PITMAN, NJ – The Rowan field hockey team has been picked to finish in a tie for second place in the 2021 NJAC Preseason Coaches Poll, as announced by the league. The Profs received two first-place votes in the poll and are tied with last year’s champion TCNJ, with Kean being voted into the top spot.
Rowan, which has not played a game since November 16, 2019, went 15-5, reached the NJAC Finals and earned a berth to the NCAA Tournament during that season.
The Profs will open the year at home, on September 1 against Ursinus at Coach Richard Wackar Stadium and 7 p.m. and will play their first conference matchup against Montclair State on October 1 at 4 p.m.
Head coach Michelle Andre brings back an experienced squad, which includes the top four scorers from 2019. Bridget Guinan, an All-NJAC First Team honoree, had a team-high 17 goals and eight assists in 2019, with Krystyna Hovell, also an All-Conference First Team selection, tallying 18 goals and five assists. All-American Kristiina Castagnola recorded 15 goals and nine assists, while Liz Fox netted eight goals.
NJAC PRESEASON POLL
1. Kean (4)
2. (tie) Rowan (2)
2. (tie) TCNJ (1)
4. Montclair State
6. (tie) Ramapo
6. (tie) William Paterson (dark horse)