Despite the snowy weather, Temple Women’s Lacrosse was ready for game day. Much like the snow, once that Owl offense got started, it did not let up.
The game started back and forth, similar to the Owl’s last battle against No. 2 Florida, and stayed that way until it was all tied up at 3-3 with fifteen minutes remaining in the first half. This is when Temple kicked it up a notch and turned on the heat. The Owls went on a 4-0 run to close the first half, putting Vanderbilt in a rut to start the second half.
Although the Owl’s offense was efficient, it was their defense that sealed the deal. The Owls did not let up any goals in the entire second half. The Owl’s defense, in addition to scoring another goal by Nicole Tiernan, Temple was able to clinch the victory with just over 16 minutes left to play.
To ensure the win, a variety of Owl’s contributed on the offensive end. Six players scored including Rachel Schwaab, Kirstie Connor, Brooke Williams, Carly Demato, Nicole Tiernan, and two goals by Morgan Glassford. It was a true team effort for the Owls. Temple was also able to out shoot Vanderbilt. The Owls took 21 shots over Vanderbilt’s 17. The Owl’s only had fifteen shots on goal however, and converted on nearly 50% of their shots on goal, equaling seven goals.
With a comfortable 7-3 victory over Vanderbilt, Temple is now 1-1 in Big East Conference play, and 9-3 overall. Their next match up is set for Wednesday April 13th, against the University of Connecticut Huskies. Temple’s valiant efforts, and impressive record is helping them receive numerous votes in the NCAA to become nationally ranked.