Temple Dominates Cincinnati on Senior Day
from press release
PHILADELPHIA -- An impressive 14 different players scored as Temple lacrosse earned a decisive, 19-3 victory in BIG EAST action against Cincinnati (6-8, 0-4) on Sunday afternoon. The Owls (5-8, 2-2) celebrated Senior Day as it was their final home game of the year. Seniors Lea Britton, Nina Falcone, Kelly Syphard and Jaymie Tabor were honored prior to the start of the game.
Temple allowed the Bearcats just one goal in the first half, and led 8-1 at halftime before exploding for 11 more goals in the second half. Rachel Schwaab, Nicole Tiernan, Morgan Glassford,Summer Jaros and Rachel Barile scored two goals apiece, while the Owls also got goals from Kathryn Skahan, Megan Tiernan, Brenda McDermott, Avery Longstaff, Macie Hauck, Molly Seefried, Syphard, Tabor and Britton. For McDermott, it was her first career goal.
Goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik was also impressive for Temple, despite the lopsided outcome. She made four saves in each half, finishing with eight saves on Cincinnati's 11 shots on goal.
"That was just a huge all-around effort," said Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen. "A lot of our offense was started off of getting draw controls and creating turnovers. That is always a great way to generate offense. We had a lot of momentum early and I think our players looked to the cage and finished pretty well after their goalie did a really nice job on us early on. We have a tremendous amount of talent on our team and we played a really collective game today which was nice."
Regarding Senior Day, Rosen feels the timing was a positive factor, as there are so many games left for the team on this year's schedule. "We really don't celebrate careers until they're over, which we'll do at our banquet next fall," she said. "It was kind of nice to have a Senior Day with a lot left in our conference play so there wasn't a lot of additional emotion going into the game."
Four of Temple's first-half goals were scored on free-position attempts, along with the Owls' final goal of the game by Jaros.
Schwaab, who had scored the first goal of the game, later stepped back and passed to a cutting Glassford who found the back of the net to give Temple a 4-1 lead in the 11th minute. With eight minutes remaining in the first half, Hauck drove down the lefthand side, spun around her defender and took a bounce shot that gave the Owls a 6-1 lead.
Megan Pinkerton assisted on the Owls' final goal of the half, drawing a double team and finding an open McDermott on the left for a quick stick goal with 2:56 remaining.
Nicole Tiernan's second goal was scored just one minute into the second half for a 9-1 advantage. Cincinnati scored two of the game's next three goals, but the Owls closed on a 9-0 run.
Syphard picked up a clean draw control in the fourth minute of the second half and quickly made her way towards goal where she passed to Seefried for an 11-3 lead. Three minutes later, a Cincinnati turnover led to a fast break goal for the Owls by Schwaab, with an assist from Skahan.
Carly Demato recorded assists on back-to-back goals just before the midway point of the second half, while Megan Tiernan and Anna Frederick each assisted on goals by Barile in the final 10 minutes.
For the game, Temple out-shot Cincinnati 32-13, and committed just nine turnovers to the Bearcats' 17.
Temple will play its final three regular-season games on the road, starting with a 3:00 p.m. game at Marquette on Thursday, April 17.
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