The (9-5) Temple Owls greeted not one, but two guests to Temple University of Friday evening in a NCLL showdown.
The Penn State Nittany Lions (6-1) and Mother Nature were in town for a defensive battle.
Mother Nature kept both squads hydrated by supplying a steady rain throughout the first half.
In a closely contested battle, both squads flashed plenty of defense.
Penn State dominated early on, taking four shots on goal before the Owls had a possession.
Will Corsi (4g) found rope twice sandwiching a beautiful dodge move tally by Hunter Revord (1g,1a) to push Penn State to a 3-0 lead after the first quarter.
A battle of wills was unfolding with the Owls determined to get their inside game on track and Penn State keeping them at bay.
The times Temple managed to penetrate the Lions defense, goaltender Jack Davia had an answer, turned away 13 Temple shots.
Zachary Longacre made 5 saves in the first half while Robert McPeake turned aside 6 for Temple.
Owen Winters (1g) narrowed the lead with about 4:00 gone in the second before the Lions Nick Varano (1g) got it back to a 3 goal advantage with a man down tally for the visitors.
Temple All Time Goal Scoring Leader, Bailey Haines (2g) countered and the rain stopped with a 4-2 Penn State lead at the half.
Corsi and Haines exchanged goals 2:00 apart and Temple seemed to be getting back on track.
Revord hit a breaking Corsi to close the third quarter with Penn State in the driver’s seat, 6-3.
Temple waged an effort to get it close but the Lions had the answers and with a little over 2:00 to play, Corsi put a dagger in the comeback for a 7-3 road victory.
Penn State Captain, Hunter Revord spoke to us after the game.
“Our strength in that game was definitely our defense. Our defensive midfielders and goalie were a large part of that win. “
“ Our players all had a great time. Thank you to Temple for having us! “
Dis and Dat: Statistically it was a very close game with Temple holding an advantage on shots, 31-27.
Loose Balls favored Penn State, 23-22 with Temple holding a minor edge in Face offs, 8-6.
Kevin M. Neibauer
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