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Rowan / Lions gain confidence after victory continued from page 28
“Dave is an athletic freshman,” Goff said. “But he’s still a freshman. He’ll make a dynamic play and then one that makes you scratch your head, but that’s life with a freshman QB. What he brings consistently is a swagger, a confidence and an undeniable love of the game. The kid is just having a blast playing football and that’s contagious.” Against Kean, the Lions’ defense again came out to play, shutting the door on Kean’s offense frequently and often, only allowing them to score eight points in the game. To open the game, Jachera connected with Clevenger on a 46-yard bomb to put the Lions out to an early lead in the game with 9:07 to go in the first quarter. After the first score in the game, both teams struggled to move the ball offensively. Kean’s only score came with a little less than 10 minutes to go in the first half. Kean blocked a punt from deep within the Lions’ territory and recovered it in the endzone. They converted a two-point conversion, taking the lead 8-7. The defense had five sacks on the day, putting immense pressure on Kean’s passing game. Senior wide receiver and defensive back Ibn Bailey benefitted from that pressure and also made the difference in the game in the first half. On two drives where Kean made it into Lions territory, Bailey made two interceptions. Goff spoke about Bailey’s transition from wide receiver to defensive back. “He has been a big part of that stability in the secondary,” Goff said. “He’s done what’s asked, picked up quickly with the scheme and is making plays.” The second half of the game was largely a defensive struggle. With less than three minutes left in the game, Graham made a clutch sack, ending Kean’s drive and
Jachera makes a record of 61 rushing yards against Rowan.
forcing them to punt the ball. After a bad punt for Kean, the Lions were set up with a short field with two minutes to go in the game. Sophomore quarterback Andrew Donoghue took the helm and drove the Lions into the endzone, finding Guckin for a 12-yard touchdown pass. The Lions reclaimed the lead 13-8. Goff commented on Donoghue’s comeback drive. “Andrew showed a lot of poise and maturity stepping in when his number was called and driving us down the field,” Goff said. “He showed the confidence
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we have been looking for from him.” Kean tried to reclaim the lead with under a minute left to play. Trying to get too much on one play, Kean’s quarterback heaved a deep pass that was intercepted by sophomore defensive back Jalen Harmon. The game ended 13-8, giving the Lions their first win of the season. “Build on the positives and keep improving,” Goff said. “It’s one win, we still have massive improvements that have to be made in every phase.” The Lions return home to play William Paterson University Oct. 27th for their homecoming matchup.
Strong defense helps keep team on track
Left: DeRiggi prevents MSU from scoring. Right: DiPasquale earns her 20th individual career shutout.
By Christine Houghton Staff Writer
The women’s soccer team continued its winning-streak against Stockton University and tied against Montclair State University. The team now improves to 10-1-1. Playing on Oct. 10, the team advanced its winning-streak to eight games in a 3-0 victory over Stockton. Yet again, the College’s defense held strong against its opponent, holding Stockton to only one shot and one shot on goal in total. Scoring started early for the Lions with freshman midfielder/forward Amelia Curtis, who scored not only the first goal of the game, but the first of her college career in
the 37th minute. When asked about her first collegiate goal, Curtis said, “It was really cool! We really wanted to score and I was just so happy that I could help the team and get the goal.” Adding to the team’s offensive intensity, freshman midfielder/forward Lauren McLaughlin cashed in on a defensive gap in the 59th minute, extending the lead 2-0. Soon after, junior midfielder Taylor Nolan punched in the College’s third and final goal during the 72nd minute, acquiring her fifth goal of the season. The team’s offensive domination marks its 25th point and eighth shutout of the season. After about a week and a half without any games, the College showed up ready to play
against Montclair State University on Saturday, Oct. 20 at home in Lions Stadium. The game appeared to be an equally competitive match from the very beginning — the Lions kept fans on their toes through both halves of the game. Despite the tie, the Lions maintained their defensive dominance throughout the game with 23 shots compared to the four Montclair put up, and 11 shots on goal compared to the two by Montclair. Junior goalkeeper Nicole DiPasquale had two saves for her 20th career shutout, playing a vital role in preventing a loss for the Lions. The team’s intensity increased late in the second half. The team kept the ball around
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Montclair’s goal and away from its own. Its defense remained strong throughout the two 10-minute overtimes, but yielded no goals. The game ended in a tie. “The defense has been outstanding so far this year,” said freshman forward/midfielder Nikki Butler. “We are clearly dominating in shots on goal this year with the huge help from our defenders. Defenders Faith Eichenour, Jen McGrogan and Ally DeRiggi are all very quick and talented and get the job done every game.” Ranked sixth in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division III group, the Lions play their last regular season game on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at home for their senior night.
The 10/24/18 issue of The Signal, The College of New Jersey's student newspaper