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.
> 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.