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College: Busy weekend for Rowan

09/16/2019, 9:00am EDT
By Rowan University Sports Information

Men's Soccer wins, ties against natioally ranked opponents on the road; Field Hockey remaisn unbeaten

Men's Soccer: Rowan Defeats #10 North Park, 3-1

CHICAGO, IL - Freshman Jay Vandermark scored two goals to help the Rowan University men’s soccer team record a 3-1 upset of 10th-ranked North Park University on Sunday afternoon. The Profs (4-1-1) now own an unbeaten 2-0-1 record against Top 15 teams this season. 

Vandermark opened the scoring just six minutes in as he took a pass from classmate Wilby Alfred for the score. Sophomore Steven Mecke tallied his first of the season to put the Profs up 2-0, as freshman Leo Montesinos assisted on the goal at 39:10. 

North Park (3-2) got on the board late in the contest as Peder Olson scored the Vikings’ lone goal at 82:10. 

Vandermark iced the game for the Profs with his seventh goal of the season just 42 seconds later, which was unassisted. 

North Park held a slight 14-13 edge in shots but sophomore James Weinberg made four saves in goal for Rowan. 

“The team has a lot to learn about the discipline it will take to win big games at the end of the season. With that said, this trip showed we have the talent to play with some of the best teams in the country,” said head coach Scott Baker. “We are happy with the weekend but also focused on becoming a better team and building as the season continues.

Rowan Men's Soccer Ties with #7 Chicago, 1-1

CHICAGO, IL – The Rowan University men’s soccer team played to a 1-1 tie with seventh-ranked University of Chicago on Friday evening. Both teams were credited with goals early in the first half but neither could find the net throughout the rest of the match and the two overtime periods. 

Rowan (3-1-1) got on the board first at 5:18 on an own goal by Chicago (2-0-3). The Maroons then scored the equalizer at 29:26 on a goal by Richard Gillespie.  

Rowan goalkeeper James Weinberg made five saves on the evening as Chicago held a slight 7-5 advantage in shots.


GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University field hockey team shut out Haverford College, 1-0.

Forward Bridget Guinan (so. Pottstown, PA/Owen J. Roberts) recorded the game winner as time expired at the send of the second quarter.  Forward Bridget Boyle (sr. Medford, NJ/Shawnee) took the corner and passed the ball to Guinan who blasted a shot inside the far post. It is Guinan’s third goal on the season.  

Rowan, ranked second in the nation, is undefeated with a 5-0 record. Haverford is 4-1 on the season. 

The Profs compiled 17 shots while the Fords took four. Goalie Morgan Novak (sr. Jackson, NJ/Jackson Mem.) made four saves.  Haverford goalie Sunny Truslow (jr. McLean, VA/Thomas Jefferson Science and Technology) turned away six shots and back Leela Krishnan (jr. Darien CT/Darien) had a defender save.

Rowan Football Falls to #12 Linfield, 35-14

​GLASSBORO, NJ A pair of touchdowns within a three-minute span in the third quarter helped give 12th-ranked Linfield College a 35-14 win over host Rowan University in football action at Coach Richard Wackar Stadium. 

Rowan trailed 28-14 and was putting together a five-minute drive in the fourth quarter, but Linfield’s Tyler Bergeron came up with an interception in the end zone to stop the Profs. It was the third interception of the Profs, and their fourth turnover of the game. 

The Wildcats then put it out of reach after recovering a Rowan fumble and scoring in three plays with an 11-yard TD reception by Keegan Weiss with 2:20 to play.  

Linfield jumped out to a 14-0 lead but All-American Elijah Rehm scored his first touchdown of the season when he took a 2-yard pass from Mike Husni to cut Linfield’s lead to 14-7 as time expired in the first half. 

The Profs then tied it in the third quarter, 14-14, with a drive that included a 21-yard completion to Nick Grosso and a 16-yarder to Rehm. It culminated on a 30-yard touchdown run by Messiah Divine for his first of the season. 

Linfield answered immediately on the next drive with an 11-yard pass caught by Jacob Calo to go up 21-14. The Wildcats then capitalized on the Profs’ four-and-out on the next possession, driving 60 yards in four plays to go up 28-14, with a 48-yard pass play from Joseph Smith to Keaton Wood. 

“We left points on the board in the first half. We could’ve been ahead in the second half but the turnovers occur and then it starts to snowball. We just didn’t play well enough. Against a nationally-ranked team like Linfield, you can’t do that. You have to play the whole game and when you’re down in the red zone, you’ve got to get points,” said Profs’ coach Jay Accorsi.


GLASSBORO, NJ – The Johns Hopkins University women’s soccer team had a 2-0 win at Rowan University.

The Blue Jays (5-1-1) are ranked eighth in the United Soccer Coaches Top 25 Poll and second in the Mid-Atlantic Region.  The Profs (3-2) are seventh in the South Atlantic Region.  Rowan goalkeeper Bristol Pizzuto (so. Whitehouse Station, NJ/Hunterdon Central Reg.) totaled 13 saves.

All of the scoring came in the second half.  Forward Maddy Rocks (sr. Pittsburgh, PA/Upper St. Clair) knocked in a cross at 51:26 from forward Riley O’Toole (jr. San Diego, CA/Point Loma). Midfielder Emily Maheras (sr. Bernardsville, NJ/Bernardsville) had the second marker (75:33) unassisted.  It was her fifth goal on the season.

Rowan Women's Volleyball Falls at Swarthmore Invitational

SWARTHMORE, PA - The Rowan University volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on the first day of the Swarthmore Invitational. The Profs (5-4) fell to the host team, 3-0, and then to Cortland, 3-1. 

Swarthmore won the opening match by scores of 25-22, 25-20 and 25-21. 

Rowan lost to Cortland, 3-1, despite winning the first set, 25-23, as Cortland scored three straight victories of 25-19, 25-19 and 25-17. 

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