Temple Women End Losing Skid, 11-6

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network

The Temple Women’s Lacrosse Team had reason to be happy going into their game against UC Davis.

Receiving votes for a Top Twenty Ranking and Belle Mastropietro being added to the Tewaaraton Watch list gave an upbeat feel to the team.

I know you are asking….who are UC Davis?

Before we get to the game…valid question.

Who is UC Davis?

UC Davis is one of the oldest women’s lacrosse programs on the West Coast. Only Stanford and Cal are older.

UC Davis is 3-4 this season. Last season, the Aggies had their best season since 2000, going 12-4 and winning the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation (MPSF).

Suzanne Isidor is in her fifth season leading UC Davis (35-24). Isidor has extensive head coaching experience. She is in her 19th season as a women’s lacrosse head coach, including a ten-year stretch as the bench boss of Penn State.

Isidor has not had a losing season since her first as coach of the Aggies.

UC Davis has a unique situation as a West Coast lacrosse program. The Aggies are members of the MPSF, a “conference” with members that are different in every sport to give schools whose primary conference does not sponsor a given sport a place to play.

UC Davis is one of only three women’s lacrosse members, with the other two being San Diego State and Fresno State.

Being on the west coast also presents some unique scheduling situations. Despite playing in a different conference, the Aggies face off against San Diego State, Cal, Denver, Colorado, Oregon, Stanford, and USC every season.

That answers that

To the Action.

Suzanne Isidor and Bonnie Rosen are two of the best coaches in the game. So, prime lacrosse figured to be on display

A tight defensive gem of a game unfolded at Temple University.

The Stags (3-4) would account for the only goal in the opening quarter.

Alex Agnew picked up her first of four assists by setting up a breaking Kendall Seifert (2g) with 8:18 on the clock.

Quarter Two..

Temple (6-3) took control with a five goal rebellion.

Quinn Nicolai (1g) started it off at 9:17 with Riley McGowan (5g) stealing the spotlight with a natural hat trick.

The McGowan goals came just 4:01 apart to pushed it to a 4-1 Owls lead.

McGowan took a break while MacKenzie Roth (1g,2a) made it 5-1 with thirty seconds remaining.

Third Quarter.

Ella Breslin (1g) stopped the run and the Stags scoring drought of over 23 minutes at 14:01.

McGowan hit her fourth followed by Roth hitting Maeve Tobin (1g) on the edge of the crease to give Temple a 7-2 advantage.

UC Davis seem to find their legs with Regan Arkless (2g) beating Temple netminder, Annie Carroll at 3:13 and again with :13 remaining

Mia Lawrence (1g) cashed in on an Agnew set-up with just :08 remaining

End of Third, 7-5 Temple..

The lady of the hour, Belle Mastropietro (2g) on a sweet slide goal at the 14:00 mark seemed to deflate the Stags.

Thirty seven seconds later, McGowan cashed in number five and Temple went into a kill the clock mode.

UC Davis had no quit with Agnew hitting Seifert.

Temple closed it out on markers from Julie Schlickling (1g) and Mastropietro capping her day.

“I thought this was a really great game for us today. It’s been a good week of practice and I think coming off last week’s losses this was a big test on how we could perform and handle playing a game confidence wise. UC Davis has been playing really good lacrosse, so we knew this would be a challenge for us. I’m really proud of us staying in the game after a slow start and finding a way for us to build a lead.”– Head Coach Bonnie Rosen

Inside the Numbers..

• Shots were 35-24 for Temple.

• Saves heavily favored the Owls, 15-4.

• Turnovers had UC Davis with 18 and Temple 14.

• Ground Balls also went the Temple way, 20-13.

• Draw Controls: 14+5 for the home team.

• For the Stags, Ashley Laing allowed 11 goals with 4 stop.

• Annie Carroll turned aside 15 tries by UC Davis

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.