Roadrunner Teams Survive Rough Week on the Road

Ramapo Athletes were on the road for much of the past week, as members of the women's tennis and volleyball teams participated in New York tournaments.

The men's soccer team traveled to Rutgers-Newark for a New Jersey Athletic Conference matchup and the field hockey team visited Drew University for an out-of-conference tilt.

For Ramapo's athletes, the road trip home may have been a lot tougher than to the games, as each team came up short of victory.  

The women's volleyball team went winless in three games at the Baruch Invitational tournament, a two-day event beginning on Sept. 27.

The Roadrunners started the tournament with a 3-1 loss to tournament host, the Baruch College Bearcats.  After winning the first set, 25-23, Ramapo dropped the next three 25-18, 25-19, and 25-18.

In day two, Ramapo was first beaten by Hunter College three sets to one and was swept in three sets shortly after by Endicott College. Through the two matches, the Roadrunners were outscored by a total of 167-138.

Despite a tournament record of 0-3, Ramapo sophomore Kaitlin Mac Iver was named to the All Tournament team.

The tournament's winner was Richard Stockton College, who finished the tournament undefeated at 4-0. Richard Stockton also defeated Ramapo College the day before the tournament in a NJAC matchup 3-0 at Richard Stockton.  

The Roadrunners, now 6-8 overall and 1-1 in the conference, will look to regroup on Thursday after losing four straight when they play New Jersey City University in another NJAC match.

The Men's Soccer team was defeated in a NJAC matchup by Rutgers-Newark in overtime on Sunday. Ramapo's overall record fell to 4-4-1 after the match and 1-2 in the NJAC. Rutgers improved to 9-2 overall and 1-1 in the NJAC.

Ramapo goalkeeper senior Steve Monaghan stopped 4 out of 4 shots on goal until Rutgers junior Raphael Araujo put in a rebound attempt in overtime. 

The Roadrunners were coming off of a 3-2 double overtime win against New Jersey City University, but couldn't use that momentum to earn another overtime victory.

After a 3-0 defeat at home on Wednesday to William Paterson and a new in-conference record of 1-3, Ramapo has to be better in the second half of the season. The team has played four of nine NJAC matches scheduled for this season, with games remaining against Kean University, 1-2, Rowan University, 0-2, Richard Stockton, 2-1, Rutgers-Camden, 3-0, and Montclair State, 1-1-1.

The field hockey team was blown out at Drew University on Wednesday afternoon by a final score of 12-1. Drew set a school record in field hockey for most goals scored in a single game.

The National Field Hockey Coaches Association recently ranked Drew University 18 nationally.

Ramapo opened the scoring at 6:48 into the game on a goal by freshman defender Nicole Healy, but the goal was not a sign of things to come.

Drew's offense scored six goals in each half and out-shot Ramapo 59-4 in total attempts and 48-1 shots on goal.

Ramapo goalkeeper junior Alicia Lyons played all 70 minutes and made 35 saves, and watched one shot deflect off the post.

Drew senior Brooke Gagliano led her team's offense and scored four goals in the game, and now has a season total of 11 goals in nine games.

The field hockey team, currently 0-9 overall will play their next game, an NJAC matchup, on Oct. 5 at Kean University. The Roadrunners are only 0-1 in the NJAC and have four in-conference games remaining, so they have a chance to stay competitive in the conference despite remaining winless so far.

Two members of the Ramapo College women's tennis team played in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division Three Northeast Regionals, a three day event over the weekend at William Smith College.

Both Roadrunners, sophomores Sara Luby and Carly Agrifolio, were defeated in the first round of the singles tournament. Luby suffered a two-set sweep by eventual singles champion, William Paterson University freshman Brittany LaBruna.

Agrifolio was also beaten in two sets by Brooklyn College junior Yuliya Orkis, who became one of four players to advance to the singles semi-finals.

The pair failed to advance past the first round in doubles, as Skidmore College duo, senior Rachel Plevinsky and junior Alex Smith defeated Luby and Argrolio 8-0.

The athletic fields and courts here at Ramapo College will seem very welcoming to Ramapo's athletes after a tough week on the road.