Temple Season Ends with Loss to #16 UMass on Senior Day

PHILADELPHIA - The rally attempt was just too little and too late for Temple in what became the final game of the Owls' season, as they dropped a 13-7 decision to #16 Massachusetts on a rainy and cold Sunday afternoon. Temple's eight seniors were honored in a ceremony prior to the game, and all have been valuable members of the program in their time with the Owls.

The Minutewomen took control early, allowing Temple to tie the game just once at 1-1 before racing out to an 8-1 lead. Jesse O'Donnell, who finished with six goals, scored four in a row at one point for UMass and then assisted on the fifth goal in that stretch.

Charlotte Swavola scored in the final minute of the first half, but the Minutewomen got one more to take a 9-2 lead into the break.

UMass scored the first three goals of the second half, and four of the first five, to lead 13-3 with 16:56 left in the game.

Jaymie Tabor scored at 11:01 to start a 4-0 run by the Owls that lasted through the end of the game. Jackie Mercer scored her second of two goals in the run, and Stephanie Markunas finished with three assists including two in that stretch. Also scoring for Temple in the contest were Karly Cohen, Missy Schweitzer and Kelsey Zenuk.

The Owls will not advance to next weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament, finishing with a 3-4 record in conference play and a 9-8 record overall. UMass improves to 16-1 and finished undefeated in the league with a 7-0 record.

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PHILADELPHIA - Jesse O'Donnell scored six goals and added two assists to lead No. 9 UMass past Temple 13-7 on Sunday at Geasey Field. The win marked the second consecutive season that the Minutewomen posted a perfect Atlantic 10 regular-season with a 7-0 league record.

UMass earned the No. 1 seed in next weekend's A-10 Championship Tournament and will face No. 4 seed George Washington at 3:30 PM in Richmond, Va.

UMass (16-1, 7-0 A-10) was paced by the career-day from O'Donnell whose six goals and eight points were both career-best marks. Lauren Terracciano posted four assists giving her a 12-point weekend after posting four goals and four assists on Friday. Sam Rush chipped in a pair of goals, while the Minutewomen also received tallies fromAli Houlis, Nina Sarcona, Ellie Bullitt, and Danielle Pelletier. Dayna Defliese led a strong defensive effort with three caused turnovers, four groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Katie Florence made the start in goal working the first half making two saves while allowing two goals. Rachel Vallarelli played in goal for the second half making a career-best nine saves while allowing five goals.

Temple (9-8, 3-4 A-10) was eliminated from the A-10 Tournament with the loss. Jackie Mercer led the Owls with two goals, while Stephanie Markunas had three assists. Tess Bishop took the loss in goal with four saves while allowing all 13 goals.

The Minutewomen took a 9-2 lead into halftime thanks to a huge first half from O'Donnell. The senior scored four consecutive goals within a 10-minute span of the first half. Her free position shot with 13:10 left in the half gave the Minutewomen a 5-1 lead. O'Donnell then assisted on two of the next three straight UMass goals as Rush's second straight goal gave the Minutewomen an 8-1 lead with just under four minutes remaining in the half.

UMass scored the opening three goals of the second half taking a 12-2 lead when O'Donnell scored her fifth of the day thanks to Terracciano's fourth assist at the 23:53 mark.

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2012-04-22



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