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PREVIEW: No. 8 Tars Welcome Greyhounds, Tuesday

PREVIEW: No. 8 Tars Welcome Greyhounds, Tuesday

Rollins Takes on Moravian in Only Home Game of March


MATCH-UP:
No. 8/7 Rollins (4-0) vs Moravian (2-0)

LOCATION:
Cahall-Sandspur Field | Winter Park, Fla. | 7:30 p.m.

COVERAGE:  Live Stats | Video

RANKINGS:

IWLCA Division II Poll | Week 2 (3/4/19): Rollins – No. 8 | Moravian – No Ranking on DIII Poll

NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top-20 – Week 3 (3/4/19): Rollins – No. 7 | Moravian – No Ranking on DIII Top-20

SET-UP:
The No. 8/7 Rollins women's lacrosse team steps out of Division II play on Tuesday night when they welcome Division III institution Moravian College to Cahall-Sandspur Field.  Game time against the Greyhounds is set for 7:30 p.m., and will mark the first time the two teams will meet in program history.  The mid-week match-up is the only home game for the Tars in the entire month of March.  Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person will be able to follow all of the action live with live stats on TarsStats.com, as well as with a live broadcast on the Tars Sports Network on RollinsSportsLive.com. 

TRACKING THE TARS:
The Tars, who checked in at No. 8 on the IWLCA Division II Preseason Poll and No. 7 on the week one NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top 20 for the second straight week, enter into the weekend unbeaten with a 4-0 record.  After four games played, the Tars have posted 77 goals, 38 assists, and average 19.25 goals per game, and 39.50 shots per game.  Leading the way is senior Kallie German, who leads the team in goals (16), assists (8), and points (24).  Freshman Caroline Gastonguay matches German in assists with eight, and has added five goals so far this season.  Hannah Ashton has notched 15 goals and three assists, while Paige Brock as 14 points with 10 goals and four assists.  Lily Rizk has notched seven goals of her own, while Nikki Stumpf has earned nine points with four goals and five assists.  Rachel Valocchi holds onto a team-leading six ground balls, while adding three goals and four assists.  Gastonguay, German, Marina Longo, and Rizk have all earned five ground balls so far this season.  Lindsay Van Beck leads the team in draw controls with 18, followed closely by Maggie Dougherty with 17 and Taylor Kienle with 12 of her own.  Both Gastonguay and German lead the team with four caused turnovers, followed by Van Beck, and Kaitlin Prince with three apiece.  In goal, Gabby Tanner has played in all four games, seeing a total of 210:00 minutes in goal.  Tanner has earned 26 saves while allowing 28 goals, posting a goals against average of 8.00, and a save percentage of .481.  Sarah Neely has played 30 minutes in goal, earning three saves while allowing one goal for a save percentage of .750 and a goals against average of 2.00.

TRACKING THE GREYHOUNDS:
Moravian kicked off their 2019 campaign on Wednesday, February 27, with a 16-8 victory over King's College.  The Greyhounds enter into Tuesday night's game after earning a 19-8 win over Ave Maria on Sunday, March 3, and hold onto an overall record of 2-0.  Fourth-year head coach Kristen Nicholson has 18 players returning from last season's team that posted an 11-5 record and played in the Landmark Conference Semifinals for the first time in program history.  The top seven scorers from 2018 all return this season, including senior attack Jillian Picciuto, who notched her 300th career point on Sunday against the Gyrenes.  Liz Bill also returned after leading the team in goals and points last season.  After two games played, Picciuto leads the team with nine goals and six assists for 15 points, followed by Danielle Sullivan with nine goals and one assist, and Meaghan McMullan with two goals and six assists.  Bill has notched seven goals of her own in two games played, and leads the team in ground balls with nine. McMullan and Picciuto have won 12 and 11 draw controls, respectively.  Defensively, McMullan leads the way with three caused turnovers so far this season.  In goal, Kelley Gavin has seen time in both games, seeing a total of 83:49 minutes between the pipes.  Gavin has faced 29 shots, allowing nine goals while earning 15 saves for a save percentage of .625 and a goals against average of 6.44.  Courtney Heist has played a total of 36:11 in goal so far this year, facing 12 shots while allowing seven goals and making three saves.  Heist holds onto a save percentage of .300, and owns a goals against average of 11.61.

NOTES:

  • The Tars are 2-0 so far this season when playing at home.
  • Tuesday night's game marks the first time the two teams will have met in program history.
  • The home game marks the only one on the Tars' schedule for the entire month – in total, Rollins will pay one home game and five away games in the month of March.

NEXT:
Rollins heads to the home of US Lacrosse to play two neutral site games at Tierney Field in Sparks, Maryland.  The Tars will take on Mount Olive on Monday, March 11, at 11:30 a.m., followed by an 11:30 a.m. match-up against Wingate on Wednesday, March 13.  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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