Lady Owls have an explosive second half to increase their win streak to 7 with a 13-12 victory. The Temple Lady Owls (11-3, 7-2 AAC) went on the road for a weekend set that will close the season against the Vanderbilt Commodores (11-5, 6-3 AAC) with playoff implications at stake.
In Game Action
Vanderbilt jumped out with three scores in the first six and a half minutes furnished by. Bri Gross (3g,1a), Elizabeth Scarrone (2g,1a) followed by Griffin Gearhardt (3g,2A). Bridget Whitaker (3g,1a) stopped the onslaught. The Commodores went right back it with tallies from an advantage score from Callie Sundin (4g), Gross hitting for 20th, and Gearhardt playing helper for the second from Sundin to make it a 6-1 Vandy lead with 13:21 to play.
Julie Schlickling (3g) followed by Whitaker netting her 36th cut the deficit to 6-3. Four minutes later, Gearhardt hit on the advantage to get it to 7-3. Elizabeth Scarrone (3g) added to the advantage making it 8-3. MacKenzie Roth (1g) followed just :41 later by Belle Mastropietro (3g,2a) cut it to 8-5 before Gearhardt and Schlickling traded goals to end the half with Vanderbilt in charge, 9-6.
Whitaker with her 37th, The 27th from Mastropietro followed by Jen Rodzewich putting home the 37th assist from Meghan Hoffman that tied the school record, made it a 9-9 affair with plenty of time left at 20:07. Gabrielle Kirsch (1g) kept the Owls run alive. Gross (26) and Sundin (25) with help from Gross gave Vandy the lead back, 11-10.
The Owls then starting hooting with markers from Mastropietro, Rodzewich topped off with a Schlickling marker with just 1:10 to play making it 13-11. Vanderbilt was not quite finished until Gabby Fornia (4a) helped on the 26th of the season for Sundin with just :05 to play and the Temple comeback was complete, 13-12. These same two teams go at it again on Sunday which will close the curtain on the Owls regular season. Lady Owls have an explosive second half to increase their win streak.
It was just such a good showing from us. I am really excited about our ability to play the game that’s on the field and adjust and adapt and that was been a key all year. We can handle going down goals, or the ball not going in, or going in against us, and still stay calm and find a way. Our ability to play the game on the field is really outstanding.” –Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen
I Almost Forgot
Temple had the advantage in shots at 33-27 and shots on goal with a 24-17 margin. Vanderbilt had 20 turnovers compared to 15 for the visitors. Ground balls were nearly even with Temple scooping 25 to Vandy’s 24. Both teams used two goaltenders with Paige Gunning logging 52:24 stopping 10 Commodore shots. Shana Hecht playing 7::36 allowing 5 goals for the Owls. Olivia Martin checked in at 45:50 with 5 stops and 7 goals. Lexie de Roziere picked up the remaining 7:12 with a save and allowing a goal.