Rohrback's Winner Leads Towson by James Madison in 2OT
from Press Release
TOWSON, Md. – Redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback scored the game-winning goal 1:31 into double overtime to lift the Towson University women's lacrosse team to a thrilling 12-11 win over James Madison on Sunday afternoon in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. The Tigers clinched a spot in the CAA Tournament, to be held May 2-4 with the win.
"This is the type of game you are on edge the whole time," said Towson Head Coach Sonia LaMonica. "I'm really pleased and proud of the effort our girls showed, particularly when it counted."
The game was a back-and-forth affair that featured eight ties throughout.
Junior attacker Paige Duncan gave the Tigers an early advantage as her goal at 27:03 made it a 2-1 game in favor of the home team. James Madison (8-6, 2-1 CAA) scored two of the next three goals and the two squads were tied at 3-3 with 15:55 to go in the first half.
Goals from sophomore midfielder Breanna Hamm and freshman defender Michelle Gildea gave Towson a 5-3 lead with 7:54 remaining in the half. Rohrback assisted on both of the Tiger goals. The Dukes battled back to tie the game at 5-5 with 4:26 left in the stanza. Gildea's second of the game at 4:17 put Towson (9-6, 3-1 CAA) ahead 6-5. Neither team scored in the final four minutes of the half and the Tigers took a one goal lead into intermission.
James Madison held a 16-13 advantage in shots in the first half and won nine of the 15 draw controls.
Jaci Gordon's goal at 24:54 of the second half allowed the Dukes to tie the game at 6-6.
Goals from Rohrback and redshirt junior attacker Andi Raymond allowed Towson to take an 8-6 lead with 19:12 to play in regulation. Rohrback's goal at 20:05 gave her 60 points for the season and was the Tiger's first goal in 14:12.
James Madison battled back and used a pair of goals to tie the game at 8-8 with 13:25 remaining in the half. Hamm's third and fourth goals of the game gave Towson a 10-8 lead with 7:23 to go in regulation.
The Dukes used a pair of goals from Ali Curwin to tie the game at 10-10 with 31 seconds to play in regulation. JuniorKelsea Donnelly came up with a huge save on a James Madison shot with 19 seconds to play which kept the game tied at 10-10.
Junior attacker Taylor Moore gave the Tigers an early lead in the first overtime with a goal two minutes in. However, James Madison tied the game at 11-11 with Taylor Gress' goal at 2:31.
Just 1:31 into the second overtime, the Tigers were awarded a free position chance. Freshman attacker Gabby Chapassed on the shot and instead found Rohrback open on the side of the net. Rohrback buried the ball in the back of the cage to give the Tigers the win.
James Madison finished the game with a 36-29 advantage in shots after outshooting the Tigers 20-16 in the second half and overtime. Towson won nine of the final 15 draw controls in the game and finished with a 14-13 edge in that category.
Donnelly made 12 saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Schylar Healy made nine saves in the loss for the Dukes.
Hamm led the Tigers with a career-high four goals on the day. Rohrback added three goals and two assists while Gildea had two goals. Raymond contributed a goal and two assists.
Stephanie Finley and Betsy Angel led James Madison with three goals each.
The Tigers wrap up the regular season on Saturday, April 19 as they travel to the University of North Carolina for a 1 p.m. Towson's seeding for the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament will be determined by the outcome of next weekend's CAA games.
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