Eight Players Score in Temple Victory Over Lehigh

PHILADELPHIA - Eight different players scored, led by senior Charlotte Swavola with four goals, as Temple cruised to a 14-7 victory over Lehigh on Saturday afternoon at Geasey Field. The Owls (3-0) and the Mountain Hawks (1-1) finished with the same number of shots (22), but Temple had strong performances on defense and converted on an impressive number of attempts on the offensive end.

Swavola added an assist to her four goals for five total points. Senior Kellee Pace, freshman Rachel Schwaab and freshman Nicole Tiernan scored two goals apiece, with Tiernan also recording an assist.

The Owls did not allow a single goal in the first half thanks to five saves by Meghan Clothier, and the lead was 7-0 at halftime. Clothier did not return to the cage in the second half, finishing the game with 30 minutes played, five saves and zero goals allowed.

Pace scored on a free position shot less than four minutes into the game, and Swavola added her first goal just a few minutes later.

Schwaab's goals came back-to-back within three minutes of each other to give Temple a 4-0 lead. With 10 minutes left in the first half, freshmen Avery Longstaff and Megan Tiernan needed just 40 seconds to increase the Owls' lead to 6-0, with Longstaff getting an assist from Kathryn Skahan, and Tiernan scoring on a free position shot. Bridget Hufnagel added one more tally down the stretch to reach seven goals by halftime.

The Mountain Hawks started what became a better second half with a goal in the first three minutes. They recorded two more shots in the next minute, with one being blocked and the other resulting in the first save of the contest for Jaqi Kakalecik, Temple's second goalkeeper of the game.

Swavola notched her second goal for an 8-1 lead on a free position shot with 23 minutes left. After causing a Lehigh turnover, Nicole Tiernan finished it with another Temple goal for a 9-1 advantage. She scored again three minutes later for a nine-goal lead, but that would be the Owls' largest.

Lehigh scored two in a row before Swavola answered, completing the hat trick after getting the draw control and scoring a minute later. She broke into another 2-0 Lehigh run a few minutes later, scoring her fourth goal and giving the Owls a 12-6 lead.

With less than four minutes to go the Owls got another two goals in a hurry, with Jaymie Tabor assiting on a goal by Pace, and Swavola assisting on a goal by Tabor.

The Mountain Hawks' Kris Abens scored her second goal of the game with two minutes left, and that would be the end of the scoring for either team.

Temple plays one more game at home in its four-game homestand to start the season. The Owls will host Lafayette at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 2.

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PHILADELPHIA - Lehigh fell into an early hole, but bounced back to play Temple even in the second half as the Mountain Hawks (1-1) fell 14-7 on Saturday afternoon. The Owls (3-0) took a 7-0 halftime lead, but Lehigh wouldn't quit, pulling as close as five in the second. Freshman Kris Abens and sophomore Carli Sukonik led the way with two goals apiece.

“First half turnovers and poor shot selection was too much to overcome against a quality opponent today,” said Lehigh head coach Jill Redfern. “Lauren Willcox, Kelly Scott and Kris Abens had strong performances for us.”

Within three midway through the first half, Temple scored three goals in the span of 4:39 to take a commanding 6-0 advantage. Senior Julie McBrien got Lehigh on the board 3:07 into the second. Down 10-2 with 17:06 on the clock, the Mountain Hawks scored four of the next five goals, including both of Sukonik's, to pull within 11-6 with 6:47 still on the clock. Temple answered, however, to erase any doubt before Abens rounded out the scoring with her second of the day with 2:08 left in the game.

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