Towson Trims Delaware for 5th Straight
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NEWARK, Del. - Senior attacker Meggie McNamara (Fayetteville-Manlius H.S./Fayetteville, N.Y.) tied a career high with seven points to lead Towson University (11-5, 5-2) to its fifth straight win, a 10-6 Colonial Athletic Association victory over the University of Delaware (9-7, 5-2) in the regular season finale for both teams at Rullo Stadium on Thursday afternoon.
McNamara scored four goals with three assists in helping the Tigers prevent the Blue Hens from clinching the top seed in the CAA Tournament, which begins next Thursday.
McNamara gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead just under five minutes into the first half when she scored an unassisted goal past senior goalkeeper Jessica Cerveny (Islip H.S./Islip, N.Y.). However, the Blue Hens responded with back-to-back goals from sophomore midfielder Ali Libertini (Mount de Sales Academy/Parkton, Md.) and senior midfielder Alexis Curcio (Northport H.S./East Northport, N.Y.) for a 2-1 advantage with 20:44 left.
Junior midfielder Steph Taylor (Cocalico H.S./Denver, Pa.) tied the game at 2-2 by scoring her 12th goal of the season off an assist from McNamara just 32 seconds later. With 12:40 left in the period, McNamara gave Towson a 3-2 lead when she converted a feed from senior midfielder Britt Woodfield (South Carroll H.S./New Windsor, Md.).
The teams exchanged goals before junior midfielder Emily Schaknowski (Shoreham-Wading River H.S./Wading River, N.Y.) and sophomore attacker Corinne Drost (Hereford H.S./Parkton, Md.) tallied consecutive goals to give the Blue Hens a 5-4 edge with 3:34 left in the period.
With 27 seconds left in the half, junior midfielder Nikki Marcinik (Southern H.S./Deale, Md.) tied the game at 5-5 by scoring off a Woodfield pass for her 44th goal of the season.
After a slow start to the second half, Marcinik gave the Tigers a 6-5 advantage when she scored her second goal of the game, an unassisted marker past Cerveny to ignite a five-goal run by the Tigers. McNamara had two goals with an assist during the run as the Tigers held Delaware scoreless for nearly 32 minutes.
With 1:49 remaining, Schaknowski ended the Blue Hens' scoring drought with her second goal of the game, an unassisted tally past freshman goalkeeper Mary Teeters (Centennial H.S./Ellicott City, Md.). However, the Tigers held off the Blue Hens for their second straight win in the series.
While McNamara led the Tiger offense with seven points, Woodfield added four assists in the victory for the Tigers. The reigning CAA Rookie of the Week, Teeters made 13 saves, including six in the second half, as the Towson defense limited Delaware to just one goal on 11 shots after the intermission.
Schaknowski led the Blue Hens with two goals in a losing effort while Libertini contributed a goal with an assist.
The Tigers will be the fourth seed in the CAA Tournament next week and will face the top seed, which will be determined following the Old Dominion-William & Mary game on Thursday evening.
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