Two NJAC Losses Eliminates Roadrunners from Playoffs

By MIKE MONTALTO
On April 22, 2015

Photo courtesy of Ramapo Athletics

The Roadrunners women’s lacrosse team was defeated in two New Jersey Athletic Conference games this week and have now fallen to 1-4 in the Conference standings, failing to qualify for the postseason tournament.

In a must win game on Wednesday, the Roadrunners were defeated by Kean, who improved to 3-2 in the Conference and are currently the No. 4 seed.

The Roadrunners fell to the Cougars 18-9 yesterday and were outscored 9-3 in the first half.

Kean freshman Eliza Clark opened the scoring less than a minute and a half into the game with her 20th goal of the season.

Senior Maggie Brocklebank scored the game’s next two goals to put her team up 3-0 with 22:24 to go in the first half, before junior Lindsay Hughes found an answer for the Roadrunners three minutes later with her 52nd goal of the season.

However, the Cougars would score six more goals before the end of the half en route to the win that secured them at least the No. 4 seed in the NJAC Tournament.

Kean junior Jordan Blanda led all players in the game with seven goals against Ramapo.

Senior Maggie Brocklebank, Clark and Samantha Gnapp also had multi-point performances for the Cougars with four, three and two goals, respectively, while each picking up an assist.

Hughes led the Roadrunners with six goals and an assist. It was her third consecutive game with at least five goals and has scored five goals or more in eight games this season.

Three other Roadrunners scored a goal in the game including sophomore Briana Vitulano and freshmen Alyssa Tachon and Gabriella Razzano.

With the loss, the Roadrunners fall to 1-4 in the NJAC and 5-8 overall. They will play their final NJAC contest of the season on Saturday at Stockton, who is also 1-4 in the NJAC.

The Roadrunners were defeated 24-7 at home on Saturday by Rowan, who is No. 3 in the NJAC after finishing their season on Tuesday with a 4-2 Conference record.

The game was back and forth in the first few minutes, as Hughes opened the scoring 38 seconds into the game to put the Roadrunners up 1-0.

The Profs answered with two goals of their own, but freshman Victoria Cunningham found the back of the net at 25:43 to tie the game 2-2.

However, Rowan would take control from that point forward, scoring 13 of the next 17 goals to end the first half up 15-6.

The Profs added nine more goals in the second half and held the Roadrunners to just one to earn their fourth NJAC Conference win of the season.

Hughes led the Roadrunners with five goals, all in the first half, while sophomore Katie Duca and Cunningham each added a goal of their own.  

Rowan seniors Becca Wood and Jamie Blondina led the Profs’ offense and scored seven and six goals respectively.

Junior Brittany Bollendorf contributed five points in the match, picking up three goals and two assists. Sophomore Rachel Hofbauer had two goals for the Profs and sophomore Ali Herbert notched a goal and an assist.

Five other players scored a goal for Rowan, including juniors Jess Casterline and Rachel Emerson and freshmen Alex DeGaris, Kim Doyle and Catie Herod.

mmontal1@ramapo.edu

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