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Field Hockey Weekend Homestand Begins With #2 UConn on Friday

PHILADELPHIA - Two-time defending NCAA champion UConn will visit Geasey Field on Friday, taking on Temple field hockey at 2 p.m. The contest will be the Owls' first in BIG EAST Conference play this season, while the second-ranked Huskies are 1-0 in the league and 11-0 overall. 

Prior to the game, the Owls will be honoring many of their professors, designated as MVP's and chosen by the members of the team. Temple's Faculty Athletics Representative Jeremy S. Jordan will serve as an honorary coach for the contest. At the conclusion of the game, members of the team will sign autographs for fans.

The homestand will continue for Temple on Sunday as the Owls host non-conference rival Bucknell at 1 p.m. for Alumni Day. 

Temple is looking to snap a four-game losing streak, with the most recent three of those losses coming by just a single goal (4-3 at #19 James Madison, 4-3 at American and 3-2 in 2OT vs. #12 Liberty). Six of Temple's eight losses have come against teams ranked in the NFHCA Division I Coaches Poll, and the Owls will face at least two more ranked teams this season including #2 UConn.

Senior Alyssa Delp leads Temple with nine goals this season, and scored a penalty stroke goal in two of the Owls' last three games. In Temple's most recent win at Monmouth (Sept. 18), Delp recorded her first career hat trick to lead the Owls to a 4-2 win. Delp leads the team with nine goals, which also ranks in a tie for second among all players in the conference. Her goals per game average of 0.82 ranks 17th among all players in NCAA Division I. 

With 31 goals scored (2.82 goals per game), Temple ranks second only to #2 UConn among the teams in the BIG EAST Conference. The Owls are tied for third in total penalty corners (80) but are second in the BIG EAST in goals scored off corners with 11 (1.0 per game).

Senior goalkeeper Haley Mitchell made a career high 12 saves in the Oct. 4 loss to Liberty, and was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll for her efforts. 

Charlotte Veitner, the 2014 BIG EAST Rookie of the Year, has led UConn to an undefeated 11-0 record so far this season. Veitner's 23 goals and 53 total points rank second among all players in NCAA Division I. UConn has faced just two Top 20 teams so far, earning a 2-1 win vs. #10 Boston College and a 3-2 win vs. #9 Stanford. The Huskies have out-scored their opponents 28-0 in their last three games, including 10-0 wins over both Cal and Villanova.

UConn holds a 7-2-1 lead in the all-time series against Temple, dating back to 1986. The two teams have played twice in each season since Temple joined the BIG EAST in 2013, with all four matches going to the Huskies. In last year's regular season meeting at Temple, the #16 Owls nearly upset #4 UConn but lost on a late goal by a score of 4-3. The teams met again in the 2014 BIG EAST Championship game, with the Huskies winning 4-1 before going on to take their second-straight NCAA title.

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