GILBERT, AZ – Rowan University’s Rachel Galante and Julie Johnson were selected to the Longstreth/National Field Hockey Coaches Association (NFHCA) All-America first team. The All-America teams were released on Wednesday.
Galante (senior, Mount Laurel/Collingswood) and Julie Johnson (senior, Mount Ephraim/Audubon) were also members of the Longstreth/NFHCA South Atlantic All-Region first team. Earlier in the week, Galante was chosen the Longstreth/NFHCA South Atlantic Region Player of the Year.
“Rachel is a prolific goal scorer,” said head coach Michelle Andre. “You knew she could get us going with a goal or a re-defend that created scoring chances for our team. She is a presence on the playing field and she was able to elevate the team’s game and play around her.”
Galante was the team’s scoring leader with 68 points. She scored 30 goals and had eight assists. Galante contributed with one goal in 20 of the 23 games. In the NCAA statistics, she was ranked fourth in goals per game (1.30) and seventh in points per game (2.96). Galante was named the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) Offensive Player of the Year and to the All-Conference first team. She broke the Rowan record for most goals (30) and points (68) in a season.
“Julie was the backbone of the defense,” Andre stated. “Her ability to create space for herself to make a pass kept teams on their toes. She could beat you with a pass or dribbling. Julie was a smart defender that could pick the ball and come up with a big interception. She made everyone around her better and with her assists set her teammates up for a lot of success.”
Johnson was tied for third in scoring with 34 points. She was the Profs’ assist leader with 20, which tied the school record. Johnson was fourth in the nation in assists per game (0.87). She also broke the University mark for career assists with 35. Johnson was the conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and was on the All-Conference first team.
The field hockey team finished the season with a 22-1 record. Rowan won the NJAC Championship and advanced to the semifinals of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament.