Team chemistry guides Rowan Lacrosse to successful first half of the season

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Hannah Lombardo cradles the ball. Lombardo is one of the team's captains. Wednesday, March 1, 2023. - Multimedia Editor / Lee Kotzen

The Rowan lacrosse team is looking to bounce back after suffering a 15-13 loss against Christopher Newport on Saturday, April 1.

Although the team is coming off of a close loss, their 7-3 record has junior captains Hannah Lombardo and Sophia Schiavo thrilled with where the team is at the halfway point of the season. The chemistry has been a highlight for the Profs, as it just keeps getting better with every passing day.

“It’s definitely been such a different vibe this season compared to past years I’ve been here,” Schiavo said. “The team dynamic has been amazing. I think that is a huge part of our success so far this season. We have a great record, the best record since I’ve been apart of the program, and I think it definitely has to do with the type of chemistry we have on the team and the team dynamic.” 

Lombardo echoed her teammates thoughts about the team’s chemistry and vibe thus far.

“We started out with a really good high at the beginning of the season,” Lombardo said. “I think everyone’s just coming together, and working hard. We’re very cohesive and the chemistry is definitely here this season.”

One of the things aiding the Profs’ good vibes is the team’s determination to get better each day in practice. As Lombardo alluded to, the team’s drive to get better each day is showing up on the field in a big way.

“Everyone comes to work every single day, everyone’s locked in and it’s showing in our games so I’m really proud of everybody,” Schiavo said. 

After seeing all of the new faces and the energy that they brought to the squad, it didn’t take too long for Lombardo to recognize the potential of this year’s team. She believes that the team’s unity is one of the biggest keys to their success, and it has them feeling confident that this year’s team could be the one that brings home the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) title.

“I think we’ve all worked so hard, our chemistry on the field is like no other year that I’ve been here, and I think that everyone wants that NJAC,” Lombardo said. “Everyone thinks that it’s our year and that we’ve all worked really hard for it. Every single person on this field buys in whether they’re a defender, attacker or a midfielder. We all work hard every single day of practice and I think it’s really showing in our games.” 

The Profs are hoping to bounce back from their latest loss in order to start building momentum for the NJAC and NCAA Division III tournament. As the NJAC portion of their season gets underway, Schiavo believes that the key to the Profs’ season will be the energy they bring each and every day.

“I think for the second half of the season, we just have to continue the high energy,” Schiavo said. “Every single day, come ready to play because NJAC is always our hardest part of the season. So I think just being mentally prepared for that and being in a good mental state will definitely help us and just continue to help our success.” 

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