April 21, 2013

Towson Takes Another CAA Regular Season Title

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University women's lacrosse team captured its third straight Colonial Athletic Association regular season title with a 14-8 victory over Drexel University on Sunday afternoon in Towson. The Tigers (8-8, 6-1 CAA) closed the regular season with wins in seven of their last eight games.

Towson will now host the CAA Championship Tournament May 3-5.

The Tigers opened the game with the hot scoring hand and held a 7-0 lead with 8:47 to play in the half. Redshirt junior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback had three of the Tigers' goals to record her third hat trick of the season. Senior midfielder Ashley Waldron had a pair of goals during that run.

Drexel finally broke through the Tiger defense for a goal at 8:04 as Emily Duffey scored her ninth goal of the season. Duffey added one more for the Dragons (11-5, 4-2 CAA) before the half, she scored on a free position shot with 2:46 remaining. Towson took a 7-2 lead at intermission.

The Tigers outshot Drexel, 15-7 in the first 30 minutes of action. The Dragons controlled eight of the 10 draw controls in the half.

Towson opened the second half by scoring four of the first five goals and took an 11-3 lead with 18:42 to play. Sophomore attacker Paige Duncan and junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle had a goal and an assist each for the Tigers during that stretch.

Drexel responded by scoring three of the next four goals which made it a 12-6 game with seven minutes to play. The Dragons scored a pair of free position goals during that run.

Back-to-back free position goals from senior midfielder Laura Zinkand and Waldron extended the Tiger advantage to 14-6 with 4:28 to play.

Drexel scored a pair of goals in the final two minutes of the game, which made the final score 14-8.

Both teams finished with 13 shots in the second half and the Tigers finished the game with a 28-20 advantage in that category. The Tigers won nine of the 14 draw controls in the second half, however Drexel finished the game with a 13-11 edge in that category.

Sophomore Kelsea Donnelly made six saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Teresha Bradley made six saves in the loss for the Dragons.

The Tigers used a balanced scoring attack in the game as seven players had at least one goal. Rohrback led the way with six points, on three goals and three assists. Waldron finished with three goals while Coogle and Duncan had two goals and two assists each. Senior defender Alexa Demski led the Tigers' defensive efforts with a career-high six caused turnovers.

Kristin Kopenhaver led Drexel with two goals while Alyse Maiden had a goal and two assists.

The Tigers will be back in action when the CAA Tournament begins on May 3. Make sure to check back with TowsonTigers.com for a game time and opponent as the tournament gets closer.


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