Fourth-Rated Falcons Get Everything But Scores Against #9 Rowan
Grantham, PA — In a contest in which the final statistics belied the result on the scoreboard, it was ninth-ranked Rowan University that secured the most important of numbers, dealing fourth-ranked Messiah College a 3-1 defeat Saturday night at Anderson Field.
Messiah (2-1) out-shot the Profs (2-1) by a 21-10 difference and attempted 19 corners to its opponents’ five, but had troubles putting the ball into the cage for a disappointing finish to its 2008 home opener.
“I thought we played an excellent second half,” said Jan Trapp, Messiah head coach. “I thought that in the second half, we started playing like we are capable. I don’t want to say it was too little, too late because we gave it our all tonight. Give credit to Rowan. Their defense and their goalkeeper played very well. They were very solid tonight.”
Rowan’s Lisa Apt was credited for a total 15 saves in cage for the night, keeping Messiah off the board until late in the final period of play. The Profs slowly built a 3-0 lead behind scores from Jenna Lombardo and Amanda Greene (twice), hanging on to a 1-0 lead at the intermission before breaking through two times in the final 35 minutes of action.
Those scores didn’t deter Trapp’s feelings on how her team played late, however, as Messiah recorded an incredible 18 penalty corners in the final stanza along with a 17 to three advantage in total shots.
Junior Emily Sauder eventually found the baseboard with just over six minutes to play, taking a feed from classmate Jenna Max for her second goal of the season.
“We really had a great effort tonight, we just couldn’t get it in the cage,” Trapp said. “We really put pressure on them late, and after their third goal it was all us. I think we saw how well we could play, we just have to put two halves together. If this wakes us up a bit, it certainly will be worth it later in the season.”
Things get no easier for Trapp’s club next, as the team will host third-ranked Salisbury University next Saturday. Game time is set for 1 p.m.