PHILADELPHIA - With a BIG EAST Tournament berth and a winning streak on the line, red-hot Temple lacrosse visits Vanderbilt on Saturday, April 15 for a 2 p.m. (ET) matchup with the Commodores (6-6, 3-3). Even with two games left after Saturday, the Owls (12-2, 5-1) would clinch a spot in the four-team BIG EAST Tournament with a win in Nashville.
» Temple has won five straight games, and is undefeated at home this season with a record of 7-0. Most recently, the Owls scored their most goals in over a year in beating new league member Butler, 19-7.
» The Owls are 12-2 overall, marking their best start since the 1997 season. That team ultimately finished 14-3 and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals.
» The Owls were picked to finish fifth among the 10 BIG EAST teams, but are currently tied for second with three games remaining. Only the top four teams will advance to the conference tournament at Villanova in early May.
» The Owls came back from three goals down in a 13-11 win vs. Villanova on April 8, and from four goals down in an 11-9 win at Cincinnati on April 1.
» Senior attacker Brenda McDermott
has notched five straight hat tricks and leads Temple with 31 goals and 29 assists for 60 total points. Her 4.29 points per game rank in a tie for third in the BIG EAST, while her 2.07 assists per game rank fourth.
» The first of McDermott's five straight hat tricks came in a 17-16 overtime victory against Marquette on March 25 in the Owls' BIG EAST home opener, in which she scored the OT game-winner.
» Senior Carly Demato
tallied her fifth hat trick of the season with a game-best four goals vs. Butler, and recently scored twice at Cincinnati including the game-winner.
» Freshman goalkeeper Maryn Lowell
tied her career high with 11 saves in an 11-9 win at Georgetown, and was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on April 4. Lowell has played seven complete games, and is 9-1 in the cage this season.
» Two-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week, senior Morgan Glassford
, has a team-best 62 draw controls and ranks fourth in the league with 4.77 draws per game. During the first half of the Villanova win on April 8, Glassford became the all-time career leader at Temple in draw controls, and has now recorded 163 career draws.
» Sophomore Amber Lambeth
, who went scoreless in her freshman year, had two four-goal efforts in the opening two games which were both wins for the Owls. Lambeth currently ranks tied for third on the team with 21 goals this season. Demato is ahead of her with 25 goals, while senior Anna Frederick
is tied with Lambeth at 21 goals. Junior Nicole Barretta
is right behind those two with 20 goals, followed by Glassford with 19.
» The Commodores are coming off back-to-back losses at Georgetown and #13 Denver, with four of their six losses this season coming against Top 20 programs.
» Three players have scored more than 20 goals for Vanderbilt, led by sophomore midfielder Julie Blaze with 28.
» Senior attacker Jill Doherty is the team's points leader with 24 goals and a team-best 22 assists, while also leading the Commodores in draw controls (61), ground balls (22) and tying for the lead in caused turnovers with 14.
Temple vs. Vanderbilt
» Temple and Vanderbilt have met three times, including twice since the Commodores joined the BIG EAST in 2015.
» The Owls are up 2-1 in the all-time series, and won 7-3 at home last year.
» Vanderbilt won 14-8 on its home field in 2015.