Field Returns Home for Pair of Games
PHILADELPHIA – After splitting a pair of road games last weekend, the Temple field hockey team will return to North Broad to host No. 9 Liberty and James Madison.
> The team has dropped just one conference game of the season, falling 1-0 at Georgetown before bouncing back with a 1-0 win at Providence last weekend.
> Temple is in a three-way tie for second place in the league standings, with Old Dominion and UConn also holding a 3-1 BIG EAST record.
> The Cherry and White is 2-3 at Howarth Field, with both losses coming against top-25 programs.
> The Temple offense has spread the love, with eight Owls scoring so far this season. Julianne Kopec leads the team with five while Grace Angelella, Kerrie Lorenz, and Tess Muller round out the multiple goal scorers with two.
> Graduate transfer Megan Ragusa is a force in the cage, recording 40 of the team’s 45 saves and posting a league-leading five clean sheets.
> Ragusa has allowed just 14 goals for a 0.741 save percentage and enters the weekend tied for 11th in the nation with a 1.11 GAA.
> Liberty is the only undefeated team in the league, going 10-2 (4-0 BIG EAST) on the season.
> The Flames have defeated four top-25 teams this season, then-No. 9 UNC last weekend.
> The team leads the nation in goals per game (4.17) and scoring average (4.17).
> Jill Bolton leads the team with 14 goals on the season and is fifth in the NCAA in goals per game (1.17).
> Azul Iritxity Irigoyen is a force in the cage, tying for 11th in the nation in GAA (1.11). The reigning BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Year and Co-Freshman of the Year has posted 42 of the team’s 49 saves for a .764 save percentage.
> The teams have met 10 times, with the Flames holding a 9-1 advantage.
> Temple and Liberty met four times in the spring 2020-21 season, with Liberty taking all four games.
> The Flames are on a nine-game winning streak, and the only time Temple has defeated the team was in a 3-0 victory at home in 2011.
Scouting James Madison
> James Madison enters the weekend 7-5 (3-0 CAA) and will face No. 20 Delaware before coming to Philly.
> The Dukes snapped a four-game winning streak with a 3-0 loss at No. 8 Maryland last weekend and will close out a four-game road stretch at Temple.
> JMU is 10th in the nation in penalty corners per game, averaging 7.67 on 92 total.
> Diede Remijnse leads the offensive effort for James Madison, scoring nine goals and four game-winners on 35 shots.
> In the cage, two Dukes have seen time with Florien Marcussen getting the majority of minutes. She has posted 36 of the team’s 43 saves and has a 1.84 GAA.
> This will be the seventh meeting between the teams, with JMU holding an undefeated 6-0 advantage.
> The teams last met in 2015 in Virginia, with the Dukes earning a 4-3 victory.
> Temple will host JMU for the fourth time, with the last matchup in the City of Brotherly Love coming in 2000.