Temple travels to Delaware

The Temple Owls (5-3) will travel to Delaware to face the Delaware Blue Hens (5-3) on Wednesday at 5 p.m. for its fifth-straight road game.

After starting the season with four-straight home victories, the road has been more of a challenge as the Owls have dropped three of their last four games on the road.

In their last game against Hofstra, Temple managed to hold the Pride under double digits on the scoreboard, but suffered their worst offensive performance of the season. Previous to last week, the Owls averaged over 12 goals per game, but against Hofstra, they scored five goals in a loss.

Temple will look to improve on offense, against Delaware, by reviving the offensive production of its top scoring veterans senior midfielders Charlotte Swavola, Stephany Parcell, Kellee Pace, and junior attacker Jaymie Tabor. Against Hofstra, the group of upperclassmen were held to a season-low of two total goals.

Delaware is currently on a two game winning streak, including a 10-9  home win against previously #11 ranked Loyola. The Blue Hens have played in close games against ranked opponents this season, including a 16-12 loss to Georgetown, which is now ranked among the top ten in both the IWCLA Coaches and deBeer Women’s Media Poll.

Sophomore midfielder Caitlin McCartney and junior attacker Chelsea Fay lead the Blue Hen offense with 19 goals each. McCartney and Fay combined for six goals in last year’s matchup that ended in a 11-9 Owls victory.

The Owls held a couple of key advantages in last year’s victory against Delaware. In the 2012 matchup, Temple ended the game with a 25-18 advantage in shots and a 15-9 advantage in draw controls. In 2013, the Owls are averaging 28 shots and more than 12 draw controls per game, while the Blue Hens average 26.5 shots and just under 12 draw controls per game.