Top-Seeded Towson Tops #4 Drexel in CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship Semifinals
TOWSON, Md. (May 3, 2013) – Top-seeded Towson scored two unanswered goals in the final three minutes of the game to defeat fourth-seeded Drexel 8-7 in the first semifinal of the 2013 CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The Tigers will face the winner of the No. 2 James Madison / No. 3 Hofstra semifinal in Sunday’s Championship game at 1:00 p.m.
Towson (9-8, 6-1 CAA) was lead by graduate attacker Jackie Lamonica who had a career-high four goals on the day including the game-tying goal with 2:58 to play. Senior attacker Olivia Turner registered two goals including the game-winner with 2:47 to play. Junior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback added three assists while sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly registered five saves for TU including a crucial save in the final minute of play.
Drexel (11-7, 4-3) was lead by junior midfielder Amanda Norcini who tallied two goals. Senior midfielder Kelli Joran and senior attacker Alyse Maiden each registered two points on a goal and an assist.
Towson opened the second half holding a 5-4 lead but Drexel began the frame with two unanswered goals to take a 6-5 lead with 23 minutes to play in the contest. Senior midfielder Kristin Kopenhaver tied the game at 5-5 while Joran gave the Dragons the lead with her lone goal on the day.
However Towson would answer with senior midfielder Laura Zinkland’s second goal of the day to tie the game at 6-6 with 20 minutes to play. Drexel would again answer again with a Norcini goal for the third lead change of the half that gave Drexel a 7-6 lead.
The resilient Tigers would answer with their two unanswered goals to take the final lead with 2:47 to play. Drexel had one final possession with a chance to force overtime with 30 seconds to play but the Tiger defense forced one final caused turnover and was able to run out the clock and clinch the victory.
Drexel jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game with goals from Norcini and Maiden. However, Towson would answer with four straight goals in the next six minutes to take a 4-2 lead with 7:50 to play in the first half. LaMonica netted her first three goals of the game during that stretch while Zinkland added the fourth.
The Towson defense held Drexel scoreless for 15 minutes during the first half but graduate attacker Jessica Rudloff netted the Dragons their third goal to pull the score to 4-3 with two minutes to play in the half. With under a minute to play in the half both teams each scored a goal to make the score 5-4 at halftime. Towson’s Turner and Drexel sophomore midfielder Joelle Hartke netted the last minute goals.
Towson outshot the Dragons 19-14 and held a slim 22-20 lead in ground balls. The Drexel defense was able to hold the Tigers scoreless in three attempts from the free position and held a slim 9-8 advantage in draw controls. However the Tigers were able to secure the final two draw controls of the game, the second resulting in the game-winning goal.
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