Sisters Brittney and Meg Rowe have always played on the same lacrosse team including playing varsity at Baldwinsville for their father, Doug Rowe. But for the first time ever, the siblings were on opposite sides of the field this month.
Brittney, a sophomore defender at the College at Brockport, and Meg, a freshman defender at SUNY-Cortland, squared off in a SUNYAC league game April 10 at Cortland.
Their parents, Doug and Royetta Rowe, split their loyalties down the middle - literally, by wearing combination Cortland-Brockport sweatshirts to the game.
"I've never been in this situation before," Royetta Rowe said at the game. "They've never played against each other."
Meg Rowe and her nationally-ranked Red Dragons defeated Brittney's Brockport squad, 9-6. But Doug and Royetta Rowe's attire supported each daughter equally. The Rowes wore custom-made sweatshirts that featured the colors and names of both colleges, sewn by family and consumer science teacher Marge Jock.
Jock cut two Cortland and Brockport sweatshirts in half, then sewed them up the middle to create two rather unique sweatshirts that combined both school names. Doug Rowe's green and red sweatshirt had "Brockland" across the front. Royetta Rowe's sweatshirt had "Cortport" on the front.
As a finishing touch, family friend Larry Collins printed "Rowe" on the back of each shirt with Meg's number, 23, and Brittney's number, 4.
Meanwhile, Doug Rowe stood and watched the game at the Cortland Stadium wall. Royetta Rowe sat in the stands with family and also friends of both Brittney and Meg.
A total of 23 family and friends came to watch the Rowe sisters play including grandmother Lois Rowe and Baldwinsville assistant coach Lionel Brown. All wore either red colors for Cortland or green for Brockport.
Meg Rowe, who starts for the Red Dragons, finished with three ground balls and two caused turnovers. Brittney Rowe, a reserve, scooped up one ground ball for the Golden Eagles. Royetta Rowe said it wasn't easy watching Meg and Brittney's teams play against each other.