Towson Wins Second Consecutive CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship
TOWSON, Md. (May 5, 2013) – Top-seeded Towson scored five unanswered second half goals and defeated third-seeded Hofstra 9-4 in the finals of the 2013 CAA Women’s Lacrosse Championship. The Tigers, who won the title for the second consecutive season, will receive the CAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament.
Junior defender Kaitlin Sheridan was named the championship’s Most Outstanding Performer after picking up two ground balls and two caused turnovers while leading the Tiger defense that held the Pride scoreless for the final 26 minutes of the game.
Leading Towson offensively was senior attacker Olivia Turner who netted a hat trick in the second half of play. Graduate attacker Jackie LaMonica also scored two goals on the day en route to earning All-Tournament honors while junior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback, who tallied five points on one goal and four assists, was named to the All-Tournament team as well. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly, who made seven saves on the day while earning the victory in goal, rounded out the All-Tournament honors for the Tigers.
The Pride were led by Brittain Altomare who collected two goals and two draw controls. Sophomore defender April Iannetta collected all tournamnet honors after finishing the day with five caused turnovers and five ground balls. Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Gregerson was also one of the Pride’s All-Tournament selections with three saves on the day.
Down 4-3 at halftime, the Pride struck first in the second half with Altomare’s second goal of the day to knot the game at 4-4 with 26:55 to play. However, an Iannetta yellow card gave Towson the ball at midfield and junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle netted her lone goal of the day to give the Tigers a 5-4 lead at 24:53 to play, a lead that they wouldn’t give back.
Towson would reel off four more goals in the final 21 minutes of play starting with a goal from sophomore attacker Paige Duncan to push the Towson lead to 6-4 in the game’s 51st minute. Turner would score the game’s final three goals in the last 16 minutes to seal the Tigers fifth CAA title.
Towson jumped out to an early two goal lead in the game’s first nine minutes with two goals from LaMonica and senior midfielder Sarah Hogan. However, Hofstra would get on the board first with a goal from All-Tournamnet selection Taylor Albright to cut the TU lead to 2-1 with 21:55 to play in the first half. Towson would jump back out to a two goal lead by capitalizing on a mistake by Gegerson behind the net that led to a Rohrback goal that put the Tigers back up 3-1 with 17:23 to play until halftime.
The Pride would keep the Towson lead in check with a goal from Jenn Ward with 15:27 to play in the first half and cut the Towson lead to 3-2. Although, LaMonica’s second goal of the day made the score 4-2 in favor of the Tigers with 12:33 to play until the half. Hofstra would complete the first half scoring with a goal from Altomare with 9 minutes to play in the first half to make the score 4-3 in favor of Towson.
The Tigers will learn their NCAA Tournament fate Sunday night in the NCAA Women’s Lacrosse Tournament selection show at 9:00 p.m. Fans can watch the selections on a live webcast on NCAA.com.
2013Women's Lacrosse Championship All-Tournament Team
Taylor Albright - Hofstra
Casey Ancarrow - JMU
Emily Bauer - Drexel
Kelsea Donnelly – Towson
Kelsey Gregerson – Hofstra
April Iannetta – Hofsra
Jackie LaMonica – Towson
Amanda Matthews – JMU
Amanda Norcini – Drexel
Ashleigh Rohrback – Towson
Tournament Most Outstanding Performer
Kaitlin Sheridan - Towson