Kara Stroup
Joseph V. Labolito/Temple University
Senior Kara Stroup

Women's Lacrosse

Lacrosse Opens BIG EAST Play at #2 Florida on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - The 2016 BIG EAST season begins for Temple lacrosse on Saturday, April 2 as the Owls (8-2) head to #2 Florida for a noon contest. Temple is starting conference play against the two-time defending BIG EAST champion Gators, who are 10-1 overall with their lone loss coming to #1 Maryland.

Headlines
• Saturday's game marks the beginning of the BIG EAST schedule for the Owls, who finished the non-conference season with a record of 8-2.
• Florida, currently ranked #2 by the IWLCA, is the second Top 20 team Temple will face this season. One of the Owls' two losses was in their season opener to #16 Louisville, 8-5.
• Temple plays 12 of its 17 regular season games at home this season. The Owls played eight of those in the non-conference season, and will play four of seven league games at home as well.
• The Owls recently won seven in a row, their longest win streak in 14 years, before falling 10-4 to Delaware on March 16. 
• Temple is coming off an 18-3 blowout win against Cal on March 26. Three Owls recorded hat tricks in the win, led by senior Megan Tiernan with three goals and an assist. The hat trick for Tiernan was her fifth of the season.
• Senior goalkeeper Jaqi Kakalecik, who has played every minute in the cage this season for Temple, is the reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for a second time this season after making nine saves in the Owls' 18-3 win vs. Cal. Her goals-against average of 6.20 ranks fifth among all players in NCAA Division I, while her saves percentage of .519 ranks ninth nationally.
• Temple has won six games by 10 or more goals. The Owls' 19-goal effort in a 19-9 win at UMBC was the most since a 19-3 win over Cincinnati in 2014. 
Megan Tiernan leads Temple with 21 goals, while senior Rachel Schwaab is one behind with 20. Schwaab is the team leader in assists (13) and total points (33) while Tiernan has added 11 assists for 32 total points. 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, 11 players have scored three or more goals for Temple, and 15 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 13 goals to tie for fourth on the team, and her 54 draw controls lead the Owls. Her 5.40 draws per game lead all players in the BIG EAST and rank 10th in the nation. On the Temple all-time single season list for draw controls, Glassford's 54 draws already rank fourth.
• As a team, Temple is fourth in NCAA Division I in scoring defense, allowing just 6.20 goals per game, and fourth in the nation with a scoring margin of 7.50.  The Owls' offense is ninth nationally with 13.70 goals per game, and 12th in the nation with 19.30 points per game.
• The Owls rank first in the BIG EAST in draw controls per game (13.30) and goals-against average (6.20) and second in goals per game (13.70).
• Senior midfielder Nicole Tiernan was a unanimous selection to the 2016 Preseason All-BIG EAST Team. The Owls were picked to finish sixth of eight teams in the conference in the preseason poll.
• The Owls are looking to make their first appearance in the BIG EAST Tournament since joining the league as an associate member in 2014. The four-team tournament will be hosted by Georgetown in Washington, D.C. on May 5 and 7.
• The Owls and the Gators have met three times in program history, with Florida winning all three. Last year's meeting was a 17-3 win for the Gators in Philadelphia. Florida head coach Amanda O'Leary, who went by Mandee Moore at Temple, is a 1988 graduate and three-time All-American for Temple who led the Owls to the NCAA title as a senior.

Records Watch
For both career and season all-time records at Temple, some current Owls are already ranked or getting close. Morgan Glassford is already fourth all-time in single-season draw controls with 54 so far this year, needing just 10 more to tie for the top spot. She has 77 career draw controls, needing 16 more to break into the top 10 all-time. Nicole Tiernan has 58 career caused turnovers to rank eighth all-time at Temple, needing just one more to move up into a tie for seventh. Jaqi Kakalecik now ranks 10th all-time in saves at Temple with 263, and her career goals-against average of 9.25 is tied for seventh all-time.

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