GLASSBORO, NJ - Seniors Julia Grlica, Dara Hennessy and Ashley Lechliter and junior Gianna Rusk have been named the captains for the 2020-21 Rowan women’s lacrosse team, as announced by head coach Lindsay Delaney.
This year, we as coaches knew it would be a very different year and we needed consistency and a bridge from us to the team. When we discussed over the summer who could do this, Julia Grlica, Dara Hennessy, Ashley Lechliter, and Gianna Rusk as three seniors and a junior, were the obvious choice," said Delaney, now in her 14th season with the Profs.
"They have done a wonderful job establishing our team philosophy this year of trust, accountability, presence and enthusiasm (TAPE). We are excited to get back on the field, excited to compete and grow as a program, and these four will do a wonderful job getting us where we want to be at the end. If they can lead during a pandemic, they will be well prepared to lead during a difficult lacrosse game. We are super proud of them and ready for 2021."
Grlica (Jefferson, NJ/Jefferson Twp.) was the team’s third leading scorer with five goals and two assists last season. A starting midfielder, she had two goals apiece in wins over Ursinus and Stevens. The elementary education major had three goals and four assists for the Profs in 2019.
Hennessy (Marmora, NJ/Ocean City) played in all five games on attack in 2020, totaling three goals and one assist, which included a goal and an assist in the win over Ursinus. An elementary education major, she was inducted into the Chi Alpha Sigma National College Athlete Honor Society and was named a Rowan Scholar-Athlete of Distinction last year.
Lechliter (Cherry Hill, NJ/Cherry Hill West) led the Profs in scoring last season with a career-best 10 goals and one assist in just five games. She had two goals in each of the first three contests and totaled four goals and an assist in the win over Stevens Tech. A law and justice major, Lechliter posted nine goals and five assists during the 2019 season.
Rusk (Westmont, NJ/Haddon Twp.) has been a starter on defense in every game for two years and in the shortened 2020 season, she picked up five ground balls and recorded four caused turnovers. The junior biological sciences major has been recognized as a Rowan Scholar-Athlete twice.
Rowan had its season cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic but scored wins over Ursinus and Stevens prior to the cancellation.