Phillylacrosse.com, Posted 5/8/21
From Press Release
The Temple lacrosse team (12-5, 7-3 AAC) fell 19-4 to No. 7/8 Florida (16-2, 10-0 AAC), 19-4, in the American Athletic Conference championship Saturday afternoon.
Despite the loss, this marks the highest finish Temple has had in postseason play since the 2016 season.
Recapping the Game
Goalkeeper Shana Hecht saved four of the first five shots, but Florida scored five goals unanswered
Midfielders Bridget Whitaker (Springfield-Delco) and Belle Mastropietro (Springfield-Delco) scored a pair of goals to trim the lead down to three.
The Gators scored the next six to take an 11-2 lead into the half.
Senior Goalkeeper Olivia Martin saved the first three shots of the second half.
Sophomore Mackenize Roth buried a goal in the back of the net to cut into the Florida lead.
Florida scored the next four goals to extend the lead to double digits (13-3).
Mastropietro scored her second of the match on a free position opportunity with 18:25 remaining.
Florida found the back of the net for the final five goals to set the final score at 19-4.
Mastropietro led Temple with two goals, while Whitaker and Roth scored one each.
Temple won the draw control battle 14-11.
Whitaker and Shallow led Temple in ground balls with two apiece.
For Florida, Becky Browndorf (Upper Dublin) had a caused turmover and a groundball as a starter on defense.
Florida’s head coach is Amanda Moore, a former Temple great from the Owls’ glory years of the 1980s and a Spring-Ford alum.
Florida secured its seventh-consecutive tournament championship and eighth overall. The Gators were able to hoist both the regular season championship trophy and tournament championship trophy for the eighth time in program history.
” First, while this was not the result we wanted today I am so proud of this team. I have to congratulate Florida on an outstanding performance. We knew this was going to be a tough match up and a tough game. It was not our best performance for sure, but Florida has a way of doing that to teams. Our fans were great today and the alumnae support behind us is truly special. We are hoping to get selected to the NCAA tournament tomorrow night and get a chance to represent Temple and make a run in the tournament. “– Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen (Harriton)
The Owls postseason fate will be announced at 9 p.m. on Sunday when the NCAA reveals the tournament field. The selection show will be broadcast on ESPNU.
Kaitlyn Dabkowski, D, Florida
Brianna Harris, A, Florida
Grace Haus, A, Florida
Shannon Kavanagh, M, Florida
Sarah Reznick, G, Florida
Cara Trombetta, D, Florida
Emma Wightman, D, Florida
Charessa Crosse, M, Temple
Belle Mastropietro (Springfield-Delco), M, Temple
Katie Shallow (Cardinal O’Hara), D, Temple
Bridget Whitaker (Springfield-Delco), M, Temple
Cassidy Orban, M, Vanderbilt