Courtney Aquino (Hammonton) was part of field hockey history on Saturday for Rowan University.
Aquino scored her first two collegiate goals as the Profs beat Neumann University 10-2 at Coach Richard Wackar Stadium.
But the lopsided win wasn't the story, the crowd was.
The school announced that the 1,958 fans to watch the game was a new Division III record.
“It was the greatest feeling ever to play in front of such a large crowd,” Aquino said. “Most field hockey players will never get to experience playing in front of that many people. We were all beyond excited to go out there and play.”
The the team, coaches and members of administration promoted the game in the week leading up to the contest in order to boost attendance. Aquino said the team did everything from post signs in the student cafeteria to going to local restaurants and posting signs.
The previous Division III mark of 1,010 was set on Nov. 11, 2009 in Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s 2-1 win against Nichols College. Rowan’s win also eclipsed the Division II record of 1,243 but fell just short of the all-division record set on Nov. 21, 2010, as 2,381 people watched Maryland beat North Carolina 3-2 in the NCAA Division I final.
Aquino also found out on Monday that she was named New Jersey Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week for her two-goal performance.
Aquino has two goals and an assist this year for Rowan, which is now 4-4.
FDU-Florham defender Erin O’Connell (Mainland Regional) scored her first goal on Wednesday in the team’s 2-0 win against Gwynedd Mercy College.
Megan Comunale (Hammonton/ Bishop Eustace) had eight saves in Catholic University’s 2-1 overtime loss to Drew on Saturday in a Landmark Conference game.
Rutgers-Camden improved its unbeaten streak to 23 games with a 2-1 New Jersey Athletic Conference win against Kean.
Stevan Austino (Buena Regional) had an assist for the Scarlet Raptors, ranked No. 3 nationally by D3Soccer.com. Akwasi Adu (Atlantic City) scored for Kean. Goalkeeper Brad Watkins (Egg Harbor Township) had six saves.
Former Press first-team all-star Justin Veltri (Oakcrest) scored his first collegiate goal on Sept. 22 as Rider University beat St. Bonaventure 1-0. Rider is off to a 5-1 start this season, its best since 1992.
Matt Broomall (Mainland Regional) had six saves in Rutgers-Newark's 1-0 overtime shutout win against Ramapo on Saturday in a NJAC game.
Josue Guadarrama (Buena Regional) scored a goal in Cumberland County College's 3-2 loss to Sussex County College on Saturday. A.J. Gazzara (Buena Regional) had an assist. Brandon Bischer (Cumberland Regional) had six saves.
Freshman forward Jordyn Bronsky (Oakcrest) scored her second goal of the season and her first career game-winner on Saturday in Kean's 3-0 NJAC win against Rutgers-Camden.
Jillian Baltz (Ocean City) had an assist in Gettysburg's 2-1 overtime loss to Haverford College on Saturday.
Jasmine Miro (Buena Regional) scored her sixth goal of the season in Cumberland County College's 4-1 loss to Bucks County College on Saturday.
Rebecca Sartorio (Absegami) scored the game-winning goal for Albright College in a 3-2 win against FDU-Florham on Sept. 24. Sartorio is second on the team with three goals.
Senior forward Carly DiGiovanni (Ocean City) scored on a penalty kick in the first half of Chestnut Hill College's 2-1 win against Dominican College on Saturday in a Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference game.
Sophomore Nicole Nardi (Mainland Regional) won 6-0, 6-1 at sixth singles as West Chester University beat Georgian Court 6-3 on Thursday.
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