Temple Finishes Weekend Sweep

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).

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“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.

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.