PHILADELPHIA - In looking to defend its unbeaten home record at Howarth Field, Temple lacrosse will face a tough Senior Day test as the Owls host #2 Florida (13-2, 7-0) at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22. With two games remaining including the matchup against the Gators, Temple (13-2, 6-1) has already clinched one of four berths in the 2017 BIG EAST Championships.
Prior to the start of Saturday's contest, the Owls will honor seven seniors playing in the final home game of their careers. Rachel Barile
, Carly Demato
, Anna Frederick
, Krissy Gallivan
, Morgan Glassford
, Brenda McDermott
and Brooke Williams
will all walk out with their families as part of the Senior Day Ceremony, scheduled for approximately 12:40 p.m.
» Temple has won six straight games, and is undefeated at home this season with a record of 7-0.
» The Owls are 13-2 overall, marking their best start since the 1997 season. That team ultimately finished 14-3 and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals.
» With a come-from-behind, 11-10 win at Vanderbilt on April 15, Temple clinched its second-straight BIG EAST Championships berth. While seeding is yet to be determined, the Owls will join #2 Florida, #13 Denver and Georgetown for the tournament, hosted by Villanova on May 4 and 6.
» Temple has won eight of its 13 games by two goals or less, and has won six times when either tied or trailing in the final 10 minutes.
» Down 10-8 at Vanderbilt with 11:32 remaining, Temple scored the final three goals in a thrilling win. Seniors Carly Demato
and Brenda McDermott
scored four goals apiece, with Demato getting the game-winner with 64 seconds left.
» Freshman goalkeeper Maryn Lowell
made a career-high 17 saves at Vanderbilt, the second-most saves for in the BIG EAST this season. She was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week for a second time, and is 10-1 in the cage in 2016-17.
» In the Owls' most recent home game, they scored their most goals in over a year in beating new league member Butler, 19-7.
» McDermott has notched six straight hat tricks and leads Temple with 35 goals and 30 assists for 65 total points (17th in NCAA Division I). Her 4.33 points per game rank third in the BIG EAST, while her 2.0 assists per game rank fourth.
» Demato tallied her fifth hat trick of the season with a game-best four goals vs. Butler, and her sixth with four goals at Vanderbilt. She currently ranks second on the team with 29 goals, and has notched hat tricks in three straight games.
» Two-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week, senior Morgan Glassford
, has a team-best 63 draw controls and ranks fifth in the league with 4.50 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 164 career draws.
» No. 2 Florida has run the table in the BIG EAST so far this season, going 7-0 in league games and 13-2 overall.
» Most recently, the Gators earned a 20-goal, 22-2 win over Butler on April 15. The Gators have beaten five ranked opponents this season, taking down #3 USC, #5 Syracuse, #7 Stony Brook, #13 Denver and #16 Towson.
» Four Florida players have tallied 50 or more points this season, led by senior attacker Sammi Burgess with 62 points (28 goals, 34 assists).
» Senior attacker Mollie Stevens is the scoring leader with 44 goals, also leading the team with 85 draw controls.
» Senior defender Caroline Fitzgerald (34 ground balls, 20 caused turnovers) and sophomore goalkeeper Haley Hicklen (109 saves, .482 save percentage) have anchored the Gator defense.
Temple vs. Florida
» Florida leads the all-time series 5-0 against Temple, but the Owls lost by just a single goal, 10-9 in the first meeting of last season on April 2. Temple never trailed by more than two, but was unable to score the equalizer it needed in the final four minutes.
» In the BIG EAST Championship game on May 7 of last season, the Gators beat the Owls 16-4.
Temple's Florida Connection
» 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.
» O'Leary was a four-year starter on both the Owls' lacrosse and field hockey teams. She led lacrosse to a 19-0 record and the national championship in 1988, and was named the NCAA Tournament's Most Valuable Player. Lacrosse Magazine also selected her as its 1988 Player of the Year.
» While suiting up with Temple's field hockey team, O'Leary garnered 1986 and 1987 All-America honors and helped the Owls reach the NCAA semifinals in 1984.
» In 2005, she was inducted into the National Lacrosse Hall of Fame. She also became a member of the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame in the fall of 2004.
Senior Class Accomplishments
» The seven-member senior class has been a part of 42 wins over their four years at Temple, with this season's 13-2 mark being the best start for the program in 20 years.
» The numbers this class has compiled are impressive, including 251 goals, 113 assists, 364 total points, 252 ground balls, 244 draw controls and 106 caused turnovers.
» They have competed for three years in the highly-competitive BIG EAST Conference, advancing to the championship final last year and already earning a tournament berth again this season.
» In non-league games, the Owls have gone a remarkable 23-4 over the last three seasons.
» Between the seven seniors they have earned 19 BIG EAST All-Academic Team honors, five IWLCA Academic Honor Roll awards, four All-BIG EAST Awards, one BIG EAST All-Tournament Team Award and one IWLCA All-Region honor.