Temple women lose the first game since early March, 10-6. The Temple Women’s Lacrosse Team (11-4, 7-3 AAC) took on the Vanderbilt Commodores (12-5, 7-3 AAC) in the back end of a weekend doubleheader in Nashville, TN.
A defensive struggle which saw Cassidy Orban (2g,1) put the Commodores to a 1-0 lead at the 24:45 mark before the Owls would counter thanks Abaigael Ryan (2g) and Julie Schlickling (2g) to leapfrog the Vandy lead. After a Vandy 16:37 scoring drought, Callie Sundin (1g,1a) hitting her 27th, player of the game, Gabby Fornia (2g,3a), Bri Gross (1g) and Orban netting her 20th closed the tight first half with Vanderbilt holding a three goal advantage at 5-2.
Fornia took all of forty seconds to increase the lead to 6-2. This time it was Temple who were in a scoring drought but Meghan Hoffman (2a) hit Ryan at 27:10 to snap their 17: 16 rut. Nicole Blaze (2g) for Vandy and Schlickling exchanged markers before the Commodores added a pair supplied by Elizabeth Scarrone (1g) and Fornia hitting Orban that would make it a 9-4 contest.
Belle Mastropietro (2g) pulled it to 9-5 but Blaze countered with 15:09 remaining. Mastropietro hit her 30th with 11:12 to play but, that ended the scoring on the day.
“We’ve won a bunch of games in a row, and that confidence is wonderful. However, with a team that wants to go far this season, hopefully getting ourselves a conference championship or be at large for an NCAA bid, we have to keep getting better and understand how to execute at a higher level. We still have things to work on, and there is a next level for this team.” — head coach Bonnie Rosen
By The Numbers
Vanderbilt took 29 shots while the Owls launched 20. Temple won the ground ball battle, 29-21 while Vandy had 11 draw controls to Temple’s 7. Turnovers showed 12 for Temple and 19 for Vanderbilt. Temple finishes the regular season as the 3 seed in the AAC playoffs and travels to Gainesville, Florida to take on the #2 seed Vanderbilt at 6 pm May 6. Temple women lose first game in a long time.