Lacrosse drops to No. 10 Florida, 18-7.

GAINESVILLE, Florida. –Temple Lacrosse (10-5) fell to No. 10 Florida (11-4) in an American Athletic Conference battle Saturday afternoon. The loss to the Gators is the Owls’ only conference loss this season.

Game recap

  • The Gators struck first, scoring the game’s first three goals just ten minutes into the game.
  • Beautiful Mastropietro stopped the Gator momentum with his own goal, putting the owls on the board of a Mackenzie Roth help with less than three minutes left in the quarter.
  • With just 15 seconds left, Florida struck twice to take a 5-1 lead, before scoring one more in the opening minutes of the second quarter for a 6-1 game.
  • Roth worked his magic again early in the second quarter, sending the ball into Abaigeal Ryan for the Owls’ second goal.
  • Three Gator goals followed before Katie Flynn found the back of the net for the Owls with an assist from Mastropietro.
  • Quinn Nicolai worked his way to the scoresheet after scoring Temple’s fourth goal of the game on another assist from Roth.
  • The Gators closed the half with three straight goals to lead 13-4.
  • The attacking duo of Nicolai and Mastropietro found their rhythm from the first half-time whistle, as Nicolai netted Owl’s fifth goal of the day from a Mastropietro assist.
  • Florida responded with three straight goals before Riley McGowan broke momentum with a rocket through the back of the net to close out the third quarter, 16-6.
  • Nicolai opened the scoring in the fourth quarter for his third goal of the day with 11 minutes left, but the Gators responded with back-to-back goals to end the game 18-7.

Statistically speaking

  • Nicolai led the Owls with three goals, posting his 10and hat trick of the season.
  • Mackenzie Roth led the Owls in assists, providing three assists to move to 55 points this season with 20 goals and 35 assists.
  • Annie Carroll stepped up on goal for the Owls, recording 10 saves, his ninth game this season with double-digit saves.
  • Second year Katie Flynn scored his first career goal for the Owls with an assist from Mastropietro.

Following

The Owls will close out the regular season on Saturday, April 30 when they take on Old Dominion at home. Game time is set for 1 p.m. and will air on ESPN+.