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