March 3, 2012

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Temple Dominates Lafayette to Move to 5-0

from press release

EASTON, Pa. – With a 21-10 win at Lafayette (3-2) on Saturday afternoon, Temple lacrosse now has its best start to a season since 1988 with a 5-0 record. Stephanie Markunas scored a career-high five goals to lead the Owls, whose 21 goals mark the highest scoring output for a Temple team since 2002.

Markunas added a career-high five assists to her impressive performance, giving her 10 points in the game which ties for the sixth-most all-time in single game at Temple.

“The past couple games have been a nice balance of offense and defense,” said head coach Bonnie Rosen. “Today our offense was really the key. It got us jump-started and we did some things that were pretty incredible. The offense did a great job of sharing the ball today.

“The team is coming out and playing hard and taking the game minute by minute. We really don't think ahead and we're enjoying each game as it goes.”

Also notching hat tricks for Temple were Karly Cohen, Jackie Mercer and Kelly Syphard with three goals apiece. The Owls out-shot Lafayette 41-18, but Tess Bishop still made five big saves in goal for Temple.

Markunas had two unassisted goals in a 6-0 opening run for Temple over the first 11 minutes of the game. She also assisted on the sixth goal, scored by Cohen, and Cohen recorded an assist on another goal in the run by Mercer.

The Leopards got on the board with two quick goals near the 18-minute mark before the Owls scored three more to make it 9-2 with 13:14 left in the first half. That 3-0 run included Syphard's second goal and the first by Lea Britton, who would score her second before halftime.

Stephany Parcell scored her second goal off an assist from Kelsey Zenuk with four seconds left in the first half to give the Owls an 11-5 lead at the break.

Mercer scored her second goal to open the scoring in the second half, but Lafayette stayed with Temple goal for goal the next 10 minutes other than a 2-0 run five minutes in where Syphard and Cohen scored within 17 seconds of each other.

With a 15-8 lead and more than 18 minutes remaining in the game, Temple exploded for a 6-0 run that included Cohen and Mercer's third goals as well as the fourth and fifth for Markunas. The run gave the Owls a 21-8 lead with 8:05 left in the game, and Lafayette scored the only two goals the rest of the way.

Kellee Pace scored two goals for Temple in the win, and Charlotte Swavola rounded out the eight players who scored for the Owls.

The Owls still have three more games in a five-game road swing, and next up is a 3:30 p.m. contest at Jacksonville on Wednesday, March 7.


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