PHILADELPHIA, Pa.--The Broncs had a two-game winning streak snapped at Temple, falling in a non-conference game Tuesday night. “We had chances to clear the ball on all three goals and didn’t and Temple able to capitalize on the mistakes,” said head coach Lori Hussong.
For Rider (4-4), senior goalie Jen LoCastro (Cherry Hill, N.J./Camden Catholic) made eight saves as the Owls out-shot Rider 16-6 and held an 11-5 corner advantage.
Temple got on the board 11 minutes into the game on a one-timer by Dannah Brehm and scored nine minutes later off a penalty corner with Jamie Adams hitting the back of the cage.
Adams scored again 17 minutes into the second half before Rider freshman Lindsay Rajeski (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) scored her first collegiate goal as time expired off a penalty corner. Fellow rookie and former high school teammate Margaret Ecke (New Egypt, N.J./New Egypt) along with junior Julie Vaccarelli (Oceanport, N.J./Shore Regional) added assists on the Bronc goal.
“I was excited to hit the ball on the final play,” said Rajeski. “I’ve been playing with Margaret [Ecke] since the sixth grade and we play really well together. I have a lot of confidence in her, especially when she is feeding me the ball.”
“It was good to score,” Hussong said. “The players never gave up and even though the goal as time expired made it three to one, you may be in a one-goal game or a tie game and that final play may matter more so it was important that we were able to execute the play. Three to one is a lot better than three to nothing.”
The Owls, who defeated Rider 1-0 last season and have defeated the Broncs all six times in the series, improved to 9-3 and may crack the national top 20 rankings having received votes in the national poll this past week.
“It was awesome for the kids to see and experience this level of play,” Hussong added. “Every player on Temple’s roster is strong and that’s where we want to be as we head into the conference season. That is why we schedule them because they are a solid program.”
“Temple is a very good team with a lot of great players,” Rajeski added. “It was good to play against them because they are a great challenge and we gave them all we could to challenge back and playing teams like Temple can only make us better.”
Rider travels to Moon Township, Pa., for a Northeast Conference (NEC) matchup against Robert Morris Friday night.
“The score was a little misleading,” Hussong said. “We had some opportunities on the offensive end, when their goalie was down and we couldn’t tip it in. You get a goal or two there and it is a different ball game.”