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PHILADELPHIA - Charlotte Swavola
's career-high six goals were the highlight in an offensive explosion for Temple lacrosse as the Owls defeated visiting St. Bonaventure (5-5, 0-2) by a score of 18-3. Temple (7-4, 2-0) did the majority of its damage in the first half, scoring 15 goals including six in the first five minutes.
Temple improves to 2-0 in the Atlantic 10, and will play its next three conference games on the road before returning home for the final two.
"Today was a great team win," said head coach Bonnie Rosen
. "We were able to use everyone and really get a good feel for the game by getting a lot of touches on the ball. We were a lot crisper and sharper with our passing and catching today, and that makes it a lot easier. That was our next step, and we accomplished it, so now we're on to Duquesne."
Three Temple players recorded hat tricks, including Swavola. Stephany Parcell
and Kelly Syphard
scored three goals apiece, with Parcell and Swavola each adding an assist as well. Eight total players recorded goals for the Owls, including freshman Kathryn Skahan
with her first career goal. Parcell finished with five draw controls to lead the team.
Parcell got the Owls on the board just 48 seconds into the game, and it was the first goal in what became a 6-0 opening run in less than five minutes. Syphard and Swavola each scored back-to-back goals in the run, while Parcell capped it with her second goal on a free-position shot at 25:03.
St. Bonaventure would score just twice in the half, and the Owls rattled off five more in a row after the Bonnies' first goal. Temple's ninth goal was a twin effort, as freshman Nicole Tiernan
recorded the assist on her twin sister Megan Tiernan
Swavola scored twice in less than a minute near the midway point of the first half, and would go on to record her fifth and sixth goals before halftime as well. Macie Hauck
scored the Owls' 15th goal with 2:18 left before the break.
The Owls rested their starters for a long period of time carrying over from the first half to the second, and 25 players ended up seeing action in the game.
After Meghan Clothier
made five first-half saves while allowing just two goals, Jaqi Kakalecik
and Rachel Hall
split time in the cage for Temple in the second half.
Freshman Avery Longstaff
scored two of the Owls' three second-half goals, getting assists from both Swavola and fellow freshman Rachel Schwaab
. Freshman Summer Jaros
also scored for Temple.
The Owls will be in action later this weekend at Duquesne. Game time is set for 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 7.