Rowan field hockey readies for D3 Final Four

Matt Leon
November 15, 2018 - 4:05 pm
The Rowan University field hockey team is 22-0 on the season.

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MANHEIM, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — The Rowan University field hockey has enjoyed a dominant season, and now the Profs are just two wins away from a national championship.

Rowan is 22-0 and the Profs are now preparing for a national semifinal match-up with Middlebury College on Saturday in Manheim, Pennsylvania.

"It's been very enjoyable," Rowan head coach Michelle Andre said of the season so far. "The most important thing is how our team has felt about the ride. We've been really focused on enjoying the journey and taking it one game at a time. That, to me, is the most exciting thing."

The Profs enjoyed a solid 13-6 2017 season. Andre said she knew the 2018 Profs were going to be good, but there was one moment when she realized they were special.

"We got back on the bus, we had just beaten Kean" — 9-1 on Oct. 6 — "and I thought, 'Yeah, I don't know if we're going to lose,'" she said. "I said that to my assistant coach. I knew we had a special team, but it was that moment and the way we played on the road, the way we came together as a team, and we had been coming together as a team all fall, but I think that moment, it was very clear to me, we got back on the bus and that's when I realized that we had something that doesn't come around that often."

Rowan is the highest-scoring team in the country, averaging 4.68 goals per game. Senior forward Rachel Galante leads the team with 29 goals, while freshman forward Bridget Guinan has 17. Senior back Julie Johnson paces the team with 19 assists.

Andre said the Middlebury Panthers are a patient team.  

"They are very well-skilled, they are well-disciplined. They are quick, they have a couple speedy forwards, but they have a certain style of play," she noted. "They like to possess the ball, they like to build from the back, they're not afraid to put the ball back. But I think that for us, they have to adjust to us. We're an extremely quick team, we play high pressure, high intensity, we like to run. Clearly, we like to score goals, and I think the one thing that gets overlooked on this team is how good our defense is, too."

The winner of this semifinal faces the winner of Johns Hopkins and Tufts for the national championship on Sunday.

Saturday's game gets underway at 2 p.m.

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