Towson Takes Down Top-Seeded Tribe
from press release
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. - Led by a record-setting performance from senior attacker Meggie McNamara (Fayetteville-Manlius H.S./Fayetteville, N.Y.), fourth-seeded Towson University (12-5) advanced to the Colonial Athletic Association Championship Game by earning a 15-10 victory over top-seeded William & Mary in a semi-final game at the Tribe's Albert-Daly Field on Thursday evening.
McNamara, who leads the Tigers with 33 goals and 40 assists, scored two goals and tallied a career-high five assists to lead the Tigers to the victory. With her five-assist performance against the Tribe, she also set the Towson single-season assist record, eclipsing the previous mark of 38 assists set by Kelly Bush during the 1991 season.
In addition, the Tigers become the first team in CAA history to win a game in the CAA Tournament as the fourth seed. The Tigers won the CAA title last year as the third seed.
"In the first half, we were trading goals with them," McNamara said. "We came out hard in the second half and knew we had to come out and play hard and give everything we had. We played for the entire 60 minutes.
"I have always been a crease player, but I can now see the players who are cutting through," McNamara added. "I am also able to challenge with my head up."
With the score tied at 10-10 with 10:03 remaining, the Tigers began a game-clinching five-goal run when McNamara scored off a feed from senior midfielder Cassie Krause (Mount Hebron H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) to give the Tigers an 11-10 lead. Junior midfielder Nikki Marcinik (Southern H.S./Deale, Md.) added a goal with two assists during the spurt as the Tigers held William & Mary scoreless for the final 14 minutes, 44 seconds.
The Tigers and the Tribe exchanged goals four times in the first 23 minutes of the opening period before junior midfielder Steph Taylor (Cocalico H.S./Denver, Pa.) and McNamara scored back-to-back goals to give the Tigers a 6-4 lead with 4:49 remaining.
However, the Tribe responded by scoring three goals in the final four minutes, including a goal by junior Katie Rees (Catonsville H.S./Catonsville, Md.) with 13 seconds remaining, to take a 7-6 lead at the intermission.
Just 38 seconds into the second half, McNamara broke the Towson single-season assists record with her fourth assist of the game when Taylor scored her second goal of the game to tie the game at 7-7.
The teams exchanged goals before Anderson gave William & Mary a 9-8 advantage with a free-position goal with 25:36 remaining. But, the lead was short-lived as junior attacker Jacie Kendall (Souderton H.S./Harleysville, Pa.) scored an unassisted goal past sophomore goalkeeper Emily Geary (Radnor H.S./Wayne, Pa.) to even the score.
Junior midfielder Nikki Marcinik (Southern H.S./Deale, Md.) gave the Tigers a 10-9 lead with 17:30 remaining with her team-leading 46th goal of the season. But, Rees responded less than three minutes later to tie the game at 10-10, setting up the Tigers' game-winning run.
While McNamara led the Tigers with seven points, Taylor matched a career high by scoring four goals. Marcinik and Woodfield each added two goals and two assists while Krause contributed a goal with two assists.
Freshman goalkeeper Mary Teeters (Centennial H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) matched a career high by making 14 saves in the victory, including eight in the second half, as the Tigers limited the Tribe to just three goals on 12 shots after the intermission.
"We've done a great job in the second half all season, especially on the defense," Towson Coach Missy Doherty said. "Mary did a great job of stopping William & Mary tonight. I think draw controls were huge tonight.
"Our leaders really stepped up today and so did a lot of our other players," Doherty added. "Meggie has been amazing and she has continued to get better in becoming an all-around attacker."
Rees led the Tribe in a losing effort with four goals while sophomore attacker Ashley Holofcener (St. Paul's School/Baltimore, Md.) added three assists. Geary made 10 saves for the Tribe, who were outshot by a 35-31 margin.
The Tigers will face second-seeded Delaware in the CAA Championship Game on Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. at Albert-Daly Field. The Tigers posted a 10-6 victory over the Blue Hens last Thursday at Rullo Stadium.
The winner of Saturday's game will receive an automatic berth to the NCAA® Division I Women's Lacrosse Championship, which begins next weekend.
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