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PREVIEW: No. 2 Tars Set to Face Rival Florida Southern in Mid-Week Clash

PREVIEW: No. 2 Tars Set to Face Rival Florida Southern in Mid-Week Clash

Rollins Travels to Lakeland to Face No. 8 Mocs in SSC Action and Top 10 Showdown


MATCH-UP:
No. 2/3 Rollins (10-0, 1-0 SSC) vs. No. 8/9 Florida Southern (9-2, 1-1 SSC)

LOCATION/TIME:
Barnett Athletic Complex | Lakeland, Fla. | 4:00 PM

COVERAGE:  Live Stats | Video

RANKINGS:
IWLCA Division II Poll | Week 6 (4/1/19): Rollins – No. 2 | Florida Southern – No. 8
NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top-20 – Week 7 (4/1/19): Rollins – No. 3 | Florida Southern – No. 9 

NATIONAL STATISTICAL RANKINGS:
Rollins  |  Florida Southern  |  Sunshine State Conference

SET-UP:
The Rollins women's lacrosse team is riding their second-best start in program history, and checked in at No. 2 on the IWLCA Division II Poll, as well as No. 3 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20 this week.  The Tars are riding a 10 game win streak, and hold onto an unblemished record of 10-0, and 1-0 in Sunshine State Conference play.  The Tars will face one of their toughest competitors yet this season when they travel to Lakeland to face the Moccasins of Florida Southern College, who earned the nod at No. 8 on the IWLCA poll, and No. 9 on the US Lacrosse standings.  Game time against the Moccasins is set for 4 p.m. at the Barnett Athletic Complex on the campus of Florida Southern College.  Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person will be able to follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

TRACKING THE TARS:
Entering into the month of April with 10 straight wins, the Tars set their sights on their final regular season stretch, kicking off with a Top-10 showdown at Florida Southern on Wednesday afternoon.  With an unblemished record of 10-0, marking the second best start for the Tars in program history, the Tars checked in at No. 2 on this week's IWLCA DII Poll, matching a program best for national ranking in the history of the program.  After 10 games played this season, the Tars have scored 198 goals, averaging 19.80 per game, while earning 83 assists.  The Tars are averaging 39.90 shots per game, and own a shot percentage of .496 as a team.  

Senior Kallie German leads the team in goals, assists, and overall points, as she has scored 34 times while dishing out 22 assists for 56 points overall.  Hannah Ashton follows with 32 goals of her own, followed by Paige Brock with 23.  Behind German's 22 assists, freshman Caroline Gastonguay has notched 14 while adding 11 goals.  Leading the team in ground balls is Lily Rizk with 18, followed by Gabby Tanner with 14, Gastonguay with 13, and Lindsay Van Beck and Hannah Coakley with 11 apiece.  Van Beck has amassed a team-leading 49 draw controls and also leads the Tars in caused turnovers with 12.  Maggie Dougherty is another force on the draw, winning 35 so far this year.  In goal, Tanner has played 448:43 minutes, earning 56 saves while allowing 51 goals.  Tanner enters into Wednesday's game with a save percentage of .523, and a goals against average of just 6.28. 

TRACKING THE MOCCASINS:
With a record of 9-2 and 1-1 in SSC action, Florida Southern checked in at No. 8 on this week's IWLCA DII Poll, and No. 9 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Top 20.  After 11 games played this season, the Mocs have scored 201 goals, averaging 18.27 per game, while earning 83 assists.  The Moccasins are averaging 37.91 shots per game, and own a shot percentage of .482 as a team.  Florida Southern is currently 6-1 on the season when playing at home, with their lone loss coming at the hands of then No. 2 Adelphi back on February 24, 2019.  In SSC action, the then-third-ranked Mocs found themselves upended by then-tenth-ranked Tampa on March 27 by a final score of 16-14.  It was the first time the Spartans have defeated the Moccasins.  Since the upset, Florida Southern got back to their winning ways on March 30 with a 22-8 win over Mount Olive.

After 11 games played, Florida Southern is led by Riley Bannatyne with 26 goals, followed by Grace Glinecki with 21.  In total, nine Mocs have scored double-digit goal counts so far this year.  Three Mocs have dished out a team high 13 assists, as Aubriana Benedetto, Glinecki, and Sarah Grady have all handed out a team best.  With her 21 goals and 13 assists, Glinecki leads the team in overall points with 34.  Aubriana Benedetto has earned a team high 26 ground balls, followed by Maliah Benedetto with 22, as well as Dani Bursinger and Sam Keesey with 20 each.  Bursinger has amassed an impressive 83 draw controls in 11 games played, followed by Keesey with 55.  Keesey also leads the team in caused turnovers with 25.  Freshman Patricia Werker has seen the most time in goal, playing 317:31 minutes where she has earned 33 saves while allowing 41 goals.  Werker enters into Wednesday's game with a save percentage of .446, and a goals against average of 7.75.

Series  History:
Rollins vs Florida Southern (5-7)

 

Date

Opponent

 

Score

 

Attend

Site

Notes

 

4/11/2012

At #15 Florida Southern

W

16-10

 

145

Lakeland, Fla.

 Rollins ranked No. 3

 

4/3/2013

At #11 Florida Southern

W

12-10

 

273

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 4

 

4/28/2013

#10 FLORIDA SOUTHERN

W

18-12

 

236

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 3

 

4/25/2014

#6 FLORIDA SOUTHERN

L

13-16

 

234

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins unranked

*

3/27/15

At #5 Florida Southern

L

8-15

 

100

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 9

%

4/26/2015

At #5 Florida Southern

W

12-10

OT

173

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 11 – Tars win inaugural SSC Tournament Championship

*

4/21/2016

#6 FLORIDA SOUTHERN

L

6-15

 

514

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 3

%

5/1/2016

At #3 Florida Southern

L

11-12

 

335

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 6

+

5/14/2016

At #3 Florida Southern

L

5-8

 

455

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 7 – Tars wrap up NCAA Tournament appearance in Quarterfinals

*

4/11/2017

At #4 Florida Southern

L

5-18

 

325

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 5

*

4/4/2018

#1 FLORIDA SOUTHERN

W

11-10

 

467

Winter Park, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 8

%

4/27/2018

At #4 Florida Southern

L

6-23

 

236

Lakeland, Fla.

Rollins ranked No. 6 – Tars bounced out of SSC Tournament in the Semifinals

Overall: 5-7
* Conference: 1-3
% SSC Tournament: 1-2
+ NCAA Tournament: 0-1
Home: 2-2
Away: 3-5
Neutral: 0-0

NOTES:

  • The Tars trail the overall series with the Mocs, 5-7.
  • The Tars are 4-0 this season when playing a true road contest.
  • Kallie German is 11 goals away from becoming the program's all-time leader in career goals.
  • Lindsay Van Beck is nine caused turnovers away from becoming the program's all-time leader in career caused turnovers.  She currently has 99 under her belt, and needs to surpass leader Courtney Bianculli `13, who amassed 107 in her career with the Tars.
  • With a record of 10-0, the Tars have now matched their second best start in program history.
  • The Tars' best undefeated run was in 2012, where they went 15-0 before falling to Regis in regular season action, 14-13.  That year, Rollins advanced to the NCAA Tournament Semifinals, where they fell to West Chester by a score of 19-10.
  • Rollins checked in at No. 2 on the April 1 IWLCA DII Poll, and third on the April 1 NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20.
  • Florida Southern checked in at No. 8 on the April 1 IWLCA DII Poll, and No. 9 on the April 1 NIKE/US Lacrosse DII Top 20.

NEXT:
Rollins returns home for a matchup against Florida Tech on Saturday, April 6.  Game time against the Panthers is set for 7:30 p.m. at Cahall-Sandspur Field.  Fans who are unable to attend the game will be able to follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network as well as the Sunshine State Conference Digital Network, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.

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