PHILADELPHIA – For the second consecutive game, senior attacker Nora McCallion recorded eight points, but the Saint Joseph's women's lacrosse team dropped a 14-13 heartbreaker to Temple on Wednesday afternoon on Sweeney Field. Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Lane scored a game-high five goals while freshman attacker Hope Anhut added four. With the loss, the Hawks fall to 1-1 while the Owls improve to 3-1.
"Our team came out and really competed hard today," said head coach Alex Kahoe. "Temple came out and competed, and unfortunately we didn't pull it out in the end. Offensively, we had many attackers step up . . . Defensively, we had some great stops."
With the Hawks trailing 14-10 with 6:14 remaining in regulation, Anhut put away her fourth goal of the afternoon on an unassisted score to pull the Hawks to within three.
Lane would then find McCallion as the senior completed the hat trick with 3:12 to play, and the duo would reverse it as McCallion found Lane with 51 ticks on the scoreboard to pull the Hawks to within one, 14-13, with under a minute to go.
Temple's Kara Nakrasius won the ensuing draw control to gain possession for the Owls, and Temple would hang on to that possession as time expired.
For the game, Temple held a slight 33-32 edge in shots, while Saint Joseph's owned advantages in ground balls (23-20) and draw controls (15-14).
Senior midfielder Mallory Grey turned in a career-high nine draw controls, all in the first half, while midfielder Hayley Sabol matched a game-high four ground balls and added a game-high three caused turnovers, both career-high numbers for the sophomore.
Paced by Grey's four consecutive draw controls to open the game, the Hawks jumped out to a 4-0 lead by the 27:31 mark of the first half.
From there, Temple fired off six straight goals, including four from Carly Demato, to take a 6-4 lead at the 14:36 mark.
Both teams would alternate possessions over the next four minutes before junior defender Kristen Kelbon gained possession for the Hawks and tore down the entire length of the field for the SJU clear, setting up the opportunity for McCallion to net her second of the day to pull the Hawks to within one, 6-5, at the 10:11 mark.
The Hawks and Owls would alternate in scoring twice before Lane put away an unassisted goal with 1:11 remaining in the first half to even up the score, 8-8.
Temple scored with four seconds to go in the first to earn the 9-8 edge heading into the halftime break and went on a 4-1 run to open the second to pull ahead by four, 13-9, with 12:10 to play in regulation.
McCallion found Lane (8:22) but Temple's Brenda McDermott fired back just over a minute later to put the score at 14-10 heading into the final 7:10.
Saint Joseph's graduate student goalkeeper Liz O'Sullivan (1-1) made 12 saves, setting a new season-high and matching her career-high, in the full 60:00.
Saint Joseph's closes out its three-game homestand next Wednesday, March 1 against Villanova. Start time is slated for 4:00 p.m. on Sweeney Field.
"It's nice to have this next week to really work with our team, working to execute plays on offense and really refine some of our defensive sets," added Kahoe.
GAME NOTES: Saint Joseph's is now 2-18 all-time against Temple as the Owls extend their series win streak to eight games... Senior attacker Nora McCallion matched a career-high eight points on three goals and a career-high five assists... She now moves up to sixth all-time in career assists (43) and eighth all-time in career goals (93)... Senior midfielder Maggie Egan added two assists to rank fifth all-time in career assists (45)... Sophomore midfielder Rebecca Lane matched a career-high five goals... Graduate student midfielder Mallory Grey registered a career-high nine draw controls... Sophomore midfielder Hayley Sabol recorded a career-high four ground balls and a career-high three caused turnovers.
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