March 30, 2014

Towson Edges Delaware in 12-10 OT Thriller

from Press Release

TOWSON, Md. – Trailing 9-7 with 1:51 to play in regulation, the No. 19 Towson University women's lacrosse team rallied for a 12-10 overtime victory over the University of Delaware on Sunday afternoon in Johnny Unitas ® Stadium. Freshman Kelly McQuilkin scored her first career goal with 5.9 seconds to play to send the Tigers to overtime in their Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener.

"I thought we played a nice first half but our team didn't come out of the lockerroom in the second half," said Towson Head Coach Sonia LaMonica. "We got flat and Delaware is a team that will fight to the very finish. If you play flat against them you might end up in overtime and we were fortunate to have that thanks to our freshman (McQuilkin). I thought we played more like Tiger lacrosse in the overtime."

Towson (6-5, 1-0 CAA) jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead with 15:36 to play in the first half. Redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback had a pair of goals, including one on a free position shot during that stretch. Freshman attacker Gabby Cha also had a goal and an assist during that scoring spurt.

Delaware briefly halted the Tiger run with a goal from Abbie Hartman with 10:31 remaining in the half. The Tiger offense went back to work and scored two more goals before the intermission. Sophomore attacker Alyssa Ferro scored with 5:48 to play in the half. Rohrback had the assist on Ferro's goal and in doing so tied Becky Trumbo's school record for career assists with her 79th helper. Redshirt junior attacker Andi Raymond had the other goal as Towson led 6-1 at the break.

Towson outshot the Blue Hens (7-4, 0-1 CAA) 11-8 in the first half and won five of the eight draw controls.

Delaware opened the second half on a 3-0 run and pulled to within two, 6-4 with 23:27 to play in the game. Caitlin McCartney scored two of the three goals for the Blue Hens during that stretch. Raymond briefly halted the Delaware run with a goal at 23:15. However, that was the last goal the Tigers scored for 22:26 of play.

During that Towson scoreless streak, Delaware found the back of the net five times. Shannon Hawley scored three of her four goals during that stretch. Hawley's fourth goal of the game came with 1:51 to play in regualtion and gave Delaware the 9-7 advantage.

However, the Tigers were not done yet. Delaware won the draw following Hawley's goal but sophomore midfielder Breanna Hamm forced a turnover and the Tigers got the ball back in the offensive end with just over a minute to go. Junior attacker Taylor Moore got the ball behind the net and came around the crease to score with 49 seconds to play. Moore's goal made it a 9-8 game.

Towson won the ensuing draw control but turned the ball over in the offensive end. Delaware had the ball behind its own net when McQuilkin was able to force the turnover. She then picked up the groundball and shot the ball past Delaware goalie Tori Zorvich with 5.9 seconds play. McQuilkin's goal tied the game at 9-9.

In overtime, the Tigers went to work quickly as Moore scored with 5:35 to play to put Towson up 10-9. Raymond scored a pair of unassisted goals which gave Towson a 12-9 lead with 2:09 to go. Hartman scored her second of the game with 1:23 to play in overtime which made the final score 12-10.

Delaware outshot the Tigers 17-10 in the second stanza and overtime combined and finished the game with a 25-21 edge in the shots category. Towson won 11 of the final 18 draw controls in the game and finished with a 16-10 advantage in that category.

Junior Kelsea Donnelly made nine saves including one in overtime to earn the win in goal. Zorvich made six saves in the loss for Delaware.

Raymond led Towson with four goals while Moore finished with three for her second straight "hat trick." Rohrback contributed two goals and an assist while Ferro and Cha each had a goal and an assist for the Tigers.

Hawley led Delaware with four goals while McCartney and Hartman had two goals and an assist.

Towson is back in action on Friday, Apr. 4 when it travels to Hofstra for a 7 p.m. game.

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