Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 2/8/19
From Press Release
The Philly women’s lacrosse season season opener will be held today at 3 p.m. when Temple hosts Delaware at the Temple Sports Complex’s Howarth Field. Temple will play 10 non-conference games before beginning its American Athletic Conference slate in the first-ever year of AAC women’s lacrosse.
The first 100 fans can stop by the marketing table for a free cup of hot chocolate!
The first 500 fans will receive a free Temple Lacrosse schedule poster!
Four team captains have been chosen to lead the Owls in 2019: seniors Kelsea Hershey, Amber Lambeth (Souderton) and Olivia Thompson along with junior Kara Nakrasius (Garnet Valley).
Last year’s Owls went 9-8 overall, achieving their fourth straight winning season.
Lambeth, Nakrasius and junior Maddie Gebert (Owen J. Roberts) were all named to the Preseason All-American Athletic Conference Team in a vote by the league’s eight head coaches.
After five years as an associate member of the Big East Conference, Temple begins its first season in the American Athletic Conference which is sponsoring women’s lacrosse for the first time ever. The Owls will play their first AAC game at home against preseason #6 Florida on March 30 after playing 10 non-conference contests.
Temple’s leading scorer last year, Gebert, returns for her junior year after earning BIG EAST Second Team honors in 2018 and scoring 33 goals while totaling 40 total points.
With 64 draw controls, Nakrasius finished the 2018 season tied for third all-time at Temple in a single season.
Goalkeeper Maryn Lowell, returning for her junior year, was named the IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Week on March 21 of last season after the Owls’ upset of #22 Denver in which she made 12 saves, including one with 20 seconds left to prevent overtime.
Lowell was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks last season, on both March 13 and March 20.
Head coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton), now in her 13th season, earned her 100th win at Temple when the Owls beat Lafayette, 18-15 on Feb. 25, 2018.
Temple ranked second last season in the BIG EAST in both saves per game (10.29) and save percentage (.470).
For the seventh year in a row, Temple has at least one pair of sisters on the team with freshman Abaigeal Ryan joining junior Julia Ryan.
The Blue Hens went 8-10 last season and were ousted in the CAA semifinals by eventual national champion James Madison.
Senior Chantae Simms and junior Mia DeRuggiero were both named to the All-CAA Preseason Team.
Simms was an IWLCA All-Region Second Team and All-CAA Second Team honoree a year ago who led Delaware with 50 ground balls and was second in the CAA and 37th nationally with 2.78 ground balls per game.
DeRuggiero was also an All-CAA Second Team pick in 2018 and finished the year ranked second in the Delaware record books with 36 assists while ranking second in the CAA and 27th nationally with 2.00 assists per game.
Kateri Linville is in her ninth season as the head coach at Delaware and had led the Blue Hens to five straight winning seasons prior to 2018.
Series History vs. Delaware
Temple leads Delaware by a narrow margin of 18-16 in the all-time series. The teams last faced each other in Philadelphia in 2016 with the Blue Hens winning 10-4. The year prior, Temple upset #19 Delaware 11-6 in Newark.