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Field Hockey Looks for Weekend Split at Holy Cross on Sunday

PHILADELPHIA - Temple field hockey will look for a weekend split on Sunday as the Owls travel to Holy Cross for a noon match-up. Temple (1-5) is coming off a 4-2 loss at Providence in its BIG EAST opener on Friday, while Holy Cross (3-3) defeated Lehigh 5-1.

Scouting Temple
> The Owls' contest at Holy Cross will be their last in a five-game road swing. Five of their next seven games after Sunday will be at home on Howarth Field.
> Prior to the loss at Providence, the Owls earned their first win of the season in a defensive battle against Kent State on Saturday, Sept. 8. Sophomore goalkeeper Maddie Lilliock tied her career high with 11 saves, and redshirt senior Sarah Keer scored the game-winning and only goal of the contest with just over a minute remaining.
> Two of Temple's losses have come against Top 15 teams while another was to Saint Joseph's, now ranked in the Top 25. 
> Senior Maiyah Brown and sophomore Kathryn Edgar scored their first season goals in the 4-2 decision at Providence.
> Senior Rachael Mueller assisted on both goals at Providence. She is tied with redshirt senior Sarah Keer for the team lead in goals with two, and has four assists for a team-best eight total points.
> With eight defensive saves, the Owls lead all teams in NCAA Division I. Junior Nellie Doyle, redshirt junior Ashley Kucera and freshman Dani Batze lead the way with two defensive saves each, while sophomores Kathryn Edgar and Becky Gerhart have one apiece.

Scouting Holy Cross
> Holy Cross is 3-3 overall heading into Sunday's game. The Crusaders' first two losses in their first two games were to #22 UMass and #18 Albany.
> Senior Maureen Connolly and sophomore Marcia LaPlante were both named Preseason All-Patriot League. Both were All-Patriot League selections last season, as was junior Emily Loprete. Connolly and LaPlante were both also named Second Team NFHCA All-Region.
> Connolly leads the Crusaders with six goals and five assists for 17 total points so far this season.
> Holy Cross finished at 9-10 in 2016 and made its first appearance in the Patriot League Tournament since 2006.

All-Time Series vs. Holy Cross
> Temple and Holy Cross met for the first time a year ago in Philadelphia, with the Owls earning a shutout win, 2-0. Mueller had a goal in the victory, while Keer recorded an assist.
 
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