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