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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - The 11th-ranked Rowan baseball team pounded out 17 hits en route to an 18-3 win over Virginia Wesleyan in the finale of a three-game series. Eric DiDomenico was 4-for-4 on the day to lead Rowan (3-1), with Ryan Murphy and Patrick Defeciani adding three hits each. 


On his perfect day at the plate, DiDomenico scored four runs, had three RBI, two doubles and a home run. Murphy was 3-for-7 with a home run and two runs scored with Defeciani  going 3-for-5 with two runs and two RBI. 


Jason O’Neill (2-0) got the start and the win as he scattered five hits and struck out four. Eric Cartafalsa  and Dylan Maria made their Prof debuts, each pitching an inning in relief. 


Murphy drove in two runs in the first three innings, including hitting a solo homer in the third for his first of the season. DiDomenico also homered in the second as the Profs staked a 3-1 lead. 


In the fifth inning, the Profs exploded for eight runs, starting with a two-run double from DiDomenico, followed by a single by Marco Mannino that drove in two more. Chris Curcio walked with the bases loaded to bring home another run and Mannino scored next on a wild pitch. Defeciani closed out the scoring with a two-run single to left field, giving the Profs an 11-1 lead.


Rowan added three more in the seventh inning when Marc Hernandez doubled to score DiDomenico and Defeciani, who then crossed the plate when Ryan West reached base on a throwing error. 


The Profs kept it going in the eighth with four more runs as Brandon Shine hit an RBI single to score Ryan Mostrangeli. Mannino then reached base on an error that allowed DiDomenico and Shine to cross the plate. Ryan West drove in the fourth run with a single to score Mannino. 


Virginia Wesleyan (7-3) put two runs on the board in the bottom of the ninth to provide the final margin. 

Rowan will travel to Florida later this week to play a nine-game schedule at the RussMatt Invitational, from March 10-18. 

Rowan Women's Lacrosse Falls to Stevens, 12-9


HOBOKEN, NJ – A strong second half propelled Stevens past Rowan, 12-9, in non-league women's lacrosse action today. The Profs were led by Elise Cohan, who scored three goals.
Rowan (1-2) also got two goals apiece from Shannen Sterner and freshman Molly Green while Ashley Lechliter had one goal and one assist with Jamie Cutrera adding a goal.
Rowan held a 7-4 lead at halftime, but Stevens (3-0) came out in the second and scored five straight goals to take a 9-7 lead with over three minutes left in the third quarter.
Lechliter fed Cohan for a fourth-quarter goal, and then scored one of her own to tie the game at 9-9, with 9:02 remaining. But Stevens' Camryn Rogers tallied her fifth and sixth goals of the contest to push the home team ahead, 11-9, with 3:50 to play, before the Ducks got one more to secure the win.
Rowan scored five of the game's first eight goals, with Sterner starting things off at 5:40 of the first quarter. Cohan opened the scoring in the second, and Green tallied both of hers in that quarter. Cutrera, Cohan and Sterner each netted second-quarter goals, but the Profs went scoreless in the third.
Lauren Ferriola had two ground balls and two caused turnovers for Rowan, with Erin Scioli and Hannah Lombardo also picking up two ground balls. Goalie Reilly Shaup made 14 saves on the day.
The Profs return home to host Washington College (MD) on Wednesday, March 9 before embarking on their Spring Break trip to Florida where they will face Rhodes (March 16) and #13 Denison (March 18).​

Rowan Baseball Splits Doubleheader at Virginia Wesleyan

VIRGINIA BEACH, VA - The 11th-ranked Rowan baseball team split a doubleheader at Virginia Wesleyan (6-2), with the Profs winning the first game, 4-2, and the Marlins taking the nightcap, 3-2, on a walk-off single in the eighth inning.

Tyler Cannon went 5-for-8 at the plate for Rowan (2-1) in the two games, scoring three runs and driving in one.
In the opener, the teams were scoreless until the sixth inning when Rowan (2-1) scored first, as Ryan Murphy doubled to score Cannon. The Profs scored two more in the seventh when Chris Curcio hit a two-run double, scoring Anthony Schooley, and Trip McCaffrey reached base on a bunt, that allowed Curcio to cross the plate.

Virginia Wesleyan picked up two runs in the seventh and eighth, but pinch hitter Patrick Defeciani sealed the win with an RBI single to score Cannon.
Eli Atiya pitched six scoreless innings and notched five strikeouts to earn the victory.  Michael Miles had two innings of work with three strikeouts and Christian Bascunan earned the first save of his career, working the final inning and allowing just one hit and striking out one.
In the second game, Rowan had a similar scoring play in the first inning as it did in the first game, with Murphy driving in Cannon to take a 1-0 lead. The Profs scored another in the sixth after Cannon singled to bring home Eric DiDomenico, giving them a 2-0 lead.
But the Marlins tied the game in the seventh on a two-run double and sent it to the extra inning in the eight. Virginia Wesleyan had two men on and Matt Sinko came through with an RBI single to allow Jaelen Hines to score the winning run.
Donald Zellman got the start and went six innings and striking out five. Bascunan and Mike Shannon came in relief with Shannon suffering the loss.

Rowan Men's Track Wins AATFRC Title

ROCHESTER, NY – The Rowan men's track team added another championship to its list of accomplishments as it won the team title at the All-Atlantic Indoor Track & Field Regional Championships (AATFRC) hosted by Nazareth College.

The Profs totaled 98 points in the team standings to outdistance Geneseo (72) and Cortland (66.5) as Rowan continued its streak of having won every AATFRC meet since its inception.
Nana Agyemang and Ahmir Johnson finished one-two in the long jumps, with marks that put them at fifth (7.33m) and 13th (7.25m) in the NCAA in that event. Agyemang also set a new facility record in the process and Johnson broke the facility record in winning the triple jump in 14.92m.
Marquise Johnson won the 60m hurdles (8.18) with a time that moves him up to 12th in the NCAA.
Rowan's 4x200 relay (Robert McKinney, Agyemang, Amara ConteJah'mere Beasley) won in 1:27.45 which was a new NCAA DIII record as well as the Profs eclipsed the record they held and set a new one for the school, meet and the facility.
Jake Riley in the mile (4:17.95) and Justin Kelly in the 3,000 (8:32.69) both hit new PRs in their events.
The meet served as the final one before the NCAA Championships, with the Profs' entire list of qualifiers to come for the meet that runs on March 11-12 in Winston-Salem, NC.

Rowan's Taylor Sets Records at Regional Women's Track Championships; Profs Finish Fifth

ROCHESTER, NY -  The Rowan women’s track team finished fifth in the team standings at the All-Atlantic Indoor Track & Field Regional Championships (AATFRC) hosted by Nazareth College, while Makayla Taylor continued her dominance in winning the weight throw. 

Taylor broke the facility record with a toss of 16.77m and also improved on the Rowan record that she owned. Her distance now ranks 18th in the NCAA and she could become the first Prof to ever qualify for the national championships in the event. 

The Profs also turned in a number of season-best performances in the Distance Medley Relay, the 4x400m and the 4x200m relays. 

The 4x200 of Nevaeh Lorjuste, Amanthay Sosa Caceres, Jasmine Broadway and Molly Lodge clocked a 1:45.26 to finish second. 

Rowan’s 4x400 ran a season-best 4:05.45 to place third, as the relay was comprised of Caceres, Lodge, Kathleen Pedersen and Lorjuste. 

The DMR took seventh, running 12:50.07 with the squad of Anna Sasse, Robin Collura, Sha’Lynn Clarke and Lyndsay Boyd. 

Molly Lodge also recorded a season best in the 200m (26.12) with her third-place finish. 

Taylor and the Profs will await potential qualification for the NCAA Championships, to be held on March 11-12 at Winston-Salem, NC. ​