April 2, 2011

Towson Holds Off Hen Rally to Win in 2OT

from press release

NEWARK, Del. - With three straight assists from the stick of senior Holly Burman, the University of Delaware women's lacrosse team climbed all the way back from a 7-4 deficit against the Tigers of Towson University.

The thriller needed two overtime periods to decide a winner, as Towson got the best of the Blue Hens 9-8 on Saturday afternoon at Delaware Stadium in the first game of 2011 Colonial Athletic Association slate.

After Chelsea Fay scored the Hens' fifth goal of the day with 13:05 left on the clock, Burman connected three passes for goals, with freshman Bridget Burns finishing two and senior Corrine Drost burying the third. Drost's goal not only extended her points streak to 12 games, but tied the action at seven all.

Burns buried her second goal of the afternoon with just 28 seconds in the first half of overtime to put Delaware up 8-7 on Burman's third helper of the day.

But Towson got the equalizer from Mary Ellen Elie to force a second overtime with an 8-8 tie. Elie scored with just four seconds left in the first overtime period.

Sarah Appelt, who tallied the game's first goal, bookended her afternoon with the gamewinner in the sudden victory double overtime period with 1:18 left on the clock.

The Blue Hens, who slip to 5-6 on the season and 0-1 in CAA play, had a balanced offensive effort, with seven different players scoring. Burns was the only multiple goal getter, while Drost, Fay, Ali Libertini, Morgan Leonard, Kalyn McDonough and Julianna Jeffers all scored once.

The Tigers, who snapped a three-game skid and improved to 5-5 overall and 1-0 in the conference, were paced by Ashley Waldron's three goals, while Appelt and Jess Dunn each scored twice. Elie and Kelly Custer each found the cage once.

Delaware dominated in the draw circle, grabbing 15 of the game's 20 draws. The Tigers narrowly edged the Hens 19-17 in groundballs, but committed 19 fouls to Delaware's 15. Neither team got to the eight-meter line more than three times as Towson went two-for-three and Delaware scored once on its two attempts.

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