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Towson, James Madison advance to CAA Women's Lacrosse Title Game

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          Release: 04/27/2012
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SEMIFINAL 1: #1 TOWSON 12, #4 DREXEL 11 (FINAL)

TOWSON, Md. (April 27, 2012) - Sophomore attacker Andi Raymond scored two goals and added four assists to help top-seeded Towson edge fourth-seeded Drexel, 12-11, in Friday's first semifinal of the CAA Women's Lacrosse Championship at Towson's Soccer Complex in Towson, Md.

Looking for its first title since 2009, the Tigers are set to face James Madison on Sunday at 2 p.m.

The win extends Towson's (14-3, 7-0 in CAA) streak to eight straight victories, while Drexel (11-6, 4-3 in CAA) ended its season. Junior attacker Alyse Maiden led the Dragons with three goals and senior attacker Charlotte Wood added two scores and two assists.

"Drexel had such great fight and a great come back," said Towson head coach Sonia LaMonica. "We're lucky to get the win today and we managed to pull it out and a win's a win. We can learn from today and be ready to play for a full 60 minutes come Sunday."

After taking a 12-6 lead with 6:16 remaining, the Tigers had to hold on after a furious Drexel rally. The Dragons scored five goals in a span of less than four minutes, closing the gap to 12-11 on a Wood score with 1:33 remaining. Maiden scored twice in the spurt for Drexel. First team All-CAA goalkeeper Mary Teeters preserved the Towson victory with a save in the closing seconds. Teeters recorded nine saves on the day.

Towson jumped out to an early 3-1 lead, capped off by a Sarah Hogan goal with 23:32 remaining until intermission. Drexel junior midfielder Kelli Joran tied the game at 3-3, but Raymond and junior midfielder Ashley Waldron each scored goals for Towson in the half's final ten minutes to take a 5-3 halftime lead.

The Tigers roared quickly out of the second half, extending the lead to 9-4 with 20:06 remaining. During the scoring run Raymond scored her 30th goal of the season and Olivia Turner netted two scores. Sophomore attacker Rhiannon Coogle capped off the Tiger scoring with 6:16 remaining to put Towson up 12-6 before Drexel's comeback attempt.

Drexel outshot the Tigers 21-19 and held the advantage on draw controls 16-9. Towson picked up 16 ground balls over Drexel's 15.

Visit CAASports.com for results, highlights and recaps from all the action at this year's conference championship.

 

SEMIFINAL 2: #2 JAMES MADISON 10, #3 HOFSTRA 9 (FINAL)

TOWSON, Md. (April 27, 2012) - 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.

"We've had to work for every win this season," said JMU head coach Shelley Klaes-Bawcombe. "With injuries and adjustments, it's been a lot of work for each win and that's what we talked about in that last timeout. Let's keep digging deep and I'm really proud of my team's mentality to pull through."

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.

Visit CAASports.com for results, highlights and recaps from all the action at this year's conference championship.

 

CAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP

Towson Soccer Complex - Towson, Md.

April 27

Semifinal 1: #1 Towson 12, #4 Drexel 11 - F

Semifinal 2: #2 James Madison 10, #3 Hofstra 9 - F

April 29

CAA Championship: #2 James Madison at #1 Towson - 2:00 p.m.

 

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