Brenda McDermott
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Senior Brenda McDermott

Women's Lacrosse

Lacrosse Looks for Eighth Straight Win vs. Delaware on Wednesday

PHILADELPHIA - Temple lacrosse goes for its eighth win in a row on Wednesday, March 16 when the Owls host region rival Delaware at 3 p.m. Temple is dedicating the game to Lax 4 Life, a non-profit organization that raises awareness and support for adolescent and young adult suicide prevention.

Senior Kara Stroup told her story through OwlSports.com back in mid-September, and it received nearly 20,000 views on the website alone. Her words reached untold numbers through social media, helping and inspiring others to speak out. The upcoming spring issue of the NCAA Champion Magazine will feature an in-depth story on Stroup and her journey. If you missed her personal essay, click HERE to read it in its entirety. 

The Owls are in the midst of their longest win streak in 14 years, since the 2002 team won eight in a row on its way to an Atlantic 10 Championship. Temple has won five of the seven by 10 or more goals, most recently taking down city rival Saint Joseph's 16-4 on March 12. Temple's 19-goal effort in a 19-9 win at UMBC was the most since a 19-3 win over Cincinnati in 2014. The Owls' success has led to them earning a #20 spot in the Nike/Lacrosse Magazine Division I Women's Top 20, and Temple is also receiving votes in the Inside Lacrosse Top 20 Media Poll.

Senior Rachel Schwaab leads Temple with 19 goals and 12 assists for 31 total points, which rank 10th among all players in NCAA Division I. Senior Megan Tiernan is close behind with 17 goals and 10 assists for 27 points. Tiernan has notched four hat tricks already this season, while Schwaab has three. Senior Kirstie Connor ranks third on the team with 14 goals, and senior Brenda McDermott is fourth in goals with 13 but third in total points with 24.

In all, ten players have scored three or more goals for Temple, and 12 hat tricks have already been recorded by the Owls. In their 19-9 win at UMBC on March 5, McDermott scored five straight goals in the first half. She finished with a career-high five in the game, the most for any Owl so far this season. Junior midfielder Morgan Glassford, twice named to the BIG EAST Weekly Honor Roll already this season, has scored 12 goals to rank fifth on the team, and her 44 draw controls lead the Owls. Her 5.50 draws per game lead all players in the BIG EAST and rank eighth nationally.

Senior goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik has played every minute in the cage, making 49 saves while allowing 49 goals for a save percentage of .500 to rank third in the BIG EAST. Her goals-against average of 6.13 ranks third in the nation.

As a team, Temple is fourth in scoring defense, allowing just 6.13 goals per game, and fifth in the nation with a scoring margin of 8.25.  The Owls' offense is seventh nationally with 14.38 goals per game, and eighth in the nation with 20.25 points per game.

Temple will play 12 of its 17 regular-season games at home on Geasey Field. Wednesday's home game against Delaware is the third in a four-game homestand from March 9-26.

The Owls and the Blue Hens are tied 14-14 in the all-time series, with Temple earning an 11-6 win against 19th-ranked Delaware last season. The Blue Hens had won eight of nine games in the series prior to the 2015 season, with the Owls' lone win coming in 2012. Delaware comes into Wednesday's game with an identical record of 7-1. The Blue Hens' lone loss was a narrow, 12-10 defeat at the hands of #13 Penn.
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