Owls Swoop In for 12-7 Win Over USC Lacrosse
March 13, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Patience paid off for a Temple offense that worked the ball around the cage as the Owls (5-1) claimed a 12-7 win over the USC women's lacrosse team (4-5) on Wednesday, March 13, at McAlister Field. The Women of Troy got three goals from freshman midfield Amanda Johansen while freshmen attackers Caroline de Lyra and Caroline Cordrey each had two goals apiece. De Lyra had USC's only assist on seven goals.
On defense, freshman goalie Liz Shaffer and freshman midfield Elizabeth Eddy tied for team-high honors with three ground balls, each. Eddy also had a team-best three caused turnovers in the game. Freshmen defenders Courtney Tarleton and Kelsey Dreyer each had two ground balls in the game. Shaeffer had eight saves against the Owls' 20 shots on goal.
For Temple, Rachel Schwaab led the way with three goals and three assists while four other players scored twice, each. Charlotte Swavola scored two goals, picked up an assist and had three ground balls, three caused turnovers, and a draw control. The Owls also got two goals and an assist with three draw controls from Stephany Parcell.
The Owls wasted little time getting on the board as Kellee Pace scored the first goal of the game just one minute in. Three minutes later, Schwaab scored unassisted to put Temple up, 2-0. USC responded to get the next three goals; one each from de Lyra, Cordrey, and Johansen. Johansen's unassisted goal put the Trojans up, 3-2, with 13:53 left in the first half.
Temple evened the scored at three-all on a second goal by Pace, but USC regained the lead when de Lyra found Johansen open for a shot that netted a 4-3 Trojan lead. The Owls slowed down the game and worked the ball around the perimeter and got a goal from Avery Longstaff to knot the score at four-all heading into the halftime break.
Not even a minute into the second half, the Owls pulled the trigger on another goal by Schwaab to go up, 5-4. Two more goals completed a 4-0 Temple run that created a 7-4 gash at the 23:49 mark. Johansen retaliated to get an unassisted goal and pull the Trojans within two points at 7-5, but the Owls scored five of the next six goals over a course of 15 minutes to claim a big 12-6 lead. Cordrey's goal at 5:39 was USC's last chance to mount a comeback, but the Temple defense allowed no such thing as time expired on the Trojans.
The Trojans have two days off between games and will face Marquette (2-3) in a noon PT matchup on Saturday, March 16, at McAlister Field. Please visit www.USCTrojans.com for more information.