April 27, 2012

Towson-JMU Rematch on Tap in CAA Final

from press releases

CAA Semifinal: Towson 12, Drexel 11

TOWSON, Md. - Sophomore Andi Raymond scored two goals and matched her career high with four assists to lead the top-seeded Tigers (14-3) to a 12-11 victory over Drexel University (11-6) in the semi-finals of the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament on Friday afternoon.

The Tigers, who won their eighth game in a row, advanced to the CAA Championship Game for the second year in a row. They will face James Madison -- a 10-9 winner over Hofstra in Friday's second semifinal (see below) -- Sunday at 2 p.m.

Led by Raymond and senior Sarah Appelt, who scored three goals, the Tigers built a 12-6 lead with 6:16 remaining in the game. However, Drexel answered with a five-goal run of its own and pulled to within 12-11 with 1:33 left on a free position goal by senior Charlotte Wood.

After the Tigers won the ensuing draw control, they ran 30 seconds off the clock before the Dragons forced a turnover. With 12 seconds left, senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made a great save of a point-blank shot by Wood and the Tigers were able to run out the clock.

“We had a lot of great moments but I think we got a little casual towards the end,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica, who was named as the CAA Coach of the Year for the second time. “Drexel made a great comeback and we were lucky to get the win.

“Mary (Teeters) played a phenomenal game,” she added. “She faced a lot of shots from point-blank range and she came through.”

The Tigers took a 5-3 lead at halftime as they scored the final two goals of the first half. With 10:50 left in the half, Raymond’s first goal gave Towson a 4-3 advantage it never relinquished. With 5:56 remaining in the half, junior Ashley Waldron scored off a pass from Raymond to make it a 5-3 lead.

Appelt tallied her first goal of the game just two minutes into the second half, upping the lead to 6-3. After junior Alyse Maiden scored just 2:05 later, Drexel trailed, 6-4.

When Raymond scored off a pass from junior Kelly Custer with 23:41 left in the game, she started a 4-0 run by the Tigers which gave them a 10-4 lead with 14:33 left in the game. Junior Olivia Turner scored twice in Towson’s 4-0 spurt.

With 12:18 left, Wood scored her first goal of the game on a free position shot to cut the deficit to 10-5. When Appelt scored off a pass from Raymond with 9:34 to play, Towson owned an 11-5 lead. A goal by senior Lindsey Kovar of Drexel pulled the Dragons to within 11-6. But, Coogle’s goal with 6:16 remaining seemed to put the game out of reach.

Trailing by 12-6, Drexel put together an amazing run in which the Dragons scored on nearly every shot and controlled almost every draw.

Junior Kristin Kopenhaver started the comeback with an unassisted goal to make it 12-7 with 5:20 remaining. Maiden’s second goal of the game with 3:41 left cut the lead to 12-8. After Drexel won the draw control, Maiden scored off a pass from Wood to cut the lead to 12-9 with 3:28 remaining.

Just 30 seconds later, junior Kelli Joran made it 12-10 with an unassisted goal as the Dragons put themselves back in the game. Although Towson controlled the ensuing draw, the Tigers couldn’t run out the clock and turned the ball over. That set up Wood’s free position goal with 1:33 remaining that pulled Drexel to within 12-11.

“It was definitely tense at the end,” admitted Raymond, who earned first team All-CAA honors. “But, we have so much faith in Mary (Teeters) and our defense. It is great to move on to the championship game on Sunday and we’re all excited about that.”

While Raymond led the Tigers with two goals and four assists, Appelt added three goals. Turner and Waldron each scored two goals while junior Kelly Custer scored one goal and had three assists.

A first team All-CAA selection for the second year in row, Teeters made nine saves for the Tigers.
Maiden led Drexel with three goals while Kopenhaver, Joran and Wood scored two goals each for the Dragons. Goalkeeper Amanda Santandrea had 12 saves for the Dragons.

The Tigers, who won their seventh one-goal game of the season, will be making their fifth appearance in the CAA Championship game since 2005. Towson has won three CAA championships in the last seven years and finished as CAA runners-up to James Madison last season.

“I hope we learned from today’s game,” added  LaMonica. “We need to play hard for all 60 minutes. If we don’t do that on Sunday, we will not win.”

CAA Semifinal: James Madison 10, Hofstra 9

TOWSON, Md. -- James Madison sophomore midfielder Amy Roguski scored the go-ahead goal with 2:14 to push the second-seeded Dukes past third-seed Hofstra, 10-9, in Friday's second semifinal of the CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship at Towson's Soccer Complex in Towson, Md.

JMU (11-6, 6-1 in CAA), looking for an unprecedented third straight CAA crown, will face top-seed Towson in Sunday's championship game at 2 p.m.

James Madison senior attacker Monica Zabel added a score and four assists, while senior midfielder Ashley Kimener netted three scores.

Junior midfielder Jill Maier led Hofstra (5-12, 4-3 in CAA) with two goals and senior goalkeeper Jaclyn Pandolf posted nine saves.

James Madison jumped out to an early 4-2 lead, capped off by a Roguski score with 13:31 remaining until intermission. Hofstra quickly answered with a run of its own, taking a 6-5 halftime lead behind sophomore midfielder Jenn Ward's score with 23 seconds remaining in the first half.

JMU senior midfielder Caitlin McHugh started the second half scoring for the Dukes, evening the score at 6-6 three minutes in the second half. Maier responded for Hofstra, scoring the second of her two goals on the day with 25:05 remaining to give the Pride a 7-6 advantage.

Sophomore attacker Lindsay McKinnon broke open an 8-8 tie, netting a goal with 9:50 remaining to give the Pride its last lead of the game at 9-8. Kimener responded with a goal, evening the score at 9-9 with 3:35 remaining.

After a JMU timeout, Zabel found Roguski for the game's winning score with 2:14 left. The Dukes' were able to gain control and run out the remaining clock.

The Dukes outshot Hofstra, 22-20, and held a 14-6 advantage on draw controls. Hofstra held the edge in ground balls, 11-9.


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