Temple finishes weekend sweep, 11-6. Led by hat tricks from Belle Mastropietro and Bridget Whitaker, the Temple Lady Owls (10-3, 6-0) closed out their home portion and Senior day with their sixth consecutive victory, 11-6 over the ECU Pirates (3-11, 1-7).
“This was a big goal of ours to win both games this weekend. It keeps us moving forward in so many ways and it’s certainly nice to win on Senior day as well, but from a big picture standpoint it keeps us in the hunt and for potentially being considered for at large down the stretch in the NCAA tournament and that is really really important.” — Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen
Belle Mastropietro (3g) set the table for the Temple afternoon. ECU was not interested and countered with a Frances Kimel (2g) and Megan Pallozzi (3g) rally to seize a 2-1 lead. Bridget Whitaker (3g,3a), Abaigael Ryan (2g,1a) followed by Julie Schlickling (1g) made it 4-2 Temple.
Kimel added her 20th to close the tight first half at a 4-3 score. Things would open up a bit in the second half started by Whitaker hitting rope for her 33rd with Megan Trynski (1g,1a) having an answer. MacKenzie Roth (1g,3a) followed by a Meghan Hoffman tally (1g,1a) put the Owls in front, 7-4.
Pallozzi hit rope her 30th to cut it to a two-goal game but Ryan (13), Mastropietro from Whitaker, and Roth setting up Whitaker for her 34th and Mastropietro (25th) from Roth with 3:22 remaining sealed the deal. With just :01 on the clock, Pallozzi nailed her hat trick and closed the books on the Temple 11-6 victory. Temple finishes weekend sweep.
Did You Notice
Stats were very even with Temple firing a few more shots, 25-22 but shots on goal were dead even, with 14-14. ECU had 19 ground balls to Temple’s 18 while turnovers revealed 15 for Temple and only 10 for the Pirates. Temple closes the regular season with a pair against Vanderbilt next weekend.