No. 3 Women's Lacrosse Heads to Temple

PHILADELPHIA - Fresh off a season-opening win at Drexel over the weekend, No. 3 Penn is again on the road Wednesday - and again not too far from campus. The Quakers will head across Philly to Temple for a non-conference matchup with the Owls at 3 p.m. at Geasey Field.

The game will be the 35th time Penn and Temple will face each other in women's lacrosse - Penn's longest series against a non-Ivy opponent. The two teams have met 34 times since the series commenced in 1976 and only Ancient Eight rivals Cornell, Harvard and Princeton have played Penn more than Temple.

With the recent run of success Penn has been on, it is easy to assume the Quakers hold a commanding series edge over most opponents. However, the Owls have been the dominant team over the course of the rivalry with the Red and Blue posting only a 10-23-1 record against Temple.

Focusing in on more recent trends shows that the Quakers have had the winning hand over the past five games between the neighboring rivals. Since a loss in 2003, the Quakers won five in a row from 2004-08. The Red and Blue have reached double digits in all five wins, while not allowing Temple to score more than six. The Quakers have outscored the Owls, 64-23 over the win streak, capped off by a 15-2 win in the final regular season game of 2008.

In that decisive win, current senior Ali DeLuca had two goals and two assists for the Quakers. Courtney Lubbe added a pair of goals off the bench for the Red and Blue while current Penn players Giulia Giordano, Megan Smith and Barb Seaman also had goals.

The Quakers enter the game with a 1-0 record after the 14-7 victory on Saturday. It took a while for Penn's offense to reach full steam, but a 6-0 run starting at the tail end of the first half and extending midway through the second broke open a 5-4 game. DeLuca had six goals in the game, setting a new career high and earning Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors for her effort. Giulia Giordano had a five-point day, with a goal and four assists. Lubbe and Emma Spiro each had two goals while freshmen Maddie Poplawski and Caroline Bunting each scored in their first collegiate games.

The Owls enter the game with a 1-1 record after two road contests to begin 2010. After a 13-3 defeat at Rutgers, the Owls bounced back at Lafayette with a 12-8 win. Similar to Penn's win at Drexel, the Owls held a slim lead at halftime before outscoring the Leopards, 6-3 in the second half for the win. Freshman Stephany Parcell had three goals in the win, earning A-10 Rookie of the Week honors. While Parcell is the leading goal scorer for Temple, senior Chelsea Rosiek leads the Owls in points with eight. She has established a presence as a potent playmaker, dishing five assists in two games. Jessica Colucci is a returning second-team All-A-10 player in goal for Temple, and has experience against the Red and Blue, making seven stops in a half of action against Penn in '08.