April 10, 2009

Towson Knocks Off No. 19 Hofstra

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Junior midfielder Lauren McAfee and junior attacker Jacie Kendall each scored a goal in the overtime period as the Tigers (7-5, 1-2) overcame a strong second half comeback effort by Hofstra University (8-4, 2-1) to edge the 19th-ranked Pride by 13-11 in overtime in a Colonial Athletic Association game at James M. Shuart Stadium on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers, who were playing their first overtime game in two years, outshot the Pride by 3-0 in the overtime period as Towson snapped a two-game losing streak with the victory.

“It was a great game from both sides,” Towson Coach Missy Doherty said. “We really needed a win and the girls played well at both ends.”

Less than a minute into the first portion of overtime, McAfee converted a feed from senior attacker Meggie McNamara to give the Tigers a 12-11 lead.

With 1:20 left in the second half of the overtime period, freshman goalkeeper Mary Teeters intercepted a pass from junior midfielder Corrine Gandolfi to stop the Pride’s game-tying attempt. On the ensuing possession, Kendall scored off a feed from senior midfielder Britt Woodfield, upping the Tigers’ lead to 13-11 with 34 seconds remaining.

Led by two goals from junior midfielder Nikki Marcinik, the Tigers jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the opening three minutes of the first half. However, the Pride narrowed the margin to 3-2 with back-to-back goals from Gandolfi and junior midfielder K’Leigh Vanaman.

After the teams traded goals, the Tigers upped their advantage to 6-3 when Marcinik and Woodfield scored consecutive goals with 11:09 left in the opening stanza.

Just over two minutes later, junior midfielder Liz Falco scored on a free-position shot to cut the Tigers’ lead to 6-4 at the intermission.

After McNamara scored early in the second half to give Towson a 7-4 lead, Falco responded with back-to-back goals to reduce the Pride’s deficit to 7-6 with 24:57 remaining in the second half.

The teams exchanged goals before Marcinik scored her fifth goal of the game, an unassisted marker with 14:36 remaining to increase the Tiger lead to 9-7. But, sophomore Stephanie Rice answered off a Gandolfi feed to reduce the gap to 9-8 with 13:34 left.

Led by two goals from sophomore midfielder Ali Lathroum, the Tigers upped their advantage to 11-9 with 4:39 remaining. But, Gandolfi and junior attacker Ashley Jones tied the game at 11-11 with 2:45 left by scoring a pair of goals.

The Pride had a chance to win the game late in regulation, but Gandolfi threw a pass with 17 seconds remaining which was intercepted by Teeters, sending the game into overtime.

Marcinik, who recorded her fifth “hat trick” of the year with a season-high five goals, now has 99 points in her career. With her next point, Marcinik will become the 20th player in school history to reach the 100-point plateau. Meanwhile, McNamara tallied two goals with a career-high four assists. She now ranks 10th in school history with 40 assists.

Teeters tied a season high by making 14 saves, including eight in the first half, as the Pride outshot Towson by a 35-25 margin.

“Mary was great,” Coach Doherty said. “She has been solid all year and in a game like today, the goalkeeper becomes really important. She stepped up and really did a great job of handling the pressure.”

Gandolfi led the Pride in a losing effort by scoring two goals with three assists while Falco added three goals as the Pride played their third straight overtime game.

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