PHILADELPHIA, Pa. 12/17/2012 – Temple Owls Coach Bonnie Rosen has a goal to return the Temple women’s lacrosse program to prominence. In order to do that the program needs high-profile inter-sectional contests to build a recognition factor. Temple took a step in that direction in getting the Oregon Ducks to make a trip to the east coast. The Owls took a more positive step as the defeated Oregon 14 – 12 at Geasey Field. Sophomore Attack Jaymie Tabor with 6 second half goals including the last two that gave the Owls the margin of victory.
“We were happy that Oregon was willing to come east and play us,” said Temple Coach Bonnie Rosen. “They’re a top team from the west coast and we haven’t had the chance to play them in awhile. They will do well in their conference. Not only having the chance to play them, which is the first step, to come away with a strong win builds our reputation. But this is one game, and we take it one game at a time.”
The contest was close throughout. Temple started quickly taking a 4 – 1 lead with 13:05 to play in the first half. Oregon showed this would be a close contest as they scored the next three as the teams entered halftime tied at 4. The Ducks scored the next goal to get a 5 – 4 lead. Each team would get back to back tallies giving Oregon a 7 – 6 lead at the 20:54 mark. Tabor got her first of the game to tie the match a 7 with 19:56 to play. The
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teams alternated scoring until the 13:12 mark when the Owls scored three consecutive goals, two by Tabor to move in front 11 – 9 with 10:46 on the clock. Oregon got to within one on a goal by Midfielder Shannon Propst with 5:51 remaining. Temple took control of the game by consecutive goals by Tabor, and keeping Oregon out of the goal until there was 1:41 to play.
“We wanted a comfort zone especially when the clock is running down,” said Tabor.
The contest was offensive, but when it mattered at the end the Owls won it with defense.
“I was thrilled with our defense,” said Rosen. “There was a lot of working things out in this game, but we really stepped up to do that.”
In addition to Tabor
the Owls got two goals from Senior Midfielder Kelsey Zenuk, Senior Midfielder Stephanie Markunas, and Senior Midfielder Jackie Mercer. Sophomore Midfielder Kelly Syphard and Junior Midfielder Kellee Pace each scored one goal. Senior Goal Keeper Tess Bishop got the win giving up 12 goals and turning away 9 Oregon shots.
Jess Drummond led Oregon with 4 goals, and her sister, Jana Drummond scored 2. Midfielder Shannon Propst tallied 3 goals.
Most of the Oregon roster is made up of players from the Eastern part of the country. The trip to Philadelphia is a homecoming for Midfielder Erika McCool from Moorestown High School in Moorestown, NJ., and Berwyn native Callie Wagner from Conestoga High School. McCool registered a Ground Ball and a Caused Turnover. The Ducks remain in Philadelphia to play La Salle on February 19.
Temple prepares for another high-profile match against Rutgers on February 22.
“We were really excited, and it started off our season right,” said Tabor. “Hopefully we will continue next week against Rutgers. On to another one.”
Written By: Glenn Papazian