Dukes Lacrosse Suffers 9-8 Fall to Temple
April 22, 2005
The Duquesne women's lacrosse team suffered its first Atlantic 10 loss of the season and saw an end to its eight-match winning streak with a heart-breaking 9-8 fall to visiting Temple Friday afternoon on Rooney Field. The Dukes now stand 10-3 overall, 4-1 in league play and have secured a spot in the four-team Atlantic 10 Championship slated for May 6-7 at Richmond. The Owls, the 2004 defending A-10 champion, improve to 7-6, overall, 3-1 in league play. Ginger Flocco paced the Dukes with three goals and an assist while Kelly Mulford and Laura App each added a goal. App and Ashley Wood recorded one assist each in the loss. Keeper Sarah Pacini had four saves in the loss and faced 15 shots. . Temple's Patty Glavin led the match with five goals and keeper Megan McLouth had 15 saves on the day.
The game was a re-match and grudge match for the #19 (womenslacrosse.com) Dukes who suffered an 11-12 sudden-victory overtime loss to the Owls, who are four-time defending A-10 champions.
The contest opened with five minutes of scoreless play before Whitney Richards scored from Allison Frengs to put the visiting Owls on the scoreboard. Temple hit a free position goal less than a minute later to take a 2-0 edge 6:31 into play. Senior Ginger Flocco took the feed from fellow classmate Laura App in the 7th minute putting the Dukes on the board. The goal sparked a three-goal spree over less than two minutes of play as Courtney Tamasitis' unassisted goal at 7:58 knotted the game and Flocco hit an unassisted goal at 8:53 for a 3-2 Duquesne edge. The teams then traded goals as Temple tied the game 3-3 at 12:00 before Mulford gave the Dukes a 4-3 edge at 13:17. Temple scored a free position goal at 14:27 for a 4-4 game and App scored for the Dukes at 17:41 for a 5-4 edge. TU nailed an unassisted goal at the 19:20 mark for a 5-5 game and Flocco closed out the half's scoring hitting the back of the Owl's cage at 23:37 giving Duquesne a 6-5 advantage at the break.
The second half began with solid play on both ends of the field that kept the match scoreless for the first eight minutes. The Dukes' Krista Mann broke the silence scoring from Flocco at 8:11 into the stanza for a 7-5 Dukes' edge. Ashley Wood assisted on Caroline Gallagher's goal at 14:57 giving Duquesne an 8-5 margin midway through the frame. Temple's Glavin would hit the Owls' next three goals over a four-minute span to knot the contest 8-8 with 7:05 remaining in the contest. Duquesne had several strong shots saved by McLouth and hit the post twice in the waning minutes before Berkley Summerlin scored a free position goal with just 1:03 on the clock for the 9-8 Temple edge. The Owls won the draw and retained possession as time expired to secure the win.
Duquesne, which is now tied with George Washington for first in the Atlantic 10 standings, closes out the regular season traveling to Saint Joseph's April 29 and La Salle May 1.
Duquesne will close out the season May 6-7 at the 2005 Atlantic 10 Championship at the University of Richmond. The Dukes, George Washington, Temple and the host Spiders have clinched the four spots and will vie for the league's NCAA automatic bid. Duquesne has qualified for six of the A-10's seven lacrosse championships and have played in the title game last year and is 2001.