GLASSBORO– The Rowan University women’s lacrosse team opened the 2019 season with a 17-7 win against Ursinus College on Wednesday.
Attack Jess Havers (jr. Marlton, NJ/Cherokee) and midfielder Taylor Gretz (sr. Woolwich Twp., NJ/Kingsway Reg.) each scored four goals. Havers also had an assist. Midfielder Liz Kramer (sr. Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview Reg.) produced three goals while attack Mikala Gillespie (sr. Ocean City, NJ/Ocean City) totaled two goals and two assists.
Attack Maddie Bray (sr. Medford Lakes, Shawnee) scored two times. Attack Reese Parr (sr. Freehold, NJ/Freehold) added one goal and one assist. Attack Ashley Lechliter (so. Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill W.) chipped in with one goal.
Gretz collected seven ground balls, seven draw controls and six caused turnovers. Kramer registered six draw controls and five ground balls. Goalie Emma Frost (sr. Washington, NJ/Warren Hills Reg.) made seven saves.
For Ursinus (0-3), attack Grace Langen (so. Easton, PA/Easton) and midfielder Hanna Crowley (so. Swarthmore, PA/Ridley) scored two goals apiece. Attack/midfielder Haley O’Malley (jr. King of Prussia, PA/Upper Merion), attack/midfielder Courtney Cortese (sr. Malvern, PA/Great Valley) and attack Jill Verelle (fr. Mullica Hill, NJ/Clearview Reg.) all had one goal. Midfielder Kaci McNeave (sr. Westminster, MD/St. Paul’s School for Girls), Crowley and O’Malley each assisted on one goal.
Midfielder Bridget Sherry (sr. Swarthmore, PA/Strath Haven) picked up seven ground balls and defender Emily Blaszkow (sr. Newark, DE/Ursuline Academy) had seven draw controls. Goalies Kaitlyn France (sr. Aston, PA/Sun Valley) and Abby Goldstein (sr. Wynnewood, PA/Pope John Paul II) combined for 11 saves.
Crowley scored the first two goals of the game for a 2-0 advantage. Bray and Havers followed with one goal apiece to tie the score with 22:10 remaining. Langen put the Bears up 3-2 then the Profs answered with four straight goals to lead 6-3. Havers hit the cage twice while Kramer and Gretz had one score apiece.
The teams exchanged goals before Rowan had goals by Kramer and Gillespie. Cortese cut the deficit to three (8-5) with a tally (6:30) then the Profs followed with two more for a 10-5 lead at the break. Bray and Gretz both found the net one time.
Verrelle had the first goal of the second stanza then Rowan led 16-6 after a 6-0 run. Gretz contributed with two goals while Kramer, Havers, Parr and Lechliter all had one. Langen stopped the surge with 3:28 left. Gillespie ended the scoring with a score at 1:28.
Next, Rowan travels to Stevens Institute of Technology on Saturday, March 2 for a 1 p.m. contest.