Lacrosse Looks to Improve to 4-0 at Home Against Lafayette on Saturday
Stephany Parcell

Lacrosse Looks to Improve to 4-0 at Home Against Lafayette on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - The fourth in a four-game homestand for Temple lacrosse to open the season will be on Saturday, March 2 at 1:00 p.m. against Lafayette (4-0). Both teams are undefeated so far, but the Owls (3-0) defeated the Leopards 21-10 last year. 

Temple comes into Saturday's game with a record of 3-0 after an 18-5 win against Niagara on Feb. 16, an 8-7 win over Rutgers on Feb. 20 and a 14-7 win vs. Lehigh on Feb. 23. An impressive 13 players have already scored for the Owls including six freshmen. Senior Charlotte Swavola leads the team with seven goals and an assist for eight points. Freshman Rachel Schwaab has six goals along with an assist, and senior Stephany Parcell has scored five goals for Temple.

The offense came fast and frequently in the win against Niagara. The Owls jumped out to a 6-0 lead and never looked back, led by Swavola and Kellee Pace with three goals apiece. Among the 11 goal-scorers for Temple were four freshmen, getting on the scoreboard in the first game of their careers.

Schwaab notched a hat trick in just the second game of her career to lead Temple in the narrow win over Rutgers. Her final goal tied the game at 6-6 after the Owls had trailed by two. Jaymie Tabor and Parcell scored two goals apiece for the Owls while Molly Seefried also scored in the win.

Swavola scored four goals to lead the Owls in the Lehigh win, and Temple led 7-0 at halftime. Pace, Schwaab and freshman Nicole Tiernan scored two goals apiece.

Senior goalkeeper Meghan Clothier ranks eighth in NCAA Division I in goals against average at 5.5, and 21st in saves percentage at .500. She played the first half against Lafayette, recording five saves and allowing zero goals.

Temple cruised to a 21-10 win at Lafayette on March 3, 2012, in the most recent meeting between the two teams. Then-senior Stephanie Markunas scored a career-high five goals to lead the Owls, whose 21 goals marked the highest scoring output for a Temple team since 2002. Markunas added a career-high five assists to her impressive performance, giving her 10 points in the game which tied for the sixth-most all-time in single game at Temple. Also notching hat tricks for Temple were Karly Cohen, Jackie Mercer and Kelly Syphard with three goals apiece. The Owls out-shot Lafayette 41-18, but Tess Bishop still made five big saves in goal for Temple.

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