AMBLER, Pa. -
The Owls have reached the end of the 2011 season, as they return to the Ambler Sports Complex, where they will play their final two games of the season. On Friday at 3:00 p.m., Temple will host the Duquesne Dukes, who are playing their first of two games in the Philadelphia area this weekend. The Dukes will head over to Finnesey Field on Sunday to take on Saint Joseph's while the Owls await the St. Bonaventure Bonnies for a 1:00 p.m. tilt. Temple will close out its season and bid farewell to its five seniors on Sunday, while the Bonnies will be looking to clinch a spot in next week's Atlantic 10 Championships.
Entering Friday, Temple and Duquesne are looking to break three-game losing streaks. In their lateset outing, the Dukes dropped a pair of matches in the New England region to UMass and URI, while the Owls were swept in Ohio by Xavier and Dayton.
Sunday's game marks the end to the careers for five of Temple's players. Seniors Amanda Vogelman
, Becky Bentley
, Samantha Farlow
, Tiia Kuokka
and Niki Conn
will all be honored prior to the game.
Highlighting the 2011 Senior Class:
Saw action in 13 games where she registered three shots from the defender position during her sophomore year.
After suffering an injury in 2010. she's bounced back in 2011 to play in 12 games prior to Friday's game.
Played in every game from 2009-2010. Had a hand in Temple's victory at Vermont in 2010, where she dished out two assists
Tiia Kuokka -
Scored her first collegiate goal in 2009, which lifted the Owls to a 1-0 win over St. Joe's on the final day of the season. In 2011, she has played in every game thus far.
Niki Conn -
Will end Temple career in second place all-time in goals scored and third place all-time in points scored.
The Dukes' three wins have come at the hands of Saint Francis (PA) and A-10 rivals Richmond and Saint Louis.
Duquesne has taken teams down to the wire, as it has played in four overtime games. In those games, the Dukes are 0-3-1. Temple has played in just two extrra session games, where they hold an even record of 1-1-0.
Morgan Herbert and Katie Rust are Duquesne's leading scorers. Each have five points on the year.
Series History: The Dukes lead the all-time series 9-4-0. Temple won the last head-to-head meeting on Oct 11, 2009 at the Ambler Sports Complex, by a count of 3-2.
St. Bonaventure issitting in fifth place of the conference standings as of Thursday before it heads to Philadelphia for Friday's match at Saint Joseph's.
With three conference wins to enter the weekend, the Bonnies were in position to clinch a postseason berth.
Tori Burchett and Molly Curry head the offense for St. Bonaventure, as the two combine for 9 of the Bonnies' 20 goals before Friday. SBU has recorded six shutouts this season. Jennifer Andrews and Megan Junker are posting goals against averages that are below 1.00.
Series History: The Owls lead the head-to-head matchup with a record of 9-6-3. St. Bonaventure won the last time these two teams met, when it defeated the Owls, 3-2 back in 2009. The last time Temple took care of the Bonnies was on Oct. 29, 2006 on the final day of the season, when it recorded a 1-0 shutout.