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Rutgers RU 0-1
Temple TU 1-0
Score By Periods
Team 1 2 F
Rutgers RU 4 4 8
Temple TU 8 4 12

Game Recap: Women's Lacrosse |

Lacrosse Downs Rutgers 12-8 for Season-Opening Win

PHILADELPHIA - Seniors Nicole Barretta and Kira Gensler scored four goals apiece in leading Temple lacrosse (1-0) to a season-opening home win against Rutgers (0-1) on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Howarth Field. The Scarlet Knights scored first in the game, but the Owls answered with a 3-0 run and never trailed again.

Keys to the Game
> The Owls committed just 14 turnovers compared to 20 for Rutgers, helping negate a disadvantage on the draw (16-6 in favor of the Scarlet Knights).
> Twenty of Temple's 25 shots were on target, while just 18 of Rutgers' 32 total shots were on goal.
> Temple held an 8-4 lead at halftime, and scored the first three goals of the second half for its largest lead of 11-4.
> That seven-goal advantage was enough to withstand a late run by the Scarlet Knights, who scored four straight over a six-minute stretch and were within three, 11-8 with 5:18 remaining.
> The only goal in last five minutes was scored by Barretta, as the Owls' defense ended the comeback hopes for Rutgers.

Individual Highlights
> Barretta's eight total points were a career high, breaking her previous high by two. Her and Gensler made a strong team, with Barretta assisting on three of Gensler's goals, and Gensler also recording an assist on one of Barretta's goals.
> The hat trick for Gensler was the second of her career, with her four goals being a career high.
> Sophomore Maddie Gebert scored twice for the Owls, while sophomore Olivia Thompson and junior Amber Lambeth added one goal apiece.
> Freshman Jackie Cerchio notched her first career assist, as did senior defender Nicole Latgis. Cerchio recorded four ground balls, while Latgis tallied three and led the Owls with two caused turnovers.
> In goal, sophomore Maryn Lowell came up with 10 saves and four ground balls.

> "I'm thrilled with the results of the day, and equally about our effort and performance. I thought our team really just played within ourselves. Our goal was to keep our mentality in a place that was positive and stay very present all game, and we did a really great job with that. I couldn't ask for a better start to the season." - Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen 

Game Notes
> Temple now leads Rutgers 16-7 in the all-time series, and the Owls have won four straight.
> Rosen is now 98-93 in her 12 years with the Owls, needing just two more wins for 100.

Up Next
> The Owls will head to Monmouth for game two, a 3 p.m. contest on Wednesday, Feb. 14.
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