Temple Beats Duquesne to Improve to 3-0 in A10
from press release
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - Stephany Parcell and Charlotte Swavola recorded six points apiece in leading Temple lacrosse to a 16-9 win at Duquesne (7-5, 2-1) on Sunday afternoon. The Owls (8-4) remain perfect with a 3-0 Atlantic 10 record, and defeated a team that had out-scored its last two opponents by a margin of 34-2.
"We knew it was going to be a really tough game," said Temple head coach Bonnie Rosen, "and we prepared well for them, but our players got it done on the field. We had great composure and great shot selection and great team chemistry. It was a wonderful win against a very, very good team. This was the best we have played in terms of being physical and being smart with our attack. We could not have picked a better day for things to come together."
Parcell added one assist to five goals, while Swavola recorded two assists in addition to her four goals. Swavola's performance comes on the heels of her six-goal game against St. Bonaventure, while Parcell also notched her second hat trick in a row after scoring three goals the other day. Parcell also led the team with five draw controls for a second-straight game.
Kellee Pace was Temple's third player to finish with a hat trick at Duquesne, scoring three goals. The Owls also got two goals and an assist from Kelly Syphard.
After Parcell scored the first goal of the game in the opening minute, the Dukes rattled off three straight to put Temple in a 3-1 hole. With 16:28 left in the first half, another Parcell goal tied the game at 4-4, and it would prove to be the second goal in a 5-0 run. Lea Britton scored the third goal of the run and later assisted on the fifth goal which gave Temple a 7-4 lead with 12:54 to go.
With 25 seconds left in the first half, Parcell's fourth goal made it 10-5, but Duquesne controlled the next draw and scored one more before the break.
Duquense's Amanda Kidder, who finished the game with five goals, scored two of those in the first six minutes of the second half to narrow her team's deficit to two, 10-8. It was as close as the Dukes would get. After Parcell increased the margin to three goals, Duquesne matched that only once more with its ninth goal at 17:45.
Over the final 16 minutes, the Owls added four more goals to close out the game. Pace scored the first two of those in a three-minute span with assists from Syphard and Nicole Tiernan. Tiernan then scored one of her own at 10:28, and the game was scoreless for nearly the last 10 minutes until Swavola scored an unassisted, man-up goal with one minute remaining.
Temple's next game will have the Owls facing a ranked opponent for the first time this season, as they travel to #13 Massachusetts for a 4:00 p.m. contest on Friday, April 12.