UNION, N.J. (10/4/14) – The Kean University field hockey team scored first but could not hang on in a 3-1 NJAC setback to Rowan University on Saturday. The Cougars are now 8-4, while Rowan raised its record to 7-3. The Profs are 2-0 in the NJAC and Kean is 0-2.
Kean had the best chance of the first 20 minutes, when Chelsea Mann had the ball deep near the Profs cage. She was able to get a shot off but Marisa Marini was there for the defensive save to keep the game scoreless. At the time, the shots were 6-5 in favor of Rowan but the Cougars led in shots on goal 4-3.
A few minutes later, Marissa Robinson made a good move at the top of the circle to gain the zone, and in the same motion got off a high, hard shot that whistled by all defenders and went over the goaltender's shoulder for the game's first goal. It was her team-leading 11th of the season.
With three minutes to go before the break, the Profs earned their fifth penalty corner of the game. Rowan went with a new player on the insert, and Jenna Pressler sent a pass to Marissa Marini on the perimeter. Marini's shot was tipped by Courtney Aquino and got into the Kean cage to tie the matchup at one as the teams went to halftime.
Rowan scored twice in the second period and kept the action deep in the Cougar zone for much of the second half. The Profs outshot Kean 17-7 in the final period, but the Cougars were within striking distance until Erika Mecchella earned an unassisted goal with less than eight minutes remaining to make it a two-score game.
Katie DiCarlo (pictured left) played a good game in goal for the Cougars and made 13 saves, while Carly DeMarco got the win for rowan with seven saves.
The Cougars will travel to Ramapo College on Tuesday for another NJAC game at 4 p.m.