Talk about breaking a slump.The lacrosse team got its first win of the season Saturday, routing Marist, 17-4, at Geasey Field. The Owls had dropped their first three games of the season, in which they were outscored 47-19.
Coach Bonnie Rosen could barely contain her emotion after the Owls’ first victory.”It feels fantastic,” she said. “This was the day we’ve been waiting for and we’ve been building for this moment.”
Her players built a huge lead, courtesy of hat tricks by attacker Nicole Caniglia and midfielder Berkley Summerlin. Caniglia scored the game’s first goal a little more than five minutes into the game. Marist and Temple then matched one another
with two goals apiece to make the score 3-2 in the Owls’ favor.
Caniglia said the Owls used the back-and-forth pace as motivation.
“When we started going back-and-forth,” Caniglia said. “we were like, ‘We need to pick things up,’ and we figured it out.”And the Owls figured it out, to the tune of 11 consecutive goals at one stretch.
Senior Allison Frengs, who had three consecutive hat tricks coming into the game, posted her only goal amidst Temple’s scoring outburst. Yet, Frengs didn’t seem too concerned about scoring another hat trick as long as Temple exited victorious.
“I don’t really care about scoring as long as we win,” the 2006 regional all-American said. “It really does not matter to me at all.”
With their 11 straight goals, the Owls made sure that Marist’s two late goals didn’t matter. Though the Red Foxes tallied only four goals, they had their chances.
Junior goalkeeper Bridget McMullan made eight saves, most of them at point-blank range in close quarters.
“She was awesome,” Frengs said of McMullan.
“She’s so good at making saves when you don’t think she will.”
McMullan said Saturday was Temple’s day from the beginning.
“It really wasn’t about them today,” she said. “It was our day to come up with a win and it didn’t matter who it was.”
And it also didn’t matter who accomplished
it, as far as Temple’s offense was concerned.
Freshmen Alison Incarnato and Lindsey Colferai, and sophomore Andrea DeSabato netted their first collegiate goals, and freshman midfielder Chelsea Rosiek scored her second goal in as many games.
Frengs, a senior, said it was great to see the young reserves score.
“It was very exciting to see our subs come in and play so well,” she said. “A couple of people had their first career goals. It was great.” When it was said that she sounded like a proud mother, she agreed.
“I am, I am,” she said with a smile.
It was Rosen’s first Temple win, and it happened to come against a former Owls’ player and assistant coach Noelle Cebron.
Rosen said she understood how Cebron was feeling.
“I know a little bit about that myself,” Rosen said. “I lost to my alma mater recently,” she said, speaking of Temple’s 18-8 loss last week at Virginia. “I just hope she understands and respects that her alma mater is doing well.”
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