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Women’s lacrosse: @TempleLacrosse topples @LafayetteWLAX, 18-12

Saturday, 25th February 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/25/17
From Press Release

For a second time this season, Temple lacrosse scored 18 goals as the Owls (4-1) earned a home win over Lafayette, 18-12 on a gorgeous February afternoon Saturday. The defense got its job done as well, particularly freshman goalkeeper Maryn Lowell who made a career-high 11 saves against the Leopards (2-2) to record the win.

The unusually hot weather for winter made it a challenging day for both teams, as Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton) attested to after the game.

“The heat today was something new to deal with,” she said, “so we were a little fatigued today as I think Lafayette was too…the biggest thing I emphasized (at halftime) was that it wasn’t going to be about strategy, it was going to be about playing together and figuring things out.”

Sophomore Amber Lambeth (Souderton) scored four goals for the third time in five games, with senior Anna Frederick (Cape Henlopen) also scoring four goals to mark her career high.

Senior Morgan Glassford (Strath Haven) recorded her second straight hat trick with three goals while adding a game-high six draw controls. The Owls got a game-high five points from senior Brenda McDermott (North Penn, who added three assists to a pair of goals.

Lowell, getting her first start in the cage with redshirt freshman Kelsea Hershey nursing an ankle injury, played all 60 minutes. She posted seven saves in the first half and four more in the second. Lowell got help in the backfield from junior Nicole Latgis, who tallied a game-high three caused turnovers.

“It was a big, big day for Maryn,” said Rosen. “She knew she was stepping into this role today and she worked really hard the past two days. She put in a lot of time at practice trying to get a little bit better at the little things, and for her to come out and play such a solid game in every which way, was the boost the team needed.”

After a first half which saw the Owls not gain a single lead until the final 33 seconds, Temple dominated the game for most of the second half. The Owls allowed two early goals by the Leopards, but then outscored them 11-4 the rest of the way.

Lafayette’s Kirsten Wilhelmsen (Strath Haven) was a force for her team offensively with a game-high five goals, scoring two of those in the first 13 minutes to help the Leopards take a 4-2 lead. McDermott scored the Owls’ first two goals before assisting on three of their next four.

Freshman Olivia Thompson fed junior Kira Gensler (Spring-Ford) to cut the Owls’ deficit to 4-3 at 14:07 of the first half, and Lambeth’s first goal followed to tie the game. After the teams traded two more goals each, Lambeth converted on a pass from senior Brooke Williams to give the Owls a 7-6 lead with just 33 seconds left in the opening half.

Emma Novick scored twice, unassisted, to open the second half and give Lafayette an 8-7 lead, but it would be the Leopards’ last advantage of the contest. Amanda Case (Haverford High) scored once.

Senior Carly Demato (ShAwnee-NJ) came up big in the second half for the Owls with a goal and three assists. The first of those on a Glassford goal tied the game at 8-8. After another tie at 9-9, senior Krissy Gallivan (Kennett) scored to start a 3-0 run for the Owls that included a fast break goal by Frederick off a Demato assist.

Temple held just a two-goal lead at 14-12 with 10:39 remaining before closing out the game with four unanswered scores. Junior Nicole Barretta got the run going on a Gensler assist, and Gensler kept it going with a goal at 6:02. Glassford and Frederick both the finishing touches on the win in the final five minutes.

“In the end, the victory didn’t feel much different than a one-goal win to be honest with you,” said Rosen. “In the game of lacrosse, you’re really not safe. We were able to possess the ball a little bit more towards the end of the game and let the clock work for us. I’m really happy we came away with the win. We still have so much we have to keep working on, but to beat this very good Lafayette team, it’s a big deal for us to walk away with this win.”

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