PHILADELPHIA - Before the final home game of the season on Sunday, April 22 at 1:00 p.m. against #16 Massachusetts, the Temple lacrosse team will honor eight seniors as part of its Senior Day celebration. The Owls are coming off a 19-11 win vs. Saint Joseph's on Friday, and must defeat UMass to earn a berth in the upcoming Atlantic 10 Tournament.
Following are the highlights of each senior's career both on and off the field, as well as what it means to them, in their own words, to have the support of their of their families on this special day.
Stepping into the starting goalkeeping role as a junior, Tess has since started in all 33 games for the Owls. She has made well over 200 saves in her career including a career-high 12 saves at Jacksonville earlier this season. Tess is an advertising major who has been named to the Temple Director's Honor Roll three times, and will soon earn President's Honor Roll distinction for having a GPA above 3.5. From Harpers Ferry, W. Va., Tess will be escorted by her parents, Elayne Edel and Wayne Bishop.
“My parents have continued to love and support me during my four years at Temple. Wayne and Elayne have taken the time to drive to almost every game all the way from West Virginia. Seeing them on the sidelines makes me proud and I feel lucky to be where I am today. I couldn't have done it without the two of you.”
Lauren has played in 64 games for the Owls and started in nearly all of them. As one of the team's top defenders over the last four seasons, Lauren has recorded 87 ground balls and is tied for second on the team this year with eight caused turnovers. After the first week of this year's season, Lauren was named the A-10 Defensive Player of the Week. Lauren is a sport and recreation management major who will soon be named to the Temple Director's Honor Roll for the fourth time. From North Wales, Pa., Lauren will be escorted by her mom, Ann Caminiti and dad, Joe Caminiti.
“I am happy that my parents are here to celebrate this day with me because they have supported me through everything I have attempted or accomplished. They have done their best to come to every game and always encouraged me to do my best. Not only do they support me but they let me know things I can improve on and they pass on life lessons that I will carry with me into the future. I would not be the person I am today if I didn't have good parenting.”
Karly is having a strong senior season as one of the team's offensive leaders, ranked third with 29 goals and third with 12 assists. Karly has played in 52 games for the Owls and has started in every game this season. She has recorded seven hat tricks this year, and recently scored four goals including the game-winner against La Salle. Karly is a kinesiology major who will soon be named to the Temple Director's Honor Roll for a third time. From Hicksville, N.Y., Karly will be escorted by her mother, Tina Cohen and father, Larry Cohen.
“It means so much to me that my parents are here celebrating this day with me. They have been there from the beginning of my lacrosse career, driving me to and from practice and games and supporting me all along the way. They pushed me to become the player I am today. I would not be here today without them!”
Stepping into a starting role this season, Keelin has played in every game and has scored 10 goals, bringing her career total to 22. She recorded her first career hat trick earlier this season in a game at Jacksonville, scoring on all three of her shots in that contest. An early childhood education major, Keelin was named to the IWLCA Honor Roll last summer, has twice been named to the Temple Director's Honor Roll, and will soon be named to the President's Honor Roll for a second time as well. From Malvern, Pa., Keelin will be escorted by her mom, Helen Hood and dad, Jim Hood.
“My parents have been supportive through every aspect of my life. They have been to almost every lacrosse game of mine since I started playing in elementary school and I always look forward to seeing them on the sidelines with the rest of my family. I am fortunate to have parents who have always been there for me and I am excited to share this day with them.”
One of the team's co-captains, Steph transferred to the program as a sophomore and has played and started in nearly every game for the Owls since then. She is having an outstanding senior season, having scored 30 goals and recording 22 assists to lead the team with 52 total points, which currently ranks eighth among all players in the Atlantic 10. In a win at Lafayette earlier this year, Steph scored five goals while tallying five assists, and those 10 points rank in a tie for sixth all-time at Temple in a single game. Just two weeks ago Steph was named the A-10 Player of the Week after notching her fourth hat trick of the season, and she has since added two more. A communications major from Ridley Park, Pa., Steph will be escorted by her mother, Margaret Markunas and father, Bob Markunas.
“It is so important that my parents will be here for senior day because I would not be here without them. I could not ask for better parents or be more thankful for everything they do.”
Another one of the team's co-captains, Allison has played in 65 games in her Temple career and has started in nearly every game since her sophomore season including all 16 games this year. Known for her speed on the field, Allison is tied for second on the team this season with 22 ground balls. She was named to the IWLCA Honor Roll last summer and will soon to be named to the Temple President's Honor Roll for a fourth time. Allison has a 3.84 GPA as a secondary education and English major. From West Grove, Pa., Allison will be escorted by her parents, Lori and Jim McWilliams.
“It means so much that my parents are here to celebrate senior day because they have supported me my whole life. My parents have made it to almost every game I have ever played and they are my biggest fans. I love them and I love having them here for my last home game.”
With impressive performances both on the field and in the classroom over the last four years, Missy is currently a member of Temple's Trustee Ten with one of the 10 highest grade-point-averages in the entire department. Missy has scored 19 goals this season to rank fifth on the team, and is fourth on the team with 19 ground balls and 20 draw controls. Missy is a two-time A-10 Academic Team selection who has also been named to the IWLCA Honor Roll, and will soon be named to the President's Honor Roll for a fourth time. A kinesiology major from Pottstown, Pa., Missy will be escorted by her father, Bob Schweitzer and mother, Annette Schweitzer.
“Having my parents celebrate this day is important because they have been the strongest supporters of my lacrosse and academic career. I would not be where I am today if it was not for their encouragement and love. I am truly grateful to have parents that are as dedicated to me and to the team as they have been for the last four years.”
A team co-captain, Kelsey had played in every game of her career until suffering an injury early in the Owls' contest at Florida on March 10. She returned to action two days ago, recording three assists and a goal, bringing her season total to five goals and six assists. In her Temple career, Kelsey has scored 45 goals. Her career highlights have included a hat trick in a narrow win vs. Lafayette in her junior year, and scoring the game-winning goal against Richmond as a freshman. A finance major, Kelsey has earned Temple Director's Honor Roll distinction all four years of her career. From Aston, Pa., Kelsey will be escorted by her parents, Beth and Greg, along with brothers, Matt and Jamie.
“It means so much that my family is here today because they have always been there to support me with everything I have ever done. They have made my passion for lacrosse a priority in their lives, and have made it to every game they possibly could. I wouldn't be the person I am today without the support of my parents and my brothers.”