April 19, 2009

Towson's Fourth Straight Win Ensures CAA Berth

from press release

Towson outscored James Madison 8-2 in the second half and went on to post a 10-7 come-from-behind win over the Dukes in Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse Sunday afternoon at the JMU Lacrosse Complex.

The Tigers, who won their fourth straight game, earned a berth in the four-team CAA Tournament.  Towson upped its league record to 4-2 and its overall mark to 10-5. 

JMU's record now stands at 5-10 overall and 1-5 in league play.  It was the fourth straight loss for the Dukes.

Towson got five goals and an assist from junior Nikki Marcinik (Deale, Md./Southern), who scored four of those goals in the second period.  Senior Britt Woodfield (New Windsor, Md./South Carroll) added two goals.

JMU got two goals each from senior Jaime Dardine (Broomall, Pa./Marple Newtown) and sophomore Mary Kate Lomady (Abington, Pa./Abington).

Towson took its first lead at 7-6 on a free-position shot by Woodfield with 11:32 remaining.  That was the third score in a run of five straight goals by the Tigers. 

Marcinik started the run with back-to-back scores at 14:28 and 12:44.  After Woodfield's free-position score, senior Meggie McNamara (Fayetteville, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) added a goal at 10:32 to an 8-6 Towson lead.

Marcinik fed a pass to junior Jacie Kendall (Harleysville, Pa./Souderton), who scored with 6:21 to go to push Towson's advantage to 9-6.

JMU had led 5-2 at intermission after a first half in which Dukes' junior goalkeeper Morgan Kelly (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary's) made five saves. 

Towson scored the first two goals of the second half, one by Woodfield at 28:19 and the second by Marcinik at 22:46, closing to within one, 5-4. 

Lomady then converted a free-position attempt at 18:11 to give JMU a 6-4 advantage.

Then, during Towson's stretch of five consecutive scores, the Tigers out-shot JMU 8-1.  JMU turned the ball over five times to three for Towson, and the Tigers held a 3-2 advantage on draw controls.

JMU cut Towson's lead to 9-7 on a free-position goal by junior Susan Lines (South Windsor, Conn./South Windsor) with 1:10 to play.

The Dukes controlled the ensuing draw and had a scoring opportunity when JMU was awarded a free position with 56 seconds to play.  However, Towson freshman goalkeeper Mary Teeters (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) saved the shot by freshman Monica Zabel (Ellicott City, Md./Mt./Hebron).  The Tigers moved the ball into their offensive third, and Marcinik netted another goal, this one with eight seconds on the clock.

JMU's Kelly finished with eight saves, while Towson's Teeters made six saves.

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