Strong Second Quarter Lifts Rollins to 16-11 Victory over RV/20 Florida Southern
LAKELAND, Fla. (April 7, 2018) – The Rollins men’s lacrosse team scored seven goals in the second quarter en route to a 16-11 Sunshine State Conference victory over RV/20 Florida Southern on Saturday afternoon at Moccasin Field. The win advances the Tars to a record of 5-5 and 2-2 in SSC action, while the Mocs drop to 7-4, and 2-2 in SSC play.
Connor Ashton earned two new career highs, tallying six points overall and five goals, including the game-winner. Behind Ashton’s career day, Greg Taicher scored a hat trick and added an assist, while Joey Cinque scored two goals of his own. Jeremy Slocumb led the team in assists with three, and added one goal for a four points outing. Blake Buell earned two points with a goal and one assist, while Tommy Keane, Grant Long, Chase Snyder, and Evan Schimek scored one goal apiece. Jackson Colling and Brandon Carlin each contributed one assist on the day. Both Lucas Brush and Harrison Bluestein led the team in ground balls with five, while Bluestein and Schimek notched a team best three caused turnovers apiece. Kyle Sudolwon 15-of-31 faceoff attempts, and picked up three ground balls on the day. In goal, Andrew Hoemann faced 19 shots in 60 minutes, earning eight saves while allowing 11 goals.
The Mocs were led by Dalton Simpson’s five point performance has he earned three goals and added two assists. Colin Bayer matched Simpson in goals with a hat trick of his own, while Liam Winwood matched Bayer in points with three as he tallied a goal and two assists. Kevin Dyer scored one goal and added an assist, while Cody Gray, Austen Lison, and Carson Wallace scored one goal each. Both Lucas Claude and Kevin Horwitz earned one assist apiece. Lison led the game in ground balls with nine, followed by Horwitz with seven. Lison also led the team in caused turnovers with four. In goal, Mike Greco played a total of 29:07 minutes, facing 14 shots and allowing 10 goals while earning only four saves. Matt Stocks closed out the game between the pipes, playing 30:53 minutes. Stocks faced nine shots, allowing six goals while earning three saves. Florida Southern’s primary faceoff specialist, Ashton Ceppos, won 16-of-30 attempts on the afternoon.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- First Quarter: Ashton scored a little over a minute into the game to give the Tars an early 1-0 lead, but the Mocs bit back, finding the back of the net at the 7:27 mark to knot the score at 1-1. Florida Southern took a 2-1 lead at the 6:46 mark, but two goals by Rollins in the final three and a half minutes gave the Tars a 3-2 edge entering into the second period.
- Second Quarter: Florida Southern used two early goals to take a 4-3 lead, scoring at the 14:26 and 14:10 marks to regain the lead. Rollins halted their run with an unassisted goal by Taicher at the 13:22 mark, but the Mocs answered back with an unassisted goal by Simpson to set the score at 5-4 with 10:45 on the clock. Rollins was not about to back down, and a goal by Taicher off of an assist by Slocumb evened the score at 5-5 with 8:31 before the half. Cinque then found the back of the net thanks to an assist by Slocumb to give the Tars a 6-5 lead with 7:27 to go, and a man-up goal by Cinque off of an assist by Ashton gave the Tars a 7-5 lead at the 4:46 mark. The Mocs answered with a goal by Lison with 4:14 on the clock, but three unanswered goals by the Tars in the final three and a half minutes gave Rollins the 10-6 advantage entering into the break.
- Third Quarter: Florida Southern opened up the third quarter with three straight goals, pulling to within one of the Tars with eight minutes remaining in the quarter. Rollins was not about to relinquish their lead, and outscored the Mocs 3-2 in the final five and a half minutes to enter into the final period with a 13-11 lead.
- Fourth Quarter: Rollins held the Moccasins off of the board in the final 15 minutes of action, and tacked on three more goals, closing out the game with a final score of 16-11.
- After their first matchup on March 11, 2009, the two teams have met a total of 11 times over the years. Florida Southern leads the all-time series, 8-3.
- Rollins earned their first win on the road this season, and handed the Mocs just their second loss on their home field.
- The Tars did not receive any votes on this week’s USILA Division II Coaches Poll, and received votes on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Division II Top 20.
- The Mocs enter into the weekend receiving votes on this week’s USILA Division II Coaches Poll, and checking in at No. 20 on the NIKE/US Lacrosse Top 20.
- Connor Ashton notched a new career high in points with six, and goals with five. His six points place him in a tie for fourth in program records, and his five goals place him in third in the record book for goals in a game.
- Harrison Bluestein notched two new career highs with five ground balls and three caused turnovers.
- Evan Schimek and Chase Snyder scored the first goals of their careers at Rollins
- Senior Andrew Hoemann currently sits sixth in program record books for career saves with 90.
- Freshman Kyle Sudol currently sits fourth in program record books for Faceoff Win Percentage. Sudol has won 111-of-196 attempts, and currently holds onto a win percentage of .566.
- With 89 overall points, Greg Taicher currently sits fifth in program record books for career points. Taicher also sits fifth overall in career goals (62) and sixth in career assists (27).
- Jeremy Slocumb now sits in the program record books for career assists, having earned 17 to place him in 13th. Slocumb has also earned 19 goals in his career, which places him in 20th in career goals standings. He has also moved into program records for career ground balls with 62, good for 19th.
- Connor Ashton has moved into 11th in program record books for career points (58), 14th for career goals (34), and has moved into seventh for career assists (24).
- Lucas Brush has earned 144 ground balls, and sits fourth in program record books for ground balls in a career. The Dublin, Ohio native is also currently fifth in program record books for career caused turnovers with 53. He currently sits 24 CT’s behind program leader Scannapieco, who amassed 77 in his career.
- With 20 goals so far this season, freshman Joey Cinque has climbed into the program records for career goals, currently sitting 19th.
- Evan Schimek currently sits seventh in program record books for career caused turnovers with 32.
- Roy Hansen has earned 23 caused turnovers in his career, good for 12th in program record books.
- Austin Jackson also appears in the program record books for caused turnovers, amassing 22 in his career to place him 13th overall.
The Tars return to action on Wednesday, April 11, when they host the University of Tampa at Cahall-Sandspur Field in Sunshine State Conference action. Game time against the Spartans is set for 7 p.m. Fans who are unable to support the Tars in person can follow all of the action live on the Tars Sports Network, as well as with live stats on TarsStats.com.
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HOW IT HAPPENED
• Florida Southern watched as Rollins opened the scoring just a minute and ten seconds in to the opening quarter. But Simpson played a role in both of the Moccasins first two goals to take a 2-1 advantage midway through the first. Simpson would score the first Florida Southern goal on the afternoon on a feed from Liam Winwood with 7:27 to go in the first quarter, and 41 seconds later, recorded an assist on Cody Gray‘s second goal of the season to put the Mocs up 2-1. Three and a half minutes later, Rollins would close out the first quarter with a pair of goals to regain the lead at 3-2.
• The Mocs began the second quarter on a roll as Carson Wallace and Bayer each found the back of the net. Faceoff specialist Kevin Horwitz recorded his third assist on the season as Bayer put Florida Southern up 4-3. Less than a minute later, the Tars would tie it up at 4-4 with 13:22 to go in the opening half. For the third and final time in the match, the Mocs would put the advantage back in their favor as Simpson recorded his second goal of the game. In a span of three minutes, Rollins’ Joey Cinque would put the Tars up for good at 7-5. Austen Lison cut the Mocs deficit to a single goal before Rollins would close out the first half on 3-0 run.
• Florida Southern would answer Rollins’ 3-0 run to close out the first half with a 3-0 run of its own to begin the second half. Simpson recorded his 13th goal on the season and Winwood found the back of the net for the sixth time on the year, and at eight minutes in the third Kevin Dyer added the Mocs third goal of the second half to make it 10-9. Rollins answered at the 5:19 mark to push its lead back to two (11-9), but Bayer would find the back of the net just 38 seconds later to make it a one-goal game (11-10). However, the Tars struck twice more in the final four minutes of the third and took a 13-11 edge into the final quarter.
• The fourth quarter was all Rollins as it added three goals and held the Mocs scoreless over the final 15 minutes to win 16-11. Florida Southern fired off nine shots, none on goal, in the final quarter.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS
• Florida Southern fell to Rollins for just the third time in program history as they lead the all-time series 8-3 against the Tars. Simpson tied a season-high with three goals in the loss, as Bayer was one shy of his season-high total in goals, also with three. Lison picked up nine ground balls and Horwitz grabbed seven. Florida Southern won the ground ball game 35-30. Horwitz and the Mocs edged Kyle Sudol and the Tars on the faceoffs, as Horwitz won 16 of 30 faceoffs. Shots were nearly even as the Tars finished with a slight 39-35 edge. Both teams each turned the ball over19 times on Saturday.
• The Moccasins recorded 16 successful clears on 22 chances, while Rollins went 19-22 on the clear attempt. Freshman goalie Matt Stocks saw action for the first time since the Mocs’ 16-9 win over Alabama-Huntsville and made three saves.
• Florida Southern will continue its homestand when Saint Leo (April 11) makes its first visit to Moccasin Field. The Mocs will host Florida Tech (April 14) for Senior Day before closing out the regular season with their first-ever meeting with the Embry-Riddle Eagles on April 21 in Daytona Beach.