Temple Owns Second Half, Downs GW
from press release
PHILADELPHIA - With a 5-0 run to open the second half, Temple lacrosse took the lead on George Washington and did not relinquish it, hanging on for a 12-9 win against the Colonials (8-7, 3-3) on Friday afternoon. The Owls (9-6, 4-2) have almost certainly clinched a spot in next weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament at UMass, but final standings will not be available until after Sunday's games.
The win keeps Temple undefeated at home this season with a record of 6-0. Stephany Parcell and Charlotte Swavola both recorded hat tricks with three goals apiece, while Rachel Schwaab and Jaymie Tabor scored two goals each for Temple.
Two players also finished with three goals for GW, Nicole Lacey and Rachel Mia.
Swavola and Parcell each scored in the first eight minutes as the Owls took a 2-1 lead, but the Colonials used a 4-0 run to lead 5-2 just past the midway point of the first half. Kelly Syphard ended an 11-minute scoreless streak for the Owls when she converted on a free-position shot at 11:06.
GW matched its largest lead of three goals when Lacey scored her second goal of the game with 3:18 to go in the half, but Swavola gave Temple some momentum heading into halftime when she scored with a minute and 14 seconds remaining. The Colonials took a 6-4 lead into the break, but that advantage was quickly erased in the second half.
Kellee Pace converted on Temple's first free-position opportunity of the second half less than two minutes in, and Swavola scored her third goal of the game less than a minute later to tie the score at 6-6.
In a man-up situation, Parcell gave the Owls a 7-6 lead with 19:30 remaining, and they would not trail again. She completed the hat trick a few minutes later, and Schwaab would complete the 5-0 opening run at 16:45.
The teams traded goals the rest of the way, but Temple held at least a two-goal lead for the remainder. Tabor scored both of her goals within a two-minute span from 13:28 to 11:42. The Owls did well to keep possession for long periods of time in the final 10 minutes, not giving the Colonials chances to get to their offensive end of the field.
Molly Seefried assisted on Schwaab's second goal at 5:35 for the final tally of the game.
Temple will play its final regular season game and final home game on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. against Richmond. The Owls will honor six seniors prior to the game for Senior Day.
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