The Temple Owls (8-4) welcomed the Delaware Blue Hens (3-5) to Geasey Field on a dreary rainy Sunday. Temple returned after lengthy road trip to dismantle IUP on Saturday and hoped to build off the momentum against the Blue Hens.
Bailey Haines, fresh off a 3 goal, 2 assist game on Saturday, needed one goal for history. Temple stormed to a 9-0 lead before finishing the Blue Hens, 14-3. The Owls had a dominating weekend with a combined 28-10 goal differential.
Just 0:58 in, Scott Thompson (2g,1a) on his patented goal line extended move and the Owls were off and running. Owen Winters (3g) picked up his first two before history would be made. On a typical Haines (3g,1a) bullrush, a new career Temple Men's lacrosse goal scoring record was set. Luke Brennan (2g,1a) off a feed from Colin Harms, on the man up pushed it to 5-0 Temple. Ryan Donofry (1g,1a) with a nifty feed to Sophomore, Michael Hudak and a second from Haines ended the first, 7-0.
Donofry, Ryan Schmidt (1g) sent it 9-0 but after a 36:27 scoreless drought, Brendan Hunter (2g) closed the half, 9-1. Luke Brennan off a sweet feed from Haines, Nathan Ominsky (1g), the third from Haines, a typical Scott Thompson goal and Ryan Schmidt went on another run, 14-1. This scoreless skein of 36:10 was ended on the second from Brendan Hunter and winding his way through traffic, Mike Weaver (1g) closed the books on the 14-3 final.
Dis and Dat: Temple ends its regular season with home games Thursday against Drexel and Friday tackling Penn State. Shots favored Temple, 36- 23. Loose balls strongly favored the Owls, 37-24. Temple once again, was dominant from the "X", 15 of 20.
Coach Berkelbach was upbeat after the game…"It’s great to see us getting the edge on the ground balls. It’s something we’ve been on the wrong side of in the games we’ve lost. We’ve worked really hard on ground ball play in practice the past few weeks and seems to be paying off.”
Kevin M. Neibauer