LaMonica Leads Towson Women Back to CAA Title Bout
from press release
TOWSON, Md. – Graduate attacker Jackie LaMonica scored a career-high four goals which led the top seeded Towson University women's lacrosse team to an 8-7 win over Drexel in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) semifinals on Friday afternoon. The Tigers (9-8) advanced to their third straight CAA Championship game with the win.
Drexel (11-7) got off to a quick start with the game's first two goals. Amanda Norcini and Alyse Maiden's goals gave the Dragons a 2-0 advantage with 17:30 to play in the half. Back-to-back tallies from LaMonica tied the game with 13:02 remaining.
LaMonica's goals where followed by a goal from senior midfielder Laura Zinkand, which gave Towson its first lead of the game, 3-2 with 9:13 to play in the half. LaMonica completed her hat trick with a goal at 7:50.
Drexel halted the Tigers' run with a goal from Jessica Rudloff at 1:53. The two squads traded goals in the final minute of the half and Towson took a 5-4 lead at the intermission.
The Tigers outshot Drexel 12-8 in the first half while the Dragons controlled six of the 10 draw controls.
The second half opened the same way as the first half had, with a pair of Drexel goals. Kristin Kopenhaver and Kelli Joran's goals gave the visitors a 6-5 lead with 23:06 to play in the game.
Zinkand's second goal of the game at 20:12 tied the game at 6-6.
The two teams battled through a scoreless stretch of over 10 minutes and remained deadlocked at 6-6.
Norcini's free position goal at 9:49 gave Drexel a 7-6 lead.
The Dragons maintained their advantage until 2:58 as LaMonica scored her fourth goal of the game. Just 11 seconds later, the Tigers struck again as they won the draw control and went immediately on the offensive attack. Sophomore attacker Paige Duncan found senior attacker Olivia Turner with a cutting pass and Turner scored her second goal of the game. Turner's goal gave Towson an 8-7 advantage with 2:47 to play.
Towson's defense was able to hold the Dragons off the scoreboard for the final two plus minutes to secure the victory.
Sophomore Kelsea Donnelly made five saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Teresha Bradley made six saves in the loss for the Dragons.
Towson held a 7-6 edge in shots in the second half and finished the game with a 19-14 advantage. The Tigers won four of the seven draw controls in the second half but Drexel finished the game with a 9-8 edge in that category.
LaMonica led the Tigers with four goals while Turner and Zinkand each finished with two. Redshirt junior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback had a team-high three assists.
Norcini led Drexel with two goals while Joran and Maiden each had a goal and an assist.
The Tigers will face either James Madison or Hofstra in the CAA Championship game on Sunday, May 5 at 1 p.m.
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