No. 18 Princeton Nets Five of Last Six to Edge Temple by One

PHILADELPHIA - The three-goal lead for Temple with 16 minutes left proved not to be enough, as #18 Princeton (5-4) rallied for five of the final six goals and came back to defeat Temple, 14-13, on Wednesday afternoon. The Owls (7-5) had also trailed by three goals earlier in the game before going on a 7-1 run of their own.

Stephanie Markunas scored three goals and tallied two assists to lead the Owls, recording her fourth hat trick of the season. Karly Cohen, Missy Schweitzer, Jackie Mercer and Keelin Hood each scored two goals while Stephany Parcell and Charlotte Swavola notched one goal apiece.

Temple goalkeeper Tess Bishop made eight saves in one of her strongest showings so far this season.

The Owls fell in a 2-0 hole early in the game before firing off three straight to take the lead. Later down 4-3, Markunas scored her second goal of the game on an assist from Kellee Pace to tie the score at 4-4. The Tigers out-scored Temple 2-1 in the final 10 minutes of the first half to take a 6-5 lead into the break.

Princeton also scored the first two goals to open the second half, completing a 4-1 run that had the Owls trailing 8-5 just three minutes in.

Parcell scored at 26:26, and Mercer rattled off two goals in the same minute to bring the game back to a tie at 8-8. After Princeton's Sarah Lloyd scored the only goal in what would become a 7-1 run for the Owls, Cohen scored on an assist from Schweitzer who then took the next draw control and put one in the back of the cage herself just eight seconds later. Hood scored the sixth goal of the run off a feed from Markunas, and Schweitzer struck again for a 12-9 Temple lead with 15:55 remaining.

The Tigers started to rally with a goal at 14:40, and scored again at 10:05. The Owls did a good job holding them off down the stretch, but Princeton later picked up the pace for three more goals in the final 6:27, and Temple was able to answer with only one in the final three minutes.

The Owls will be back in action with a home A-10 game against city rival La Salle on Saturday, April 7 at 1:00 p.m.


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