April 7, 2013

Towson Takes Out No. 19 James Madison

from press release

HARRISONBURG, Va. – The Towson University women's lacrosse team outscored No. 19 James Madison University 12-4 in the second half en route to a 16-10 upset victory. Ashleigh Rohrback and Rhiannon Coogle each scored four goals to lead the Tigers (4-7, 3-0 CAA) to their third straight victory.

"Unbelievable second-half effort," said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. "We did so well on the draws, it was a team effort. We took the game away because of the draws. We played smart ball on the offensive end and this exciting to see cause JMU is a good team."

LaMonica added, "I'm really proud of every member of this team, the sideline was cheering and it was lots of energy."

James Madison (7-5, 2-1 CAA) opened the game by scoring the first four goals. Casey Ancarrow had two of those four goals which gave the Dukes a lead with 23:47 to play in the first half. Coogle put the Tigers on the board with her 20th goal of the season at 18:56. Rohrback added a goal at 13:42 to pull the Tigers to within two, 4-2. Amy Roguski scored two of the game's next three goals to give JMU a 6-3 lead with 5:11 remaining in the half. Graduate attacker Jackie LaMonica scored with 42 seconds to play as the Dukes took a 6-4 lead at the half.

Both teams recorded 13 shots in the first 30 minutes of action while James Madison won six of the 11 draw controls.

James Madison extended its lead to 8-4 with 24:13 to play as Steph Finley scored a pair of goals.

Senior attacker Olivia Turner scored at 22:53 off a pass from Rohrback which made it an 8-5 game. That goal jump started a 6-0 run by the Tigers that turned a four-goal deficit into a 10-8 lead with 18:19 to play. Turner and sophomore attacker Paige Duncan each scored a pair of goals during that stretch.

The Dukes briefly halted the Tiger run with a pair of goals by Finley. Finley's second goal came at 14:38 and tied the game at 10-10. That goal came as sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly and the Tigers were just one second away from killing off a two-man advantage for the Dukes.

Towson took the lead back for good at 13:11 as Coogle scored her third goal of the game on a free position shot. That goal started another 6-0 run by the Tigers. Rohrback and Coogle each scored twice for the Tigers during that stretch.

The Tigers finished the game with a 30-22 advantage in shots. Towson dominated the draw controls in the second half, winning 12 of the 17 and finished the game with a 17-11 advantage in that category.

Donnelly made six big saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Schylar Healy made seven saves in the loss for James Madison.

Rohrback finished the game with nine points to lead the Tigers. She had a career-high four goals and tied her career-high in assists with five. Coogle continued her offensive outburst during CAA play with four goals. Duncan recorded her first career hat trick with three goals and added an assist.

Finley led James Madison with four goals while Roguski added three goals.

Towson is back in action on Tuesday, April 9 when it travels to American for a 3 p.m. game. The game is a make-up for the one that was snowed out in early March.

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