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 faces Delaware

Coming off of a disappointing shutout loss to Lafayette last Sunday, the field hockey team is looking to pick up two wins this weekend.

On Friday, the Owls take on Delaware (2-5) at Geasey Field at 3 p.m.

The Blue Hens have played a tough early schedule, facing No. 1 North Carolina, No. 10 Michigan and two other Top 25 teams.

Delaware is led by the duo of senior forward Nikki Onorato and freshman midfielder Michaela Patzner, who both have four goals apiece this season.

Earlier this week coach Amanda Janney said that tomorrow’s game will be physical.

“Delaware is a team that we’ve split with in the past, every other year we’ll beat them,” Janney said. “[Delaware] is always a talented, aggressive, and very physical team.”

Temple is in need of a win after dropping two games in a row at home this past weekend, where the team scored a combined one goal in both games.

Sophomore forward Amber Youtz has four goals and three assists on the season, but hasn’t scored a goal in two games.

-Colin Tansits

Field hockey in need of boost versus Rutgers

After coming off two straight losses against Duke and Virginia, the field hockey team is looking to bounce back Sunday at 1 p.m. against Rutgers.

Coach Amanda Janney said that a win would be a big step.

“It would be huge,” Janney said. “Because if we don’t come out with a win, it kind of negates a little bit of our success this past weekend even though we didn’t win either day, we know that we played great.”

With the Owls looking to improve from last weekend, they are seeing a future conference opponent in Rutgers. Next season when Temple makes it all-sports move into the Big East, it will be joining Rutgers amongst many other teams.

Janney said that beating Big East teams such as Rutgers helps boost the confidence of younger players who will be in the new conference for the coming years.

“It’s perfect for their confidence, since they will have already seen a Big East team and they won’t be intimidated by them,” Janney said.

According to Janney, Rutgers has a similar playing style as many teams in the Atlantic 10 Conference.

“Rutger is like many A-10 teams,” Janney said. “They’re scrappy and aggressive, and just not a very a pretty style of hockey, but it’s going to be an aggressive battle.”

With young aggressive players, such as freshman midfielder Taylor Shronk and sophomore forward Amber Youtz, the Owls are looking to out hustle Rutgers this Sunday.

-Colin Tansits

Field hockey hosts high school clinic

After their 2-1 loss to No. 5 Duke, the field hockey team hosted a clinic for high school and middle school girls last Sunday at Geasey Field.

Former Olympian Carrie Lingo, who recently retired from field hockey before the 2012 Olympic Games and had been on the U.S. National Team since 2002, was the guest coach.

Lingo played in Beijing in the 2008 Games, and was a big part of Team USA reaching the Olympics.

Coach Amanda Janney said that being able to attract young fans and then have them work on their skills on the field after the game is a special thing to do.

“We had the time that we wanted to do two hours of skill work with the kids,” Janney said. “And we had a good turn out with over 30 kids, and eight middle school kids which is great to help them develop skills at an early age.”

The camp consisted of different skill station rotations, working on various moves and skills. Janney and her assistants worked with both Lingo and current players on the Owls’ squad.

But Janney said that one of the best parts of the whole clinic was having an Olympian there.

“Its really good for the girls on our team to meet an Olympian, and I think we have some girls on our team that can make it to the next level and be on the national team,” Janney said. “But I think they don’t quite understand how close [making the national team] is to their grasp.”

The clinic brought players from all over to work with both college athletes and coaches a like, and for Janney the experience was worth the time.

“I think it was really cool to have both young girls and our girls meet [Lingo],” Janney said. “It was a great opportunity to not only work on their skills but to dream bigger.”

-Colin Tansits

Field hockey moves forward

For the field hockey team, the 2012 season signifies a change in leadership.

Last year, the Owls had a strong core of senior leadership, led by All-American Bridget Settles.

Settles, along with four other seniors, led a young Temple team that saw freshmen such as forward Amber Youtz and goalkeeper Lizzy Millen develop into solid contributors.

Coach Amanda Janney is looking forward to Millen’s continued improvement in front of the goal.

“[Millen] will have a breakout year, she had a great [Atlantic 10 Conference] tournament and played [United States Field Hockey Association] High Performance Squad, which gave her a lot of confidence and playing experience this spring,” Janney said in an email.

Co-Captains, senior Katie Briglia and junior Molly Doyle, will be leading the young Owls’ squad, who has one senior and eight incoming freshmen this year.

Janney said that she is most concerned about losing two strong defensive backs, with both Carissa Young and Becca Keener graduating.

“We lost two starting backs, but [Doyle] has stepped up this spring and took over as center back,” Janney said. “[Junior midfielder] Mandi Shearer also brings back experience as the other starting defender, so our team defense should develop into a consistent force for us.”

But opening the 2012 season with two Atlantic Coast Conference opponents won’t be an easy task for the Owls. The Temple Invitational kicks off their season, featuring games against Virginia and Duke.

Temple ended their 2011 season with loss to Richmond in the A-10 final, and this year they won’t be able to get a rematch until late in the season on Oct. 21.

This season, the Owls are set to face three teams that finished ranked nationally in the Top 10 in 2011, and will have to do it with only one senior.

Here’s a look at the complete schedule for the 2012 field hockey season.

8/19/2012 Sun. Cherry & White Scrimmage (Alumni Game) Geasey Field 1:00 PM Details
Temple Invitational
8/24/2012 Fri. Virginia Geasey Field 4:00 PM Live Stats Details
8/26/2012 Sun. Duke Geasey Field 1:00 PM Live Stats Details
9/2/2012 Sun. Rutgers Piscataway, N.J. 1:00 PM Details
9/5/2012 Wed. Monmouth West Long Branch, N.J. 4:30 PM Details
9/8/2012 Sat. Penn State Geasey Field 1:00 PM Live Stats Details
9/9/2012 Sun. Lafayette Geasey Field 1:00 PM Live Stats Details
9/14/2012 Fri. Delaware Geasey Field 3:00 PM Live Stats Details
9/16/2012 Sun. Drexel Geasey Field 1:00 PM Live Stats Details
9/22/2012 Sat. Colgate Geasey Field 1:00 PM Live Stats Details
9/23/2012 Sun. Bucknell Lewisburg, Pa. 2:00 PM Details
9/28/2012 Fri. Longwood Farmville, Va. 7:00 PM Details
9/30/2012 Sun. Maryland College Park, Md. 1:00 PM Details
10/5/2012 Fri. * VCU Geasey Field 3:00 PM Live Stats Details
10/6/2012 Sat. Radford Geasey Field 1:00 PM Live Stats Details
10/12/2012 Fri. * La Salle Philadelphia, Pa. 3:30 PM Details
10/14/2012 Sun. * Lock Haven Geasey Field 1:00 PM Live Stats Details
10/19/2012 Fri. * Saint Louis (Play 4 the Cure) Geasey Field 3:00 PM Live Stats Details
10/21/2012 Sun. * Richmond Richmond, Va. 1:00 PM Details
10/26/2012 Fri. * Massachusetts Amherst, Mass. 3:00 PM Details
10/28/2012 Sun. * Saint Joseph’s (Senior Day) Geasey Field 1:00 PM Live Stats Details
Atlantic 10 Championships
11/2/2012 Fri. A-10 Semifinals Amherst, Mass. TBA Details
11/3/2012 Sat. A-10 Final Amherst, Mass. TBA Details
11/6/2012 Tue. NCAA Play-In Game TBA TBA Details

Colin Tansits