Temple Clinches A-10 Berth with Win Over Saint Joseph's

PHILADELPHIA Knowing that a win would clinch an Atlantic 10 Tournament berth, the Temple lacrosse team came out firing and led all the way through the game in an 11-6 victory over rival Saint Joseph's (2-14, 0-7). The Owls (7-7, 4-3) will be the fourth seed in next weekend's four-team tournament, and will face top-seeded Richmond in the semifinals.

Playing in the other semifinal will be Massachusetts and La Salle, both with 5-2 records. Richmond finished as the regular season champs with a record of 6-1, and narrowly defeated Temple earlier this season, 15-14. All the action will take place April 23 (semifinals) and April 25 (final) in Pittsburgh, Pa., on the campus of Duquesne University.

"This means everything," said fourth-year Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen. "This is a team that has been learning how to believe in themselves, and to get the win we needed was huge. I also think you can't underestimate the impact of "Lily's Day" on this team."

Rosen was referring to Lily Adkins, the team's soon-to-be new adopted sister through the Friends of Jaclyn organization. Lily is the team's second adopted child, as the Owls said goodbye in December of 2008 to Devon Lam who lost her brain tumor battle. Lily and her family were on hand to see the Owls' big win.

Senior Chelsea Rosiek scored twice while also tallying three assists in the victory for Temple. Freshmen Stephany Parcell and Kellee Pace were also multiple-goal scorers with two apiece.

Rosiek and Parcell scored within a minute of each other to give the Owls a 2-0 lead just over six minutes into the contest. Saint Joseph's got on the board at the midway point of the first half, but the Owls went on to lead 5-1 before the Hawks scored again.

With eight seconds left in the first half, senior defender and team co-captain Tracy Zimmer scored her first goal of the season and second of her career off an assist from Rosiek.

"It was nice to be able to get down there and help out on the attack," said Zimmer. "We have improved so much from last season and we came out with our eye on the A-10 Tournament."

Sophomore Keelin Hood scored early in the second half to give the Owls a 7-2 lead, and both teams scored four more the rest of the way. Adding to Temple's offense in the game were Kelsey Zenuk, Stephanie Markunas and Allison McWilliams who all scored, as well as Ann Stouffer with two assists and Lindsey Colferai with one.

The Owls missed out a tournament berth a year ago, but in 2008 they were the A-10 Tournament champ.

2010-04-18



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