April 14, 2013

Coogle Plus: Towson Trounces Old Dominion

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – Junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle scored six goals to lead the Towson University women's lacrosse team to a 16-9 win over Old Dominion University on Sunday afternoon in Towson. The Tigers (7-7, 5-0 CAA) won their sixth straight game as eight players scored at least one goal in the game.

"Another great win today and we're excited about remaining undefeated in conference," said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. "Our defense did an amazing job of forcing not great options. Katie Leech had a phenomenal game with the draw controls and ground balls."

For the second straight game the Tigers got off to a hot start with three quick goals. The Tigers' third goal was scored at 26:22 and was senior attacker Olivia Turner's second of the game. Old Dominion (3-12, 1-4 CAA) halted the Tigers run with a pair of goals, which made it a 4-2 game with 20:48 to play in the first half.

Coogle continued her scoring surge with a goal at 19:19, which made it a 5-2 game. That goal by Coogle sparked a 5-0 run by the Tigers and gave the home team an 8-2 lead with 14:10 to play in the first. Coogle scored three times during that run by the Tigers to notch her sixth straight hat trick. Graduate attacker Jackie LaMonica had a goal and an assist for the Tigers during that run as well.

Jordyn Collins scored for Old Dominion at 12:48 and made it an 8-3 game. Senior midfielder Sarah Hoganscored her first goal of the season at 9:23 to start a 4-1 run by the Tigers to close out the half. Coogle tallied her fifth goal of the half during that stretch while sophomore attacker Taylor Moore scored a pair for the Tigers.

Towson led 12-4 at the half after outshooting the Lady Monarchs, 21-6 in the first 30 minutes of action. The Tigers won 12 of the 17 draw controls in the first half.

Old Dominion scored the first two goals of the second half, which made it a 12-6 game with 25:27 to play. However the Tigers got their eight goal advantage back, 14-6 with goals from LaMonica and Coogle. Coogle's goal was her team-leading 13th free position goal of the year and came at 21:17.

The Lady Monarchs closed the game by scoring three of the final five goals. Emily Austerberry had a pair of goals for Old Dominion during that stretch. Sophomore attacker Sarah Maloof had a goal and an assist for the Tigers. The late goals by the Lady Monarchs made the final score, 16-9.

Old Dominion outshot the Tigers, 15-12 in the second half but the Tigers finished the game with a 33-21 shot advantage. The Lady Monarchs won six of 10 draw controls in the second half. Towson finished the game with a 16-11 edge in draw controls.

Sophomore Kelsea Donnelly made one save in the first half to earn her sixth straight win in goal. FreshmenAlyssa Saxon and Tayler Bowman split the second half in goal. Saxon made six saves in 22:39 of action while Bowman had one in the final 7:21. Karen Hayde made nine saves for Old Dominion.

Coogle's six goals, tied her career-high and was the second time this season she scored that many in a game. LaMonica contributed two goals and two assists while Leech finished with a career-high 10 draw controls. Leech was one draw control away from Hillary Fratzkee's school record for a single-game.

Ashmore Standing led Old Dominion with two goals, three ground balls and two caused turnovers.

The Tigers look to extend their win streak when they travel to Hofstra on Friday, April 19. First draw for the final road trip of the regular season is set for 7 p.m.

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