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Women’s D1 roundup: Markunas (Ridley) helps Temple improve to 5-0 by handling Lafayette; Drexel wins

Saturday, 3rd March 2012

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 3/3/12

With a 21-10 win at Lafayette (3-2) on Saturday afternoon, Temple lacrosse now has its best start to a season since 1988 with a 5-0 record. Stephanie Markunas (Ridley) scored a career-high five goals to lead the Owls, whose 21 goals mark the highest scoring output for a Temple team since 2002.

Markunas added a career-high five assists to her impressive performance, giving her 10 points in the game which ties for the sixth-most all-time in single game at Temple.

“The past couple games have been a nice balance of offense and defense,” said head coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton). “Today our offense was really the key. It got us jump-started and we did some things that were pretty incredible. The offense did a great job of sharing the ball today.

“The team is coming out and playing hard and taking the game minute by minute. We really don’t think ahead and we’re enjoying each game as it goes.”

Also notching hat tricks for Temple were Karly Cohen, Jackie Mercer and Kelly Syphard with three goals apiece. The Owls out-shot Lafayette 41-18, but Tess Bishop still made five big saves in goal for Temple.

Markunas had two unassisted goals in a 6-0 opening run for Temple over the first 11 minutes of the game. She also assisted on the sixth goal, scored by Cohen, and Cohen recorded an assist on another goal in the run by Mercer.

The Leopards got on the board with two quick goals near the 18-minute mark before the Owls scored three more to make it 9-2 with 13:14 left in the first half. That 3-0 run included Syphard’s second goal and the first by Lea Britton (Council Rock North), who would score her second before halftime.

Stephany Parcell (Interboro) scored her second goal off an assist from Kelsey Zenuk (St. Mark’s, DE) with four seconds left in the first half to give the Owls an 11-5 lead at the break.

Mercer scored her second goal to open the scoring in the second half, but Lafayette stayed with Temple goal for goal the next 10 minutes other than a 2-0 run five minutes in where Syphard and Cohen scored within 17 seconds of each other.

With a 15-8 lead and more than 18 minutes remaining in the game, Temple exploded for a 6-0 run that included Cohen and Mercer’s third goals as well as the fourth and fifth for Markunas. The run gave the Owls a 21-8 lead with 8:05 left in the game, and Lafayette scored the only two goals the rest of the way.

Kellee Pace (Chichester) scored two goals for Temple in the win, and Charlotte Swavola (Cheltenham) rounded out the eight players who scored for the Owls.

Drexel 12, Colgate 6

Senior midfielder Charlotte Wood (Conestoga) tallied five goals and Lindsey Kovar added three goals and three assists to help the Dragons overcome the 4-4 tie at half. The win ended Drexel’s two-game losing streak and improved its overall record to 3-2. Colgate dropped to 0-4 on the season.

La Salle 9, Delaware 8

Melanie Sarcinello (Marple Newtown) had two goals and two assists, Kelly Furman (Boyertown) added two goals and an assist and Jackie Roebuck (Marple Newtown) contributed two goals to lead the Explorers to the win.

Shannon Burns (Springfield-Delco) led the Blue Hens with three goals while Caitlin McCartney (Archbishop Wood) had a pair.

North Carolina 15, Penn 6

Emily Garrity (Strath Haven) collected three goals and two assists as well as two caused turnovers, a caused turnover and a groundball to spark the Tar Heels. Kelly Devlin (Downingtown East) had two draw controls and defender Beth Ellis (Radnor) anchored the back line for UNC.

Carolina Bunting scored twice for the Quakers while Maddie Poplawski (Springfield-Delco) had a goal and six draw controls.

Lehigh 11, Robert Morris 9

Megan Kelly scored three goals, Leigh Ann Torcivia and Kelly Draper each had two goals and assist and Carly Sukonik (Harriton) scored twice for the Mountain Hawks in their win.

Courtney Sicinski (Downingtown West) had a goal and an assist for Robert Morris.

Georgetown 18, Villanova 6

Kelly Barnes (Radnor) had three groundballs and two caused turnovers to spark the Hoyas to the Big East win. Elise Bendinelli (Villa Maria Academy) and Maria Bowman each scored twice for the Wildcats and Hannah Goforth (Bishop Shanahan) scored once.

Duke 12, Princeton 9

Kim Wenger (Great Valley) and Emma Hamm (Wayne) had two goals each for Duke. Freshman goalie Annie Woehling (Radnor) made seven saves for Princeton.

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