Lady Owls Gut Out Double Overtime Victory

The Lady Owls gut out a double-overtime victory over cross-town rivals, St. Joseph’s, 11-10. In an absolute classic, the Temple Judy Owls (4-1) shot down the Lady Hawks of St. Joseph’s (2-3) on a chilly Saturday at scenic Howarth Field on the campus of Temple University.

MacKenzie Roth set up Jackie Cercio (3g,1a) to put the Owls in front with a lead. That would last about two minutes when Sam McGee (2g,1a) netted a disadvantage tally to even things. Meghan Hoffman (4a) sent a pretty pass that Cercio buried, The Lady Hawks took the hit and Sophia Kolkka (1g) got it tied again at 2-2.

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The back and forth would continue with MacKenzie Roth (1g,2a) put Temple up but, Stephanie Kelly (3g,2a) and Bridget Cerciello (1g,1a) tally boosted the Lady Hawks to a 4-3 advantage. Roth found Jen Radzewich (1 g) and the curtain came down on the 4-4 half.

Temple went on a three-goal run with tallies from, Bridget Whitaker (1g), Kara Nakrasius (2g), and Hoffman hitting Abaigael Ryan to make it 7-4 Temple. The Hawks then took their shot with goals from, Kelly and a hat trick from Lauren Figura (3g) that suddenly put the visitors in front, 8-7.

Cerchio and Belle Mastropietro (2g), :27 seconds apart put the Owls back in front, 9-8 before McGee got it back to even. Hoffman assisted on a second Mastropietro tally and with 3:29 to play, Temple simply had to hold on.

Better said than done when Kelly banged her 8th to send it to extra time. The 6th of the season from Kara Nakrasius made the difference in this heart-stopper. Shots favored Temple, 37-27 with shots on goal going the Owls way, 26-21. Temple had the edge in ground balls as well, 27-17. The Lady Owls gut out a double-overtime victory over St. Joseph’s, 11-10.

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