PHILADELPHIA - Behind hat tricks from Carly Demato
and Brenda McDermott
, Temple lacrosse edged BIG EAST and city rival Villanova (3-9, 1-4) by a score of 13-11 on Saturday at Howarth Field. The Owls (11-2, 4-1), who won their fourth straight game, remain undefeated at home this season.
After Villanova had a couple three-goal leads in the first half, the game ended up being tied on six occasions. The final tie came at 10-10 with 7:41 left, and McDermott scored in a man-up situation at 7:08 to put the Owls up for good. The Wildcats later cut a two-goal lead back to one, but McDermott secured the victory, scoring her third goal of the game with just 2:35 remaining.
"It's a thrill anytime you can get a little bit of an advantage," said Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen
, "but we made it a game and still gave them opportunities to try to score, so the most important thing to recognize in this game is that there's really no safe lead. Maybe a 10-goal lead would be nice, but anything less than that doesn't feel safe until the final whistle goes."
McDermott added two assists to her fourth straight hat trick in totaling a game-high five points, while Demato also added an assist for four points. Both Amber Lambeth
and Morgan Glassford
scored twice for Temple, with Nicole Barretta
, Olivia Thompson
and Anna Frederick
all adding one goal each.
With her second of a game-high seven draw controls, Glassford became the all-time career leader in program history. She now has 162 draws, breaking the previous record by six with plenty of games left on the Owls' schedule.
Goalkeeper Maryn Lowell
made five saves in each half, totaling 10 for the game and improving to 8-1 in the cage this season. Nicole Latgis
had another strong outing on defense for the Owls as well, leading all players with three caused turnovers while also tallying three ground balls.
Neither team scored until the eighth minute of the game when Demato fed Frederick for a 1-0 lead. The Owls made it 2-0 on a free-position goal by Lambeth, but from there the Wildcats took over.
Villanova scored five goals in a row over a 13-minute stretch to take a 5-2 lead, and they again led by three at 6-3 with 1:14 left in the half. The Owls gained some momentum just before the break when McDermott found Glassford for a goal, cutting Villanova's lead to 6-4 at halftime.
Demato and Thompson both scored in the first five minutes of the second half to make it a tie game, 6-6, and the teams were tied again at 7, 8, 9 and 10 in a back-and-forth contest.
The Owls scored three straight goals on free-position opportunities, going 6-of-11 from the 8-meter arc overall. After McDermott gave the Owls an 11-10 lead, Barretta scored the Owls' crucial 12th goal for some breathing room, much-needed after the Wildcats' Maggie Jennings scored on a free-position chance with 4:27 left.
Both the 11th and 12th goals came on man-up situations for the Owls, who took advantage of two late yellow cards on the Wildcats.
Villanova controlled the draw after its final goal, but Lowell came up with a big save to get the ball back for Temple. McDermott then took advantage of one final free-position opportunity with 2:35 left to seal the victory. The only shot in the remaining time was a wide attempt for Villanova, as both teams committed turnovers in the final minutes.
"Villanova is always a great game," said Rosen. "They're a really nice team and they're young and getting better every day. I knew this was going to be a battle, and it was, down to the end. It makes it great to walk away with a win against a team that I think has a lot of upsides to them and certainly has a lot of fight in them. So for us to be on the winning side today- I'm thrilled."
Temple will be back at home for its next game, a 3 p.m. contest against new BIG EAST member Butler on Wednesday, April 12.