The Lady Owls of Temple (10-4, 3-0 AAC) made the trip to Johnson Stadium in Greenville, NC to face the East Carolina Lady Pirates.
Kevin M. Neibauer.
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A game of huge quarters took center stage with the Pirates (8-7, 1-2 AAC), thrilling the home crowd by jumping out to a 6-0 lead in the first twelve minutes.
It appeared Leah Bestany would set all kinds of records with her start to this contest
Bestany (5g) buried a sweet feed from Megan Tryniski at 14:21 and the Pirates were off and running.
Sophia Locicero had the helper on Bestany’s 30th just a minute thirteen later.
Erin Gulden (1g) secured an unassisted tally for her 10th with just 4:51 played.
Bestany made it a hat trick off a Frances Kimel set up with Locicero (1g,1a) putting it to 5-0 with her 14th at the 8:34 mark.
Kimel did the work for goal four from the hot handed Bestany that pushed the run to six.
The Temple pride kicked in with Quinn Nicolai (5g,1a) at 5:46 and, a second just :36 later
Riley McGowan (3g,1a) off a feed from Belle Mastropietro (2a) ended the opening stanza with a 6-3 ECU lead.
The squads each hit rope two times in the second with Temple stretching their run to four with McGowan netting her 26th with Camdyn Zavacki (1a) setting it up.
Tryniski hit for her 30th with Mackenzie Roth (2g,3a) answering.
Frances Kimel (1g,3a) would close the half with ECU holding an 8-5 lead.
Whatever Temple Coach, Bonnie Rosen, said or did, Temple completely took over with a 10-2 Half.
Nicolai posted a natural hat trick with markers at 13:49, 6:16 and 5:05.
Trynski stopped the deluge with her 31st.
With :57 on the clock, we suddenly had a tied game with Maeve Tobin (1g) taking advantage of a pretty feed from McGowan to end the quarter
End in Sight
Tobin notched her 10th at 13:57. McGowan followed by Roth made it a 12-9 Temple lead.
Bestany stopped the run with her 33rd.
Temple posted another three goal flurry (Tobin, Abaigael Ryan (1g), Julie Schlickling (1g) to put an exclamation point on the 15-10 comeback.
“Very proud of the effort today against a strong ECU team! The American is a great lacrosse conference and this was an important victory today. Our draw team came up big and that gave us some important possessions throughout the game. “– Head Coach Bonnie Rosen.
• As Coach Rosen pointed out, Draw Controls were a big factor with Temple having a 21-8 advantage.
• Temple had the advantage in statistical categories. Shots, 38-24, On Goal, 30-16.
• Turnovers went 9 for the Owls with 7 for the Pirates.
• Ground Balls were 13-13.
• Annie Carroll stopped 6 ECU shots with counterpart, Brynn Knight stopping 15.
• Temple and #10 Florida meet up with the winner a share of American Athletic Conference title.
Temple Gets Win 10
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.