Rowan Downs Oneonta In First Round

Profs will take on Eastern in Sunday's second round

Nov. 15, 2008

GLASSBORO, NJ – The Rowan University women’s soccer team defeated SUNY Oneonta, 2-1 in the first round of the NCAA Division III Championship Tournament on Saturday.

Rowan (16-0-2) will play Eastern University (15-5) in the second round on Sunday at 1 p.m. In the first round, Eastern had a 1-0 win over Wheaton College (MA).

The second round winner advances to the sectionals that will be held November 21-22 or 22-23. The national tournament semifinals and final will be held on December 5-6 at Macpherson Stadium at Bryan Park in Greensboro, NC.

All of the scoring came in the first half. Forward Michelle Carrocino (so. Mickleton, NJ/Kingsway Reg.) put the Profs on the scoreboard first at 4:04. Carrocino knocked in a cross by forward Jess Babice (so. Groveville, NJ/Steinert) who got a feed up the middle from midfielder Krista Verzi (jr. Delran, NJ/Delran). It was Carrocino’s 18th goal on the year.

Midfielder Lauren McGee (jr. Old Bethpage, NY/John F. Kennedy) had the tying goal for Oneonta State just under three minutes later. McGee kicked in a rebound after a shot by midfielder/forward Dana DeSimone (fr. Clifton Park/Shenendehowa).

Forward Dana Ross (so. Delran, NJ/Delran) recorded the winning goal with 1:59 left in the first period. Ross put the ball into the lower left corner of the Red Dragons’ net on a pass through the middle of the field by forward Mandy Silvesti (jr. Turnersville, NJ/Washington Twp.).

Rowan ended the game with 18 shots while Oneonta State took 15. Profs’ goalie Sarah Volkomer (jr. Glen Rock, NJ/Glen Rock) made seven saves. For the Red Dragons, goalie Kayla Murphy (so. Pine City, NY/Southside) stopped nine shots.

This is Rowan’s fifth appearance and fourth straight in the NCAA tournament. The Profs received an automatic bid as the champion of the New Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC).

Oneonta State ends the season with a 14-6-2 record. The Red Dragons have made 11 trips and 10 straight to the NCAAs. Oneonta State received an automatic bid as the champion of the State University of New York Athletic Conference.

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