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Field Hockey Hosts Holy Cross on Sunday in Go4TheGoal Game

PHILADELPHIA - Coming off back-to-back wins, Temple field hockey will look to make it three in a row when the Owls host non-conference opponent Holy Cross on Sunday, Oct. 2 at noon. The field hockey team is joining forces with the women's soccer team, also playing at noon Sunday, to raise money for the Go4TheGoal Foundation. As of late Friday, the teams were more than halfway to their goal of raising $2,016 in 2016.

Go4theGoal Foundation is an organization that strives to improve the lives of children battling cancer by providing financial support, developing and implementing unique hospital programs, funding innovative research, and granting personal wishes. Both Temple field hockey and Temple women's soccer will be wearing gold laces to show their support, and will be continuing to accept donations on Sunday afternoon.

Temple won 3-2 in overtime at Sacred Heart a week ago, and then took down BIG EAST opponent Georgetown on Friday by a score of 4-1. Freshman Maddie Merton scored twice in the win over the Hoyas, while junior Rachael Mueller scored the game-winning goal in both contests. The Owls are 3-8 overall, with four of their losses coming against teams ranked in the Top 10 in the nation. Mueller is the team leader with six goals this season, while redshirt junior Sarah Keer has a team-best three assists. Freshman Maddie Lilliock has started every game in goal for Temple, and ranks fourth in the nation with 8.60 saves per game.

The Owls' four goals on Friday were a season high, as were their 21 shots on goal. Junior Maiyah Brown added to the goal tally with her first of the season. 

Holy Cross is 5-4 overall heading into Sunday's game, and is coming off a 1-0 loss to Lehigh on Friday. Prior to that defeat, the Crusaders had won back-to-back games in overtime, defeating Fairfield 4-3 and Colgate 2-1 in double overtime. Junior forward Maureen Connolly is the team leader across the board with nine goals and four assists for 22 total points.

Temple and Holy Cross are meeting for the first time in program history when they face each other on Sunday.

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