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Friday, 5th May 2017

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 5/5/17
From Press Release

Despite a career-tying five goals for senior Brenda McDermott (North Penn), Temple lacrosse’s season ended at the hands of #2 Florida in the semifinals of the BIG EAST Conference Championships Thursday. The Owls (13-5) hung in the game early, but ultimately lost 21-9 to the powerhouse Gators (16-2).

“The story of today was that this is the best team game we’ve played all season long,” said head coach Bonnie Rosen. “No one would believe that, looking at the score, but they played as a team today from the defensive end through the midfield to the attacking end, and played with more fight from start to finish than we had all year. To walk away ending your season like that, we walk away with our heads held high.”

All of Temple’s scoring came from seniors, with Carly Demato (Shawnee-NJ) and Anna Frederick (Cape Henlopen-DE) adding two goals apiece to McDermott’s five while senior Brooke Williams tallied one assist.

“It’s a good game to go out on to end my lacrosse career,” said an emotional McDermott afterwards. “What we experienced on the field tonight was something I never could have expected or asked for. Just the energy everyone brought to the field was amazing.”

Unlike the Owls’ previous game against the Gators, they ultimately held their own on the draw, getting 13 draw controls to Florida’s 18. Both teams finished with 10 caused turnovers as McDermott and freshman Kara Nakrasius (Garnet Valley) led the Owls with three apiece.

After getting in a 3-0 hole early in the game, Temple showed its resiliency with two-goal spurts on two occasions before the Gators really pulled away. With 10:22 left in the first half the Owls were within two goals at 6-4, but Florida rattled off seven straight to start putting the game out of reach.

McDermott completed her hat trick just before halftime, but the Owls trailed 14-5 at the break. Florida went on to score six straight goals to open the second half before Temple scored four of the game’s final five goals including two by McDermott.

Mollie Stevens and Lindsey Ronbeck notched five and four goals, respectively, to lead Florida, with Sammi Burgess tallying a game-high four assists.

Temple senior Morgan Glassford (Strath Haven) recorded a game-high four draw controls in her final game, and finishes her career with a program-record 174 draw controls.

The Owls’ 13 wins matches their total from a year ago, with both seasons tying for the most program wins since 2008.

A-10 quarterfinals – Richmond 13, La Salle 11

The Explorers ended the season on Thursday, falling to Richmond in the opening round of the Atlantic 10 tournament. The Explorers fought a tough back-and-forth battle but ultimately were overcome by the Spiders in a tight 13-11 contest.

The Explorers held the Spiders down throughout the first half to control the lead at halftime 6-5. La Salle led by as much as two goals until Richmond netted three unanswered goals midway through the second half to gain a lead.

With a three goal deficit at 8-11, Nicole Black netted another goal for the Blue and Gold to close the gap. Allee Ilgenfritz followed up with a pair of goals to bring La Salle within striking distance at 12-11 with two minutes left in play.

Richmond proved to be too much to overcome, netting another goal to conclude the game 13-11.

Ilgenfritz poured in five goals total to lead the team, while Toni Massetti (Kennett) added three in the final contest of their careers.

Courtney Woolford also scored her final goal in an Explorers jersey, while junior Brittany Edwards (Great Valley) netted a goal in the Explorers effort.

Anna Gordon won four draws and picked up two ground balls for La Salle, while forcing one turnover. Woolford forced a game-high three turnovers and won two draws on the day.

Graduate student Alexis Henderson picked up three ground balls to lead La Salle in addition to causing one turnover.

In goal, Lucy Loughlin saved eight shots over 45:26 in goal. Lynne Frankel recorded two saves in her 14 minutes.

La Salle finished the season 7-11 overall and 3-6 in the conference, while recording the team’s first appearance in postseason play since 2014 with the hard-fought battle against Richmond.

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