Youtz injured, Theobald attends game

Junior forward Amber Youtz is out for two to three weeks with a right forearm injury.

Youtz currently leads the team in scoring with eight goals and four assists for 20 points. She is also third in the nation in goals per game with 1.25 and second in points per game with 3.13

The 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Offensive Player of the Year suffered the injury during the Owls 4-1 win at Villanova on Sept. 20. The ball hit Youtz in the arm when senior midfielder/defender Molly Doyle tried clear the ball out of the defensive zone.

Youtz left the game to get her arm checked out, but came back in shortly after and played the rest of the way, scoring two goals in the second half.

She also played in the team’s next game against Longwood on Sept. 22, but sat out the second half.

Youtz was not on the sidelines for Friday afternoon’s 2-1 win over Rutgers, as she was recovering from her injury.

Temple has been getting more and more attention as the team progresses further into its first Big East season.

Now it has President Neil Theobald’s attention.

Theobald was in attendance for Temple’s 2-1 win against Rutgers on Friday afternoon. It was his first field hockey game and he liked what he saw.

“I had a great time, it’s very exciting,” Theobald said. “It’s a really fast game and about late in the first half I started to begin to understand the rules and boy, the speed with which they play…they are incredibly quick.”

Theobald also had the chance to meet the 17th best team in the country and thinks highly of them.

“They’re really good students,” Theobald said.  “I talked to them before the game, really great kids.”

“There is nothing that wasn’t enjoyable here today,” Theobald added.

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.