Go Profs!: Athletic teams revved up for fall

Go Profs!: Athletic teams revved up for fall

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While Rowan University students are trading their beach chairs in for classroom desks, Prof athletes are already hard at work as they prepare for the fall sports season.

Below is a look at each team as they gear up for their respective seasons.

For the full schedules and complete coverage, visit RowanAthletics.com.

Football

Coach Jay Accorsi

The football team won a share of its second straight New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) title and played in the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament for the third consecutive season. Rowan had a 7-4 record with a 6-1 conference mark. 

The Profs bring back a talented group, including All-American running back Withler Marcelin and defensive leader Darren Dungee. A linebacker, Dungee was named to the NJAC All-Conference first team last year.

The team begins its schedule at Widener University on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 1 p.m. The home opener versus Montclair State University is under the lights on Saturday, Sept. 26, at 7 p.m. Rowan’s annual Homecoming game is Saturday, Oct. 17, at 2 p.m. against Southern Virginia University.

“I’m definitely excited to start camp,” said offensive lineman Steven Schwartz. “It’s been a while since we’ve been able to play. We have a tough conference and a lot to prove this year.”

Field hockey

Coach Michelle Andre

Andre is embarking on her first season as head coach of the Profs, taking over for Penny Kempf, who retired after 17 seasons. In 2014, the field hockey team finished 14-5 overall and 5-1 in the conference.   

Andre spent six years at Stockton University, where she captured the 2013 NJAC Coach of the Year award. She inherits a squad that earned its second straight NJAC Championship game appearance.

Rowan returns its top four scorers from last season: forwards Sam Browne, Johanna James and Jenna Pressler and midfielder Marisa Marini. Marini was selected the conference’s Midfielder of the Year and was named to the All-America second team.    

The field hockey team opens at FDU-Florham on Thursday, Sept. 3, at 7 p.m. The Profs’ first home game is Saturday, Sept. 5, against Franklin & Marshall College at 1 p.m.

“I can’t wait to start the season,” said Marini. “We have a new coach and a good group of freshmen coming in. I’m going into my senior year, so I’m excited to see the dynamic of the team.”

Women’s volleyball

Coach Deana Jespersen

The women’s volleyball team looks to build off its second consecutive appearance in the NJAC title game as Jespersen enters her second season at the helm--and continues to enhance the program.

Last year, Rowan had a 16-16 record and a 6-2 conference mark. The Profs are led by outside hitter Danielle Havlicek and libero Jennifer Vorel. They were both NJAC All-Conference honorable mention selections in 2014.

Rowan starts at Bryn Mawr College on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 7 p.m. and hosts the Profs Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4-5.

 

Women’s soccer

Coach Scott Leacott

The women’s soccer team went 12-6-1 last year and reached the semifinals of the NJAC Championship Tournament for the eighth consecutive campaign.

Rowan has back forward Melissa Kelly and midfielder Megan Carchidi.  

The Profs begin their quest to return to the NCAA Championship Tournament, when they host the Profs Soccer Classic on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 4 and 5.

 

 

 

Men’s soccer

Coach Scott Baker

Returning a talented young core of players, the men’s soccer team looks to improve under Baker, who in his second year at the helm.

In 2014, Rowan was 10-9 overall and 4-5 in the conference. The Profs return their top two scorers, forward Travis Ward and midfielder Vinny Ignatowicz. They received NJAC All-Conference honorable mention last season. 

The team is on the road at Rochester Institute of Technology on Tuesday, Sept. 1, and welcomes the College of Staten Island to Glassboro on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m. in their home opener.

"Our ultimate goal is to win a national championship. We have some great teams in the conference and need to get past them first," said Baker. "For us to reach our ultimate goal, we have to test ourselves each and every time we step onto the field. This is going to be a great season for us. We are better than we were last year and expect to have a much better season than we did in 2014."

Men’s cross country

Coach Dustin Dimit

After winning the indoor and outdoor track & field conference championships, Dimit is looking to capture the NJAC cross country title.

Last year, Rowan came in second at the conference championships.  The Profs won the Delaware Invitational and took 12th place at the NCAA Atlantic Regional. 

The squad returns All-Conference first team member Pat McCurry and second team selection Tim Dole.

Rowan hosts Stockton University on Tuesday, Sept. 1, at 5:15 p.m.  The course is at Rowan College of Gloucester County.  The Profs also travel to Maryland that week for the Salisbury Fall Classic on Saturday, Sept. 5, at 9:45 a.m.

 

Women’s cross country

Coach Derick “Ringo” Adamson

The women’s cross country team aims to capture the NJAC crown after taking second last year.

Rowan took first place at the Delaware Invitational and came in 19th at the NCAA Atlantic Regional. The women are led Christin Bettis, who was the NJAC Runner of the Year and earned All-Conference first team honors. The Profs also return All-Conference second team honoree, Catherine Dougherty.

Fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the 2015 Profs as Rowan has four home meets, including the conference championships on Saturday, Oct. 31.