After a two-week hiatus, the Oregon women’s lacrosse team is finally back in action after a quick 2-0 start to open the 2014 season. The Ducks head east once more to resume play, kicking off with Temple on March 1 at 10 a.m. (PST) in Philadelphia, before traveling to Moon Township, Pa., for a battle with Robert Morris on March 3 at 9 a.m. (PST).
FACING THE OWLS
The Owls of Temple University await the Oregon Ducks for their March 1 match at Geasey Field. The two teams are currently locked in a tie at 1-1 in the series history with Temple winning the most recent battle, 14-12, in 2012.
The Owls are currently 1-2 on the season and have dropped two matches since winning their season opener against St. Joseph’s, 11-7. Temple fell to in-city rival La Salle, 7-4, before dropping its match at Cornell, 17-9.
Temple returns three players with double-digit goals last season in Jaymie Tabor (27), Rachel Schwaab (23) and Kelly Syphard (10). Tabor currently leads the team with five goals while Schwaab and Nicole Tiernan, a member of last year’s A-10 All-Rookie team, are tied at second with four goals each.
Defensively, the Owls have allowed 10.33 goals per game with opponents posting a .500 shooting percentage. Conversely, Oregon has a shooting percentage of .544 while opponents are just shooting .375 percent.
Temple was picked to finish fifth out of eight teams in the 2014 Big East Preseason Coaches’ Poll. The Owls will be playing in the Big East Conference for the first time this season, after leaving the Atlantic-10 at the end of last season.