Temple Drops a Tight One to Richmond on Senior Day

PHILADELPHIA - It took until the final game of the regular season before Temple lacrosse finally dropped a game at home, as the Owls came up just one goal short in a 16-15 loss to Richmond (7-10, 4-3) on Sunday afternoon. Temple (9-7, 4-3) has almost certainly clinched a berth in next weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament, but the official bracket will be released later today.

The tournament will be held at the University of Massachusetts, with semifinals set for Friday, April 26 and the final set for Sunday, April 28.

The Owls honored six seniors for Senior Day prior to the game, and three of those seniors combined for nine of Temple's 15 goals. Senior Stephany Parcell led the charge with four goals, while senior Charlotte Swavola also notched a hat trick with three goals. Both Parcell and Swavola also recorded an assist.

Rachel Schwaab added an assist to two goals, while Kirstie Connor and senior Kellee Pace scored two goals apiece. Senior Meghan Clothier made five saves for Temple while playing 54 minutes in the cage.

Temple led only once in the game and it lasted for less than a minute late in the first half. The Owls found themselves scrambling to catch up most of the game, but were successful at doing so until the very end. Trailing by three goals with 5:41 remaining, Temple scored twice over the next two minutes but could come no closer as Richmond held onto the final possession.

"Draw controls were a pretty big part of the game and they beat us handily on those," said Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen. "Honestly, today was a day that we did a lot of really good things, but at the same time, a lot of people had their one mistake. We just had one too many mistakes on a very good team, resulting in us not getting off enough shots to finish the game."

Runs were the name of the game for the entire first half. The Spiders took a 3-0 lead but Temple answered right back to tie the game at 3-3 near the 19-minute mark.

Richmond then scored five unanswered goals over a four-minute span to lead 8-3, but the Owls did one better by using a 6-0 run to lead 9-8 with 3:31 left in the first half. Swavola was extremely impressive in that run, scoring three goals and assisting on another. She scored the final two in less than a minute of action, tying the game and then giving Temple a lead.

With 2:26 to go, Richmond tied the game up once again, and then scored twice more before halftime for an 11-9 lead at the break.

The second half saw an entirely different pace to the scoring as the teams primarily traded goals the entire way. Jaymie Tabor got Temple off to a good start with a free-position goal just over six minutes into the half, but Temple was never able to tie the game up. On three more occasions the Owls came within a single goal, but Richmond always had an answer.

Temple found itself down by three goals, 16-13 after Sam Stevenson scored her sixth goal of the game for the Spiders with 5:41 remaining. Kathryn Skahan narrowed the gap to two by scoring on a free-position shot at 4:19, and Parcell cut the deficit to one just 40 seconds later.

Draw controls had gone Richmond's way for most of the game, and Stevenson recorded her seventh after Parcell's goal. The Spiders were able to hang on to the possession for all of the remaining time, not giving Temple another chance on offense.

2013-04-21



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