Towson Captures Women's Lacrosse Crown
CHAMPIONSHIP: #1 TOWSON 8, #2 JAMES MADISON 7 (FINAL)
TOWSON, Md. (April 29, 2012) - Top-seeded Towson used stellar defense in the game's final seconds to hold off two-time defending CAA champions James Madison, 8-7, capturing the CAA Women's Lacrosse title at Towson's Soccer Complex in Towson, Md. on Sunday afternoon. It is the Tigers' first CAA crown since 2009.
Towson senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters recorded seven saves, including preserving the victory with a late stop in the final seconds, to earn Tournament Most Outstanding Player honors. Junior midfielder Kelly Custer led the offense with three scores, while sophomore attacker Andi Raymond had a goal with three assists.
The win extends Towson's (15-3, 7-0 in CAA) streak to a school record nine straight victories and will face NEC winner Monmouth next weekend in a NCAA Tournament play-in game.
Senior attacker Monica Zabel led James Madison (11-7, 4-3 in CAA) with two goals and two assists in the Dukes' final game of the season. Zabel finished her Dukes' career with 121 assists, a school record for JMU. Sophomore midfielder Amy Roguski added two scores for JMU.
Roguski broke open a 2-2 tie with her 38th goal of the season with 10:12 remaining in the first half, giving James Madison a 3-2 advantage. Towson responded as Raymond found sophomore attacker Rhiannon Coogle for a score to tie the game at 3-3 just before intermission.
Custer jumped Towson ahead in the first minute of the second half off a feed from Raymond, giving the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Zabel struck back for JMU, scoring unassisted to tie the game at 4-4 with 22:08 remaining.
After JMU's Caitlin McHugh scored her 27th goal of the season to give the Dukes a 6-5 lead, Towson used a 3-0 scoring run to take the lead for good. Raymond scored unassisted with 7:09 remaining to give the Tigers a 8-6 advantage and would hold on late, as Teeters stopped a late JMU attempt to tie the game in the finals 30 seconds of the contest.
James Madison outshot Towson, 18-17, while also producing a 15-10 advantage in ground balls. The Tigers earned a key 12-5 lead in draw controls.
CAA WOMEN'S LACROSSE CHAMPIONSHIP
Towson Soccer Complex - Towson, Md.
Semifinal 1: #1 Towson 12, #4 Drexel 11 - F
Semifinal 2: #2 James Madison 10, #3 Hofstra 9 - F
CAA Championship: #1 Towson 8, #2 James Madison 7 - F
Cally Chakrian (James Madison)
Kelly Custer (Towson)
Michelle Dufault (Towson)
Kelli Joran (Drexel)
Alyse Maiden (Drexel)
Maryann Miller (Hofstra)
Jaclyn Pandolf (Hofstra)
Andi Raymond (Towson)
Amy Roguski (James Madison)
Mary Teeters (Towson) (Most Outstanding Player)
Monica Zabel (James Madison)