March 19, 2011

Towson Rallies from Six Down to Top Richmond

from press release

RICHMOND, Va. - Senior attacker Jess Dunn recorded her second "hat trick" of the season by scoring a game-high four goals as the Tigers (2-4) overcame a six-goal deficit in the first half to earn their second win in the last three games, an 11-10 overtime victory over the University of Richmond (3-7) at the Spiders' Robins Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers' leading scorer with 11 goals this season, Dunn scored three of her four goals in the second half as the Tigers rallied from an 8-2 deficit to force overtime and earn the victory.

"We really needed to play together and really battle," Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica said. "I think the players certainly took it to heart. We haven't always done that this season but today, it really came together."

Led by three goals and an assist from sophomore attacker Sam Stevenson, the Spiders jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the opening 16 minutes of the first half. Junior Caitlin Fifield also scored twice during the spurt as Richmond limited the Tigers to just four shots.

But, the Tigers answered with back-to-back goals from Dunn and sophomore attacker Olivia Turner to trim the deficit to 6-2 with 11:56 remaining in the opening stanza.

Stevenson and sophomore defender Tara Coyle added goals in the final four minutes of the first half for the Spiders, who led by 8-2 at the intermission.

Trailing by six goals to start the second half, the Tigers used a four-goal run to close the gap to 8-6 with 16:42 remaining in regulation. Sophomore midfielder Ashley Waldron scored twice during the spurt while Dunn and freshman midfielder Kelly Murkey also tallied a goal.

With 16:05 remaining, the Spiders extended their lead to 9-6 when senior attacker Danielle Schaevitz scored off a feed from freshman midfielder Hayley Ross.

But, the Tigers quickly answered with a four-goal run to take a 10-9 advantage with 1:31 left in regulation. After Waldron scored an unassisted goal with 14:06 remaining, Dunn added back-to-back free-position goals in a four-minute span to tie the game with 3:26 remaining. With 1:31 left, junior attacker Sarah Appelt gave the Tigers their first lead of the game when she scored off an assist from Waldron.

However, the lead was short-lived as Schaevitz tied the game with just six seconds remaining on an unassisted goal to force overtime.

After the teams failed to score in the first three-minute segment of the overtime period, Appelt gave the Tigers an 11-10 advantage with 1:53 remaining in the period when she scored her second goal of the game, an unassisted marker past junior goalkeeper Victoria Roebuck.

The Tigers won the ensuing draw control and ran out the clock to earn the victory.

While Dunn led the Tigers with four goals, Waldron earned her second "hat trick" in the last three games by scoring three goals. Appelt had two goals with an assist for the first multi-goal game of her college career.

Stevenson scored four goals to lead the Spiders in a losing effort while Schaevitz had three goals with two assists. Roebuck made 11 saves for Richmond, which was outshot by a 29-19 margin, including a 20-5 margin after the first half.

The Tigers will return to Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Tuesday afternoon to begin a three-game homestand against Temple at 3 p.m. Meanwhile, the Spiders will be idle until April 1 when they open Atlantic 10 Conference play against Duquesne at Robins Stadium.

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