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Women’s lacrosse: Temple falls to Duquesne in A-10 semifinals

Friday, 26th April 2013

Categories College, Girl's/Women's  
 

Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 4/26/13
From Press Release

Temple’s women’s lacrosse team came up with a number of big runs this season, but could not put one together against Duquesne in its Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinal on Friday afternoon at UMass. The second-seeded Owls (9-8) got hat tricks from Stephany Parcell (Interboro) and Rachel Schwaab, but ultimately lost 12-8 to third-seeded Duquesne (11-6).

Temple matched Duquesne with 24 shots in the game, and came up with 12 draw controls to the Dukes’ 10. The primary difference ended up being turnovers, as the Owls just made a few too many mistakes. Meghan Clothier had a solid game in goal for Temple with 11 saves, matching her career high. Charlotte Swavola (Cheltenham) led Temple in draw controls with four, ground balls with four and caused turnovers with two, while also scoring a goal.

“This was a disappointing way to end our season,” said Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen, “and I don’t think it was our best lacrosse of the year. I’m really proud of the team and what we accomplished this year. I hope this experience ignites a fire with the younger players to want to be able to achieve more in the future.”

Haley Marafioti led Duquesne with four goals and an assist, while Morgan Matz added three assists to one goal for the Dukes. Goalie Kristen Gregory (Owen J. Roberts) had 11 saves for the Dukes.

Turnovers were definitely costly early and for much of the first half for the Owls, who committed seven of them to the Dukes’ four. Duquesne took a 2-0 lead before Parcell got Temple on the board at 24:01, but it would be the Owls’ only goal in the first 20 minutes.

The Dukes went on to score five unanswered goals in just a seven-minute span, taking a 7-1 lead with 10:47 to go in the first half.

Temple picked up the pace in the final 10 minutes, closing on a 3-1 run which included two more goals for Parcell. The Owls also got a goal right off a draw when Kelly Syphard made a nice pass to Rachel Schwaab. The last two goals of the half were both Temple’s. Parcell’s third goal of the game with 6:27 left would be the last of the half, and Duquesne took an 8-4 lead into the break.

Kellee Pace (Chichester) kept the momentum going for Temple with a free position goal early in the second half, but the Owls were never able to string two goals together. Each team scored three times in the first nine minutes of the half. After a five-minute drought, the Dukes took a 12-7 lead at 16:28.

Over the next 10 minutes of action the Dukes were able to keep the ball for long possessions and not allow the Owls very many chances to close the gap. Clothier came up with two big saves on free-position shots by Duquesne, but the best Temple could do was not allow the Dukes to score.

Schwaab broke a 13-minute scoring drought for both teams with her third goal of the day, closing the gap to 12-8 with 3:03 left in the game. Temple had a good chance a minute later on a shot by Pace, but it was saved by Gregory.

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