Temple Falls in Final Home Game to No. 8 Towson

PHILADELPHIA After the Temple lacrosse team jumped out to an early 2-0 lead, the Towson Tigers showed why they're the eighth-ranked team in the nation and eventually won the game by a score of 17-9. Towson improved to 13-3 overall, while Temple stands at 7-9 with one game remaining. The Owls will conclude the 2010 season with a game at Penn State on Saturday, May 1 at 3:00 p.m.

After honoring TU's four seniors prior to the game, as well as welcoming onto the field their new adopted sister Lily Adkins, the Owls started strong. Sophomore Stephanie Markunas scored less than five minutes in, and sophomore Kelsey Zeunk then put a goal in off an assist from senior Chelsea Rosiek to give the Owls a 2-0 lead at 22:36.

By the 10-minute mark of the first half, Towson had surged back to lead 6-2, and the Tigers continued doing damage down the stretch on their way to a 12-2 lead at halftime. Towson scored its final goal with 17 minutes remaining to take a 17-2 lead.

Six players scored two or more goals for Towson, led by Kelly Custer with three. The Tigers' Nikki Marcinik scored one goal and tallied a game-high four assists.

Temple ended up out-scoring the Tigers in the second half by tallying the final seven goals of the contest. Zenuk scored twice more in the run to complete the hat trick. Freshman Emily Fine scored the first goal of her career, while Kellee Pace, Ann Stouffer, Charlotte Swavola and Shelby Christopher also tallied goals. Rosiek added a second assist for the game on the first of Zenuk's second-half goals.

Senior Jess Colucci recorded 10 saves in her final game. Towson out-shot Temple 36-23 in the contest, but both teams tallied 15 shots in the second half.

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Led by a season-high three goals from freshman midfielder Kelly Custer (Sun Valley H.S./Aston, Pa.), eighth-ranked Towson University (13-3) scored 17 unanswered goals to earn its sixth straight win, a 17-9 non-conference victory over Temple University (7-9) at the Owls' Geasey Field on Thursday afternoon.

Custer, who tallied the first "hat trick" of her college career, was one of ten different players to score a goal for the Tigers.

The Owls jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening eight minutes. After sophomore midfielder Stephanie Markunas (Ridley H.S./Ridley, Pa.) scored an unassisted goal with 25:43 remaining in the first half, sophomore midfielder Kelsey Zenuk (St. Mark's H.S./Aston, Pa.) converted a feed from senior midfielder Chelsea Rosiek (Wissahickon H.S./Blue Bell, Pa.) to extend the Owls' advantage.

But, the Tigers scored 17 straight goals to take a commanding lead with 17:12 remaining in the second half. Custer scored all three of her goals during the spurt while five other players tallied two goals.

With 14:38 remaining in the second half, the Owls ended a nearly 38-minute scoring drought when freshman midfielder Emily Fine (Pikesville H.S./Baltimore, Md.) scored the first goal of her college career off an assist from Markunas. Fine's goal ignited a game-ending seven-goal run by the Owls, who closed the margin to 17-9.

While Custer contributed a season-high three goals in the victory, senior attacker Jacie Kendall (Souderton Area H.S./Harleysville, Pa.) tallied two goals and three assists. Senior midfielder Nikki Marcinik (Southern H.S./Deale, Md.) added a goal and a career-high four assists for the Tigers, who outshot the Owls by a 36-23 margin.

Zenuk scored three goals in a losing effort for the Owls while Markunas contributed a goal with an assist. Senior goalkpeer Jessica Colucci (Roxbury H.S./Roxbury, N.J.) made ten saves for Temple, which has lost three of its last four games.

The Tigers will travel to James Madison University next Thursday evening for the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament and will face Hofstra University in the semi-finals at 7:30 p.m. Meanwhile, the Owls will end their season on Saturday afternoon against Penn State.


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