- For a fifth straight week, Temple field hockey is ranked in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll. In the week five poll released Tuesday morning, the Owls are ranked 15th, down one spot from the previous week.
Temple now stands at #7 in the NCAA Division I Field Hockey RPI, and according to FieldHockeyCorner.com, the Owls have the second-toughest schedule in the nation.
The Owls are 8-4 overall and 1-0 in the BIG EAST Conference after a big comeback win at Providence last week. Temple trailed 3-0 with 16 minutes remaining before coming back to tie the game by the end of regulation. In the seventh minute of overtime, freshman Maiyah Brown
scored the game-winner off an assist from senior Amber Youtz
The win at Providence was the third in a row for Temple, but the streak was snapped with a 2-0 loss vs. #9 Penn State two days later. Three of the Owls' four losses have come against teams ranked in the Top 10. After the Nittany Lions defeated the Owls, they moved up five spots in the national rankings to #4.
Senior goalkeeper Lizzy Millen
has earned three BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week awards this season, and she currently ranks fifth among all goalkeepers in NCAA Division I with a saves percentage of .813. Millen ranks 17th nationally in saves per game (6.17) and 18th in goals against average (1.53). She leads the BIG EAST in both saves percentage and saves per game.
With 11 goals to lead Temple this season, Youtz ranks 15th nationally with 0.92 goals per game, and ranks 25th in the nation with 2.08 points per game. She has scored 53 goals in her Temple career to rank fourth all-time in program history, and her 128 career points also rank fourth all-time.
Sophomore Paige Gross
leads the Owls with seven assists so far, with her 0.58 assists per game average ranking 30th among all players in Division I.
Temple will play both of its games at home this week, taking on BIG EAST and city rival Villanova at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, and then facing another city rival, La Salle, at noon on Sunday. The Owls will dedicate Friday's game to Play 4 the Cure, and will celebrate Alumni Day as part of Homecoming Weekend on Sunday. NFHCA Top 20 Poll