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Rowan, Messiah To Play For 2002 NCAA Division III Field Hockey National Championship

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Nov. 22, 2002 – Rowan (N.J.) University and Messiah (Pa.) College will play for the 2002 NCAA Division III Field Hockey National Championship on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 2:00 p.m. on the campus of Springfield College. Rowan defeated Salisbury (Pa.) University in double-overtime, 3-2, while Messiah upended The College of New Jersey, 1-0, this afternoon in the semifinals on Benedum Field.

Rowan University 3, Salibury University 2 (2OT)
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Rowan senior midfielder Jammie Hicks (Voorhees, N.J.) scored the double-overtime game-winner at the 85:13 mark to lead the Profs to the 3-2 win over Salisbury.

Rowan (20-0) jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first half on goals by junior forward Becky Peterson (Hancocks Bridge, N.J.) at the 8:44 mark and junior forward Beth Raleigh (Cinnaminson, N.J.) at 33:18.

Salisbury (17-3) evened the score with two goals in the second half. Junior forward Lindsay Elliot (Delmar, N.J.) scored at 42:11 and senior forward Jessica Manzone (Ellicott City, Md.) tallied the equalizer at 58:58 to force overtime.

Messiah College 1, The College of New Jersey 0
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Messiah sophomore forward Danae Chambers’ (Elkton, Mass.) goal at the 60:42 mark proved to be the game winner as the Falcons defeated The College of New Jersey, 1-0.

Freshman forward Jenna Schwind (Wilmington, Del.) was credited with an assist as Messiah (18-3) defeated New Jersey (13-3) for the second straight year to earn its berth in the national championship game. The Falcons needed overtime to defeat the Lions, 2-1, in last fall’s semifinals.
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