Oct. 7, 2011
MERION STATION, Pa. - The Saint Joseph's field hockey team dropped its Atlantic 10 opener on Friday, falling to crosstown rival Temple, 4-1. Senior captain Ellen Rowe scored the Hawks' only goal on the day after Saint Joseph's officially dedicated the new Ellen Ryan Field in a pregame ceremony.
Ryan, who recently retired after 37 as an administrator at Saint Joseph's, was on hand as the University honored her for her service to the thousands of student-athletes who donned the Crimson and Gray over the past four decades.
Once the game started, Temple (4-9 overall, 1-0 Atlantic 10) took control early as Katie Briglia tallied her first goal of the season with 28:26 to go in the first half on a blast from the top of the circle. Bridget Settles doubled the lead on another long shot with 6:07 to play in the stanza.
The Owls continued to hold the advantage in the second half, scoring twice in the first 14 minutes to essentially ice the game. Amber Youtz notched her third of the year on a rebound and Settles posted her second of the contest after letting loose with a shot from the left side of the circle.
Saint Joseph's (3-7 overall, 0-1 Atlantic 10) got on the board with 19:45 to go as Rowe went around TU goalkeeper Lizzy Millen to notch her seventh of the season and close out the scoring.
Millen made five saves for the Owls, while senior Liz Messaros stopped eight shots for SJU.
The Hawks will hit the road for a non-conference tilt at Georgetown on Sunday before returning home for a 4:00 p.m. matchup with Villanova on Wednesday at Ryan Field.