Waldron Leads #7 Towson Past Delaware in CAA Opener

TOWSON, Md. – Freshman midfielder Ashley Waldron (Cicero North Syracuse H.S./Clay, N.Y.) scored two goals and added a season-high five assists as 7th-ranked Towson University earned its third win in the last four games with a 17-8 victory over the University of Delaware (3-7) in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The win allowed the Tigers to remain unbeaten at home this year with a perfect 5-0 record. Meanwhile, the Blue Hens lost for the third time in five road games this year.

"It's great to get a win in our CAA opener today. We have been playing really well this season and the next challenge for us is the CAA schedule where things are a little more emotional," Towson Coach Missy Doherty said. "We know that every game is going to be tough in the conference and we know that we have to defend our status as the seventh-ranked team in the nation."

After the teams traded goals in the opening six minutes of the first half, the Tigers took a 3-1 lead with 19:55 left in the stanza as junior attacker Jess Dunn (Fallston H.S./Forest Hill, Md.) and senior midfielder Nikki Marcinik (Southern H.S./Deale, Md.) scored back-to-back unassisted goals.

However, the Blue Hens responded with consecutive goals from freshman attacker Brittany Griel (Chantilly H.S./Fairfax, Va.) and junior attacker Corinne Drost (Hereford H.S./Parkton, Md.) in a 25-second span, tying the game at 3-3 with 15:07 remaining in the half.

The teams traded goals before the Tigers scored four of the next five goals to take an 8-5 lead with 3:03 left in the first half on a free position goal by senior midfielder Steph Taylor (Cocalico H.S./Denver, Pa.). But, the Blue Hens closed the gap to 8-6 with 29 seconds left in the period when sophomore midfielder Stephanie Allen (Pine Bush H.S./Montgomery, N.Y.) scored off a Drost feed for her tenth goal of the season.

The Tigers opened the second half by scoring four unanswered goals over the first seven minutes, extending their advantage to 12-6.

The teams traded goals later in the half before sophomore attacker Blair King (Dulaney H.S./Timonium, Md.) tallied her seventh goal of the season off an assist from junior midfielder Ali Libertini (Mount de Sales Academy/Parkton, Md.), cutting the Delaware deficit to 13-8.

However, the Tigers responded by four goals over the final 17 minutes to secure the victory. Waldron was involved in all four goals, scoring once along with three assists.

While Waldron led the Tigers with her seven-point effort, Fratzke contributed a game-high four goals. Marcinik and Dunn each scored three goals for the Tigers, who outshot Delaware by a 41-26 margin.

Sophomore goalkeeper Mary Teeters (Centennial H.S./Ellicott City, Md.) made ten saves, including seven in the second half, as the Tigers held Delaware to just two goals in the final 30 minutes.

Senior attacker Courtney Aburn (John Carroll H.S./Jarrettsville, Md.) led the Blue Hens in a losing effort by scoring a goal with two assists. King and junior midfielder Holly Burman (Dulaney H.S./Timonium, Md.) each scored two goals for the Blue Hens, who dropped their third game in the last four outings. Junior goalkeeper Makenzie Worthington (Dulaney H.S./Phoenix, Md.) made 13 saves in a losing effort.

The Tigers will continue their three-game homestand on Friday night when they host 12th-ranked James Madison at Unitas Stadium at 7:00 p.m. Meanwhile, the Blue Hens will host George Mason at Rullo Stadium on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

2010-04-03



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