February 25, 2012

Temple Off to Best Start Since 1998

from press release

PHILADELPHIA – It was a clinic from start to finish as Temple lacrosse rolled to its third win in as many games, defeating visiting Mount St. Mary's (0-2) by a score of 12-3 at Geasey Field on Saturday afternoon. It was the largest margin of victory for the Owls (3-0) since 2009, and Temple has now gotten its first 3-0 start to the season since 1998.

Stephany Parcell led Temple with four goals for a second game in a row, while Charlotte Swavola notched her first hat trick of the season with three goals.

The Owls scored three goals in the first three minutes of the contest, the second and third of which were scored by Swavola. Freshman Macie Hauck added a fourth goal to the run before the Mountaineers were able to get on the board, but it would be their only tally of the half.

The offense slowed a bit over the middle of the half with just one goal from Temple's Kellee Pace, but got going again in the final minutes. Parcell scored her second goal of the game near the five-minute mark for a 6-1 lead, and Karly Cohen added a seventh score at 3:26 on an assist from Swavola.

Parcell notched the hat trick in the final two minutes after picking up a ground ball on a turnover by Mount St. Mary's, giving Temple an 8-1 lead at the half.

Parcell corralled another ground ball less than three minutes into the second half and immediately scored her fourth goal of the contest to put Temple ahead 9-1. The Mountaineers traded goals with the Owls over the next 15 minutes of play, which included a second goal from Pace, but Temple's opponent only came to within 10-3.

Swavola had a shot saved by Mount St. Mary's Brigid McTavish with 12 minutes left, but subsequently picked up the ground ball and found the back of the net for her third goal of the game. Cohen quickly followed with her second goal, giving Temple a 12-3 lead with 11 minutes left.

McTavish and Temple's Tess Bishop each made one save the rest of the way, and no more goals were scored on the afternoon. Bishop finished with four saves in the win.

The Owls will play their next five games on the road, starting with a 3:30 p.m. contest at Lehigh on Wed., Feb. 29.

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