Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/22/17
From Press Release
Carly Demato (Shawnee-NJ) scored four goals and visiting Temple held off St. Joseph’s, 14-13, in an exciting City game today.
Temple (3-1) led 14-10 with 7:10 remaining in the game, but the Hawks (1-1) nearly came all the way back with three goals to close out the contest. Freshman Kara Nakrasius (Garnet Valley) controlled the crucial final draw for Temple with 45 seconds left, and the Owls were able to maintain possession until the final horn.
Seniors Morgan Glassford (Strath Haven) and Brenda McDermott (North Penn) each scored three goals apiece, while seniors Anna Frederick (Cape Henlopen) and Krissy Gallivan (Kennett), along with junior Kira Gensler (Spring-Ford) and freshman Olivia Thompson, all tallied one goal each. McDermott added two assists to her hat trick for a game-high five total points, and Glassford led the team in both ground balls (four) and draw controls (three).
Redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kelsea Hershey got the win with 51 minutes in the cage and a season-high eight saves for the Owls.
For the second consecutive game, senior attacker Nora McCallion (Academy of Notre Dame) recorded eight points (3G, 5A) for St. Joe’s. Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Lane scored a game-high five goals while freshman attacker Hope Anhut added four.
“Our team came out and really competed hard today,” said head coach Alex Kahoe (Agnes Irwin). “Temple came out and competed, and unfortunately we didn’t pull it out in the end. Offensively, we had many attackers step up . . . Defensively, we had some great stops.”
With the Hawks trailing 14-10 with 6:14 remaining in regulation, Anhut put away her fourth goal of the afternoon on an unassisted score to pull the Hawks to within three.
Lane would then find McCallion as the senior completed the hat trick with 3:12 to play, and the duo would reverse it as McCallion found Lane with 51 ticks on the scoreboard to pull the Hawks to within one, 14-13, with under a minute to go.
Temple found itself in a hole very early on, as the Hawks earned the first six draw controls and scored four goals in the first two and a half minutes.
Once the draw controls started coming for the Owls, Demato scored all four of her goals in a 6-0 run that put Temple up 6-4 with 17:09 remaining in the first half. McDermott broke up two pairs of Demato goals with one of her own, and assisted on Demato’s first.
“We knew Saint Joe’s was a really strong team and they returned a lot of top players,” said Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton). “We definitely knew it would take a great effort today. When we went down early and couldn’t get draw controls, it took a little digging in to figure things out. I’m thrilled we were able to get back in the game and start to take control.”
The remainder of the first half was a back-and-forth affair, and the game was all tied up at 8-8 with 1:11 left before the break. Just four seconds before the end of the half, McDermott drove through traffic to score and put Temple up 9-8 at halftime.
Frederick scored early to set a good tone for the Owls in the second half, and Glassford gave Temple an 11-8 lead just over six minutes in.
Temple’s largest lead of the game was four goals, which happened on two occasions down the stretch. The Owls were up 13-9 with 12:10 left, and had a 14-10 lead on their final goal, scored by McDermott with 7:10 to go.
The Hawks’ comeback began with just over six minutes left in the game, and they completed a 3-0 run with 51 seconds on the clock but were unable to get the tying goal after Nakrasius earned the draw for the Owls. SJU got a game-high five goals from Rebecca Lane along with four from Hope Anhut and three by Nora McCallion.
“We had some outstanding play today,” said Rosen. “Our goalkeepers really stepped up, and Kelsea did a nice job. We saw a lot of improvement, and early on we were really efficient on our possessions in terms of scoring. We just continued to button down the defense a little more to tighten the game up. They made another run at us and we gave up the ball a few times. We’re still learning how to finish games once we have a lead, but I’m very happy with the game today.”