Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 3/5/16
From Press Release
It was the fourth double-digit win of the season and the fifth straight win for Temple lacrosse, as the Owls came out strong and finished with a 19-9 win at UMBC (3-2) on Saturday afternoon. Senior Brenda McDermott (North Penn) notched her second hat trick of the season in leading the Owls (5-1) with five goals and an assist.
Also recording six total points was senior Megan Tiernan (Washington Township) with three goals and three assists, as Tiernan tallied her third hat trick of the season. There were three hat tricks for Temple in all, with senior Rachel Schwaab recording four goals for her second hat trick of the year. Temple’s 19 goals were its most since 2014 when the Owls beat Cincinnati, 19-3.
Juniors Anna Frederick and Morgan Glassford (Strath Haven) scored two goals apiece, with Glassford adding a career-high nine draw controls along with a pair of caused turnovers. In the cage, senior goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik matched her season high with nine saves.
Two players also recorded hat tricks for UMBC, led by Carolyn Jamison with three goals and two assists.
The Owls’ double-digit win was made all the more impressive by the lack of disparity in total shots. Temple posted 34 shots but UMBC was right there with 30.
“We really focused this week on good fundamental one on one defense,” said Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen, “and today our defense was just really patient. Jaqi was fantastic and made some big saves for us, and Kara Stroup (Garnet Valley) did a really nice job on their #9. Our defensive effort really limited the ways they could get their offense running.”
Schwaab and senior Avery Longstaff gave Temple a 2-0 lead early on, scoring just eight seconds apart in the sixth minute of the game. UMBC got one back in the eighth minute, but it would be the Retrievers last goal for the next 15 minutes of play.
After Schwaab gave the Owls a 3-1 lead at 21:10, McDermott exploded for five straight goals in a seven-minute span. She got the first on a diving crease roll for a 4-1 lead, and scored twice on free-position opportunities during the run. Her final goal at 13:21 gave Temple an 8-1 lead.
“We’ve really been basing our starting offense a lot around Brenda and Rachel working in the crease and finishing shots on their own,” said Rosen, “and they started off for us that way today. That really gave us momentum and opened things up for everyone else, and when they were face-guarded, they still figured out how to contribute. It was a full team offense today.”
Senior defender Summer Jaros (Bishop Shanahan) has taken all of the Owls’ draws this season, and the connection Jaros and Glassford have had has been critical in the Owls’ success. “It’s really impressive how well they’re able to connect,” said Rosen, “and it just gives us opportunity after opportunity to start up our offense.”
UMBC did give the Owls some trouble before halftime, closing on a 4-1 run to give Temple just a 9-5 lead at the break.
The momentum quickly swung back to Temple in the second half, thanks to Tiernan who scored twice in just over three minutes to start the period. After a UMBC goal at 25:54, the Owls used a 4-0 run to really put the game away.
The first goal of the run was the third in a row for Tiernan, scored just nine seconds after UMBC’s goal. Frederick then got back-to-back goals, and Glassford scored at 19:55 for a 15-6 lead.
Sophomore Nicole Barretta (Downingtown East) got in on the action with an assist from McDermott at 16:11, and the Owls took their first double-digit lead with 10:11 remaining when Glassford scored on a pass from Tiernan.
The teams traded goals in the final 10 minutes, with Schwaab getting her fourth at 9:30 and junior Brooke Williams scoring Temple’s 19th goal with 2:22 remaining.
“Today really showed that we have continued to improve our game and our depth, which we’ve really focused on,” said Rosen. “Our bench is stronger than ever. Megan Pinkerton was out today with an injury and we were able to keep moving forward. I’m really happy with our continued growth and learning to play each game as it comes. This was a really important game to not just get the win but to dominate, and it was a wonderful way to finish our spring break run.”