No. 11 Towson Doubles up No. 20 William & Mary

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 18, 2010)-The 20th-ranked William and Mary lacrosse team fell to No. 11 Towson, 12-6, on Sunday afternoon at Albert-Daly Field.

Although it was a tight game midway through the second half as the Tigers clung to a two-goal lead, TU closed the game with four unanswered scores.

Five different players recorded goals for the Tribe (8-6, 2-2), as junior Molly Wannen led the group with a pair of scores. Wannen also added two draw controls, two ground balls and a caused turnover.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Geary equaled a season high with 14 saves 10 of which came in the first half while senior Annie Macomber also came up big defensively with two caused turnovers and three ground balls.

Things looked good for the College early, as it jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the opening 4:11 with goals by senior Mary Zulty and Wannen.

However, TU closed the first half with a 6-1 run to claim a 6-3 advantage at the break. W&M's lone goal during the span came on a free position shot by Wannen with 12:13 showing.

The Tribe got on the scoreboard first in the second half when freshman Kyrstin Mackrides found the back of the net on a free position opportunity at the 27:15 mark.

Although Towson answered with two goals to build an 8-4 advantage with 15:37 remaining, W&M utilized a pair of scores separated by just 42 seconds to cut the margin to two. Senior Katie Rees provided the first goal (15:21) off an assist from redshirt freshman Jenny Michael, while Holofcener (14:39) finished off a fast break on a pass from Rees for the second score.

However, Towson closed out the contest with a 4-0 run to earn the victory.

The Tribe will return to action next weekend when it hosts George Mason on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. Senior midfielder Nikki Marcinik (Southern H.S./Deale, Md.) scored a game-high four goals and added two assists to 11th-ranked Towson University (10-3, 4-1) to its third straight win, a 12-6 Colonial Athletic Association victory over 20th-ranked College of William & Mary (8-6, 2-2) at the Tribe's Albert-Daly Field on Sunday afternoon.

The Tigers, who have four of their last five games, held the Tribe to a season-low six goals while snapping William & Mary's two-game win streak.

"It was a great weekend for us, especially today," Towson Coach Missy Doherty said. "We didn't play quite as well on Friday as we did today. I think the defense did a great job of stepping up and adding momentum to the offensive end."

After the Tribe opened the game by scoring two goals in the first five minutes, the Tigers answered by scoring four unanswered goals to take a 4-2 lead with 16:18 left in the first half. Marcinik scored twice during the spurt.

With 12:13 remaining in the period, junior midfielder Molly Wannen (The Blake School/Silver Spring, Md.) scored to close the margin to 4-3, but the Tigers used back-to-back goals from Marcinik and junior midfielder Ali Lathroum (Stephen Decatur H.S./Bishopville, Md.) to take a 6-3 advantage into the intermission.

The Tribe opened the second half with a goal from freshman attacker Kyrstin Mackrides (Villa Maria H.S./Newtown Square, Pa.) to narrow the deficit to 6-4 before Marcinik and senior midfielder Hillary Fratzke (Queen Anne's County H.S./Centreville, Md.) upped the margin to 8-4 with back-to-back goals.

Led by a goal and an assist from senior Katie Rees (Catonsville H.S./Catonsville, Md.), the Tribe cut the margin to 8-6 by scoring two goals in a 42-second span.

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