March 25, 2011

Dunn's Four Pace Towson over Denver

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – Senior attacker Jess Dunn (Fallston H.S./Forest Hill, Md.) matched a season high by scoring four goals and added an assist as Towson University (4-4) earned its third straight win, a 12-10 non-conference victory over the University of Denver (2-7) at the Tigers' Johnny Unitas Stadium on Friday evening.

Dunn, who leads the Tigers with 17 goals and an assist, posted the fifth four-goal game of her college career along with her 12th career "hat trick."

"I think our team did a great job tonight," Towson coach Sonia LaMonica said. "We came out with a lot of energy and were able to maintain that. I think we are coming together as a team and the chemistry is growing. I am excited to see where we go from here.

"Our defense had some great stops, especially late in the game, and it just fired everyone up," LaMonica added. "They really held strong and did a great job for us tonight."

After the Pioneers took a quick 2-0 lead in the opening four minutes of the first half, the Tigers responded by scoring six of the next seven goals to take a 6-2 edge with 9:57 remaining in the stanza. Dunn scored two of her four goals during the run while sophomore midfielder Kelly Custer (Sun Valley H.S./Aston, Pa.) added a goal and an assist.

The teams traded goals to end the first half, giving Towson a 7-4 edge at the intermission.

After senior midfielder Tulley Stapp (Mullen H.S./Denver, Colo.) narrowed the Denver deficit to 7-5 early in the second half, the Tigers upped their advantage to 9-5 with back-to-back goals by Dunn and senior midfielder Ali Lathroum (Stephen Decatur H.S./Bishopville, Md.).

The teams traded goals to give Towson a 10-6 advantage before the Pioneers scored three straight goals over a three-minute span to cut the margin to 10-9. Sophomore midfielder Alex Befus (Air Academy H.S./Colorado Springs, Colo.) was involved in all three goals during the run, scoring twice along with an assist.

However, the Tigers answered with a pair of goals from Custer and junior midfielder Jackie LaMonica (Hereford H.S./Parkton, Md.) to regain a three-goal cushion with 7:07 remaining.
Befus scored her fourth goal of the game with 5:05 left in regulation to trim the margin to 12-10, but the Tiger defense held Denver without a shot for the final five minutes while forcing four Pioneer turnovers.

While Dunn led the Tigers with four goals, Custer added two goals and an assist. Junior goalkeeper Mary Teeters (Centennial H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) made six saves for the Tigers, who were outshot by a 23-22 margin.

Befus, who was named as the MPSF Rookie of the Week on Monday, tallied four goals with two assists for the Pioneers while sophomore attacker Kara Secora (Kent Denver H.S./Denver, Colo.) had two goals and an assist.

The Tigers will finish their three-game homestand on Tuesday night when they host top-ranked Maryland at Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m. Meanwhile, the Pioneers will continue their seven-game road trip on Sunday afternoon against sixth-ranked Loyola at 12 p.m.

Post-Game Notes

· Friday's game between the Tigers and the Pioneers marked the second all-time meeting in a series which Towson leads by a 2-0 margin ... Both games in the series have been played at Towson.
· After opening the season with three straight losses, the Tigers have won four of their last five games.
· The Pioneers dropped their third game in the last four outings ... In addition, they are now winless in five road games this year.
· Dunn has now scored a goal in five straight games ... During the five-game streak, she has scored 14 goals with one assist.
· In addition, Dunn had a season-high five points ... It is the second five-point game of her career ... In addition, it is the third five-point game by a Towson player this year.
· Sophomore midfielder Ashley Waldron (Cicero North Syracuse H.S./Clay, N.Y.) had her four-game goal-scoring streak snapped on Friday night ... She scored nine goals during the four-game streak.
· The Pioneers scored 10 or more goals for just the third time in nine games this year ... They had 20 goals against St. Mary's on March 4 and 13 goals in their win over Boston University last Saturday.


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