Temple Falls to UConn in Big East Opener

PHILADELPHIA - Despite hat tricks from both Nicole Tiernan and Jaymie Tabor, Temple was unable to get enough of a rally going late in the second half and lost 15-9 to UConn in the Big East opener. The Owls (3-7, 0-1) led the game 4-3 in the first half, but the Huskies (6-4, 1-0) used a 6-0 run from the first half to the second to take the lead for good.

Tiernan scored a career-high four goals to lead the Owls, including three in the last nine minutes and seven seconds of the contest. Tabor scored three goals for her fourth hat trick of the year, with all three coming in the first 14 minutes of the game.

UConn had three players with three goals apiece- Lauren Kahn, Katherine Finkelston and Carly Palmucci. Kahn led all players in points, racking up 10 as she also recorded four assists.

The Owls dominated on draw controls throughout the afternoon, finishing with a 17-9 advantage, and were able to take 24 total shots to UConn's 22. Ultimately, a few too many turnovers and some strong saves by the Huskies' goalkeeper Shannon Nee made the difference.

Tiernan got Temple on the board first in the opening minute of the game, but UConn answered with three straight over the next seven minutes. Down 3-1, Tabor really got things going for the Owls. She earned three free-position opportunities in a four-minute stretch, and was able to convert on all three for a 4-3 Temple lead at 16:40.

Tabor's final goal would prove to be the last for Temple over a 25-minute stretch through the remainder of the first half and the first eight minutes of the second. In that time, UConn scored six goals, three of which came from Palmucci, to take a 9-4 lead with 24:14 left in the game.

Kelly Syphard scored on a Tabor assist to end the Huskies' run, but they proceeded to rattle off three more goals for a 12-5 advantage.

Tiernan quickly gave the Owls some momentum with goals at 9:07 and 8:36 to cut the deficit to five, but once again UConn scored three straight to put the game out of reach with four minutes remaining. In the final minute and 50 seconds, Tiernan scored again as did Morgan Glassford off an assist from Megan Tiernan.

The Owls will now look to get their first Big East win when they host Villanova on Saturday, April 5 at 1:00 p.m.

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PHILADELPHIA University of Connecticut midfielders Lauren Kahn (Nanuet, N.Y.) and Katherine Finkelston (Leonardtown, Md.) and sophomore attacker Carly Palmucci (Herndon, Va.) all netted three goals, as UConn downed Temple, 15-9, in its Big East opener on Saturday on the road at Geasey Field. The Huskies improve to 6-4 overall with the win, while the Owls drop to 3-7 this season.

UConn, which extended its winning streak to five games, received goals from seven players on Saturday, starting with Kahn, who put the Huskies on the board with 23:59 left in the first half to even the score at one. Her unassisted goal was the first of three straight for Connecticut, which built a 3-1 lead in the first ten minutes of the contest. The Owls would respond, as Temple senior attacker Jaymie Tabor scored the next three goals, all on free position shots, to put Temple back in front 4-3.

Kahn continued to pace the Husky offense in the opening period, assisting on Finkelston's second goal to give UConn a 5-4 lead, and she later scored with a minute to go in the half to give Connecticut a 7-4 lead going into the break. The senior midfielder, who leads the Huskies this season with 38 points, finished Saturday with seven points as she tied a season-high with four assists to go along with her three goals.

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