After a year filled with ups and downs for many Rollins sport teams, athletics looks to the future with optimism and hope to end their season with momentum.
Both lacrosse teams are poised to begin conference tournament play this weekend.
Women’s lacrosse enters their conference tournament with strength. Their record stands at 14-3 overall. They have shown that they can compete with the nation’s best and look to continue their stellar play as they enter the tournament.
The men’s lacrosse team enters their tournament at 7-6, having had a back-and-forth season. However, the team has performed well against nationally ranked teams all season, displaying their potential to make a run in the tournament.
Baseball will hope to turn their luck around this week as they look to snap a 16-game losing skid. The Tars face the University of Tampa, which is leading the conference with a 20-1 conference record. Should the Tars steal a game or two, it may help them build momentum late in the season.
The softball team begins its final series of the season this week as they face conference foe Barry University. The team currently sits at 26-22 and hopes to improve that record in their final home games of the year.
Both Rollins golf teams look to make a splash in the NCAA Super Regional Tournaments. While the women’s team has completed its conference tournament, finishing fourth, the men’s team continues to battle through their conference competition.
Both teams finished the regular season strong, and they hope to translate their success into the national tournaments.
Last fall, the women’s soccer team posted a disappointing 4-9-2 record. However, with defenders Kiera McMeekan ’19 and Ally Rost ’19, and goalie Kelly Rowswell 20’ returning as leaders, the team has a strong back line to build off of for next year.
The men’s team had a similarly uneventful regular season campaign. However, they made a splash in the conference tournament by defeating the then-ranked second in the country team, Palm Beach Atlantic, en route to the final. The season ended in heartbreak, however, as the Tars lost on a last-second penalty to Tampa in the conference championship.
Men’s and women’s basketball both failed to make the postseason, as well.
After making a cinderella run to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division II Tournament last year, the men’s team began this season ranked nationally. However, the team struggled with consistency. They ended the season unranked and without a tournament bid.
The women’s team began strong with a seven-game winning streak, but failed to capitalize on the strong start. They ended the season with a 12-14 record.
Despite both teams missing the postseason, the promise of returning season players and young upstarts are good signs for the basketball program’s future.
As a whole, the Rollins sports teams have shown their competitiveness and determination, even if some of their seasons did not play out as well as they had hoped.