University of Denver senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) led the Pioneers with four goals and an assist in DU’s 12-9 victory over Temple Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Pioneers improved to 4-1 overall on the season, while Temple drops to 2-4 overall.
“I feel like we played well in early on, but we still have things we need to work on,” said head coach Liza Kelly said. “We have a week off since the girls have exams, which will give us some time to work on things.”
Denver would not let up the lead after scoring four goals in the first five minutes of play. Harris opened DU scoring with a goal just 1:15 into the game.
Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) recorded two goals, three assists and five groundballs, while sophomore Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) scored twice.
The Pioneers led 9-4 at the half and outshot the Owls 18-9 in the first 30 minutes. Redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 14 saves, while the Pioneers converted 13-of-14 clear attempts.
Temple’s Nicole Tiernan led the Owls with three goals and an assist in the game.
The Pioneers begin a two game road trip when they will travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to take on Winthrop on Monday, March 17 at 2 p.m., MT. They will wrap up the trip Thursday, March 20 in High Point, N.C., for a 4 p.m., MT start.
The season of firsts continues for the University of Colorado lacrosse team, with the Buffaloes defeating the Temple Owls 15-6 to grab their first ever win at Kittredge Field.
The Buffs were ready for action following a bye week, picking up back-to-back wins for the first time in program history and extending their home record to a perfect 2-0. With the win, CU improves to 3-2 overall, 0-1 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation.
Temple grabbed a win over MPSF opponent Oregon on Saturday, but was overpowered by the Buffs on Tuesday. The Owls slip to 2-3 on the season.
“I think obviously Temple is a great opponent,” CU head coach Ann Elliott said. “We’ve been working on preparing for them for 10 days, really focusing in on the basics and playing together, and I thought our kids came out from that first draw with a lot of energy and played hard.”
For the fourth time this season, at least two Buffs scored three or more goals. Cali Castagnola led the group career-high six points. Her five goals top her previous best of four in her Colorado debut against Stetson. Co-captain Marie Moore also impressed, scoring three goals (two off of free position shots) and contributing two assists.
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.
The USC women’s lacrosse team (4-4, 2-1 MPSF) returns from four straight road games to host a pair of non-conference matchups, this week, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy welcome Temple (4-1) for a Wednesday afternoon bout and will take on fellow first-year program Marquette (2-3) on Saturday.
After opening the year with four games at home, the Trojans went on the road for the next four and came back from two different road trips with split decisions. Most recently, USC went to Northern California and claimed a 12-7 win over UC Davis before dropping a tough 17-12 game at 18th-ranked Stanford.
USC is 2-2 in home games but is 2-1 at McAlister Field and has won its last two in a row with home-field advantage. The Trojans outscored Presbyterian, 24-4, and claimed a big 17-8 win over Saint Mary’s College in their home league opener.
Freshman attack/midfield Caroline de Lyra has been on a tear of late and leads the Trojans with 28 goals, this season. She has also dished out 21 assists and tops the team ranks with 49 points. Freshman midfield Amanda Johansen led USC with five goals against the Aggies, last weekend, and imposes her will in the center circle to the tune of 51 draw controls, this year.
The Trojans rely on a balanced scoring attack as freshman Caroline Cordrey has posted 19 goals, this season, with six assists and freshman midfield Paige Bonomi has racked up 18 goals and three assists.
In the cage, freshman Liz Shaeffer has come up with 72 saves in her eight games while USC’s defensive unit is guided by Courtney Tarleton who leads the way with 24 ground balls and 14 draw controls. Fellow freshman defense Kelsey Dreyer has 16 ground-ball pick-ups.
The 18th-ranked Stanford lacrosse team pulled out a gutsy 14-10 victory over Temple, Sunday afternoon at Laird Q. Cagan Stadium.
After leading the entire first half, Stanford (4-2) endured a 4-2 scoring run by Temple (4-1) to start the second that knotted the game at 8-8 with 22:39 to play.
The tie wouldn’t last long, however, as Stanford junior Rachel Ozer scored her first goal on the day to spark a 4-0 run for the Cardinal. Sophomore Rachel Hinds added two unassisted goals just 27 seconds apart, while freshman Meg Lentz capped the rally with her sixth goal on the year.
Ozer has been on a scoring tear to start the season and tallied two goals and an assist against Temple. She leads Stanford with 24 points on 16 goals and eight assists on the season.
Hinds doubled her season total in goals with her two scores and also picked up her first assist of the year. Head coach Amy Bokker was impressed with Hinds’ performance in such a crucial moment of the game.
“She always brings a good element of speed to the midfield and she had a nose for the net today,” Bokker said. “Her goals came at really key moments that gave our team a lot of momentum.”
Temple’s Jaymie Tabor followed Lentz’s goals with two of her own to cut Stanford’s lead to 12-10. Tabor led the Owls with three goals on the day.
Stanford juniors Anna Kim and Ozer added a goal each with under six minutes to play to stretch the Cardinal’s lead to 14-10 and secure the victory.
The 18th-ranked Stanford women’s lacrosse team plays host to the University of Southern California and Temple this weekend, as it looks to rebound from a 15-8 mid-week loss to No. 11 Georgetown.
Reining Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Offensive Player of the Week, Rachel Ozer, leads a talented Stanford (2-2) offensive attack that has compiled 48 goals in four games. Ozer holds a team-high 18 points on 12 goals and six assists.
Junior Anna Kim (5-3) and sophomore Kyle Fraser (7-1) are tied for the second-most points with eight.
Stanford has been strong defensively, utilizing a swarming defensive effort that pressures teams through the midfield and in the Cardinal’s defensive zone. Stanford holds advantages over opponents in ground balls (69-58), draw controls (59-46) and caused turnovers (45-33).
Junior Megan Lerner has been a major factor in the defensive effort, leading Stanford with 14 draw controls and picking up the second-most ground balls with 11. Junior goalkeeper Lyndsey Munoz has also been key to Stanford’s shutdown play, averaging six saves per game and picking up a team-high 12 ground balls.
The Cardinal will open its weekend schedule against MPSF newcomer USC (4-3) on Friday, March 8, at 3 p.m. The Trojans are coming off a 12-7 victory at UC Davis. Freshman midfielder Amanda Johansen picked up six draw controls and had a game-high five goals for USC.
Stanford wraps up its weekend against Temple (4-0) on Sunday, March 10, at 1 p.m. The Owls defeated Lafayette, 15-12, in its most recent match. Senior Kellee Pace led Temple with four goals, followed by junior Jaymie Tabor with three, and senior Stephany Parcell and freshman Rachel Schwaab with two apiece.
Junior midfielder Alex Tickner scored three goals to lead California to an 8-6 victory over Temple on Sunday in the cold at Geasey Field. The Golden Bears evened their record at 3-3. The host Owls dropped to 0-2.
Cal Men’s Lacrosse (#22) beat Sonoma State (#16) for the first time in 9 years. The final was 13 – 12 with Luke Langon scoring the winning goal with 3 seconds left in the fourth quarter. Cal scored 3 goals in 1:29 seconds to erase a 12 – 10 Sonoma lead with 1:32 remaining.
Cal senior goalkeeper Morgan Dyson made seven saves in a complete-game effort, while counterpart Jessica Colucci made 13 saves in 60 minutes for the Owls.
“The game was a battle,” Cal head coach Theresa Sherry said. “Our games with Temple usually are going to be a fight. Being on the road, we’re happy to get the win and that we’re going back to California on a positive note. The Temple goalie played real well. We were struggling to find a rhythm. I’m proud of DennaFaye Herald, Alex Tickner and Morgan Dyson for finding a way to get it done. It was not the prettiest win, but I’m happy to come away with the win on the road.
“It snowed last night about 10 inches, and they plowed the field this morning. It was pretty clear throughout the game but bearable. I’m happy with the girls winning on a chilly day.”
Chelsea Rosiek put Temple on the scoreboard first with a goal at 2:29. After a foul by the Owls’ Tracy Zimmer, Tickner converted an eight-meter shot at 4:30 to tie the game at 1-1. Rosiek then fouled Tickner, who tallied another eight-meter goal at 5:16 to give Cal a 2-1 lead.
Cal returns to Berkeley for a three-game home stand starting next Saturday, March 8, when the Bears host fellow Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team UC Davis at 1 p.m. at Memorial Field. The Bears then host a pair of non conference games when they play William and Mary at 3 p.m. on March 11 and Vermont at noon on March 14.