By Chris Goldberg
Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 10/31/13
The Temple women’s lacrosse team hosted the 7th Annual annual Philly 5 Tournament and Alumnae Challenge Sunday at Geasey Field.
The event features round robin Fall Ball games between the host Owls, La Salle, Drexel, St. Joseph’s and Villanova. Alumnae from Temple, La Salle and Drexel.
“The Philly 5 Tournament is truly a unique event in women’s lacrosse,” said Temple coach Bonnie Rosen. “It features the same schools every year. It is a celebration of the strength of lacrosse in Philadelphia.
“The addition of the Philly 5 Alumnae tournament (in it’s second year) completes the event. To see the former top players from the area (over the decades!) back on the field, competing (they are very competitive), having fun, and sharing the joy of competing with former teammates and against former opponents reminds one of why college athletics can be so special. This event is great for the players, the fans, the parents, the alumnae, and serves as a great event to inspire future women’s lacrosse players.”
The Philadelphia Lacrosse Association provided financial support to the event.
The Philly 5 coaches gave these reports on their teams:
St. Joseph’s coach Denise Roessler:
“Our coaching staff and team felt that Sunday’s tourney was our best overall team effort of the fall. We executed many of our offensive and defensive plays against some of the toughest competition that we’ve faced this fall.
“While no one person really stood out we saw a very positive common theme of our upperclassman stepping up at key times. We demonstrated the ability to execute in all three phases of the game.
“This season’s fall ball has provided our coaches and team the ability to see some of our strengths and weaknesses and based on our performance we believe that we have made good strides in the right directions. We look forward to a productive break and facing a very strong Temple team as our first game of the 2014 season.”
Drexel coach Hannah Rudloff:
“It was great wrapping up our fall season with some great Philly competition. We are really starting to gel as a defensive unit, which was our big focus this fall after losing four key starters. We’re trying some different looks and I think right now we’re exactly where we should be in terms of mastering them.
“Overall we’re very young this year, but I think the key returners in Amanda Norcini and Kelly Palace have stepped up as leaders and are doing a great job of creating chemistry on and off the field.
“Kelly is returning as a senior after missing the second half of last year’s season due to injury, so I know she was excited to get back on the field. She’s absolutely back to her old self, using her athleticism and powerful shot to give our attack a spark.
“Amanda is a player that her teammates just idolize for making the hustle plays but also the smart plays. She’s done that all fall, and is a great example for the younger players who are trying to find their niche. She’s a great leader in that aspect, and I really am looking forward to her capping off her career at Drexel with a stellar last season.”
Villanova coach Julie Young:
“We always look forward to the Philly 5 Tournament and a chance to play against some local rivals. The timing this year was nice, as it was our last tournament of the fall season and was a good measuring stick to see how we have grown since arriving on campus at the start of the semester.
“We have a lot of new faces, so it has definitely been a growing process getting everyone on the same page and learning how each other play. The Philly 5 Tournament was a great opportunity for our young attacking unit to get some game experience and it was great to see them start developing some better chemistry.
“Defensively, we have more of a veteran group, but were able to use the four games to experiment with some different sliding packages and strategies. Overall, it was a fun and competitive day of lacrosse, and the perfect way to wrap up our fall season.
La Salle coach Candace Taglianetti:
“Our senior leadership has helped to fast track this young team to gain some valuable game experience. We have an enthusiastic a motivated group that strives to get better on a daily basis.”
Temple coach Bonnie Rosen:
“The local feel and camaraderie, not just among teams and former high school teammates but among the parents from the different schools is truly energizing. We started off the day a little slow, so one of the major positives of the day was to see the players and team respond and get better through the day. We split even playing time throughout the day and I was really happy with the way the players learned how to play with their respective line-ups.
“This has been a very successful fall ball for us. More than any other year, I feel like we are laying a very solid foundation for a success both this year and in to the future. Our emphasis on skill work, strength training, and conditioning is paying off. We did not spend anytime this fall on team play (offensive and defensive schemes, transition defenses, subbing patterns, etc.), but come game day we were better each week and able to compete strongly against our opponents.”