PHILADELPHIA - After a big win at Butler this past weekend, Temple lacrosse looks to keep it going on Wednesday, April 18 when the Owls host Vanderbilt at noon in a BIG EAST game. The two teams come in with identical records of 8-6 overall and 3-3 in conference play.
> The Owls are honoring their MVP's at Wednesday's game - their Most Valuable Professors. The nominated professors able to attend will walk out onto the field pregame to be recognized.
> Temple snapped a three-game skid in decisive fashion, winning 18-5 at Butler on April 14 behind a career-high six goals from senior Toni Yuko
. It was the first hat trick of her career, while sophomore Meghan Hoffman
and freshman Bridget Whitaker
also recorded their first career hat tricks with three goals each. The Owls led 8-4 at halftime and scored 10 straight goals to open the second half.
> The Owls had previously won four straight before losses to Marquette, #7 Florida and UConn. The four-game win streak came during a five-game homestand, and Temple has 11 home games of 17 regular-season contests this year.
> Two of Temple's BIG EAST wins have been one-goal decisions. The Owls upset #22/16 Denver 10-9 on March 18, and followed it up with a 9-8 double overtime win vs. Cincinnati on March 24. Sophomore midfielder Maddie Gebert
scored two goals including the clutch game-winner just over one minute into the second overtime period.
> Sophomore goalkeeper Maryn Lowell
made her 12th save vs. Denver with 20 seconds left to keep Temple in the lead, and made eight more saves in the Cincinnati win including one in the first overtime. Lowell was named the IWLCA National Defensive Player of the Week after the Owls' win vs. La Salle and Denver, and was also named the BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week in back-to-back weeks.
> The sophomore class is leading the way for Temple this season all over the field. Gebert has scored a team-best 23 goals, while sophomore Olivia Thompson
has 18 goals and five assists. Sophomore and team tri-captain Kara Nakrasius
has a team-best 52 draw controls.
> The defense has gotten a huge boost from senior tri-captain Nicole Latgis
with a team-best and BIG EAST-best 29 caused turnovers (18th in NCAA DI with 2.07 per game) and team-best 41 ground balls along with 37 draw controls. Latgis tied her career high with eight caused turnovers in the Owls' win at Butler on April 14.
> Three of Temple's six losses have come against teams ranked in the IWLCA Top 10 - #9 Princeton, #7 James Madison and #7 Florida.
> After winning five of six to start the season, the Commodores have gone just 3-5 since then and are split at 3-3 in BIG EAST play.
> Most recently, Vanderbilt lost 15-9 at home vs. #23 Georgetown on April 14.
> Senior attacker Kayla Peterson leads Vanderbilt with 53 goals (tied for second in the BIG EAST) and 45 draw controls, while sophomore attacker Emily Mathewson has 40 goals and a team-best 23 assists for a team-best 63 total points (second in the BIG EAST).
> Vanderbilt is ranked 15th nationally and second in the BIG EAST with 14.64 goals per game. The Commodores lead the BIG EAST with 11.71 caused turnovers per game, with eight players having reached double figures in caused turnovers.
> Last year, Vanderbilt finished 6-9 overall and 3-6 in the BIG EAST, not earning a spot in the postseason tournament. The last time the Commodores finished with a better than .500 record was in 2009-10 when they went 12-6 and lost to Duke by a single goal in the NCAA First Round.
> Temple and Vanderbilt have met four times with the Owls holding a 3-1 lead in the series.
> Temple edged the Commodores 11-10 on the road a year ago, and won 7-3 at home in 2016.
> The only Vandy win was a 14-8 decision on its home field in 2015.