Temple Powers Past Saint Joseph's in Season Opener

PHILADELPHIA - Freshman Morgan Glassford made a strong debut for Temple lacrosse in the 2014 season opener, scoring three goals and recording an assist to help the Owls defeat visiting Saint Joseph's, 11-7. After a tie score of 5-5 at halftime, Temple broke the game open early in the second half with a 4-0 run.

Rachel Schwaab and Kathryn Skahan each scored twice for Temple, with Schwaab's goals coming back-to-back in the second-half run.

After twice having the game postponed, Temple (1-0) was finally able to take the field against the Hawks (0-1) on a chilly afternoon at Geasey Field.

Saint Joseph's struck first in the fourth minute, but it was Temple that took a 3-2 lead near the midway point of the half after goals from Molly Seefried, Kathryn Skahan and Glassford, with an assist from Nina Falcone. Both Seefried and Skahan scored on free-position shots, on which Temple was 5 of 10 for the contest.

The Hawks' Julia Falcone, who scored the opening goal of the game, scored again with 8:42 left in the opening half to cap a 3-0 run for her team. The Hawks led 5-3 at that point, but Temple rallied to tie the game by halftime.

Skahan scored on a pass from Bridget Hufnagel with three minutes to go before the break, and Nicole Tiernan closed out the half with an unassisted score.

The Owls kept the momentum going early in the second half, with Rachel Schwaab scoring twice over a two and a half minute span to put Temple ahead 7-5 with 19:20 remaining.

Megan Tiernan scored Temple's fifth goal in a row on a free-position, and Avery Longstaff capped the run with an assist from Glassford.

The Hawks matched the Owls in goals over the final 12 minutes, but could come within no fewer than three. Glassford scored twice in that span to give Temple its final margin of 11-7.

Temple's Rachel Hall played the first half in the cage, while Jaqi Kakalecik took over in the second half. Kakalecik made four saves while allowing just two goals, recording the win for the Owls.

Maddie McTigue recorded five draw controls to lead Temple, which was three more than any other player on the field. Megan Tiernan, whose goal was the eighth for Temple and therefore the game-winner, led the Owls with three ground balls.

It will be a very quick turnaround for Temple, as the Owls will host La Salle on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 3:00 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA - The Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team fell to Temple, 11-7, in the 2014 season opener at Geasey Field on Tuesday afternoon.

Junior midfielder Julia Falcone (West Chester, Pa./West Chester East) tallied two goals to lead six Hawks in scoring, while junior midfielder Hannah Hutchins (Weston, Conn./Weston) dished out two assists in her first collegiate start. The Hawks fall to 0-1 while Temple starts the season 1-0.

The Hawks will open their home schedule this Friday, February 21 against LIU-Brooklyn. Start time at Sweeney Field is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.

2014-02-18



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