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.@TempleLacrosse routs Monmouth as Barretta (Downingtown East) scores 7 goals; @DrexelWLax bows

Wednesday, 14th February 2018

Categories College, Girl's/Women's, Posted 2/14/18
From Press Release

Behind a career-high seven goals from senior Nicole Barretta (Downingtown East), Temple lacrosse (2-0) ran away with an 18-7 win in its first road game of the year at Monmouth (0-2). The Owls led by seven at halftime, and continued to extend their lead in the second half.

Keys to the Game
> The Owls earned the first seven draw controls to help them take a commanding lead with a 6-0 run, and finished with a 15-12 edge in draws.
> Temple matched its 18 goals scored vs. Monmouth a year ago, but unlike last year’s 16 goals allowed, the defense came up big all game long.
> An impressive nine different players scored for the Owls despite Barretta’s dominant performance on attack.

Individual Highlights
> Barretta, the reigning BIG EAST Attacker of the Week after her four-goal, four-assist total in Temple’s win over Rutgers, scored six of her seven goals in just the first half.
> Senior Nicole Latgis collected a career-high eight draw controls while also tying sophomore Maddie Gebert (Owen J. Roberts) for game-high honors in ground balls with four.
> Latgis, Gebert and sophomore Julia Ryan (Princeton-NJ) each tallied a team-best two caused turnovers, with Gebert and Ryan adding a goal apiece (first career goal for Ryan).
> Junior Amber Lambeth (Souderton) and sophomores Meghan Hoffman and Olivia Thompson scored two goals apiece, with Thompson adding two assists.
> Freshman Jackie Cerchio (Methacton) scored her first career goal, with sophomore Michelle Koscinski (Garnet Valley) and senior Toni Yuko also scoring one goal each.
> Sophomore Kara Nakrasius (Garnet Valley) picked up four draw controls while also recording a pair of ground balls and a caused turnover.
> In goal, sophomore Maryn Lowell made nine saves to just six goals allowed, while redshirt sophomore Kelsea Hershey recorded three saves to just one goal allowed.

> “This is awesome. Some of the other seniors and I were actually just talking about when was the last time we had a 10-goal win and a running clock, and it’s an awesome feeling to come out and do that so early in the season…I think it’s just my confidence and having confidence in my teammates (on scoring so many goals). Practicing every day, going out there and working hard and I think it’s really helping.” – Senior Nicole Barretta

> “This was a great day. I’m really happy again with our approach to the game. You could see it in our warm-up and how we started out. We’re still working through some of those early-game nerves but we’re staying composed. As expected, people are stepping up. Obviously Nicole (Barretta) did a great job putting a ton of goals in the cage, but there were a lot of big moments on the field with ground balls and caused turnovers. Nicole Latgis had quite the day on defense. All-around, it was a really great performance and I think we made some gains from our last game which was the other piece of it. So we’re really happy with the result and happy with our growth.” – Head coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton).

Johns Hopkins 14, Drexel 10

The Dragons ran out of gas in its season opener on at Johns Hopkins, falling after hanging with the Blue Jays throughout the rainy afternoon at Homewood Field. Drexel got solid contributions from a young team with five players making their first collegiate starts, but the Blue Jays put together a 9-2 run in the second half that proved decisive.

Lucy Schneidereith and Courtney Dietzel (Central Bucks South) each posted hat tricks in the loss, the first of their careers. For Schneidereith, the goals were her first after a scoreless rookie season in 2017. Karson Harris, seeing her first collegiate action, scored two early goals and added an assist along with two caused turnovers and three ground balls in an impressive debut. Colleen Grady had a goal, an assist and a caused turnover in her Drexel debut. Maggie Stetson scored once to go along with four draw controls, tops on the team and one better than Dietzel and Rachel Warden (Garnet Valley). Warden had four ground balls and a caused turnover as well. Caroline Cummings chipped in an assist, the first of her Dragons career.

Also making her Drexel debut was Zoe Bennett, who posted nine saves while facing 23 shots in her first action as a collegian. She played the full 60 minutes for Drexel, which only rotated 13 players into the game with Grace Osterdale serving as the lone reserve to see time on Wednesday.

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