GLASSBORO, N.J. - Christopher Newport lost for the first time in 2016 Saturday night, and turnovers were the key culprit. CNU, ranked 22nd in the nation, fell to Rowan University in New Jersey Athletic Conference play, 10-7. The defeat on a drizzly night at Richard Wackar Stadium ended a seven-game CNU winning streak dating back to last season.
The Captains, now 4-1 overall and 3-1 in the NJAC, entered the game with a +9 turnover ratio, sixth-best in the country. However, CNU committed four against the Profs, two interceptions and two fumbles. First half turnovers led to both Rowan scores, and the Profs defense held the Captains to just one third quarter score.
"That's what it boils down to in a tight game like this," Head Coach Matt Kelchner said. "We killed ourselves with those mistakes. Our defense was outstanding, they kept us in the game and made stop after stop. Every time we called on them, they responded. We just couldn't get anything going on offense without turning it over." The Captains are off next week before returning to POMOCO Stadium on October 15th to host Montclair State.