PHILADELPHIA - Due to the forecast of storms in the Cincinnati area on Wednesday, April 5, Temple lacrosse will now face the Bearcats (5-6, 1-2) at noon instead of the originally scheduled time of 3 p.m. The Owls (9-2, 2-1) are playing their second straight BIG EAST road game before returning to Howarth Field for back-to-back conference games.
Temple is coming off back-to-back BIG EAST wins, and is tied for second in the conference with a record of 2-1. At 9-2 overall, the Owls are off to their best start to a season since 1998. That team ultimately finished 14-5 overall and advanced to the NCAA Semifinals.
The Owls won their first BIG EAST game in their conference home opener against Marquette in dramatic fashion on March 25. Senior Brenda McDermott
scored three goals, including the OT game-winner, as Temple won 17-16. McDermott was one of three to notch a hat trick in the Marquette win, adding three assists to three goals. Junior Nicole Barretta
led the Owls with a career-high five goals, while freshman Olivia Thompson
added a career-high four goals.
For a second game in a row, McDermott added three assists to three goals in leading the Owls to an 11-9 win at Georgetown in their most recent game on April 1. Freshman goalkeeper Maryn Lowell
tied her career high with 11 saves in Temple's win at Georgetown, and was named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week on April 4.
McDermott, named to the Preseason All-BIG EAST Team, leads Temple in goals with 22 and in assists with 25 which ranks 13th in NCAA Division I.
Two-time BIG EAST Midfielder of the Week already this season, senior Morgan Glassford
, has a team-best 51 draw controls and ranks fourth in the league with 5.10 draws per game. Glassford has recorded 152 career draw controls to rank second all-time at Temple, needing just four more to tie for first.
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 second on the team with 19 goals this season.
With an overall record of 5-6, Cincinnati has already surpassed its 2016 win total by one game. The Bearcats are coming off a 21-3 win vs. Butler on April 1, but have lost their other two conference games to Marquette (16-10) and Villanova (16-10). Cincinnati has a standout player in freshman attacker Monica Borzillo, who leads the team with 32 goals and a BIG EAST-best 30 assists for a league-best 62 total points.
The Bearcats lead the conference with 14.73 draw controls per game while ranking second with 13.55 goals per game and 18.73 points per game.
The Owls and Bearcats have met three times, with Temple winning all three of those match-ups. Last year, Temple prevailed 10-4 at home, and the Owls won 16-3 the last time the two teams met in Cincinnati in 2015.