Temple Rallies for Narrow Win over Delaware

PHILADELPHIA Breaking a streak of losses to the Blue Hens that dated back to 2003, Temple rallied for an 11-9 win over Delaware (2-7) at home on Saturday afternoon. The Owls (6-2) got hat tricks from both Charlotte Swavola and Karly Cohen as they came back from a 7-4 deficit early in the second half.

Temple's last win over Delaware had come way back in 2002, and the Blue Hens had taken the last seven straight meetings.

Delaware struck first with an unassisted goal by Caitlin McCartney, but Cohen scored back-to-back goals for Temple to give the Owls a 2-1 lead. The lead lasted for just five minutes before the Blue Hens' Chelsea Fay, who would later finish with a hat trick, scored the first and last goals of a 4-0 run.

With 6:10 remaining in the first half, Delaware led 5-2. Stephany Parcell, who had assisted on Cohen's first goal, gave Temple life before halftime with a pair of goals. The second put Temple within one at the break, 5-4, and was scored with just seconds left in the half on an assist from Swavola.

Fay and McCartney opened the second half with goals for the Blue Hens in the first two minutes, widening the margin back to three, 7-4.

From there the Owls scored seven of the game's final nine goals, starting with a 4-0 run that included a pair of goals by Swavola and the third goal of the game for Cohen. Swavola's second tally in that run tied the game at 7-7, and Missy Schweitzer scored the last goal of the run to put Temple ahead.

Delaware tied the game for a fourth time at 8-8 and then took the lead with 12:15 remaining. Swavola connected on a pass from Stephanie Markunas to the game yet again, 9-9 with 11:30 on the clock, and Jaymie Tabor put the Owls ahead for good with 8:22 left on a free position shot.

Schweitzer scored the game's final goal on an empty net, giving Temple a two-goal cushion with 1:21 remaining.

The Owls out-shot Delaware 25-18 in the game, and got 15 draw controls to the Blue Hens' eight.

Temple will be back in action at home on Tuesday, March 20 at 3:00 p.m. against #18 Towson.

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PHILADELPHIA - University of Delaware led by as many as three goals in the second half but fell just short in an 11-9 decision to Temple after the Owls rallied in the final minutes at Geasey Field Saturday afternoon.

The Blue Hens (2-7) had a seven-game win streak against the Owls that dated back to 2003 snapped.

Delaware sophomore Chelsea Fay led the way for the Hens with a career high-tying four goals to go with one assist, while freshman Caitlin McCartney, who returned for the Hens after sitting out the previous game with an injury, scored twice. Allison Hahn, Abbie Hartman, and Blair King also contributed one goal apiece.

The Owls (6-2) got hat tricks from both Charlotte Swavola and Karly Cohen as they came back from a 7-4 deficit early in the second half.

Delaware scored first with an unassisted goal by McCartney, but Temple answered with a pair of goals from Cohen to give the Owls a 2-1 lead with 19:44 to go.

The lead favored the Blue Hens less than five minutes later after Fay scored the first and last goals of a 4-0 Delaware run en route to her third hat trick of the season.

The Owls rallied with back-to-back goals from Stephany Parcell, but the Hens were able to hold on to a 5-4 halftime advantage.

The Hens quickly pushed the lead back to three within the first two minutes of the second half after goals by Fay and McCartney forged them ahead. However, the Owls again rallied with a 4-0 run to take an 8-7 lead with 17:25 left to play.

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