Owls Fall 19 – 4 to the Gators, Await the Selection Committee Decision
May 8, 2021 –
The Temple offense was limited and the defense tested early. The #7/8 Florida Gators took a 5 goal lead within the first 9 minutes and cruised to a 19 – 4 win the American women’s lacrosse final. The Gators are the American champions for the second consecutive year, and get an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. The fate of the Owls rests with the tournament selection committee. The Cherry and White finish with a 12 – 5 record, 7 – 3 in conference.
“First, while this was not the result we wanted today I am so proud of this team,” said Temple Coach Bonnie Rosen. “I have to congratulate Florida on an outstanding performance. We knew this was going to be a tough match up and a tough game. It was not our best performance for sure, but Florida has a way of doing that to teams. We are hoping to get selected to the NCAA tournament tomorrow night and get a chance to represent Temple and make a run in the tournament. “
Florida limited Temple to 2 goals in each half. Midfielder Belle Mastropietro was the Owls scoring leader with 2 goals. Brianna Harris led the Gators with 6 goals and 4 assists. She earned the tournament Most Outstanding Player award.
Shannin Kavanagh, Grace Haus, and Harris got the offense going for the Gators. Temple fought back after the fast start by Florida by scoring back-to-back goals by Bridget Whitaker and Mastropietro. But the top-seeded Gators responded getting the next 6 tallies to take control of the game with a 11 – 2 halftime lead. Harris recorded three straight goals in that run. Kavanagh had 2 goals during that stretch.
Florida outshot Temple 35 – 14.
Kavanagh also scored 6 goals for the Gators, and Haus found the back of the net 4 times.
Mastropietro, Bridget Whitaker, Charessa Crosse, and Katie Shallow were All-Tournament Team selections for the Cherry and White.
Written By: Glenn Papazian