Jaqi Kakalecik
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Jaqi Kakalecik

Women's Lacrosse

Lacrosse Hosts Region Rival Lafayette on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - The Temple lacrosse team, off to a strong start at 3-1, will play its final home game for the next three weeks as the Owls host Lafayette on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 1:00 p.m. Temple will play four straight games on the road following Saturday's contest before returning home on March 20.

For live stats during Saturday's game, click HERE. The scheduled live webcast will not be available due to the forecasted below-freezing temperatures.

Lafayette comes into the weekend with a record of 1-3, most recently falling 14-9 vs. Wagner on Feb. 25. The Owls hold a 24-2 advantage in the all-time series against the Leopards and have won the last 16 straight, including a 15-12 victory in the most recent meeting on March 2, 2013.

Temple enters Saturday's game with a record of 3-1 after winning three contests to start the season before suffering a loss last weekend. The Owls have shown their ability to stay tough in close games, getting off to an unusual start to the season by winning two one-goal games in overtime (10-9 vs. UMBC and 12-11 at Saint Joseph's). Temple's third game at La Salle was another close one with six ties, but the Owls scored the final three goals and won 9-7. Proving how many offensive weapons they have this season, the Owls got their nine goals from nine different players in the victory. Temple suffered a setback on Feb. 21 vs. Cornell, losing 17-8 on a snow-filled afternoon. Junior midfielder Nicole Tiernan was the Owls' leader, recording her fifth career hat trick with four goals.

Freshman attacker Nicole Barretta scored the Owls' first goal of the 2015 season, and went on to record a hat trick in that game- her first as a collegiate lacrosse player. Barretta's three goals helped lead Temple to a 10-9 overtime win against UMBC. She has followed up that performance with a goal in each of the Owls' next three games, now totaling six for the season.

Carly Demato recorded her third career hat trick in the second game of her sophomore season, scoring three goals including the overtime game-winner to lead the Owls to a 12-11 win at Saint Joseph's. For her efforts, Demato was named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll. Demato also scored a goal in Temple's 10-9 season-opening overtime win vs. UMBC, and scored in the Owls' 9-7 win at La Salle.
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