Temple Falls Short

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.

Oh Yeah

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.

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.