Field hockey falls at No. 13 Rowan

Laurel Nicks slides to make a save in field hockey. Graphic showing Rowan's 3-1 win over Lynchburg with team logos.
Photo by Hannah Grasberger/Lynchburg Athletics

Glassboro, N.J. -- University of Lynchburg's field hockey team played a tough defensive contest but couldn't muster enough offense to get by No. 13-ranked Rowan Saturday afternoon on the road. The unbeaten Profs were victorious, 3-1.

Sophomore goalie Laurel Nicks (Yorktown, Va.) helped keep the Hornets in the game with a career-high 12 saves.

Lynchburg's lone goal came from senior forward Nikki Simpao (Stafford, Va.) and was assisted by sophomore forward Jackie Lerro (Royersford, Pa.).

Rowan out-shot the Hornets, 24-6, and held a 24-4 advantage on penalty corners.

 

THE RUNDOWN

Final: No. 13 Rowan 3, Lynchburg 1

Records: No. 13 Rowan 7-0, Lynchburg 3-2

Venue: Coach Wackar Stadium, Rowan University, Glassboro, N.J.

 

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Lynchburg's defense held strong in the early going, thwarting several Profs opportunities before Rachel Galante opened the scoring in the 11th minute. Lynchburg threatened right back, forcing Rowan to save a pair of shots before the hosts added another goal, this one from Julie Johnson in the 19th minute. Nicks made three more saves to keep the score where it was headed into halftime.

  • Galante gave Rowan some breathing room out of halftime, scoring in the 40th minute. Sophomore defender Hayden Shockley (Milford, Del.) recorded a defensive save just before the goal.

  • Lynchburg ruined the shutout in the 48th minute, when Lerro's pass found Simpao right in front of the goal, and the All-American chipped it past the Profs' keeper.

 

LOOKING AHEAD

Lynchburg will continue its Garden State roadtrip Sunday, Sept. 23 with a trip to Kean University in Union, N.J., for a noon start.

--LYN--

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