Temple falls short in loss, 15-9. The (4-2, 0-1 AAC) Temple Lady Owls invited the Florida Lady Gators 4-2, (1-0 AAC) to Howarth Field to open an unusual two-game series.
Maggi Hall (1g, 2a) kicked off the festivities with a goal and the assist on an Ashley Gonzalez (1g,1a) goal to stake the Gators to a 2-0 lead with 6:00 played. Florida employed a stifling double coverage defense that had the Owls frustrated most of the contest.
On a free position shot, Bridget Whitaker (5G) brought Temple within one. Grace Haus (3g) with a pair followed a shorted marker from Kassidy Brenahan (1g) and a free position tally from Danielle Pavinelli (1g) boosted the Gator lead to 6-1 with 16:58 remaining.
It was now Temple’s turn with Whitaker notching her 10th, Kara Nakrasius (1g), Whitaker which drew it to 6-4. Haus added her 12th and her hat trick to close the half with a 7-4 Florida advantage. Brianna Harris (2g) and another short-handed goal, this one from Shannon Kavanagh (5g,2a) increased the score to 9-4.
1:12 later, Whitaker stepped up before Kavanagh and Belle Mastropietro (2g) exchanged markers and with 29:08 remaining, the question was, “Can Temple find a way to beat the Florida double teaming?” Brianna Harris and a pair Kavanagh deepened the Temple hole, 13-6.
Mastropietro converted a MacKenzie Roth (1a) feed before Kavanagh had a response with her 20th. Whitaker and Jackie Cerchio (1g) closed the book on Temple. Florida had one more left and it was collected by Hannah Mardney (1g) to give the victory to the visitors from the South.
The five goals were a career-high for Whitaker as well as a career-high of five points. Shot favored Temple, 29-23 with on goal being 20-20. Florida had 14 turnovers to 16 for Temple. Ground be balls heavily favored Temple, 20-6. Free Position shots showed 9-7 the Temple way. Shana Hecht made five saves in defeat with Sarah Reznick turning aside 11 Temple tries. Temple falls short aginst the gators.