PHILADELPHIA - The final test before Atlantic 10 play begins will be a tough one for Temple lacrosse, as the Owls play host to #18 Towson on Tuesday, March 20 at 3:00 p.m. Temple (6-2) is coming off an 11-9 win vs. Delaware over the weekend, while the Tigers (5-2) are coming off a 13-12 win vs. Richmond. Fans can follow live stats HERE
, but a webcast will not be available for this contest.
Towson beat Temple at home last year, 13-10, and the Tigers are 3-0 vs. the Owls all-time with wins in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
The Owls will open the A-10 season on the road later this week when they travel to St. Bonaventure for a 3:00 p.m. contest on Friday, March 30.
Towson is ranked 18th in the IWLCA Top-20 Poll after going 5-2 so far this season with losses only to #3 Syracuse and to Johns Hopkins. Last week Towson lost 18-7 at Syracuse but rebounded with a 13-12 win vs. Richmond. The Tigers also have a win over a ranked team, 7-6 at #13 Loyola (Md.).
Sophomore Andi Raymond leads Towson with 13 goals this season, and has also recorded six assists for 19 points. Redshirt-sophomore Ashleigh Rohrback has scored 10 goals, and senior Sarah Appelt is second on the team with 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists). Senior Mary Teeters has started every game in goal and has a saves percentage of 53.9.
Temple is 6-2 and coming off a big, 11-9 come-from-behind win at home against Delaware this past Saturday. The win followed back-to-back losses on the road in Florida, but the Owls had started the season 5-0 for the first time since 1988. To start the season, Temple got a 14-12 win vs. Oregon and a come-from-behind, 12-11 win at Rutgers.
Sophomore Jaymie Tabor
scored four of the team's final five goals in the Oregon win, including the game-winner. Junior Stephany Parcell
scored four goals in the victory at Rutgers while sophomore Kelly Syphard
also notched a hat trick with three. Senior goalkeeper Tess Bishop
had an impressive 11 saves in the cage in that win, after a nine-save performance in the Oregon win.
Parcell got her second hat trick in a row with another four goals in a 12-3 win vs. Mount St. Mary's, while junior Charlotte Swavola
notched her first hat trick of the season with three goals in that game. In the Owls' fourth and fifth wins at Lehigh (14-5) and Lafayette (21-1), senior Stephanie Markunas
came on strong. She scored three goals in the Lehigh victory, and followed it up with a five-goal, five-assist performance at Lafayette to tie for sixth all-time in program history with 10 points in a single game.
Senior Lauren Caminiti
was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Week after the first two wins of the season, having led the Owls with six ground balls, four caused turnovers and two draw controls.
Down in Florida the Owls suffered their first two losses of the season. Temple led 7-0 at Jacksonville before eventually falling 19-16, and most recently the team dropped a 20-3 decision at #5 Florida.
Swavola got her second hat trick with three goals in the recent Delaware win, as did senior Karly Cohen
. Temple trailed 7-4 early in the first half before closing out the game on a 7-2 run to defeat Delaware for the first time since 2002.
Parcell leads the Owls with 18 goals so far this year, while Markunas is close behind with 15 goals along with eight assists for a team-high 23 points.