffney with five.  Gaffney holds onto a team best four assists, and leads the team in overall points with nine after two games played.  Cassie Lafler has earned a team best four ground balls, while Elmore and Gabby Sousa have notched three apiece.  Both Lafler and Elmore have tallied a team best four caused turnovers, while Elmore leads the team in draw controls with nine.  In goal, Teanna Sieben has seen 90 minutes of action in cage, facing 47 shots and earning 19 saves and allowing 19 goals.  Sieben currently has a save percentage of .500, and a goals against average of 12.67 in her time on the field.  Cristi Rowland has seen 30 minutes in goal for the Bears, facing 14 shots while earning five saves and allowing seven goals.  Rowland holds onto a goals against average of 14.00, and a save percentage of .417.

TRACKING THE MOUNTAIN LIONS:
Young Harris enters into the weekend with a record of 1-0 after earning a 16-5 win over Lincoln Memorial on February 15.  The Mountain Lions will take on Shorter at home on Friday before welcoming the Tars to their home field on Sunday afternoon.  Young Harris was picked to finish second on the Gulf South Conference Preseason Poll this year, despite earning the regular season and conference titles in 2018.  The University of Alabama-Huntsville was selected to finish first on the 2019 GSC Preseason Poll, collecting four first-place votes and 16 points overall.  The Mountain Lions received one first place nod and 12 votes, followed by Montevallo in third, Lee in fourth, and Shorter in fifth.  Young Harris has won all three Gulf South Conference championships, and enters into 2019 on a 15-game GSC win streak.  YHC lost three of its four leading scorers from last season, but return a host of skilled players this year, including reigning GSC Defensive Player of the Year Hannah Sacristan, who enters into 2019 as the only defender in league history to be named All-GSC three times.  After one game played, Leigh Anne Turner leads the team with four goals, followed by Maddie Peek, Taylor Greenberg, and Channing Milford with three apiece.  Erika Cross holds onto a team best three assists and four ground balls.  Matching Cross in ground balls are Milford, Maddison Larrimore, and Kelsey Dover.  Cross, Milford, and Mary Deatrick have tallied a team best two caused turnovers each, while Milford holds onto a team best three draw controls.  In goal, Rachel Robb has played a full game, facing 19 shots while allowing five goals and earning seven saves.  Robb enters into the weekend with a save percentage of .583, and a goals against average of 5.0.

THE SERIES:

Rollins vs Lenoir-Rhyne (10-0)

 

Date

Opponent

 

Score

 

Attend

 

Site

Notes

 

5/4/2011

at Lenoir-Rhyne

W

22-7

 

100

 

Hickory, N.C.

 
 

3/22/2012

LENOIR-RHYNE

W

21-8

 

80

 

Winter Park, Fla.

 
 

3/13/2013

LENOIR-RHYNE

W

11-5

 

114

 

Winter Park, Fla.

 
 

4/21/2013

at Lenoir-Rhyne

W

15-9

 

125

 

Hickory, N.C.

 
 

3/26/2014

at Lenoir-Rhyne

W

17-10

 

50

 

Hickory, N.C.

 
 

2/15/2015

at Lenoir-Rhyne

W

13-12

 

150

 

Hickory, N.C.

 
 

3/19/2015

LENOIR-RHYNE

W

13-9

 

178

 

Winter Park, Fla.

 
 

3/17/2016

at Lenoir-Rhyne

W

15-2

 

75

 

Hickory, N.C.

 
 

4/16/2017

LENOIR-RHYNE

W

11-5

 

203

 

Winter Park, Fla.

 

 

3/25/2018

At Lenoir-Rhyne

W

15-6

 

15-

 

Hickory, N.C.

 

Overall: 10-0
Conference: 0-0
Home: 4-0
Away: 6-0
Neutral: 0-0

Rollins vs Young Harris (2-0)

 

Date

Opponent

 

Score

 

Attend

 

Site

Notes

 

4/4/2016

vs Young Harris

W

16-5

 

83

 

Cumming, Ga.

 

 

3/15/2018

vs. Young Harris

W

20-14

 

77

 

Cumming, Ga.

 

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

NOTES:

  • The Tars are 6-0 when playing against Lenoir-Rhyne on their home field.
  • Rollins holds onto an all-time record of 2-0 against Young Harris, but has never played the Mountain Lions on their home field.  Both previous matchups were at neutral site North Forsyth High School in Cumming, Ga.

NEXT:
The Tars return home to open the month of March, hosting Moravian on Tuesday, March 5 at Cahall-Sandspur Field.  Game time against the Greyhounds is set for 7:30 p.m.  Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person will be able to follow all of the action with live stats on TarsStats.com, as well as with a live broadcast on the Tars Sports Network at RollinsSportsLive.com.

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