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 

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.