Temple A-10 Tournament Notes
PHILADELPHIA - Temple field hockey has earned the third seed of four teams for this weekend's Atlantic 10 Tournament, and will face host and second-seeded No. 18 Massachusetts at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 2 in the semifinals. The Owls are appearing in the A-10 Tournament for a 10th straight year, and have advanced to the tournament final in two of the last three seasons.
For complete tournament information including live stats, free webcasts of all games, photo galleries and more, check out the 2012 Atlantic 10 Tournament Central
No. 16 Richmond earned the top seed for the championship, which gets underway on Friday at Garber Field on the campus of the University of Massachusetts. Richmond (15-4/7-0) will take on fourth-seeded VCU (13-5/4-3), while No. 18 Massachusetts (12-8/6-1), the host team, squares off against third-seeded Temple (12-8/5-2).
The Spiders, reigning A-10 Champions and seven time league winners, enter the tournament undefeated in conference play. Richmond led the league in both conference and non-conference wins, having won 15 games overall, including 10 straight victories. The Spiders are led by sophomore midfielder Rebecca Barry who leads the squad with 15 goals and 39 points on the season.
Massachusetts holds 12 tournament titles, and looks to earn their 13th conference title at the 2012 Championship. The Minutewomen set the stage earlier this month after upsetting No. 1 Syracuse, 2-1. UMass is led by senior forward Nicole Cordero, who leads the squad with 12 goals on the season and senior midfielder Kim Young who leads the team with 27 points.
Temple looks to garner its first A-10 Championship title since 1994, having qualified for the tournament in each of the past nine seasons. The Owls are led by sophomore forward Amber Youtz
who is the conference leader in goals (21) and points (52).
VCU looks to earn its first A-10 tournament title in its inaugural season with the Conference. The Rams are led by senior forward Kelsey Scherrer, who is ranked second in the league with 16 goals and 41 points.
The Championship commences on Friday, Nov. 2, with Richmond taking on VCU at 11:00 am, while the Massachusetts-Temple semifinal will begin at 2:00 pm. The finals of the 2012 A-10 Championship will take place on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2:00 pm. The winner of the single-elimination tournament will host the Northeast Conference champion in an NCAA Tournament play-in game on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 1:00 pm. The winner will advance to the 2012 NCAA Field Hockey Championship.
•Temple's last Atlantic 10 title came in 1994...The Owls have since appeared in four title games including two of the last three, and Temple has now earned a berth in 10 straight Atlantic 10 Tournaments.
•Temple finished the 2012 regular season with its most Atlantic 10 wins (5) since 2007 when the Owls went 6-1.
•Sophomore Amber Youtz
ranks sixth in NCAA Division I in goals per game (1.05) and seventh in points per game (2.60).
•As a team, the Owls rank 13th in NCAA Division I in goals per game (3.0), 15th in points per game (8.2) and 21st in assists per game (2.2).
•Forty-one of Temple's 60 goals this season were scored by underclassmen (freshmen and sophomores).
•The Owls' 60 goals in 2012 have far surpassed the 2011 season total of 37 goals, and their 44 assists are 20 more than the 2011 total of 24 assists.
•Six of Temple's eight losses so far this season were to teams ranked in the Top 25 nationally, with two of those losses coming by a single goal including a 4-3 overtime loss to #8 Virginia on Aug. 24.
•The Owls defeated one nationally-ranked team this season, taking out #15 Drexel by a score of 5-1 on Sept. 16.
's 52 points are tied for fifth all-time at Temple in a single season, while her 21 goals tie her for sixth all-time in a single season.
•After losing to UMass 2-1 in overtime in the 2011 regular season, Temple went on to defeat the Minutewomen 4-0 in the 2011 Atlantic 10 Tournament semifinals.