No. 10 Towson Downs Drexel to Secure CAA Berth

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Led by three goals from junior attacker Jess Dunn (Fallston H.S./Forest Hill, Md.) and senior midfielder Nikki Marcinik (Southern H.S./Deale, Md.), 10th-ranked Towson University (11-3, 5-1) secured its third straight Colonial Athletic Association Tournament berth by edging Drexel University (10-5, 2-3), 12-8, at Vidas Field on Friday afternoon.

With the win, the Tigers have now won games in a row while defeating the Dragons for the 17th straight time. Towson leads the all-time series by a 27-1 margin.

After Marcinik gave the Tigers a 1-0 lead less than three minutes into the first half, the Dragons responded by scoring back-to-back goals from senior attacker Becca Drylie-Perkins (Shawnee H.S./Medford, N.J.) and junior defender Katie Blazer (Stephen Decatur H.S./Berlin, Md.) for a 2-1 advantage with 19:57 remaining.

But, the Tigers answered with a three-goal run, including two goals from Dunn, to take a 4-2 lead with 12:33 remaining in the first half.

The Dragons tied the game at 4-4 with a pair of goals before Towson ended the first half with three consecutive goals in the final four minutes to take a 7-4 lead into the intermission.

Drylie-Perkins scored an unassisted goal with 24:47 left in the second half before the Tigers responded with three consecutive goals to extend their advantage to 10-5 with 17:05 remaining. The Dragons cut the deficit to 10-7 with two goals in a 51-second span.

But, the Tigers put the game out of reach by scoring two goals in a 23-second span, upping their advantage to 12-6. The Tiger defense held Drexel to just one goal over the final 14 minutes to secure the win.

While Marcinik and Cloud each scored three goals in the victory, sophomore attacker Katie Cloud (Severna Park H.S./Severna Park, Md.) scored a season-high two goals for the Tigers. Meanwhile, senior midfielder Hillary Fratzke (Queen Anne's County H.S./Centreville, Md.) scored a goal and an assist while contributing seven draw controls and six ground balls. She became the Tigers' career ground ball leader, passing Melissa Garner, '03. She now has 186 ground balls in her college career.

Drylie-Perkins led the Dragons with three goals and an assist while senior midfielder Katie Lawson (Washington Township H.S./Sewell, N.J.) contributed two goals. Junior goalkeeper Whitney Johnson (Skaneateles H.S./Skaneateles, N.Y.) made 15 saves in a losing effort for the Dragons, who were outshot by a 35-22 margin.

The Tigers will finish their CAA regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon when they host Hofstra University at 1:00 p.m. Prior to the game, the Tigers will honor their nine-member senior class.

Meanwhile, the Dragons will travel to the University of Delaware for a 1:00 p.m. game against the Blue Hens on Sunday.

2010-04-23



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