Meghan Hoffman
Joseph V. Labolito

Women's Lacrosse

Lacrosse Hosts Conference Rival UConn on Saturday

PHILADELPHIA - Looking to get back to its winning ways, Temple lacrosse returns home to host BIG EAST foe UConn (5-7, 1-3) on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m. The Owls (7-5, 2-2) are 5-3 at Howarth Field this season and had won four straight at home before a recent two-game road swing.

Scouting Temple
> Temple had a four-game win streak snapped at Marquette on March 31 as the Owls suffered their first BIG EAST Conference loss, 16-4 against the Golden Eagles. Another tough game followed, with Temple losing 15-3 at #7 Florida on April 4.
> The Owls had played five in a row at home, going 4-1, prior to traveling to Marquette. They will now alternate home and away games for the remainder of the season.
> Each of Temple's two 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. 
> Lowell's 110 saves rank 16th among all players in NCAA Division I, while her 9.17 saves per game rank 33rd.
> The sophomore class is leading the way for Temple this season all over the field. Gebert has scored a team-best 21 goals, while sophomore Olivia Thompson has 16 goals and five assists. Sophomore and team tri-captain Kara Nakrasius has a team-best 42 draw controls.
> The defense has gotten a huge boost from senior tri-captain Nicole Latgis with a team-best and BIG EAST-best 25 caused turnovers (21st in NCAA DI with 2.08 per game) and team-best 34 ground balls along with 29 draw controls.
> Three of Temple's losses have come vs. teams ranked in the IWLCA Top 10 - #9 Princeton, #7 James Madison and #7 Florida.

Scouting UConn
> The Huskies are 5-7 overall and 1-3 in conference play after losing three straight since winning their BIG EAST opener at Butler.
> UConn's first two BIG EAST losses were to #23 Denver and #8 Florida. The Huskies have had four games decided by a single goal, including a 12-11 loss vs. #24 UMass and most recently a 13-12 loss vs. Villanova on April 4.
> Senior Grace Nolan has a commanding lead offensively for the Huskies with a league-best 44 goals to go with 23 assists.
> Two others also have 20 or more goals for UConn with junior Caitlin Leary at 27 and senior Kelsey Catalano at 22.
> Defensively, senior Cassie Ekstrom has a team-best 33 ground balls to go with a team-best 24 caused turnovers, while sophomore Grace Beshlian has been the goalkeeper of record in all 12 games for the Huskies.

All-Time Series
> The Huskies hold a narrow, 4-3 lead in the all-time series vs. Temple.
> In the final regular season game of 2017, UConn won 19-15 on its home field.
> The teams split games in 2016, with the Owls losing 9-8 in overtime at home but defeating UConn 12-8 in the BIG EAST Semifinals at Georgetown.
> That win was the only one for the Owls against the Huskies since 2006, as the teams did not meet again until 2014 when Temple joined the BIG EAST.
 
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