Wednesday night was rainy, cold, and all around miserable.
But it was perfect.
Perfect because it beautifully captured the spirit of the evening. Conditions were miserable but the team persevered and dominated which really embodied what the night was about: playing for Molly Gorczyca, a former field hockey player diagnosed with leukemia.
The Profs defeated the Ospreys of Stockton University with a score of 8-2 on Wednesday evening when the school and community celebrated “Molly’s Detour.“
Early in the first quarter, it was evident the Profs were playing with extra motivation, as Krystyna Hovell, Bridget Guinan, and Rachel Stone all found the back of the cage. The Profs continued an aggressive push throughout the entire game which produced eight goals by five different players.
Forward sophomore Bridget Guinan guided the Profs to victory by completing a hat-trick and assisting one of Krystyna Hovell’s two goals. Midfielder Kristiina Castagnola contributed one goal and two assists, and back Casey Wagner and midfielder Rachel Stone provided a goal each.
“It’s playoff season so everything means more. Everyone is just trying extra hard,” Guinan said.
Morgan Novak and Aida Ingram stopped five and three shots respectively. However, Novak saw the majority of the time and made some very impressive saves.
“She came to play,” Head Coach Michelle Andre said. “She is so athletic, the way she’s grown from a freshman to this year. The way she commands the circle allows the girls to step up and get interceptions in the midfield. At the end of the day, they know Novak is going to make the save for them.”
The victory felt even better for the program with Molly on the sidelines watching her team.
“[The event] shows off our program really well,” Guinan said. “Hopefully, everyone can see what Rowan field hockey really is about.”
Andre was filled with emotions.
“I’m so happy we’re able to win for her and her family and let them enjoy the day,” Andre said.
The Profs improve to 9-1 overall (2-0 NJAC), while the Ospreys fall to 10-2 (0-2 NJAC). The Brown and Gold host #16 Kean University on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Richard Wackar Stadium.
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