After coasting past Immaculata University 18-2 on March 15, the Rowan lacrosse team took a trip down to Clermont, Fla. to play a pair of games against Messiah and Keene State.
The Profs split matchups down south and now currently sit at fifth in the New Jersey Athletic Conference with a record of 4-2.
This was the first year that the program had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, and the team took full advantage of it. The Profs not only grew closer, but were also able to visit places such as Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios.
“It was a training trip but, at the same time, we try and make it an enjoyable situation for the kids where they have fun and come together,” said head coach Lindsay Delaney. “This is a pretty close group to begin with, but living with someone is completely different, so you kind of break down those boundaries and those walls.”
Rowan scored at least 12 goals in all but one of its games this season, and the team continued that offensive firepower despite dropping the first game of the road trip 15-13 against Messiah.
The Profs fell into a hole early on in the game when leading scorer Becca Wood was carded out of the game in the first 15 minutes.
“We played down a player for six minutes in 84 degree weather so we exhausted ourselves in first half,” Delaney said.
Rowan was tied at six with the Bridge-Falcons at the half but fell behind quickly in the second. With six minutes remaining Rowan trailed by six and went on a tear, scoring four straight goals in an effort to come back. Rachel Emmerson had a breakaway with a minute remaining and tried to hit Rachel Hoffbauer with a pass that just missed.
“If that happens there, I bet you we win in overtime,”Delaney said. “Because without a doubt, we score in the next 45 seconds.”
Hofbauer made great strides for the Profs in the losing effort, banking home four goals after only scoring one leading into the game. Brittany Bollendorf also added three goals.
“When I went in there, we were losing 3-1, so I knew I had to go in there and be effective,” Hofbauer said. “So I just tried my hardest to get open and take quality shots because that’s what she [Coach Delaney] looks for.”
Two days later, Rowan bounced back, defeating Keene State 15-10. The team’s leading scorers Becca Wood and Jamie Blondina led the way against the Owls. Wood continued to prove why she is one of the best in the NJAC by notching six goals, while Blondina recorded four.
“We were just really upset about what happened at Messiah,” Blondina said. “We knew that we wanted to go 2-0 in Florida and going down by two goals against Messiah made us come out strong.”
The Profs started off strong by scoring the first four goals of the contest and never looked back.
Rowan’s next game will be against Stevens Institute of Technology at home on April 2. Three days later, the Profs will begin NJAC play against Kean.
“We want to win NJAC, that’s our main goal,” Blondina said. “But for now, we’re just going to take it one game at a time and see how that goes.”
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