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Towson Beats James Madison in 2OT, Will Host CAA Tournament

by Clare Lochary | LaxMagazine.com | Live Blog Replay

Mary Teeters made nine saves for Towson, which prevailed in double overtime against James Madison to lock up the top seed and the right to host the CAA postseason tournament.
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TOWSON, Md. -- With the seconds ticking down in double overtime, Towson junior midfielder Sarah Hogan saw Kelly Custer tangled up in a double team near the elbow. So Hogan cut up the center, and Custer hit her with a pass. Hogan buried a shot low, beating James Madison keeper Schylar Healy to lift the Tigers to a 10-9 victory with 26 seconds on the clock.

"She did a great job of getting her hands free," said Hogan, who came off the bench to score the game-winner and nab a team-high three draw controls. "We're undefeated at home and we can't let anyone take that from us."

The Dukes dominated on the draw (14-7), but thanks to 12 turnovers and nine saves by Towson goalie Mary Teeters, the Tigers (13-3) rallied from an early deficit to preserve their perfect 7-0 record in the Colonial Athletic Association in a game playing in pouring rain.

Towson is the top seed for the four-team CAA tournament, which it will now host April 27 and 29. The Tigers will play No. 4 Drexel in the semifinals. James Madison falls to 10-6 and 6-1 in the conference. The Dukes will be the tournament's second seeded team and face Hofstra April 27.

"It was a real battle in tough conditions," said Towson head coach Sonia LaMonica. "You want to peak at the right time and I feel we're doing that. We're happy to be hosting the CAAs again."

Towson junior midfielder Ashley Waldron (three goals) opened scoring on an unassisted shot, but the Dukes responded with three straight. After a time out, the Tigers responded with a 3-0 run of their own, to take a 4-3 lead at halftime.

Towson led 8-5 with 12:52 to play, but the Dukes stormed back with three straight goals to tie the game at 8-8 on an unassisted goal at 9:07 by senior attacker Monica Zabel (two goals, two assists). James Madison had a chance to seal the win in the final minute, but a stellar Teeters save on a shot by freshman midfielder Erin Finley (two goals) forced overtime.

James Madison won the first draw in extra periods, and went up 9-8 when senior midfielder Ashley Kimener scored on a high free position shot with less than one second on the clock. But in the second three-minute overtime period, Custer scored on a high free position shot of her own, taken from the same hash as Kimener's just 50 seconds later.

"The [James Madison] girl was really talking smack, saying that I charged her. I just wanted to put the ball where the goalie was not," said Custer.

In the final period, with a sudden-death victory on the line, Hogan nabbed the ball out of the air and passed it back to Teeters behind the restraining line.

"I got the ball and felt shocked it was in my stick," said Hogan of the critical possession.

The Dukes are now 0-2 in overtime this year. They lost to Harvard, 9-8, in double overtime on March 6. Towson had never played overtime in 2012 before today, although LaMonica said her team was used to the pressure, thanks to a 6-1 record in one-goal games in 2012 and four overtime games in 2011.

"We just feed off that excitement," said Custer, a junior midfielder. "I know we shouldn't put ourselves in that situation sometimes, but we feed off it."


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