Temple women make a statement, 16-11. The Temple Lady Owls (12-4, 7-3 AAC) exacted revenge on the Vanderbilt Lady Commodores (12-6, 7-3 AAC) after Vandy snapped the Temple win streak last week.
Cassidy Orban (5G) scored 4: 56 in to give Vandy the early 1-0 edge. Bridget Whitaker (3g,1a), Chatrsse Crosse (3g) followed by Lauren Zinkl (2g) gave Temple a lead they would never surrender, 3-1. Gabby Fornia (1g,3a) cut it to 3-2 before Gabrielle Kirsch (1g,1a) and Belle Mastropietro (4g,1a) and Crosse notching her 2nd of the season to put it to a 6-2 Owls advantage.
Orban (23rd) followed an advantage goal from Elizabeth Scarrone (2g) cut it to 6-4. Temple went on a run courtesy of Meghan Hoffman (2g,2a), With Zinkl (7th) closing the half with Temple in front, 8-4. It would be more of the same in the second with Hoffman, Crosse, and a pair from Mastropietro to get it to 12-4. Orban hit an advantage tally with Bri Gross (1g) hitting rope at 19:40 that fired up the Vanderbilt bench and cut it the 12-6.
Temple took a breath and countered with goals from Mastropietro’s 34th, and Whitaker hitting her 39th and 40th to all but this one away. Kayla Riley (1g) and Orban nailed another advantage tally but was answered by Jen Rodzewich (1g,1a) with 8:34 on the clock and a 16-9 lead. Gross and Orban closed the book on the 16-11 Temple win.
“I am so proud of this team! We knew it would be a battle against an outstanding Vanderbilt team. To put together this performance tonight was special.”– head coach Bonnie Rosen
Temple moves onto to the AAC final and sled on Florida who got the best in both games of a weekend series in Philadelphia. Temple women make a statement.