On Saturday, Temple women’s lacrosse won their fourth straight game, as they down the UMBC Retrievers, 10-7. With the win, the Owls improve to 5-3 on the season, and 4-3 at Howarth Field.
It was a chilly Saturday afternoon, and it seems as if the Owls were a bit cold out of the gate as they allowed consecutive goals to start the game. However, they would start to heat up in the first half as attacker Meghan Hoffman and midfielder Belle Mastropietro got the scoring started for the Owls. The teams then traded goals midway through the first half until UMBC took another two goal lead, up 5-3.
The Owls wouldn’t let the Retrievers continue their momentum as they once again crawl back from a two goal deficit to tie the game at 5. The consecutive goals came in the last minute of the half as the Owls caught a late burst, including an Olivia Thompson goal coming with just 2 seconds left in the half, it was the first of three for the senior attacker.
In the second half, the Owls would continue their run as they open up with two more goals, and four unanswered altogether. Despite UMBC’s comeback efforts, the Owls would not lose their lead in the second half, countering every Retriever goal with one of their own, scoring two late insurance goals.
Three Owls scored multiple goals Saturday, and two had coveted hat tricks, including the aforementioned Thompson and Bridget Whitaker, a junior midfielder who was named to the AAC First Team last year.
This win streak was just what the doctor ordered for the Owls, following a three game losing streak. And of the four wins, this was their best defensive effort, only allowing 7 goals and just 19 shots on goal, to their own 33.
The Owls will look for their fifth straight win in the first of two straight road games as they travel across town to take on Villanova on Wednesday at 7pm.