A Profile about Rowan University Club lacrosse Blogger, Richard Partheymuller.

Richard Partheymuller(left) who maintains FaceProf Lacrosse; and president of the club lacrosse team Brian Mahoney(right) pose for a picture.

Hey all! This past week I was able to conduct an interview through Email with Richard Partheymuller, who maintains a Rowan University lacrosse blog called, “Face-Prof Lacrosse.” As a fellow sports blogger I found this blog to be interesting because it provided information about  Rowan University’s Club Llacrosse team.

Richard is from Jackson, New Jersey and a senior here at Rowan who is about to graduate soon with a degree in Journalism. I asked Richard how long he has been blogging; and when he first started maintaining his Rowan University Men’s Club Lacrosse team blog.

“A little more than a year ago, I took Online Journalism with Professor Sullivan here at Rowan. I had to pick a beat, and I had a lot of trouble coming up with a beat,” Partheymuller said.

Richard went on to add the following, “I played lacrosse for three years at Jackson Memorial High School and one year at Ocean County College. I knew and still know a lot about the sport, and so, I figured I’d try out a blog about the club Men’s lacrosse team here.”

“At first, I was actually a little hesitant at first. I actually thought about playing for the team myself, but I was just getting started at rowan last year, so I unfairly judged the team before I even met them and thought the team was preppy. To my surprise, I found out who these guys really are. They trusted me enough to let me cover them for the class, and by the time that January rolled around, I was absolutely certain that the blog wouldn’t stop with the class. I grew attached to the team and have been following them independently ever since,” Partheymuller stated.

In addition to this,  Richard said that the hardest part about maintaining the blog was focusing on it while trying to balance doing work and assignments for other classes as well. “I’ve had to choose quite a few times whether I wanted to work on homework or if I would finish the latest blog post. Along with that component, it takes a toll on you sometimes when you have to stay up to 2 a.m. editing video. Being so attached to the team makes it difficult sometimes, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I will gladly stay up and lose sleep for their sake,” he stated.

Partheymuller also took some time to talk about the role that he thinks blogging should play in the future of Journalism. As a fellow Journalism major I was interested to see what he had to say.

” Blogging really is a critical component to journalism. The gray-area we’re facing in the world of journalism is that there are a lot of opinion blogs. Coming across a good blog that credits sources and doesn’t opinioated their topic because of hurt feelings. There are tons of niches but the truth is that the markets get crowded with blogs on the same topics. There are countless parenting blogs and countless health or fitness blogs out there. Finding a market that you know you can stand out is probably the biggest obstacle for blog-inclined journalists,” said Partheymuller.

Partheymuller also revealed his favorite aspect of covering the Lacrosse team, he stated  he liked being involved with the team and getting to know the players.

“The guys on the team are really great and really great to be around. I love being involved with the team and getting to see them at their best and feel with them when they’re at their worst. I got to see them win games and I’ve had to stand and watch them lose games. That’s why one of the hardest parts is being behind the camera at times. It’s because you sometimes become emotionally involved in the team too. I might see them losing but I have to stand and keep filming. Being around them is just fantastic though, I get to hear their camaraderie and their excitement on the sidelines and I can’t help but cheer too sometimes. I’ve overheard a sports journalism class once where the professor said that you can’t do that. You can’t cheer when you’re reporting. The fact I’ve grown so attached to this team is probably frowned upon in the journalism world. I try to ignore those thoughts though. I just never felt inclined to follow that rule when it came to this team. The traveling’s pretty nice too. I loved going to Maryland last year and getting to see Washington D.C,” Partheymuller stated.

In the end, as a relatively new blogger I asked Partheymuller for some advice as well as advice for others that are starting their own blog. He was able to provide the following.

“Put the work into it. Put a lot of work into it. It may be a hobby at first, but if you’re serious about using blogging to promote yourself, you have to give it a little more effort than you’d expect. Learn to make sacrifices to go along with the demands of timeliness, because you can’t always procrastinate on an important beat. Always charge your devices. Wherever your beat takes you, scout out the area for power outlets, you’re going to need those. Learn to use the bathroom beforehand. Proofread your work or have somebody else do it for you. Remember that social media is your best friend when it comes to blogging and promoting yourself. Lastly, make good relations with your sources and don’t treat them as projects, treat them as people with a story to tell.”

I was glad that I got the opportunity to ask Richard a fellow sports blogger some questions; and looking through his blog I was able to see that he put a lot of hard work and dedication into it. In the future I plan to attend a club lacrosse game and see the team in action, until next time GO PROFS!

Rowan University Baseball defeats Neumann University 8-7

Hey all this past Wednesday Rowan’s Baseball team had their first home game of the season; and luckily they were able to come out on top defeating Neumann 8-7.

Neumann managed to pull ahead of Rowan by the 6th inning putting up 7 points while Rowan only had 3. However, Rowan was able to strike back in the 7th inning making the score 5-7.

For the remainder of the game Rowan was able to prevent Neumann from scoring anymore runs, in the 9th inning Rowan scored three while holding their opponent to 7.

Ultimately, Rowan was able to pull off a tight victory against Neumann; and with their victory they were able to progress onward to a 4-1 record while Neumann dropped to 3-5.

I had a great time at the baseball game, and there was a decent amount of people there everyone seemed very passionate about cheering for their team. In order to share my experience I also decided to take some pictures as well.

Two Rowan University students chat as they enjoy the baseball game. I sat next two the both of them so I was able to get a better view of the field; and luckily I was able to grab a shot of one student posing with their baseball. (Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)

 

The Rowan University Baseball team sits in the dugout as one of their teammates is at bat. The team is usually found conversing and cheering one another one here, in addition the dugout is also where their equipment is held.(Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)
On the other side we can see the dugout where Neumann University was sitting. The players sat there as they cheered on their teammates at bat.(Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)
Before he takes the field one member of the Rowan University baseball team receives some advice from his father. Showing the bond between father and son.(Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)

 

All smiles and high-fives as Rowan begins to take the outfield against Neumann. Seeing the teams energy and giving each other high fives showed me how close they are to one another. (Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)

 

Dogs, nice weather, and baseball does it get any better than that? This guy here soon found himself fixated on the game as the players ran from base to base.(Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)

 

He eventually found a baseball of his own that he was able to play around with.(Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)
Some students even stopped on their way to class to watch the game, these two stood behind the fences of “The Nest” watching for a little bit. (Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)

Until next time GO PROFS!

 

 

Rowan’s Baseball team host Neumann University 3/8/2017

The Nest is where Rowan’s Baseball team plays. The nest is located right by Bunce Hall.(Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)

Play ball! On Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 Rowan University’s Baseball team will be hosting Neumann University’s team at home. Baseball season was always exciting for me because baseball games are usually always accompanied by nice weather, it’s expected to be 65 degrees on Wednesday which is definitely nicer than the cold weather we had this weekend.

This here is the dugout. The dugout is where a teams bench area is located; and during the game you will usually find the players resting here.(Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)

Rowan University is going into the game with a record of 2-1, the team currently holds two wins over Steven Institute of Technology; and Randolph-Macon College. However, the team also currently holds a loss to Randoph-Macon as well so the team will try to secure a victory on Wednesday.

This here is a photo of Neumann University’s field. Neumann University is located in Aston Pennsylvania; and this field is where the baseball team will play opponents at home.(Photo/Neumann University)

On the other hand, the opposing team Neumann currently holds a 2-4 record. With victories coming against Hanover College, and Rose Hulman institute of Technology. The teams four losses come from Waynesburg,Otterbein, and Capital University. As well as one loss coming from Rhode Island College.

Here we can see one set of bleachers where the fans sit. I will be sitting here on Wednesday at 3:00 to watch Rowan face off against Neumann.(Photo/Jeremiah Daniels)

I talked to Rowan’s Coach Mike Dickson who has been coaching since 2015 and asked him a few questions.

Q: What do you think the team needs to do in order to win on Wednesday?

A: There are a lot of things you need to do in order to win games but we need to be able to pitch, we need to be able to play defense, and offensively we need to be able to score. Those are three phases and if we are able to do two of those things then I think we will be able to win the game.

Q: Do you think the team preforms any differently at home compared to on the road?

A: Well we haven’t played at home yet(laughs). But if we lose 10-0 tomorrow  then I’ll say yes we do play differently on the road. Without having played a home game with this group as of yet you would like to think that your team is going to play better at home. But obviously without playing a home game you can’t really say for sure yet.

Q: What kind of baseball team do you think Neumann is?

A: With their new coach I think he has done a good job going out and recruiting as far as returning players that they have they have loss some players to graduation; but I think they are going to be a good opponent and I think they are going to be a good challenge for us.

So with that being said Wednesday should make for an interesting game! Let’s hope that Rowan can pull of a victory!