Harris Leads Denver in Victory over Temple

DENVER University of Denver senior Meredith Harris (Middleburg, Va.) led the Pioneers with four goals and an assist in DU's 12-9 victory over Temple Saturday afternoon at Peter Barton Lacrosse Stadium. The Pioneers improved to 4-1 overall on the season, while Temple drops to 2-4 overall.

"I feel like we played well in early on, but we still have things we need to work on," said head coach Liza Kelly said. "We have a week off since the girls have exams, which will give us some time to work on things."

Denver would not let up the lead after scoring four goals in the first five minutes of play. Harris opened DU scoring with a goal just 1:15 into the game.

Junior Jill Remenapp (Woodbine, Md.) recorded two goals, three assists and five groundballs, while sophomore Monica Lucas (Kensington, Md.) scored twice.

The Pioneers led 9-4 at the half and outshot the Owls 18-9 in the first 30 minutes. Redshirt junior Hannah Hook (Arnold, Md.) made 14 saves, while the Pioneers converted 13 of 14 clear attempts.

Temple's Nicole Tiernan led the Owls with three goals and an assist in the game.

The Pioneers begin a two game road trip when they will travel to Rock Hill, S.C., to take on Winthrop on Monday, March 17 at 2:00 p.m., MT. They will wrap up the trip Thursday, March 20 in High Point, N.C., for a 4:00 p.m., MT start.

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DENVER, Colo. - After slipping behind early on in the game, Temple lacrosse was never able to fully recover and lost a 12-9 decision at Denver (4-1) despite a late, three-goal rally. The Owls (2-4) were led by sophomore Nicole Tiernan with her first career hat trick.

The Pioneers began the season ranked in the Top 20 in the IWLCA Poll, and have lost only to Louisville, a team receiving votes. Meredith Harris scored four goals and added an assist to lead Denver in scoring, while teammate Jill Remenapp added four assists to a pair of goals for the team lead in points.

The statistics show an evenly matched game, with the lone difference being the Pioneers' shooting percentage. They finished with just a 28-27 advantage in shots, and the teams were within one of each other in draw controls and within two in turnovers.

Denver's Hannah Hook made 14 saves to earn the win in the cage, and played the entire game. Temple's Rachel Hall made four first-half saves, and Jaqi Kakalecik recorded six in the second half while allowing just three goals.

The Pioneers took a 6-1 lead with 11 minutes remaining in the first half. Bridget Hufnagel and Molly Seefried scored back-to-back for the Owls to make it 6-3, but Denver closed the half with a 3-1 run for a 9-4 lead at halftime.

Kirstie Connor scored two of the game's first three second-half goals to put Temple within four, but by the midway point, the Pioneers' lead was back up to six.

With just under 12 minutes to go, Jaymie Tabor put in her first of two goals in what would be a 3-0 run for the Owls to close the game. Temple picked up the draw control en route to that score, and also picked up the next two to help its comeback cause.

Tiernan completed her hat trick near the four-minute mark for goal two of the run, but Tabor's final goal at 2:06 would be the last for the Owls.

Temple will return home for its next game, a 1:00 p.m. contest against Delaware on Saturday, March 15.

2014-03-08



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