Field hockey hosts Providence

Now into the latter half of the season, the No. 17 Owls have a weekend of Big East play ahead of them.

They’ll start with a matchup against Providence on Friday afternoon at Geasey Field.

Providence is 5-6 overall and 1-2 in conference play heading into Friday’s game. The team is 1-1 in its last two games, which included a 5-1 win over Brown on Oct. 2 and a 4-1 loss to No. 4 UConn on Oct. 5.

The Friars’ offense is led by junior forward Daniella Bernasconi, who leads the Big East with 14 goals and 30 points. Bernasconi recorded a hat-trick in the win against Brown and also scored Providence’s only goal in the defeat to UConn. She is first in the nation in goals per game with a 1.27 average.

Providence’s defense has allowed an average of 1.73 goals per game, with junior goalkeeper Deidra Clymer posting a .753 save percentage that is good for 20th best in the nation.

Temple is also coming off a 1-1 weekend. The team took a heartbreaking loss to Louisville (now No. 14) 2-1 in overtime, but bounced back with a 3-1 win over Bucknell that saw senior midfielder/defender Molly Doyle record her first career hat-trick.

Doyle also scored Temple’s lone goal against Louisville and is tied for fourth in goals in the Big East, and she made the conference’s weekly honor roll.

There have been a few bumps in the road, but Temple has enjoyed a lot of success already, going into Friday’s game with a 9-3 record.

The Owls are 2-1 in conference play and have enjoyed much of their success at home, going 7-1 at Geasey Field.

Temple has won six-straight at home, after losing to the currently No. 1 ranked Maryland 5-1 on Sept. 1.

Defense has been one of the team’s greatest strengths, holding opponents to 1.42 goals per game. Meanwhile, redshirt junior goalkeeper Lizzy Millen has played extremely well in net, posting a .795 save percentage that is sixth in the nation.

Friday’s game is scheduled to start at 3 p.m. with rain expected in the forecast.

Field hockey faces Cardinals

The football team will face Louisville tomorrow, but not before field hockey has their shot at the Cardinals tonight.

The No. 18 Owls left for Kentucky on Thursday morning to face a Cardinals squad on Friday night that is one spot ahead of them in the national rankings at No. 17.

It will be Temple’s third conference game this season, but its first against a Top 20 ranked opponent since the Owls shutout the then No. 6 ranked Penn State 3-0 on Sept. 6.

Both teams are 8-2 on the season and are 2-0 in Big East Conference play so far.

The Owls and the Cardinals aren’t too different on the stat sheet either, with Temple averaging 2.90 goals per game and Louisville averaging 3.00 goals per game.

On the defensive side, the Owls have held opponents to 1.40 goals per game, aided by the play of redshirt junior goalkeeper Lizzy Millen, who has the fifth best save percentage in the country at .813.

Louisville has kept opponents to 1.38 goals per game, with redshirt sophomore Sydney King in goal and current Big East Defensive Player of the Week, junior back Alyssa Voelmle.

Voelmle will clash with the Offensive Player of the Week in freshman forward Katie Foran, who scored three goals last weekend in wins over Rutgers and Sacred Heart.

Since making their way into the nation’s top 20 with the No. 11 ranking on Sept. 10, the Owls have only fallen back in the rankings.

However, a good two games this weekend could change that.

Tonight’s game is set to start at 6:00 PM EST.

Field Hockey faces conference rival Rutgers at home

The No. 17 ranked Owls (6-2) will play in their second conference game of the season this afternoon.

Rutgers (3-4) will visit Geasey Field for the first of Temple’s two home games this weekend.

The Owls won both of their games last weekend, with a 4-1 win at Villanova –the program’s first Big East conference game—on Friday night and then a thrilling 3-2 win in double overtime against Longwood on Sunday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Rutgers has dropped its last two games with back-to-back shutout losses to Albany on Sept. 15 and the No. 3 ranked University of Connecticut on Sept. 22.

Temple beat Rutgers in overtime in the last matchup 3-2 back in September of last year. The Rutgers has the advantage all-time however, with a 22-11-2 record against the Owls.

Field hockey names assistant coach

Kelly Driscoll has become the full-time assistant coach for the field hockey team after serving as a graduate assistant for the past two seasons.

Driscoll will take over for former assistant coach Charise Young, who joined the coaching staff the same time as Driscoll did in 2011.

“Kelly has done a wonderful job over the last two years as our graduate assistant coach,” nine-year head coach Amanda Janney said in a press release. “I am so pleased to have the opportunity to promote her to our full-time first assistant. She is currently playing with the indoor national team and she sets a great example for our players with her love of the game and her desire to continue playing at the highest level.”

Young, who graduated from Temple in 2010 and was named Temple’s Female Student Athlete of the Year as a senior midfielder, is leaving her position to pursue a career in teaching.

Janney is thankful for the effort Young has put in as both a player and a coach.

“Charise really helped get our program moving in the right direction and dedicated herself to making our team better both during her time as a coach and a player,” Janney said. “She is now moving on to pursue her career in teaching, and we know her students will enjoy her mentorship as much as our players did.”

Prior to joining the Owls’ coaching staff, Driscoll was a student at Old Dominion University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and sociology in 2009, and a master’s in  applied sociology in 2011.

Driscoll was a goalkeeper for Old Dominion’s field hockey program and was selected to the All-CAA (Colonial Athletic Association) First Team twice.

Driscoll was also a member of the USA National Development team in 2011 and will be part of the national indoor team for the 2014 Pan American Indoor Cup.

“I am very excited to stay on the coaching staff here at Temple,” Driscoll said in the press release. “We have a great field hockey program and I’m very happy to continue to be a part of it as we move into the BIG EAST Conference this season.”

Temple hosts inaugural Harrow Cup

Temple coaches and field hockey alumnae alike gathered at Geasey Field last weekend to participate in the inaugural Harrow Cup.

Head coach Amanda Janney, assistant coach Kelly Driscoll, former assistant coach Charise Young and alum Alli Lokey (2008 gradate), Erin Hanshue (2009 graduate) and Bridget Settles (2012 graduate) competed in the six-team tournament that was created to promote post-collegiate field hockey.

“The idea was born during the 2012 National Field Hockey Festival in West Palm Beach, Fla.” The Harrow Cup website statement reads. “Inspired by the passion, excitement, and enthusiasm of the Harrow Field Hockey staff at their annual opportunity to play, Mark Hayden, the leader of Harrow Sports, decided that more needed to be done for this underserved market segment.”

“The Harrow Cup aims to serve the post-collegiate market by providing a competitive and exciting opportunity to play,” The statement adds. “We want to give opportunity to play where there is none.”

Each team participating in the tournament competed for a winner take all prize of $10,000.

Both Janney and her former assistant coach in Young played for the Vipers.

Lokey played for the Boomers, Settles played for the Titans and Hanshue was a goalkeeper for the Ninjas.

Meanwhile, assistant coach Driscoll was the goalkeeper for the Mambas, who went on to win the tournament and the cash prize that went with it.

Coach Janney was on the board of directors for the Harrow Cup, and helped in bringing the event to Temple.

“We wanted to have it in Philadelphia it is kind of a central location,” Janney said. “A lot of girls came from Boston, D.C., people flew in from California.”

“It was the first year and we were happy to host,” Janney said. “Everything ran smooth, no major injuries. It was a just a great weekend of hockey.”

Field hockey releases competitive 2013 schedule

The field hockey team will enter the 2013 season as a Big East Conference affiliate, and the newly released schedule shows that they will be up against tougher competition as a result.

This season, the Owls will face seven teams from 2012 that were ranked in the Top 25. Temple will compete against No. 3 Penn State on Sept. 6, No. 19 Richmond on Sept. 8, No. 25 Louisville on Oct. 4, No. 8 Old Dominion on Oct. 13, No. 15 Drexel on October 20, No. 13 Lafayette on Oct. 27 and No. 4 Connecticut on Nov. 2.

The season will begin at home, with the Conference Cup Tournament at Geasey Field during Labor Day weekend.

Two games are scheduled for Aug. 31, with Maryland and New Hampshire playing at noon, followed by Temple’s matchup against Ohio State at 2:30 p.m.  The first and third place games will be played on Sept. 1.

The last home game of 2013 is Oct. 25 against Georgetown. From there the Owls will go on a two-game road trip to play Lafayette and Connecticut before the Big East Tournament begins on Nov. 8.

Temple finished with a 12-9 regular season record in 2012, making it the first time the team has finished with a record above .500 since 2007.

There are eight opponents the Owls faced from last year on this season’s schedule (Penn State, Richmond, Delaware, Monmouth, Rutgers, Bucknell, Drexel and Lafayette).  Temple went 3-5 against those teams last season.

Field Hockey Schedule