Two weeks ago, the Rowan lacrosse team dropped a game to The College of New Jersey 20-5. It was a loss that would test the mental fortitude of a team with high expectations.
Then, 11 days later, the Profs flipped the script and trounced Ramapo 20-3 on April 19. The New Jersey Athletic Conference victory was part of a four-game winning streak that has the team back on track with the NJAC tournament quickly approaching.
In the game against Ramapo, attack Becca Wood scored the 181st goal of her career. That goal gave Wood the record for most career goals in the team’s history.
“I can’t do it without my teammates, honestly,” Wood said. “They are just creating the lanes for me. When it’s there I see that and I go to goal, and when it’s not I look for my other teammates. We’re just really working well. Obviously we’ve been scoring a ton the last couple games, so yeah, I couldn’t do it without them.”
The Profs also defeated Cabrini College two days prior to the win over the Roadrunners by a score of 12-7, and added another decisive victory over Rutgers-Camden, 19-4, on April 22. The winning streak has Rowan at 11-4 overall and 4-2 in conference, which is good enough for third place in the NJAC.
If the Profs can maintain their position they will make it into the conference tournament.
“We just really needed to get these wins, especially the conference games for NJAC,” midfielder Brittany Bollendorf said. “I just really think it helps us kind of pick up our spirits and get us going for the tournament.”
Attack Becca Wood has continued to bounce back from being shut out against TCNJ and Montclair, paced Rowan’s scoring in the last three wins. In the victory over Cabrini, Wood scored seven of the team’s 12 goals, leading the way to an important 12-5 win. Midfielder Cat Luick also added two goals. Wood continued her strong play against conference foe Ramapo, matching her goal tally from the previous game, scoring seven once again.
Bollendorf was not too far behind Wood in the scoring category, netting six goals of her own.
“Really I was just working on my cuts and getting in the lane and my teammates were just hitting me,” Bollendorf said. “I was able to get my shot off and I capitalized on the opportunities I was getting.”
On Tuesday, Wood added to her scoring tear by banking home five more goals in yet another lopsided victory, 19-4 over Rutgers Camden. Attack Rachel Emerson also contributed three goals.
If the NJAC tournament started today, Rowan would take on Montclair in the first round. The Profs lost to the Red Hawks 14-11 after getting beat handily by TCNJ. Rowan is getting hot at the right time and will need to keep it up in order to have the confidence and ability to beat the two top teams in the conference.
“We have been playing like a team these past couple games,” Wood said. “We will finish the end of the season playing the way we have been, which will help us when we get into the NJAC tournament and we’ll actually have fun on the field.”