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Women’s D1 roundup: @TempleLacrosse wins 5th in a row, downs @DelawareWLax, 11-6

Saturday, 14th March 2015

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/14/15
From Press Release

Taking an early lead and never relinquishing it, Temple lacrosse ultimately beat #19 Delaware 11-6 to improve to 8-1 overall. It was the fifth straight win for the Owls, who are off to their best start in 18 years.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper and reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week Jaqi Kakalecik made a career-high 13 saves, and Temple got its fifth hat trick of the season from junior Nicole Tiernan (Washington Township) who scored three goals. Juniors Megan Tiernan (Washington Township) and Kathryn Skahan (Bishop Shanahan) scored two goals apiece, with the pair combining for the Owls’ first three goals in a 3-0 run to open the game.

Kakalecik added an impressive six ground balls and three caused turnovers to her career numbers in the win.

“The defense and Jaqi were just phenomenal today,” said Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen. “She was outstanding and really just stifling in the cage for us, and also key in her ability outside the cage to get ground balls, control our clears and really set the tone for the whole team.”

Skahan’s second goal at 24:37 of the first half put the Owls up 3-0, and Nicole Tiernan would add two of her three before halftime. Delaware came within a goal at 4-3, but Tiernan and Kirstie Connor each scored to put Temple up 6-3 at the break.

“It was a battle, but we established control early in terms of the way we were playing,” said Rosen. “For the first time this season, we took a lead and never looked back. We got better through the game and I would say this was the best overall team game we’ve played this year.”

In the second half, Temple never let Delaware come within fewer than three after scoring the first goal less than two minutes in. With 18:37 remaining, sophomore Morgan Glassford (Strath Haven) scored the first of what would be three straight goals to really put the game away. She also assisted on the final goal in the run by Avery Longstaff, and Rosen praised Glassford’s play as a standout performance in the win.

“Morgan was instrumental all over the field,” said Rosen. “She was getting ground balls, draws and scoring and just did a really nice job to solidify the win for us today.”

Temple has one non-conference game remaining, and will host Denver at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, March 20.

Other scores (details to be posted)

Drexel 9, Villanova 5

Emily Duffey (Lenape) had two goals and an assist to lead the offensive output for Drexel. Lacey Aghazarian and Milan White (Pottstown) scored twice each, while Emily Kellett (Methacton) had a goal and an assist. Joelle Hartke added a goal, as did Jocelyn Quaile (Clearview Regional), whose goal was the first of her collegiate career. Defensively, the Dragons put together their best effort of the season, holding the Wildcats to their lowest goal output of the season.

Teresha Bradley (Rancocas Valley) had four saves. Villanova turned the ball over 24 times, with Drexel causing 12 of those. Eva Winiarski (Downingtown West) and Madeline DiBrino (Central Bucks South) each had three caused turnovers, and Hartke added two. Devin Nihill and Duffey each had two draw controls for Drexel, with Kelly McDevitt (Central Bucks West) and Duffey each adding one.

Shannon Galvin scored twice for the Wildcats.

Saint Joseph’s 14, Monmouth 11

Paced by sophomore midfielder Sarah Smith’s career-high seven-point effort, the Hawks downed Monmouth. With the win, SJU improves to 4-2 overall while Monmouth falls to 3-3.

Smith factored into seven of SJU’s 14 goals on the day while junior midfielder Kelly Phelan added one score and a game-high four assists and sophomore attack Nora McCallion (Notre Dame Academy) added a hat trick. Julia Falcone (West Chester East) added two goals and an assist.

Penn 15, Georgetown 8

The Quakers (6-0) were dominant in the first 10 minutes of the game, opening up a 5-0 lead. The Hoyas would never get closer than a three-goal deficit the rest of the way as Penn had an answer for every Georgetown rally.

Tory Bensen was back at it for the Quakers, netting a game-high five goals. She now has 24 goals this season, averaging four goals a game. Her five goals against the Hoyas marked the third time in six games this season that she has eclipsed the five-goal mark. Dating back to April 19 of last season, Bensen has scored four or more goals in eight of her last 13 games. She has 49 total goals in that span, an average of 3.8 per game.

In addition to Bensen’s five goals, four different Quakers had two goals as Penn again balanced out its attack. Lely DeSimone, Catherin Dickinson, Lindsey Smith (Unionville) and Iris Williamson (Germantown Friends) each had a pair of goals in the game, DeSimone scoring two for the fourth time this season.

Colgate 13, Lehigh 7

Carli Sukonik (Harriton) had four goals for the Mountain Hawks (2-4, 0-1) in the Patriot League loss. Jenna Frost (Strath Haven) led the Colgate defense with a groundball and a caused turnover.

Loyola 16, Lafayette 6

Hannah Schmitt (Archbishop Carroll) had two goals and Maddy Lesher (Archbishop Carroll) had three groundballs and a caused turnover for Loyola.

Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven) had two goals and an assist and six draw controls for the Leopards.

Virginia 18, Princeton 11

The good news about the Princeton women’s lacrosse team’s trip to Charlottesville, the sight of its first loss of the season, is that the Tigers have no time to dwell on it.

While a busy week for Princeton, now 4-1, may have started out with a disappointment, there are two more chances now, both at home, to turn the season’s momentum back around.

No. 10 Princeton fell to No. 8 Virginia. As soon as the final whistle sounded, it was time for Princeton to start thinking about Wednesday afternoon’s home game against Penn State, whom Princeton defeated in the NCAA tournament last year, and a much-improved Harvard team, who comes to Sherrerd Field Saturday.

Anya Gersoff led Princeton with three goals.

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