Alexandra Kemper – Staff Writer
The Drew University field hockey team hosted the Battle of Madison Ave on Wednesday, Sept. 23. The Rangers took a 1-0 loss against FDU-Florham bringing Drew’s record to 1-6 and the Devils up to 5-3 in the Landmark Conference action.
Michele Pozyc (’18) set a new career record for the Landmark Conference with 28 defensive saves. Pozyc charted three defensive saves during the first half of the competition. With the clock at 18:33 Pozyc went to the top of the defensive saves list with her second of the evening.
At the 38:34 in the second half, Pozyc notched her fourth defensive save of the night. This brought her career total to 30, which tied the school’s 21 year-old record. This record was set by Deanna Gallagher (C’94) in 1994. “She’s a beast in the cage,” says Ranger head coach Jess Gray. “She’s tied for the career record in just two years, it’s absolutely fantastic for her and the team.”
Wednesday’s game marked the 33rd Battle of Madison Avenue on the field. While Drew holds the all-time series advantage, 22-8-3, Wednesday night’s contest was the first time the Devils have defeated the Rangers back-to-back since 2011-12. The last time the Rangers were triumphant over FDU was in 2013 with a 2-1 victory.
The Devils had 23 penalty corners and took 32 shots during the contest, 17 of them on the cage. The Devils held possession for most of the game, which forced the Rangers to play more of a defensive game. Ryann Callaghan (’19) charted 16 saves in the goal. “Ryann stepped up and played fantastic in goal,” said Gray.
The only goal of the competition came from FDU-Florham’s Kim Davis. In the 17th minute of action Davis took a shot from the top of the circle, finding it’s way past the Drew defense and into the cage.
Callaghan made her seventh start of the season in cage for the Rangers turning away 16 saves in Wednesday’s action. “She played really well tonight, she took control and lead us defensively,” Gray added. Callaghan currently sits second in the Landmark with 59 saves on the season.
The Rangers return to the field on tomorrow afternoon at 1:00 p.m. as they open Landmark Conference action with a road game in Huntingdon, Pa. against Juniata College. “The girls are ready,” says Gray. “We’ve got some fine tuning to do before the game but we’re really excited and hoping to go on the road and bring home a win.”
Leanza Rodriguez – Staff Writer
Over the weekend, on Saturday, Sept. 19, the Drew University men’s soccer team defeated Juniata College in their Landmark Conference opener. The Rangers took away a narrow 2-1 victory to earn their first conference win of the season.
Following Saturday’s win over Juniata, the Rangers were ranked number 23 among Division III schools in this week’s National Soccer Coaches Association of America poll. This is the first time the program has achieved a national ranking since 2011 when the team was riding an eight game winning streak and earned a number 16 ranking.
Against Juniata, Benji Audi (’18) scored the first goal of the evening at in the tenth minute with assistance from midfielder Joe Sollod (’17). This goal was not only Audi’s fifth goal of the season, but also the third scored by the duo of Audi and Sollod.
The game went back and forth, with both teams maintaining equal control of the game. The Rangers continued to hold onto their 1-0 lead thanks to the careful netminding of goalkeeper John Marques (’17). In the 87th minute, Juniata took control of the game and scored off of a goal that went past Marques and into the top right corner of the goal.
Eight minutes into overtime, Audi struck again, but this time off of a penalty kick, which was awarded to the Rangers after a handball inside the goal box. The handball was awarded following a scramble inside the goal box after two back to back shots fired by Daniel Giraldo (’16).
The win over Juniata kept the Rangers on their undefeated streak and will put them ahead in conference standings following the first week of play. In the nine meetings since the two schools joined the Landmark Conference, the Rangers have never fallen at the hands of Juniata in men’s soccer action.
“As a team everyone is motivated to win every game, especially conference games,” said Audi. “We want to win the conference and we have been working really hard to do that.”
The Rangers then travelled to The College of New Jersey on Wednesday, Sept. 23 to take on the Lions in a non-conference matchup. Despite the added confidence of a national ranking, the Rangers were unable to capitalize offensively and fell to TCNJ 3-1.
The Rangers were slow to start the game and gave up two goals in the first half to the Lions, just two minutes apart from each other in the 18th and 20th minutes. It was not until the 48th minute, early in the second half, that the Rangers were able to get on the scoreboard when Audi netted his seventh goal of the season.
Despite continued offensive efforts by both Eduardo Martinez (’18) and Dylan Hammer (’17), who both posted shots on goal for the Rangers in the second half, an insurance goal by the Lions in the 74th minute secured the win for TCNJ. Drew was unable to find the back of the net again and ended the game with a 3-1 victory.
The Rangers were led again defensively by Marques, who posted five saves in the contest. The loss is his first this year in goal for the Rangers.
The Rangers will host Manhattanville College for a non-conference matchup tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in Ranger Stadium.
Kirby Clark – Sports Editor
In their opening match of the 2015-2016 season on Wednesday evening, the women’s tennis team fell to perennial powerhouse Stevens Institute of Technology 8-1. Despite a number of close matches, the Rangers were unable to take home a win.
Unlike the Rangers, the Ducks play their conference season in the fall, and they are currently mid way through their Empire 8 schedule. Before facing off against the Rangers, they had already played 5 matches.
The Rangers’ only win came from Andrea Defillo (’18) at fifth singles in a tie break late in the third set. After winning the first set 6-2, she lost the second set before rebounding to take the breaker 7-2 and the set 7-6.
In other singles action, Ty Ty Nguyen (’19) lost her match in the third set. In the first set, Nguyen fell 6-3, before winning the second set by a narrow 7-6 margin, with the tiebreak also being very close. She fell in the third set 10-7.
In doubles action, Megan Jarvis (’17) and Kathryn Swenor (’18) posted the team’s closest match, falling at third doubles 8-4.
The Rangers return to action on Oct. 2 when they host John Jay College at the Drew Tennis Complex at 4 p.m.
Kathryn Swenor – Assistant Sports Editor
In a non-conference game against Delaware Valley University (2-4-1) the Drew University women’s soccer team carried home a victory with two quick goals from captain Emma Campbell (’16) in the first half.
The game on Saturday, Sept. 19 between the Rangers and the Aggies marked the 14th time these teams have faced each other since their first match back in 1994. Drew improved its record against Delaware Valley to 14-0 with the victory while also increasing their goal count over the Aggies 41-10.
The women’s offense got off to a rapid start scoring the game’s first goal 44 seconds into the game. Co-captain Shannon Slowey (’16) drove down the right side of the field and fired at the net, followed by Campbell with the rebound for her third goal of the season and first of the game.
The Rangers didn’t waste any time following their first goal with a second just two minutes and thirty seconds later. Meghan McDermott (’19) pounced on the right side of the Aggies’ defense driving the ball to Campbell, allowing her to capture her second goal of the day. The remainder of the first half sustained at 2-0 for the Drew Rangers.
Right away in the second half the Aggies scored their first goal in the 46th minute, closing the Rangers lead to 2-1.
Goalkeeper Sara Nash (’16) achieved her first win of the season, playing a solid first half, making three saves while holding the Aggies scoreless. Andee Higgins (’17) switched with Nash in the second half tallying two saves, only submitting one goal for the Aggies.
The following game the Rangers had on Wednesday, Sept. 23, was once again on the road where they played Mount St. Mary College in a non-conference game. Unlike the Delaware Valley game, this one was scoreless for both sides.
The Rangers’ record moved to 3-4-1 on the season, while the Mount St. Mary Knights shift to 4-3-1 after 110 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Defenders Alexa Kogan, Miranda Czymek, Emily Bradford, Thalia Santacruz played the majority of the game in the Drew defense and added to the shutout of the Knights.
Campbell, the senior forward patrolled the Rangers’ offense with four shots, two of which were on goal, however saved by the Knights’ goalkeeper. Slowey took Drew’s only other shot in the draw.
The Knights outshot the Rangers 12-5 in the game, but all nine of their shots on goal were stopped by the goalkeeping success of Nash and Higgins. Higgins started with five saves in the first half, while Nash finished with four saves in the second half and both overtime periods.
Drew returns home on tomorrow for its 2015 Landmark Conference opener against Juniata College at 4:00 p.m. at Ranger Stadium.
ALEXANDRA KEMPER – Staff Writer
The Drew University women’s field hockey team dropped two contests this past week. On Saturday, they lost on the road to Union College by a narrow 3-2 margin and then fell 3-0 in non-conference action this past Tuesday night against William Paterson at home in Ranger Stadium.
Against Union, the Rangers fell to an early 1-0 deficit in the 16th minute when Dutchmen scored off of a deflection. The Dutchmen were unable to hold onto the lead for long. Two minutes later, Michele Pozyc put the ball in the cage for the Rangers off of a penalty corner.
Following halftime, Union emerged as an offensive threat.
Out of the half, Union fought hard, firing off shot after shot against Drew’s defense. Eventually they earned a penalty stroke and converted, going up 2-1 in the 42nd minute.
In the 55th minute Fallon rallied in front of the cage. With the goalie screened, Fallon tapped in a shot that was sent up to goal from Huma Sheikh (’17), tying the contest, 2-2.
Michele Pozyc (’17) added three defensive saves to her personal record. Michelle Fallon (’16) scored her seventh goal of the season and took nine shots, six of which were on goal.
Ryann Callaghan (’19) had 13 saves during the contest. The goalie tied a career-high that stood on the record book as the tenth highest single-game save total in program history.
Union regained the lead with the first of a 6-shot flurry within one minute. They finished the contest 3-2.
William Paterson notched their first goal of the game with 19 to go in the first half. The forward shot on goal but Callaghan kicked it off to the side where another forward was waiting and she fired it to the opposite side panel.
The Rangers were fighting hard to get the point back. Madi Sheetz (’18) was working hard with Sheikh and they almost had a goal with 13 to play in the half, but the Pioneers’ goalie was there for the save.
Drew kept the pressure on by forcing corners but William Paterson kept their defense tight and refused to let up any goals.
With time running out in the half, the Pioneers came down the field again. The Ranger cage was surrounded with Pioneers and in the chaos they slipped another goal past Callaghan. The score remained at 2-0 until the second half.
Seven minutes into the second half William Paterson charted their third goal of the game when a forward played the ball from the left side to the back post.
Callaghan notched five saves in the game, bringing her season total to 48. Pozyc is now just five shy in defensive saves for the record after Tuesday’s game. Pozyc added one save bringing her total on the chart to 25 for her career. She currently ranks number one in division three field hockey for defensive saves.
Drew is going head to head with the FDU-Florham Devils on Wednesday, Sept. 23 for the Battle of Madison Avenue. The game will be the final non-conference contest before Landmark Conference season begins.
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