March 2, 2013

Temple Stays Perfect, Takes Down Lafayette

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - With three unanswered goals in the final seven and a half minutes, Temple lacrosse broke a tie game open and defeated Lafayette 15-12 on Saturday afternoon. The three-goal differential at the end was the largest lead for either team in the second half, and the game was back-and-forth all day. Senior Kellee Pace led the Owls (4-0) with four goals, including two in the final 10 minutes.

Jaymie Tabor also notched a hat trick with three goals for Temple, while Stephany Parcell and Rachel Schwaab added two goals apiece.

It was the first loss of the season for Lafayette (4-1). The Leopards got a strong performance from Addie Godfrey with six goals and an assist.

"We knew Lafayette was going to be tough and play tough, and that's exactly what they did," said Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen. "They put a lot of pressure on us ball handling, and we had a little trouble early on. I think the difference in the game for us was we were able to tough it out and stay strong, and we had a few players ready to keep pushing and keep the goals coming."

The Leopards started strong as the Owls struggled with turnovers early in the game. After 10 minutes of action, Lafayette had a 3-0 lead, but at the midway point of the half, Tabor got Temple on the board. Her goal started a 3-0 run with Pace and Kelly Syphard also scoring to tie the game for the first time at 3-3.

The game saw two more ties before Charlotte Swavola scored on a free-position shot with 7:44 left in the first half for Temple's first lead at 6-5. Her goal would prove to be the second in a 5-0 run over less than four minutes that put the Owls ahead 9-5 with less than five minutes remaining in the half. Parcell scored twice in the run and also assisted on a goal by Tabor.

Unfortunately for the Owls, the four-goal lead was nearly wiped out by halftime. Lafayette scored three times in the final three minutes and 16 seconds, giving Temple just a 9-8 lead at the break.

The Leopards' Ana White, who scored three goals in the game, got her third in the first minute of the second half to tie the game at 9-9. Three more ties followed, but the scoring slowed in the second half as compared to the first. The Owls were down 11-10 with 25 minutes left, and neither team scored again for nearly 15 minutes.

Nicole Tiernan took a pass from Swavola and tied the game at 11-11, and a minute later the Owls scored on a terrific fast break when Lea Britton made a perfect pass to Pace in front of the net.

Lafayette got just one goal in the final 10 minutes to tie the score at 12-12, but it was all Temple the rest of the way. Freshman Kirstie Connor scored the first goal of her career with the Owls a man down, starting a 3-0 run to end the game. Schwaab gave Temple a two-goal cushion with 6:10 left, and Pace put the Leopards out of reach thanks to an assist from Parcell with less than two minutes remaining.

The Owls got three saves apiece from goalkeepers Meghan Clothier and Jaqi Kakalecik, with Kakalecik earning the win. She allowed just two goals in 27 minutes of action.

Temple will have a week off before traveling to California for three games over Spring Break. First up is a game at Stanford on Sunday, March 10 at 4:00 p.m. (EST).

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