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Farewell Post

It’s crazy how times flies but like most good things, there’s always an end. Early today the Profs nest post its last post and will not be continuing further with it. It was pleasurable to report on all the ins-and-outs of rowan athletics. The Profs nest hope everyone that followed enjoyed all the great teams that are present, particularly the fall sport teams. Each had tremendous seasons and it was an honor to cover. Listed below are just a few of the stories covered during that feel best represented the goal set forth in creating the blog:


Rowan University Men’s Basketball Victory over Mount St. Mary College (NY)

GLASSBORO, NJ  – The  Profs of Rowan University team outlasted the Knights of Mount Saint Mary College (NY),in a Saturday afternoon contest, 74-51.

The Knights entered the match-up at a record of (1-6), while the profs the looking to extend their winning streak to six enter the game at a record of (7-1).

Both teams got off to a slow start. So much so Head Coach Joe Cassidy, issued a full lineup substitution after the first five minutes of the game. This came after the Profs were only able to put only four points at this point. The Profs were then able to get things going with 13-0 run and from there never look back. Leading that surge coming off the bench was junior forward, Ike Robinson.

In the first half, Robinson went 3-4 from the floor, scoring seven points in just eight minutes of action. Junior Center Dan Brogan pitched with seven points of his own. While forwards Skylar Moore and Dan Waynick each contributed six points of their own.

The bigger story of the first half was the defensive performance that the Profs put forth. The Profs were able to hold Mount Saint Mary College to a dismal 6-29 from the floor shooting. Also forcing 14 turnovers and holding the knights to only 18 points for the half.

The Knights came out to early in the second half attempting to make a dent into 23  point lead set forth by the profs with a six to nothing run but that would be the closest that Mount Saint Mary College (NY) would come in the game.

Forward Robinson would continue on his great performance in the first half in to the second with adding ten more points while shooing 5-8 from the field.

The Profs would be in cruise control the rest of the second half. Senior forward Mike Simpson would obtain five of his nine points in the second half, also tallying five assists and two steals.

Junior forward Skylar Moore went on to have a season high in scoring with 10 points while shooting five for six from the floor.

Profs defeated the Knights with a final score of 74-51. Robinson led the way with 17 points and Center Dan Brogan ended up with 13 points of his own.

“I had great rhythm out there. My teammates were looking for me and I was able to capitalize on those looks. We’re on a good roll right now, hope we can keep this up.” said Robinson.

With the win, the profs were able to extend their winning streak to 6 and improving their overall record to 8-1. Also with the win it moved them into second overall in the New Jersey Athletic Conference standings right behind defending conference champions Richard Stockton College.

“Glad we got the win but we need to get off to better starts. We came into this game feeling we would be able to use our athleticism against this team and get on them early but we were unable to do that. We got it going as the game went on but we must get off to better starts. We’re still figuring things out but its feels good to know we’re 8-1 at this point into the season. Scaring to think what we’ll be looking like towards the end.” said Dave Lafferty, Associate Head Coach.

The next and final game of 2014 is against Neumann University on Wednesday December 17th at 7 p.m.

Rowan University Men’s Club Lacrosse

(Rowan University Club Men's Lacrosse/Phot Cred)

(Rowan University Club Men’s Lacrosse/Photo Cred.)

Lacrosse is widely viewed one of the upcoming sports that could challenge the popular four (Basketball, Football,Baseball and Hockey) sports in America. Interesting enough the sport involves a lot of the same abilities that are required but has yet to get its respectability to some sports fans. Rowan University has their very team which led by Alexander Mulholland, a Rowan UniversityCollege of Engineering student and is the President of Men’s Lacrosse. The Profs Nest had to speak with him, who gave us the in’s and out’s of Club Lacrosse.

How did club Lacrosse start?

The team was founded in 2007 by a group of young men wishing to continue playing lacrosse after high school. They were able to work with the rec center to charter a club team, and from there they registered with the National Club Lacrosse League (NCLL) to compete in a division with various other club programs across the country.


How is scheduling set up?

To schedule games I get the dates and times that I can get either the turf field or the intramural field from the rec center, from there I create a list which I send out to the presidents of various other programs in our division and within at the most 100 miles of Rowan. These teams then respond in a group email which date they would like and it is chosen on a first come first serve basis. An exception to this process is when teams choose a date they can host a game or series of games and we will go off of that.


How does the club go about recruiting players?

As far as recruitment goes, we generally spread the word by mouth (if we see a kid wearing any lacrosse apparel from their high school we ask if they are interested), We are also listed on the rowan rec center’s website as is my email, and many times I get incoming freshmen emailing me for information which is a huge help. Lastly we utilize the rowan announcer in the month of September (the only time any one actually reads it) to advertise and we host an info meeting around then that serves as an orientation to our team.


What’s the hardest part about running the club?

The hardest part of running the team, I’d have to say there are a couple. Last year it was scheduling, due to the snow days we had a ton of cancellations because we have to cram our spring season into mid March to late April.  We also have teams in our league that are unfortunately not as established as us nor organized and they tend to cancel the day of the game at the last minute because they either “can’t field a team” which many times means their star player isn’t available. Another problem is that later in the fall season getting a decent turnout at practice because of midterms and homework. This year has been better as we have stressed that the practice schedule is set and players are expected to get their work done around the schedule.

Rowan Men’s Basketball 2014-15

Head Coach Joe Cassidy

The 2014-15 mens basketball team has begun preparations for this upcoming season. The team is two weeks into training camp and there are a lot of new faces from last season that will be making an early contribution. This years Profs are longer, quicker and faster and with the loss of 7 seniors this season is not to be considered a rebuilding year but simply reloading. Head coach Joe Cassidy will be in charge of leading that charge with all the turnover taking placing. After speaking  with head coach, the profs nest felt the excitement surrounding this years team and can’t wait to see it all come together on the hardwood.


Women’s Soccer Tops NJCU 4-0

On a picture perfect weather day in Glassboro,Nj early Saturday afternoon the  Rowan University women’s soccer team shut out NJAC opponent NJCU 4-0 on senior day. Freshman forwad Michelle Carprino would start off the onslaught with a goal coming in the 21:27 min in the first half. The domination would continue in the second half. All within the first ten minutes with two goals coming from Senior forward Erika Suhl and one from (RS) Senior back/midfielder  Deandra Turchi. All of which were assisted by Freshman midfielder/back Melissa Kelly. It was great day all around for the Rowan University women’s soccer team and it was good way to send the seniors off in their last  regular season home game. Their next and final game of the regular season will be tuesday against TCNJ in Ewing, NJ.

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Rowan Football Wins Big in Homecoming Game #PROFtoberFest

It was an electric atmosphere Saturday afternoon in Glassboro, NJ, with an absolutely picture perfect day to enjoy Rowan football take on Morrisville St. in an NJAC contest. Rowan dominated through out the game. Rowan started off the onslaught with a defensive touchdown on fumble return for touchdown by Defensive Back Jared Sanchez. Running Back Withler Marcelin would add two more touchdowns between the second and third quarters. Rowan would tack another touchdown and a field goal to deliver the shoutout. With the final score of 31-0. With the win, it extends Rowan season long win streak 3 and puts them at tie atop the NJAC standings. This victory was also a special one for Head Coach Jay Accorsi. The victory brought him his 100th victory as  Head Coach and was showered with gatorade in celebration. The performance by Rowan was spectacular and this Homecoming was one for the memory books.

Rowan Defeats Ramapo 2-1 in OT !

The Profs were heading into Saturday nights contest against  Ramapo College off of a big win over nationally ranked opponent in Rutgers-Camden. After a rough 1-4 start to the season the Men’s Soccer team has won 8 of their last 10 contests and they were able to continue their good play in the NJAC matchup on Saturday with victory in overtime. The Profs Nest had the pleasure of speaking with assistant coach John Loiodice who was able to give further insight after the game on a thrilling victory over Ramapo College.


Q: Game against Ramapo just completed a 2-1 victory in overtime, could just tell us a little bit leading up this game and the expectations moving forward after this win.

JL: So going in to this game we’re on a pretty good high right now after beating Rutgers-Camden, who’s nationally ranked. We had two conference wins right now so this was a big win for us. Also are expectations going in is that we think we can run the rest of the table.  If we can go undefeated for the rest of  the year now, thats what we want to try to do.

Q: The 2014 Men’s soccer has gone through quite the turnover with a good number of seniors from last years team gone and having good number of freshman having to play early in their careers on this years team, have growing pains been rough this season as they get adjusted to the system?

JL: Not necessarily. We’ve started six freshman and they play at a high level. We knew coming in that they were going to be able too contribute right away. We’re proud of them so far. We just have to keep it going. They’ve been playing great, they’ve been stepping up. The scaring thing is what they’re going to look like in 3 years, so thats the biggest thing. We’re really excited.

Q: Please tell us about the game winning goal that sealed the victory for the profs?

JL: YES ! One of our freshman took it down the line, Travis Ward, and just did a quick move. That’s what he is good at and just slotted the ball back post to another freshman. Four freshman combined two goals tonight, so its a good feeling.

Q: Coming off of last season, what is the over all expectation coming into the 2014 season?

JL: We expected that there would some sort of feeling out process but the way these freshman came in, they came in such good shape and they play at such a high level. We don’t think that this will be a rebuilding year. We actually think we’re reloading. Yes, they’re young and there’s going to be things that they do that they’re going to have to learn from but they’ve been stepping up. We think that we can hang with any team right now, we really do. That’s where we at and we’re just going to keep things moving.

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