Temple hires new field hockey coach

Temple’s athletic department has hired Marybeth Freeman, a five-time Division I title winner as both a player and coach, as the university’s new head field hockey coach, the department announced Tuesday in a press release.

Freeman coached Columbia University for five seasons prior to her hiring. She will replace former coach Amanda Janney, who resigned last month for a head-coaching position at Indiana University.

Freeman guided a Columbia team that went 12-5 last season, and tied for the program’s second-highest win total in its history. Prior to her time with the Lions, she won three national championships with the University of Maryland as an assistant coach.

“It’s an exciting time to be entering the Temple athletics community,” Freeman said in the release. “The alumni, the facilities and the energy surrounding Temple provide a great sense of pride and support throughout the campus. The recent successes the team has experienced will be an excellent foundation to start this new chapter for the program. I am eager to begin working with this talented group of women and for us to represent Temple field hockey the best we can on the field, in the classroom and within the community.”

Freeman graduated from Old Dominion University in 2002, helping the Lady Monarchs to national championships in 1998 and 2000 as a four-year starter.

She’ll take over a Temple program that finished nationally ranked with 14 wins in each of its past two seasons. The Owls reached the Big East Conference title game last fall, and lost to then-No. 3 Connecticut in a season-ending 4-1 defeat.

Five Owls featured in Women’s National Championship, Janney coached Eagles to title

Team USA Eagles, led by Owls coach Amanda Janney in her first year as a United States High Performance head coach, took the title at the 2014 Women’s National Championship in Lancaster via a 2-1 shootout win against USA Freedom.

Featuring five players from Temple’s 2013 roster, the championship doubled as a tryout for the 2014-15 U.S. Women’s National Team.

Rising redshirt junior Haley Mitchell was in goal for USA White, along with rising senior Lizzy Millen netminding for USA Freedom.

Forwards Amber Youtz (rising senior) and Katie Foran (rising sophomore) played for USA Courage, while graduate defender Molly Doyle also played for USA Freedom.

Graduate assistant coach Danica Deckard also competed for USA Blue, and Kelly Driscoll served as assistant coach under Janney for the Eagles.

Temple has 12 players on high performance teams this summer, with Doyle, Foran,  Millen, Alyssa Delp, Amanda Fuertsch, Paige Gross, Nicole Kroener, Ali Meszaros, Taylor Shronk and Rachel Steinman on the Pennsylvania High Performance Training Squad. Youtz and Mitchell are on the New Jersey Sqaud.

“We’re proud of our players for making the commitment to compete at the next level,” Janney said in a press release. “The high number of Temple players who made [High Performance] teams speaks volumes to this team’s dedication to improve. We want our players to dream about making the USA National team, and HP gives them the opportunity to tryout each year.”

The squad will be returning to Lancaster in the coming months to open up Temple’s 2014 campaign with the Conference Cup Tournament at the end of August.

-Nick Tricome

Field Hockey ranked No. 11

After a successful weekend that saw Temple beat both Penn State and Richmond, the Owls are now ranked 11th in the Penn Monto/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.

It’s the team’s first national ranking since Sept. 2001, when they were ranked No. 17.

“It’s amazing for our program,” coach Amanda Janney said following Sunday’s overtime win against Richmond. “I think we’ve always had the team that can play with top 20 teams, but we haven’t gotten enough wins to be in the top 20 rankings consistently, but it’s always been a goal of mine and for the program.”

“I’m so glad that these athletes are working so hard,” Janney added. “It’s kind of a reward for our team and also the alumni who have worked so hard to get us in this position.”

The 2013 season is only four games old, but Temple has managed to get off to quite the start. It opened up the year with a 4-1 win over Ohio State, then went on to beat another Big 10 team in the No. 6 ranked Penn State and a former Atlantic-10 rival in Richmond. The Owls’ only loss so far was against Maryland in the second game of the year, when they lost 5-1 to the second-ranked team in the country.

Temple’s offense has averaged 2.75 goals per game so far, while the defense has kept opponents’ goals per game average to 2.00.

Redshirt junior goalkeeper and co-captain Lizzy Millen has also been one of the team’s biggest strengths, with a 1.99 goals against average and a .814 save percentage.

Senior midfielder/defender and co-captain Molly Doyle has also been named Big East Player of the Week, after scoring three goals and two assists during the games against Penn State and Richmond over the weekend.

Temple to host first ever Harrow Cup

The inaugural Harrow Cup will take place June 8 and 9 at the Owls’ own Geasey Field, where six teams will compete for a $10,000 winner-takes-all cash prize.

The Harrow Cup is a women’s field hockey tournament organized exclusively for post-collegiate women. Mark Hayden, the leader of Harrow Sports, was inspired to create the event during the 2012 National Field Hockey Festival in West Palm Beach, Fla.

Head coach Amanda Janney and assistant coach Charise Yount will represent the Owls, playing together for the Vipers. In addition, graduate assistant coach Kelly Driscoll will be a goalkeeper for the Tembos, while alumni Alli Lokey, Erin Hanshue, and Bridget Settles will also participate.

Field hockey travels to Massachusetts

With only two games left in the regular season, the field hockey team is heading north to take on Atlantic 10 Conference opponent Massachusetts Friday.

The Minutemen are 4-1 in the conference and currently riding a five game winning streak, most recently beating St. Joseph’s University by a score of 5-1.

Like the Owls, Massachusetts’ only loss in the A-10 has come against Richmond.

Senior forward Nicole Cordero leads the Minutemen with 12 goals, while senior midfielder Kim Young has a team-leading eight assists.

Coach Amanda Janney said that she wants to see Temple’s game plan at work.

“We’ve been working on a couple different things, and we need to make sure our game plan is working,” Janney said. “Against [Richmond] it worked for 50 minutes, but not 70 minutes, so we need to make sure we complete the game.”

The last meeting the Owls had with Massachusetts was in the first round of the A-10 Championship last season at St. Joe’s. Temple won the game 4-0.

The Owls will be looking to sophomore forward Amber Youtz, who has 20 goals on the year. Youtz needs one goal to surpass Bridget Settles’ mark of 20 goals scored last season.

Along with Youtz, redshirt-sophomore goalkeeper Lizzy Millen will be looking for her first shut out of the year. Last season, Millen shut out the Minutemen before going on to receive the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player award.

Both teams are looking to pick up a win and head into their final conference games with an assured spot in the playoffs.

-Colin Tansits

Field hockey commutes to La Salle

After picking up two wins this past weekend, the field hockey team will be looking for its third win in a row when the Owls play La Salle (6-7) on Friday.

Coach Amanda Janney said that much like most Atlantic 10 Conference games, their game tomorrow will be scrappy.

“It should be an aggressive, physical game,” Janney said. “La Salle is a good, athletic team and I think they’re going to put a lot of pressure on us.”

The Explorers are coming into the game fresh off of a conference win over Lock Haven, and are currently riding a three-game winning streak.

“[La Salle] has a lot of momentum coming off of their win from last week,” Janney said. “I think we have a lot of momentum so it should be an aggressive game.

La Salle will be relying heavily on junior forward Olivia Shoemaker to produce on offense. She has scored five goals this season, and has a .729 shot on goal percentage.

To stop the Explorers, Temple is going to have to continue to score early and often. So far this season, La Salle has been out scored by opponents 40 goals to 25.

Sophomore forward Amber Youtz will be looking to add to her 15 goals and 7 assists, while sophomore goalkeeper Lizzy Millen will try for her first shut out of the year.

The game starts at 3:30 p.m. at Devincent Field on La Salle’s campus.

-Colin Tansits

Field hockey hosts VCU in A-10 play

The field hockey team begins Atlantic 10 Conference play today when they take on Virginia Commonwealth University (8-2) at Geasey Field.

The Owls are coming into the game fresh off a 6-0 loss against No. 5 Maryland.

VCU is led by senior forward Kelsey Scherrer, who has nine goals and six assists so far this year.

Coach Amanda Janney said that an early start is cruicial for Temple for its match-up with the Rams.

“[VCU] brings a feisty, aggressive game and they have a lot of confidence, they have a winning record,” Janney said. “We need to really step up and set the tone early.”

Janney said that VCU’s two foreign players bring a different dimension to the game.

“[VCU] has a couple foreign-born players on their team, so brings a different dynamic that we don’t know much about them and we didn’t see them play in high school,” Janney said.

Janney said she wants her team playing to the level they are capable of, meaning sophomore Amber Youtz and freshman Alyssa Delp will have to step up on the frontline.

The two forwards have been the Owls’ main offense all year, and after being shut out against Maryland they are looking to for more goals.

Janney said that if the defense can slow down Scherrer and the Temple frontline can produce offense, her team has a good chance at coming out on top.

-Colin Tansits