Dukes Lose A-10 Finals In OT To Temple, 12-11
May 8, 2004
Corning, N.Y. - Duquesne University's women's lacrosse team was toppled by Temple in overtime of the Atlantic 10 Women's Lacrosse Championship Final by a 12-11 score Saturday afternoon at Corning Memorial Stadium. The Owls came back from a three goal second half deficit to force overtime. Junior Ginger Flocco (Plymouth Meeting, Pa. / Plymouth-Whitemarsh), the league's Offensive Player of the Year and an All-Academic selection, paced the Dukes with four goals and one assist.
Flocco led three other Dukes on the All-Tournament Team. Also honored were sophomore Krista Mann (Wooster, Ohio / Wooster), senior Kristina Rohall (West Chester, Pa. / Henderson) and senior Becca West (Cicero, N.Y. / Cicero-North Syracuse).
Duquesne's freshman Jennifer Lorenze (Morgantown, W.Va. / Morgantown) gave the Dukes a 9-6 lead 2:14 into the second half, but Temple rallied, scoring the next three goals to tie the game at nine apiece with 9:29 remaining. Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Player Tiffany Pulaski scored twice during that run.
Both teams exchanged goals before Duquesne's Flocco scored with 2:44 remaining to give the Dukes an 11-10 lead. Pulaski netted her fifth goal of the game with 1:50 remaining to tie the score at 11-11.
Temple had a chance to take the lead in the final seconds as Pulaski drew a free-position attempt. Thankfully for Duquesne, Rohall caused a turnover to force overtime.
In the first overtime session, Temple's Allison Frengs beat Duquesne's Sarah Pacini (Baldwinsville, N.Y. / C.W. Baker / Vanderbilt) to give Temple a 12-11 lead, the only score of the two overtime stanzas.
In the first half, Temple jumped out to a 4-2 lead, but the Dukes rallied with six straight goals to take an 8-4 edge with 6:47 remaining in the half. Flocco and Mann accounted for five of the six Duquesne goals in the opening 30 minutes. Temple narrowed the margin to 8-6 by scoring the final two goals of the first half.
In addition to Flocco's four markers, Mann and fellow soph Kelly Mulford (Lutherville, Md. / Maryvale Prep) each added two goals and junior Laura App (Silver Spring, Md. / Our Lady of Good Counsel) contributed a goal and two assists for the Dukes. Both Pulaski and Allison Frengs netted five goals apiece for Temple with Corey Leader tallying two goals.
Megan McLouth made 10 saves for Temple, as the Owls improve to 11-7. Pacini made nine saves in the loss as Duquesne finishes the season 14-4.
Temple advances to the NCAA Championship, earning the Atlantic 10's automatic bid.
The 2004 Atlantic 10 All-Championship Team
2004 Atlantic 10 Championship Most Outstanding Player: