April 14, 2013

La Salle Scores Nine Straight to Tame Temple

from press release

PHILADELPHIA - Lauren Ignacio converted a free position goal with 12 seconds remaining to cap off a nine-goal rally and send the La Salle lacrosse team to a hard-fought 14-13 come-from-behind victory over Temple at McCarthy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The picture-perfect ending gave the Explorers their first conference win of the season and, even better, sent the 2013 senior class out in style in the home finale. The program's six senior players and two managers were honored in a pre-game ceremony.

Melanie Sarcinello led the Explorers (8-5, 1-4 Atlantic 10) with four goals and one assist, while adding four draw controls, four caused turnovers and two ground balls. She went 2-for-2 in free position attempts. Ignacio added three goals off the bench and Caitlyn Brostrand added three as well. Kelly Furman recorded a four-point day on two goals and two assists. Katelyn Fay and Tori Mitros added one goal apiece.

"Senior day is always a highly emotional day and today was no exception," Head Coach Candace Taglianetti Bossell said. "We are truly proud of all that this class has accomplished and to earn the win on their special day is really great. Seniors Melanie Sarcinello and Maura Malone stepped up their play in the second half, each making some key plays when we needed them to."

Temple (8-5, 3-2 Atlantic 10) seemed nearly unstoppable in the first half, as the Owls raced out to a 10-3 halftime lead behind four first-half goals from Charlotte Swavola. Swavola lit up the box score for the visitors, accounting for four goals, one assist, six draw controls, three ground balls and three caused turnovers.

Sarcinello netted the first goal of the second half to draw within 10-4 but the Owls responded with two goals to take their largest lead of the game at 12-4 at 26:28. Mitros scored just under five minutes later on an assist from Furman but the Owls' Avery Longstaff gave the visitors an eight-goal cushion on a Swavola assist at 18:54.

That goal proved to be the final goal of the game for the Owls as the Explorer defense clamped down and the offense lit up.

Fay ignited the rally with a score at 18:03. Ignacio scored two and a half minutes later at 15:42 and Brostrand continued the rally with goal just 25 seconds later. Sarcinello drained the fourth straight goal at 12:54 to draw within 13-9.

The Owl defense held the Explorers for nearly 10 minutes until Sarcinello found Furman for a goal with 3:11 remaining.

Sarcinello then drained two more goals, both on free position shots, within 49 seconds of each other to get within 13-12 with 2:11 on the clock.

Brostrand drew a foul in the arc and converted a free position shot and the game-tying goal with 1:05 left.

Temple's Rachel Schwaab controlled the ensuing draw and got the Owls down the field into Explorer territory. Megan Tiernan drew a foul in the arc, but Maura Malone made a terrific save on the free position shot with 35 seconds. Jaymie Tabor picked up the rebound off the save, but turned the ball over thanks to a Sarcinello caused turnover to set up Ignacio's late-game heroics.

Ignacio got the ball and drew the foul to set up a free position attempt, which she converted with 12 seconds on the clock.

Temple won the next draw but time ran out on the Owls, as the Explorers rushed out in celebration of the hard-fought Senior Day victory.

"It was really special to see Lauren McDermott cheering on her biggest fan, teammate Lauren "iggs" Ignacio who was filling Derm's shoes today and scoring three big goals including the game winner!" Taglianetti Bossell added. McDermott started the game, but suffered an ankle injury early on.

"We think the team showed their resilience and the pride that they have. We have had key players plagued by injuries all season and to see these other players step up and fill roles vacated by their injured teammates is amazing and we are really proud of them."

The Owls outshot the Explorers 31-22 and dominated draw controls, 21-8. The Owls also edged the Explorers, 13-12, in ground balls.

The difference was in the saves category, as Malone dominated with 14 stopped shots. She spent the majority of the game in goal, with Savanna Smith playing part of the first half. Meghan Clothier stopped four shots in 46:29, and Jaqi Kakalecik stopped one shot in 13:31.

The Explorers head back out on the road for the final two regular season games, playing at Duquesne on Friday (4/19) at 4 p.m. and at St. Bonaventure on Sunday (4/21) at 1 p.m.

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