March 29, 2013

Temple Nips St. Joe's to End Losing Skid

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - In a game in which neither team ever led by more than two goals, Temple lacrosse held strong in the end for a 7-6 win at Saint Joseph's (6-4, 0-1) in the Atlantic 10 opener on Friday afternoon. The Owls (6-4, 1-0) got two goals from Charlotte Swavola, including the game-winner with less than five minutes remaining.

Summer Jaros also put in two goals for Temple, scoring them back-to-back during a key stretch that broke open a 4-4 tie in the second half. Stephany Parcell and Molly Seefried each scored a goal and recorded an assist for the Owls, while Meghan Clothier made four saves to record the win.

"We had to earn this win, and we've been waiting to feel like this for awhile," said head coach Bonnie Rosen. "I'm really proud of the effort we gave today, and it was another example of the kind of talent we have on the team. At any given point, someone is ready to come off the bench and be the difference-maker. I thought Summer Jaros' goals were really critical, and that's what the deal has been, every game we've had someone new be ready to step up. Saint Joe's is a very good team, and this was a well-earned win."

The first goal of the game was scored by Temple's Molly Seefried on a free-position shot less than one minute into the game. Parcell put the Owls up 2-0 eight minutes later in a man-up situation after a solid defensive stretch by Temple.

The first half was a low-scoring affair, and Saint Joseph's did not get on the board until just 11:25 remained, scoring on a free-position shot. The Hawks picked up the next draw and made it count, tying the game just 36 seconds later.

With 2:29 remaining in the first half, Swavola scored her first goal and the 3-2 lead would stand through halftime.

After a turnover by the Owls a little over six minutes into the second half, SJU took advantage and tied the game at 3-3. Less than two minutes later, the Hawks made the most of a man-up opportunity and scored on a free position to take their first lead of the game, 4-3.

Just about 10 minutes into the second half, Kellee Pace took a pass from the left side by Seefried and tied the game for the last time at 4-4. Over about a three-minute stretch from 18:20 to 15:57, Jaros first scored in a man-up situation and then found the back of the net yet again on a pass from Parcell to give the Owls a 6-4 lead.

After a goal by the Hawks at 14:55 narrowed the gap to one, neither team scored again for more than 10 minutes as both defenses held strong. Clothier made a big save for Temple with 6:30 remaining, and on the Owls' resulting offensive possession, Swavola scored the game-winner unassisted with 4:25 to go.

The Hawks called timeout and were able to score with 1:17 remaining, but Seefried controlled the draw and Temple maintained possession until the final horn.

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