Temple wins the Mastropietro-Cerasi showdown, 14-13. The Temple Lady Owls (13-5) took on The UMass Lady Minute Women (15-3)in the First Round of the Women’s NCAA D1Championship Playoffs. Belle Mastropietro (5G,1A) and Kaitlyn Cerasi (5G,1A) for UMass took center stage in an epic battle.
MacKenzie Roth kicked off the scoring just 4:26 in when he s hit a breaking Mastropietro to put the Hawks up. 1-0. Fiona McGowan netted her first of two when she converted a Haley Connaughton feed to get it even just :17 later. Abigail Ryan (1g) followed by the 38th from Mastropietro kicked it to a 3-1 Owls advantage.
Cerasi and Jen Rodzewich (1g) with an answer and the forth and back continued. An advantage goal from Cerasi that was set up by Connaughton followed thirty seconds later by Mastropietro. Notching her first-half hat trick with help from Meghan Hoffman to make it a 5-3 Temple lead. Mastropietro marked her fourth of the half. MacKenzie Roth (2g,3a), with a pair, and Hoffman (2g,1a) followed by the 41st from Mastropietro seemingly blew it open at 9-3 Temple.
Cerasi, who else? Stopped the insurgence and closed the half with UMass looking at a 9-4 deficit. Whitaker connected on her 42nd that made it a 10-4 affair. UMass countered on a Connaughton (2g,2a) maker that cut it a five-goal differential, 10-5. Hoffman answered two and a half minutes later with McGowan answering the answer. it took Julie Schlickling (1g) all of :36 to counter that made it 12-6.
UMass found an extra gear when Cerasi hit for her 46th, Alley Murphy (1g) with her first, Julia Smith (1g,1a), Cerasi in the advantage, and Connaughton converting a Smith feed to close the gap to 12-11. With 15:19 to play, it was white knuckle time. Whitaker hit for her 43rd but :54 later, Mandy Moloney (1g,1a) would counter keeping it a one-goal game. Roth assisted on Mastropietro’s fifth of the game and the Temple defense took over and nearly completely shut down the UMass offense until Brinley Sanderson (1g) found rope to get it to the final 14-13 score,
The Story Continues
This marked the first Temple NCAA tournament win since 1998. Lauren Hiller turned aside 10 Temple chances while Shana Hecht stopped 7 shots in the Temple cage. Temple moves on to battle #4 Boston College in the next round. Temple wins the Mastropietro-Cerasi showdown.