Temple Takes Series with Thrilling Victory

Temple takes series with a thrilling, 9-8, victory. The Temple Women’s Lacrosse team (6-3) enjoyed their visit to Norfolk, VA, and swept the two-game series against the Old Dominion Monarchs (3-8) Kara Nakrasius scored with :24 on the clock to seal the deal.

The Monarchs dominated a low-scoring first half and Haley O’Connor (2g) kicked off the scoring with just :49 played. Bridget Whitaker (1g,1a) deposited a Meghan Hoffman feed to get it even at 1-1. Lily Siskind (1g) and MacKenzie Roth (1g,1a) continued the goal exchange. Ali Mills (2g) and Corinne Stratton (1g,1a) ended the tight first half with ODU holding a lead at 4-2.

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Jackie Cerchio (1g) at the 28:29 mark followed exactly a minute later from Meghan Hoffman (2g,2a). The Owls even at 4-4.
O’Connor nailed her 12th to put ODU back in front, 5-4. Kara Nakrasius (3g) came to the forefront and hit rope twice :57 to give Temple yet another lead.

It took all of 1:01 for Hoffman to bury an Abaigael Ryan feed on the disadvantage to push it to 7-5. Claire Porter (2g) notched a pair and Ali Mills getting her 4th flipped the lead to 8-7 in favor of ODU. Belle Mastropietro (1g,1a) kept her streak of scoring in every game this season. Things were once again, knotted up, 8-8 with 4:12 to play. Hoffman hit a breaking Nakrasius who deposited a shot behind netminder, Sabrina Leatherwood to cement the 9-8 victory.

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Both teams were very accurate. Temple firing 29 shots with 26 going on goal and ODU had every shot on net with 19. ODU had more turnovers, 22-19 but Temple had the edge on ground balls, 23-18. Temple takes series with a thrilling, 9-8, victory.

“Kara’s goal was exactly what we needed to win the game, and then Bridget’s draw control at the end was huge to secure the win. The game is made up of a lot of little plays. Nothing makes that more clear than what you see at the end when one shot and one draw control wins the game.” — head coach Bonnie Rosen 

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