Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/18/14
From Press Release
Freshman Morgan Glassford (Strath Haven) made a strong debut for Temple lacrosse in the 2014 season opener, scoring three goals and recording an assist to help the Owls defeat visiting Saint Joseph’s, 11-7. After a tie score of 5-5 at halftime, Temple broke the game open early in the second half with a 4-0 run.
Rachel Schwaab and Kathryn Skahan (Bishop Shanahan) each scored twice for Temple, with Schwaab’s goals coming back-to-back in the second-half run.
After twice having the game postponed, Temple (1-0) was finally able to take the field against the Hawks (0-1) on a chilly afternoon at Geasey Field.
Saint Joseph’s struck first in the fourth minute, but it was Temple that took a 3-2 lead near the midway point of the half after goals from Molly Seefried (Abington), Skahan and Glassford, with an assist from Nina Falcone (Perkiomen Valley). Both Seefried and Skahan scored on free-position shots, on which Temple was 5-of-10 for the contest.
The Hawks’ Julia Falcone (West Chester East), who scored the opening goal of the game, scored again with 8:42 left in the opening half to cap a 3-0 run for her team. The Hawks led 5-3 at that point, but Temple rallied to tie the game by halftime.
Skahan scored on a pass from Bridget Hufnagel with three minutes to go before the break, and Nicole Tiernan (Washington Township) closed out the half with an unassisted score.
The Owls kept the momentum going early in the second half, with Rachel Schwaab scoring twice over a two and a half minute span to put Temple ahead 7-5 with 19:20 remaining.
Megan Tiernan (Washington Township) scored Temple’s fifth goal in a row on a free-position, and Avery Longstaff capped the run with an assist from Glassford.
The Hawks matched the Owls in goals over the final 12 minutes, but could come within no fewer than three. Glassford scored twice in that span to give Temple its final margin of 11-7.
Temple’s Rachel Hall (Clearview Regional) played the first half in the cage, while Jaqi Kakalecik took over in the second half. Kakalecik made four saves while allowing just two goals, recording the win for the Owls.
Maddie McTigue recorded five draw controls to lead Temple, which was three more than any other player on the field. Megan Tiernan, whose goal was the eighth for Temple and therefore the game-winner, led the Owls with three ground balls.
It will be a very quick turnaround for Temple, as the Owls will host La Salle on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3:00 p.m.