Penn at Temple Box Score
PHILADELPHIA - Penn wasted little time gaining the advantage over cross-town opponent Temple, scoring four times in the first 4:34 and never looking back. The third-ranked Quakers put up 11 goals in the first half, cruising to a 15-3 win.
With the victory, Penn improves to 2-0 on the season while the Owls fall to 1-2.
Courtney Lubbe was the catalyst for much of Penn's offense, recording six points. Her ability to find an open teammate streaking towards goal resulted infive assists for the senior attack. She also added her second goal of the season along the way.
Ali DeLuca caught fire early, scoring a natural hat trick to push Penn out to a 4-0 lead. She added a fourth goal of the half with 7:01 to play in the opening period - giving her 10 goals over two games in 2010. In the process, DeLuca scored the 110th goal of her career, moving into fourth-place all-time at Penn. She trails third-place Karen McFadden by one goal and the top spot by 19 goals.
DeLuca was one of four Penn players to have multi-goal games. Giordano and freshman Maddie Poplawski each had three goals and Bridget Waclawik added two. For Poplawski and Waclawik, the multi-goal games were the first of their collegiate careers. Megan Smith added a goal for the Red and Blue and junior Carolyn Pollard scored her first career goal early in the first half.
Lubbe wasn't the only prolific passer against the Owls. Sophomore Erin Brennan returned after missing the season-opener due to illness and dialed up four assists, two in each half.
The Quakers did their part early by winning draw controls to gain first attack. DeLuca led all Quakers with three draw controls and Brennan added two. When Temple was able to mount some offense, the Owls usually ran into Barb Seaman. The senior caused trouble for Temple all game, causing four turnovers and recovering two ground balls of her own. Poplawski collected three ground balls and had one caused turnover. The consistent attack and swarming defense is what led Penn to take an 11-0 lead into halftime.
The Quakers continue their road swing to begin 2010 this weekend when they travel to Chapel Hill for a date with No. 4 North Carolina at 1 p.m.