April 10, 2011

Dunn Sparks Towson to Fifth Win in Seven Games; Tigers Throttle Hofstra 18-9

from press release

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- Senior attacker Jess Dunn matched her season high by scoring four goals to lead the Tigers (6-6, 2-1) to their fifth win in the last seven games, an 18-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Hofstra University (4-7, 0-2) at the Pride's James M. Shuart Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Dunn, who recorded her third four-goal game of the season, tallied two of her goals in the second half as the Tigers outscored Hofstra by a 9-0 margin after the intermission en route to the victory.

Led by a pair of goals from sophomore midfielder Jill Maier, the Pride built a commanding 5-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game. But, the Tigers answered with a five-goal run of their own, including a pair of goals from Dunn, over a 12-minute span to tie the game at 5-5 with 9:26 remaining in the first half.

The teams traded goals three times before freshman attacker Rhiannon Coogle gave the Tigers a 9-8 lead with 37 seconds remaining in the first half off of a feed from senior midfielder Ali Lathroum.

However, the Pride tied the score at 9-9 in the final seconds of the period when sophomore attacker Claire Brady took a feed from senior midfielder Jennalee Trombley and scored her 14th goal of the season past junior goalkeeper Mary Teeters.

But, the Tigers came out of the locker room and put together a nine-goal run to seal the victory as the Towson defense limited Hofstra to just seven shots in the second half. Dunn and Coogle each scored twice during the run for the Tigers while junior midfielder Jackie LaMonica contributed a goal with two assists during the spurt.

While Dunn led the Tigers with four goals, Coogle added three goals for the first hat trick of her career. Junior attacker Sarah Appelt also posted the first hat hat trick of her career with a three-goal effort along with an assist.

Brady led the Pride with two goals and two assists in a losing effort while Maier contributed three goals.

The Tigers outshot Hofstra by a 32-24 margin and held a 17-11 advantage in draw controls, including an 8-2 edge in the second half.

The Tigers will continue their three-game road trip on Friday night when they travel to James Madison University for a 7 p.m. game against the defending CAA champion Dukes. Meanwhile, Hofstra will travel to William & Mary on Friday night to face the Tribe at 7 p.m.

Post-Game Notes

- The Tigers and the Pride met for the 28th time in a series which Towson leads by a 17-11 margin ... It is the Tigers' second win in the last three meetings over the Pride.

- The Tigers improved to 4-1 away from home this season and have a four-game road win streak ... In their five road games this season, the Tigers have averaged 12.8 goals per game while shooting 47.4 per cent ... In addition, Dunn has scored 15 of her 28 goals this season in the Tigers' five road games while Appelt has eight of her 11 goals away from home.

- After allowing their first nine opponents to score 10 or more goals, the Tigers held an opponent to under 10 goals for the third straight game ... During the last three games, the Tigers have allowed just 24 goals, including a season-low seven goals against Drexel on Friday afternoon.

- The Tigers are now 5-0 this season when scoring at least 10 goals.

- The Tigers have come from behind in five of their six wins this season ... In fact, the Tigers have trailed at some point in 11 of their 12 games.

- The Tigers matched a season high by shooting 56.2 per cent in the win over Hofstra ... The Tigers were 9-for-16 against UMBC in the season opener on March 2 ... In addition, it is the third time this year the Tigers have scored on at least 50 per cent of their shots.

- Dunn tallied her fifth "hat trick" of the season against Hofstra on Sunday afternoon ... It is also the 14th "hat trick" of her college career ... In addition, Dunn has now scored four or more goals in a game six times in her career.

- Dunn has scored a goal in nine straight games after her four-goal effort on Sunday afternoon ... During the last nine games, Dunn has scored 25 goals with one assist.

- Appelt now has a point in seven straight games after her four-point effort on Sunday afternoon ... In addition, she tied her career high by recording the third four-point game of her career.

- LaMonica has recorded a point in seven consecutive games after matching her career high with four points against the Pride ... In addition, she posted the second "hat trick" of her career in the win over Hofstra ... Her first "hat trick" came against Richmond in last year's 23-12 victory at Unitas Stadium.

- With her three-goal performance against Hofstra on Sunday afternoon, Coogle snapped an eight-game scoring drought ... Prior to Sunday, Coogle had not scored since the Tigers' season opener at UMBC on March 2.

- Freshman midfielder Emma Ehler scored the first goal of her college career in the Tigers' win over Hofstra on Sunday ... She gave the Tigers a 17-9 lead with 50 seconds remaining after scoring off a pass from sophomore midfielder Sarah Hogan ... Hogan also earned the first point of her college career with the assist.

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