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Rollins Looks to Rebound Against Fighting Knights and Sharks

Rollins Looks to Rebound Against Fighting Knights and Sharks

SCHEDULE:
Wednesday, September 26 at Lynn | 6:00 p.m. | Bobby Campbell Stadium – Boca Raton, Fla.
Saturday, September 29 vs. Nova Southeastern | 7:00 p.m. | Barker Family Stadium – Winter Park, Fla.

COVERAGE:
Lynn: Watch | Live Stats
NSU: Watch | Live Stats | Mobile Program

SET UP:
Rollins will look to respond from their first loss of 2018 as they continue Sunshine State Conference play this week.  Rollins led No. 6 Barry for a majority of their contest, but a pair of late Buc goals gave Barry the 2-1 overtime win.  The Tars now must prepare to return to South Florida to take on the Lynn Fighting Knights, before coming back home to take on preseason conference favorite, Nova Southeastern.  Lynn is 3-4-0 overall, and have lost their last two matches, the Sharks, on the other hand, are 6-4-0, and winners of three straight.  The Tars will look for strong outings as they attempt to right the ship.

WHO TO WATCH:
Rollins (3-1-3, 1-1-0 SSC):
The Tars have put in 15 goals so far in 2018, more than double their output from all of 2017.  Sarah Buckley, Chynna McGirt, Kiera McMeekan, Kathryn O'Brien, and Jill Richards have all talied twice, leading Rollins' balanced attack.  McGirt has added three assists to lead the Tars with seven total points.  Richards has added two helpers to her two goals for a total of six points.  O'Brien earned her first helper on the Tars' goal against the Bucs, last time out, tying her with Buckley at five points.  Kelly Rowswell continues to be a force in net for Rollins, the junior has made 25 saves, and held two clean sheets for Rollins. 

Lynn (3-4-0, 1-1-0 SSC):
The Fighting Knights are coming off losses to Florida Tech and Embry-Riddle, and they will look to reverse their fortunes by hosting the Tars.  Morgan Meltzer is the only multi-goal scorer for the Fighting Knights, tallying twice through the first seven games, she also has one helper.  Six other players have found the net once.  Emily Weisberg is tied for the team lead in points, having found the net once herself, and earning three assists. Monica Rojas has four points on a goal and two assists. Three freshman keepers have split time in net for Lynn.  Lina Lundgren leads the group with a 1.03 goals against average and an .842 save percentage in four starts. 

Nova Southeastern (6-4-0, 1-1-0 SSC):
The Sharks stumbled out of the gate, losing three of their first four, after being named the preseason conference favorite.  Now the Sharks have picked up consecutive wins against Florida Memorial, Embry-Riddle, and Florida National.  Dejah Holman sits fourth in the SSC with four goals and three assists, good for 11 points.  Emma Keikkila and Jemma House each have nine points to help lead a potent Shark attack.  Kirsten Russel leads the squad with four assists in the campaign.  Natalie Robayna picked up SSC Defensive Player of the Week honors for her efforts in cage last week.  The freshman helped NSU shutout Embry-Riddle and pick up their first conference win.  Shannon Hearty, however, has seen most of the action, starting six games the year.  The Sharks will host Florida Tech before making the trip to Winter Park. 

NOTES:

  • The Tars are 13-9-1 all-time against Lynn, falling 2-0 last season.
  • Rollins lost 3-1 against Nova Southeastern last season, moving their all-time mark against the Sharks to 11-4-4.
  • With her assist against Barry Kathryn O'Brien passed Whitney Chamberlin, and now sits just behind legend Ashley Waplinger, at No. 18 on the Tars' all-time points list, with 40.
  • Kelly Rowswell's 167 career saves place her fifth in Rollins history. 

NEXT:
Rollins will continue SSC play, traveling to Tampa for a match on Wednesday, October 3, at 7 p.m.  The Tars will then return home to face the Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish on Saturday, October 6, also at 7 p.m. 

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