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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Kevin Neibauer
Kevin Neibauer

Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.

Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.

A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.

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