Temple punched its ticket to the DI Sweet 16 with a 21-11 defeat of Millersville Saturday, as the Owls are 5-0 champs of the EPRU.
“Millersville’s a very disciplined, well-coached team that plays very physical,” said Temple coach John Sciotto. “We just tried to keep the ball out of their hands.”
The Owls draw top-ranked Bowling Green in the first round of Nationals, which BGSU is hosting, and they’ll probably employ a game plan similar to the one they used to dispatch of Millersville.
“It’s probably the same tactic we’ll go with against Bowling Green,” said Sciotto. “Slow the ball down and really keep the ball away as long as possible. It was a very slow-paced game, so we like to change it up every once in a while.
“(BGSU’s) the bull’s eye, I guess. From everything I’ve heard, they’ve got a really nice team that I don’t think is weak anywhere…We hear about their speed and their skill in the back line. Their forward play is very good, from what we’ve been told, so we’ll see what we can’t do.”
Luckily for Sciotto, star midfielder Gareth Jones will be back from his semester abroad in Ireland, which he spent playing with Young Munster, for Temple’s playoff run.
Temple still has one more EPRU league match, against Shippensburg, April 16.