Owls Make It a Sweep

Owls make it a sweep, 10-8. The Temple Lady Owls (8-3, 4-2 AAC) made it a sweep of the Cincinnati Lady Bearcats (4-8, 0-6 AAC).
The dynamic duo of Meghan Hoffman and Bridget Whitaker had a hand in every one of the 10 Temple goals and were the driving force in The Owls Fourth Consecutive victory.


Whitaker (3g,2a) kicked things off with a Free Position tally at the 25:28 mark. Just under ten minutes later, Jackie Cerchio (1g) slam-dunked a pretty feed from Meghan Hoffman to stretch it to a two-goal edge. After a 19 minute drought, Cincinnati got on the board when Monica Borzillo (4g,2a) hit rope for her 22nd of the season.

The Owls were hooting with a frenzy from Hoffman (2g,3a), Whitaker setting up Kara Nakrasius (1g), Whitaker scoring and Hoffman feeding Abaigael Roth (1g,1a) and the half came to a close with Temple seemingly in charge, 6-1. The Bearcats had plenty of fight left and Gianna Napoletano (1g) followed quickly by Sam Mlkvy (3g) took a chunk out of the Temple lead, 6-3.

Whitaker was it again with a pretty feed that Lauren Zinkl (1g) buried that shut down the uprising. Borzillo had an answer before It was Hoffman’s turn to be playmaker setting up MacKenzie Roth (1g,1a) for her 12th. Whitaker made it 9-4 before Borzillo picked up a pair, making it 9-6 with 17:03 to play. Hoffman bagged her 18th and Cincy got a pair from Mlkvy to complete her hat trick.

Oh By the Way

Whitaker now has four hat tricks in her last five games. To compliment her scoring prowess, she caused 4 turnovers and gathered 3 ground balls. She had 8 goals in 5 helpers in the mini-series. Bridget Hoffman contributed 5 goals with 7 assists. Shots on goal showed a 19-14 edge for the Owls with turnovers having the same numbers but in reverse with Cincy having 19 to the Owls 14.
Temple had the ground ball advantage, 25-20. Owls make it a sweep.

“I think this was just a huge weekend. We knew the importance of these two games, we knew that Cincinnati was going to be a tough team to do battle with, and we are continuing to find different ways to play. I think everyone is really excited we came away with two wins this weekend.”– head coach Bonnie Rosen

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.