February 22, 2014

Quick Start Propels Towson to Upset Over Georgetown

by Will Fairfax | LaxMagazine.com | Live Blog Replay

Andi Raymond factored in Towson's first five goals and finished with four goals and three assists in the Tigers' 14-10 win Saturday over Georgetown.

TOWSON, Md. – The No. 17 Towson women’s lacrosse team opened the game on a 6-0 run en route to a 14-10 upset victory over No. 8 Georgetown on Saturday in Unitas Stadium. It all started with Andi Raymond.

Raymond, the redshirt junior attacker,opened the game with three goals and two assists to give Towson an early 5-0 lead. That's a pretty good start by a player in her second game back after missing all of last season with a pair of stress fractures in her lower back that kept her out for eight months.

"They're a top-10 team, so we wanted to beat them," Raymond said. "Coming out and making a statement early helped us throughout the entire game. It set the tempo and got everyone fired up."

The early onslaught forced Georgetown to replace starting goalie Barb Black with freshman Maddy Fisher. It did not help, as Raymond pushed Towson's lead to 8-1 with her fourth goal at the 4:53 mark. Senior Ashleigh Rohrback saw Raymond streaking down the field and passed to her. Raymond caught the ball and was one-on-one with Fisher. She faked a shot and the fired the ball low in the bottom right corner of the goal to give the Tigers a seemingly insurmountable lead.

But Georgetown wouldn't quit. The Hoyas closed the half with three straight goals, including two by Kelyn Freedman, to close within 8-4. Meghan Farrell than opened the second half with a goal to bring Georgetown within three.

Towson scored five of the next six goals.

Georgetown closed the game on a 4-1 run for the final margin, outshooting the Tigers 22-7 in the second half and finishing the game with a 34-21 advantage in that category. The Hoyas also won 13 of 25 draw controls in the game.

But Raymond, who finished with four goals and three assists, put them in too deep of a hole.

"Raymond is a really, really good competitor," Fried said. "She played with a lot of intensity and a lot of heart. We looked a bit slow and lethargic at the beginning of the game, but I think most of it you have to give her the credit for how she came out. She played with a certain mentality and she answered the bell when the first whistle blew."

"We need to play with a little bit more heart at the beginning of the game," Fried added. "I thought we kind of slept-walked through the first part and Towson played very fast. We didn't look ready, so that's our jobs as coaches to make sure that we're ready at the beginning of the game."

Junior Kelsea Donnelly had a career-high 14 saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers.

"Our girls just had a valiant effort today from start to finish. They never let up," Towson coach Sonia LaMonica said. "I'm just so proud of how they stepped up and put themselves physically on the line and held on for a great win."

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