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Rowan Student Athletes Honored by NJAC

PITMAN, NJ -- A trio of Rowan student-athletes were honored by the New Jersey Athletic Conference in its weekly honors including a pair of player of the week accolades.

Kristiina Castagnola (Voorhees, NJ/Eastern) was named the NJAC Field Hockey Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row while Natalie Ogden (Downingtown, PA/Bishop Shanahan) was selected as the NJAC Volleyball Player of the Week.

Castagnola's teammate, Vanessa DiDonato (Burlington, NJ/Burlington Twp.) was chosen the NJAC Field Hockey Rookie of the Week.

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The field hockey team went 2-0 last week, led by Castagnola who had two goals and two assists in the 8-0 win at Ramapo on Saturday to give her a team-high 13 goals and 28 points on the year. The midfielder also took five shots in the 4-0 non-league win over Arcadia as #6 Rowan (10-2, 4-0 NJAC) won its eighth straight game and posted its fifth consecutive shutout.

Ogden, a senior outside hitter, averaged 3.29 kills and 4.00 digs in 14 sets in a 3-1 week, racking up three matches with 10 or more kills, and two with double-doubles. She tallied 14 kills with zero errors on 21 swings in Tuesday's 3-0 win at NCJU. On Thursday, she had 10 kills and 13 digs in a 3-1 victory over Rutgers-Camden. Ogden again put down 14 kills and added 16 digs in their 3-1 loss to Dickinson on Saturday in a tri-match at Ursinus. Later in the day, she went for eight kills, 18 digs, and three aces to help Rowan score a 3-0 sweep over the host Bears.

DiDonato, a freshman forward, netted four goals in two games for the field hockey squad. She recorded her first career hat trick in the 8-0 NJAC win at Ramapo after starting the week with a goal in the 4-0 non-league win over Arcadia.

The volleyball team (18-4, 6-0 NJAC) returns to the court on Tuesday against Ramapo here at home. This weekend, the Profs travel to DeSales for a quad-match with three matches, beginning on Friday.

The field hockey team is back in action on Wednesday as Stockton visits Glassboro.

Both teams are in the hunt to clinch the top playoff seed in their respective sports.

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