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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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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