PHILADELPHIA - Temple field hockey will open Atlantic 10 play at home with its game against VCU this Friday, Oct. 5 at 3:00 p.m. The Owls will also play at home on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. against Radford, marking the team's final non-conference game of the regular season. For webcasts of both games, click HERE
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The Owls recently won four straight before having that streak snapped by two-time defending national champ, #4 Maryland. In the final two of the four wins, Temple had to come from behind but ultimately defeated Bucknell on the road, 5-4, and Longwood on the road, 5-3. Over the streak of four wins, the Owls scored an impressive total of 22 goals.
Sophomore Amber Youtz
leads Temple with 13 goals and six assists for 32 total points this season. In back-to-back wins over Colgate and Bucknell, Youtz recorded a hat trick in each and became the first player to achieve that feat since Temple Athletics Hall-of-Famer Jane Catanzaro in 1990.
Freshman Alyssa Delp
has been impressive all season, and ranks second on the team with eight goals. Sophomore Nicole Kroener
has six goals along with four assists, while junior Lauren Hunt
has four goals to go with four assists. Goalkeeper Lizzy Millen
has started every game for the Owls, and made a career-high 12 saves against Penn State. She had nine saves in a win over Drexel, and also recorded nine saves in the loss at Maryland.
Sophomore Amber Youtz
currently ranks sixth among all players in NCAA Division I in goals per game (1.08) and seventh in points per game (2.67). Youtz is having a breakout season, already earning one Atlantic 10 Player of the Week award after recording back-to-back hat tricks in two wins for the Owls.
New A-10 member VCU is currently 8-2 overall, having gone 7-0 to start the season before losing two of its last three games. One of those losses was to nationally-ranked Drexel, 1-0, a team Temple defeated by a score of 5-1. The other loss, more recently, was to North Carolina by a score of 6-1. The Rams also got a 6-2 win over Hofstra last weekend. Kelsey Scherrer leads VCU with 10 goals and six assists for 26 total points.
Radford has struggled this season, starting 0-8 before getting its first win in its most recent game against Appalachian State, 3-2 in double overtime. Two of the Highlanders' losses were to nationally-ranked teams, and three others were by a single goal. Radford has scored only eight goals for the season, but four of those have come from freshman Stacey Mackintosh.
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