Towson Holds Off William and Mary, 8-7
from press release
WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – A strong first half lifted the Towson University women's lacrosse team to an 8-7 win at William & Mary on Friday night. The Tigers (8-3, 2-0 CAA) won their second straight contest behind two goals and two assists from sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback.
"I thought we had a strong productive first half tonight," said Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica. "We struggled to maintain the momentum in the second half but we got the win and that's important."
The Tigers opened up a 2-0 lead in the game. Junior attacker Olivia Turner opened the scoring at 21:22 off a pass from Rohrback. Rohrback scored her first goal of the game at 18:35 as sophomore attacker Andi Raymond had the assist.
The Tribe (2-10, 0-2 CAA) got on the scoreboard at 16:32 as Kyrstin Mackrides scored an unassisted goal.
Towson scored four straight goals to take a 6-1 lead with 12:13 to play in the first half. Rohrback scored her second of the game at 15:43 and just 18 seconds later, junior midfielder Kelly Custer scored off an assist from Rohrback. The Tigers added to their lead 11 seconds later as Raymond scored off an assist from Custer. Towson capped its scoring run at 12:13 when senior attacker Sarah Appelt scored an unassisted tally.
Each team would find the back of the net one more time before the half ended. The Tigers held a 7-2 lead at the half as junior midfielder Ashley Waldron scored with 31 seconds left in the half.
Towson out shot the Tribe 20-8 in the first half and won seven of the 10 draw controls.
William & Mary scored the first goal of the second half before Waldron scored her second goal of the game to make it an 8-3 game with 21:30 to play.
The Tribe scored the final four goals of the game and pulled to within one, 8-7 with 4:04 to play. The Tiger defense would come up with some big stops in the final four minutes to secure the victory.
Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made seven saves to secure her eighth win of the season in goal. Lucy Ferguson made 11 saves in the loss for the Tribe.
The Tigers finished the game with a 26-19 edge in shots and won 11 of the 17 draw controls in the game.
In addition to Rohrback's four points, Waldron had a pair of goals while Raymond had a goal and two assists. Mackrides led William & Mary with four goals.
Towson continues its road trip on Sunday, Apr. 8 when the Tigers visit Old Dominion at 1 p.m. The Lady Monarchs lost to Delaware, 9-5 on Friday evening.
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