PHILADELPHIA, April 10, 2011 – The Richmond Spiders used a six goal outburst in the first half to take a 10 – 3 halftime lead to take a 13 – 9 win over the Temple Owls at Geasey Field. Richmond out-shot Temple 31 – 22, 17 – 11 in the first half, and the slow start would be too much for the Owls to overcome.
“They (Richmond) came out ready to go,” said Temple Coach Bonnie Rosen. “It is a disappointing loss for us because we didn’t come out ready to play. We have a tendency to sit back and have the game come to us. When you do that, good teams make a run on you.”
Temple trailed 4 – 3 when Richmond started their run on a goal by Attack Gabi Wiegland at the 18:05 mark. Four of the six goals came in a six minute span that gave the Spiders an 8 – 3 lead. Temple tried to get some offense going, but Richmond Goal Keeper and Philadelphia native Victoria Roebuck came up with key saves. Late in the first half Temple came up empty on three Free-Position shots. Roebuck made 6 saves in the half, 9 over the course of the game.
“Their goal keeper did a very nice job,” Rosen said. “We didn’t place the ball where we needed to place it. We were 1 of 5 on Free Position shots. You need to be 50% on Free Position shots.”
The Owls made a comeback in the second half. A three goal run cut the deficit to 11 – 7 on Free Position shot scores by Junior Midfielders Shelby Christopher and Missy Schweitzer. Freshman Attack Jaymie Tabor scored unassisted to get her tem to within four with 13:35 to play. Temple was getting saves from Goal Keeper Tess Bishop. The Junior made 7 saves in the half to give Bishop 9 for the game. However, it was too steep of a hill to climb for Temple. Rosen felt they started to rally too late.
“We play with a little less to lose when we are down,” said Rosen. We get a little more aggressive and we take the defense up a notch. We wanted the game to come to us, and that didn’t work. When we decided to play Temple Lacrosse, things got a little better.”
Tabor had three goals for Temple. Schweitzer tallied two goals to give her 17 for the season. Each Temple goal was unassisted.
For Richmond, Attack Julianne Nicola had three goals and three assists in the game. Midfielders Caitlin Fifield and Hayley Ross tallied three goals apiece. Fifield was credited with an assist.
The loss evened Temple’s Atlantic 10 record at 2 – 2, and dropped the season record to 4 – 9. The Owls remain in contention for a spot in the Atlantic 10 Tournament which will be played at Geasey Field on the campus of Temple University.
Written By: Glenn Papazian