Lacrosse gets set for NJAC play on three-game win streak

Midfielder Kelly O'Brien collides with the referee in Rowan's 16-8 win over Stevens Institute of technology on April 2. -Staff photo/Louis Gormley

Midfielder Kelly O’Brien collides with the referee in Rowan’s 16-8 win over Stevens Institute of technology on April 2. -Staff photo/Louis Gormley

 

With the highly anticipated start of New Jersey Athletic Conference play only a couple of days away, the Rowan women’s lacrosse team is building momentum on a three-game winning streak.

The Profs built off their win against Keene State College in Florida with an impressive come-from-behind victory against Haverford College on March 27. Following a commanding 16-8 win over Stevens Institute of Technology on April 2, the team now sits at 6-2 overall on the season.

“I think we’re right where we want to be,” head coach Lindsay Delaney said. “Obviously the two losses is not good but we were all from different leagues so we learned different things and that’s good. We saw a few things we need to focus on that were not complete yet, but going into conference play I think we’re riding high, so we’re good.”

The first conference game will be against Kean this Saturday, a team the Profs have performed well against in the past two years, winning 12-9 last season and 11-8 back in 2012.

“We’ve played well against Kean for the last two years and that is the game we’ll focus on because it happens to be our first conference game,” Delaney said. “I think the girls would say Montclair is the big game. But I’d say Kean, let’s start with Kean. We got to play very well against them first.”

Rowan goaltender Lindsay Barrie, who recorded 10 saves in the win against Haverford, said the team’s toughest games will be against Montclair and TCNJ, which were both picked to finish ahead of Rowan in the NJAC standings.

“They [Montclair and TCNJ] are always a tough game and we will be fighting for a full 60 minutes,” Barrie said. ”I believe we are ready to make a run at the division crown and if we keep playing fearless and taking it each game at a time, we will be as successful as we have been anticipated to be.”

Rowan displayed great resiliency against Haverford, making a comeback after falling behind 3-1 early in the game.

“After we fell behind in the first half we started to clean up our play and our transitions down the field as well as our attacking end,” Barrie said. “Our communication picked up to direct communication and everything came together.”

In past years, the Profs have had to rely on a select group of players to take care of the scoring. However, that has not been the case this season. In the Haverford victory, six different players scored, and nine different players have netted goals so far this year.

“That’s what we wanted from this team and we thought it might happen but we weren’t sure,” Delaney said. “Becca [Wood] gets locked down the majority of our games, so her job is to create opportunities for other people. No one’s shy on our team for shooting, that’s for sure. They’re all pretty confident. We have seven very nice attackers. They all can produce, there’s no question about that.”

Ever since the NJAC came into play in 2010, Rowan has finished either first or second, and Delaney hopes the team can keep that play up.

“We’re going to try and maintain that and there is a new conference playoff so we’ll see how that works out because we’ve never done that before,” Delaney said. “It’s different this year but the goals still stay the same. They’re confident, they’re ready.”

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