La Salle Rallies, Closes Game on 9-0 Run to Top Temple

PHILADELPHIA - Lauren Ignacio (Highland, Md./Reservoir) converted a free position goal with 12 seconds remaining to cap off a nine-goal rally and send La Salle to a hard-fought 14-13 come-from-behind victory over Temple at McCarthy Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Melanie Sarcinello (Newtown Square, Pa./Marple Newtown) led the Explorers (8-5, 1-4 Atlantic 10) with four goals and one assist, while adding four draw controls, four caused turnovers and two ground balls. She went 2 for 2 in free position attempts.

Ignacio added three goals off the bench and Caitlyn Brostrand (Runnemede, N.J./Camden Catholic) added three as well. Kelly Furman (Boyertown, Pa./Boyertown) recorded a four-point day on two goals and two assists. Katelyn Fay (West Chester, Pa./Henderson) and Tori Mitros (Glen Mills, Pa./George Mason) added one goal apiece.

Maura Malone (Farmington Hills, Mich./Mercy) made 14 saves in the win, including a stop on a free position attempt with 35 seconds remaining.

The Explorers improve to 8-5 (1-4 Atlantic 10), dropping the Owls to 8-5 (3-2 Atlantic 10).

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PHILADELPHIA (La Salle) - Even an eight-goal lead proved not to be enough for Temple lacrosse at La Salle (9-5, 1-4) on Sunday afternoon, as the Explorers closed the game on a 9-0 run to defeat the Owls by a score of 14-13. Temple (8-6, 3-2) led 13-5 with just under 18 minutes to go in the game, but did not score again.

The win was the first Atlantic 10 victory for La Salle this season, while the Owls had started at 3-0 but have now lost two in a row.

Lauren Las Ignacio scored three goals for the Explorers, including the game-winner on a free-position attempt with 12 seconds remaining. Her goal capped an impressive closing run for La Salle, as the Explorers scored five goals in the last three minutes and 11 seconds.

Charlotte Swavola led Temple with four goals. All four were scored in a first half which saw the Owls jump out to a 5-1 lead in the first 13 minutes. La Salle scored the first goal of the game just over a minute into the action, but Temple then rattled off five straight.

Swavola caused an early turnover which led to a Nicole Tiernan goal, assisted by Rachel Schwaab at 27:15. Over the next eight minutes, Swavola, Stephany Parcell and Jaymie Tabor all scored free-position goals as the Owls took a 4-1 lead. Schwaab capped the 5-0 run with her first goal of the game at 17:16.

The Explorers scored a minute later to end the run, but were given a yellow card after the play. The Owls took advantage, and Schwaab scored her second goal during the man-up opportunity for a 6-2 lead at 15:08. That goal started another 5-0 run for Temple which included three goals for Swavola and the second goal of the day by Parcell.

Swavola's fourth goal was scored at 2:31 for a 10-2 lead. La Salle got one more to go with 22 seconds remaining in the half, but Temple took a 10-3 lead into the break. The halftime stats showed the Owls out-shooting the Explorers, 19-7.

La Salle's Melanie Sarcinello, who led her team with four goals in the win, scored a minute and a half into the second half to cut the margin to six, 10-4.

Tiernan answered with a goal from point-blank range at 27:17, and Parcell followed that up with a crease roll and shot from the left side for a 12-4 Temple lead. The eight-goal advantage was matched later on a goal from Avery Longstaff after La Salle had scored again.

Unfortunately, Longstaff's goal at 17:54 would be the last of the game for Temple. After two La Salle goals, Temple changed goalkeepers, but to no avail. With 12:54 remaining, the Explorers had cut the deficit in half and trailed jsut 13-9.

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