May 5, 2013

Towson Goes from 1-7 to CAA Title, NCAA Berth

from press release

TOWSON, Md. – The Tiger women’s lacrosse team used a 5-0 run to close out the game and claim a 9-4 victory over Hofstra University in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship game Sunday afternoon. For the Tigers (10-8), it was their second straight CAA title and their fifth CAA championship since 2005.

With the victory, the Tigers also earned berth in the NCAA Division I Tournament for the sixth time. Towson will find out its NCAA Tournament fate on Sunday night.

Junior defender Kaitlin Sheridan was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was a key to a terrific defensive effort in the CAA championship game. After Hofstra tied the game at 4-4 with 26:55 left, the Tigers shut out the Pride the rest of the way.

Sheridan was joined on the all-tournament team by graduate attacker Jackie LaMonica, redshirt junior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback and sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly.

“A fantastic performance from our team today and they played great lacrosse and really played as a unit,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “We said at the beginning of the year we wanted to compete in each game and we really did that today.”

Towson opened the game by scoring the first two goals. LaMonica and senior midfielder Sarah Hogan scored as the Tigers held an early lead with 22:02 to play in the half. The final 20 minutes of the first half proved to be a back and forth affair as the Tigers and Pride (11-8) traded goals. LaMonica’s second goal of the game gave Towson a 4-2 lead with 12:33 remaining in the half. However, Hofstra answered with a Brittain Altomare goal with 9:40 left, which made it a 4-3 game. Towson took that 4-3 lead into the intermission.

Hofstra outshot the Tigers 8-7 in the first 30 minutes of action as each team won four draw controls.

The Pride started the second half the same way they ended the first half with a goal from Altomare. Altomare’s goal made it a 4-4 game with 26:55 to play.

However, Hofstra would not score again.

The Tigers regained their lead with 24:53 remaining. Junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle forced a Hofstra turnover on a clear attempt and scored on a breakaway, giving the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish.

Just 3:33 later, the Tigers added to their lead as sophomore attacker Paige Duncan scored off an assist from Rohrback. Senior attacker Olivia Turner scored three times over the next 3:36 as Rohrback assisted on each one. Her third goal came with 12:59 remaining and gave the home team a 9-4 advantage.

Hofstra had one last shot at a goal with 1:06 to play but Donnelly came up with the save and the Tigers ran the clock out.

Donnelly made seven saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Kelsey Gregerson made three saves for Hofstra.

The Tigers outshot the Pride 9-7 in the second half and finished the game with a 16-15 advantage. Towson controlled four of the seven draw controls in the second half and finished the game with an 8-7 edge.

Turner led the Tigers with three goals while LaMonica added two goals. Rohrback had a goal and matched her career-high with four assists.

Altomare finished with two goals to lead the Pride.

The Tigers receive the CAA’s automatic qualifying bid to the NCAA Tournament with the win. The NCAA field will be announced at 9 p.m. tonight.

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