Lacrosse’s Becca Wood off to dominant start

Attack Becca Wood takes on defenders in Rowan’s 12-8 win over Washington College on March 1. Wood has scored 11 goals this season, leading the Profs to a 2-0 start. -Staff photo/Connor Bryson

 

Becca Wood has led the Rowan lacrosse team to its first 2-0 start since she joined the program in 2012, scoring 11 goals in the first two games.

The hot start is no surprise for the Profs’ junior attack, who has been the centerpiece to Rowan’s scoring since joining the team.

Starting 14 of her 17 games in her rookie season, Wood was second on the team in points [61], goals [50] and assists [11]. She also received New Jersey Athletic Conference honorable mention as well as being selected to the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association Boardwalk All-Region second team.

“I think I was able to play a major role from the start because I really had no expectations set from the beginning, so I just gave it my all and it ended up working,” Wood said.

Wood continued her dominance last season by contributing 91 points and 83 goals, both of which were team highs. She ranked second in goals per game with 4.88 and fourth in points [5.35]. Wood was named to the NJAC All-Conference first team and on two occasions was named NJAC Offensive Player of the Week. 

“Obviously as a sophomore that’s a huge honor, and even though I already did win that last year I can’t think, ‘Oh well I’m going to get it this year,'” Wood said. “I just have to keep working and going to prove to everyone that I did deserve it last year and if I get it again this year that I deserve it again.”

In her career, Wood has scored over five points in a game eight times, with her most prolific game coming at Catholic University in which she tallied a career high 10 points in a 16-11 victory last season. During her freshman year, Wood even flashed the ability to take over games, banking seven goals in a losing effort against Cabrini College during her first month as a Prof.

This season, Wood is no longer just a young star. As a junior, she will look to take on a leadership role along with six other juniors and seniors.

“I think I’m leading by example, I’m not the talkative leader but I kind of show what needs to be done,” Wood said.  “I try to help as much as I can, if they have questions I’m more than willing to help them with anything.”

Rowan was picked to finish third in the NJAC this season, but Wood thinks that the Profs could be the team to beat.

“Obviously TCNJ has always been the hardest team that we go against in our conference but with the team that we have this year I think that they should be the ones scared of us,” Wood said. “Montclair, we’ve beat them every time since I’ve been here but they still picked us to finish third so we’ll have to prove that wrong.”

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