Hofstra Drops CAA Contest to Towson

Hempstead, NY - Led by four goals from Jess Dunn, Towson outscored Hofstra, 9-0, in the second half as the Tigers broke open a tight game to defeat the Pride, 18-9, on Sunday afternoon at James M. Shuart Stadium.

Draw controls were huge for Towson in the second stanza as the Tigers won eight of 10 after halftime, leading the Tigers to the nine second half goals.

Hofstra falls to 4-7 overall and 0-2 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play with the loss, while Towson improves to 6-6 and 2-1 in league action.

Sophomore midfielder Jill Maier led Hofstra with three goals in the contest, while sophomore attacker Claire Brady posted a team-best four points on two goals and two assists for the Pride.

Hofstra got off to a hot start as the Pride scored the first five goals of the contest and led 5-0 after a goal from senior attacker Stephanie Rice with 22:29 left in the opening stanza.

Maier got Hofstra on the board to start as she scored just 40-seconds into the contest. She would add another goal during the game-opening run to make it 3-0 before sophomore attacker Taylor Albright and Rice followed to give Hofstra the early advantage.

Towson immediately answered, though, as the Tigers used their own 5-0 run to knot the score at five with 9:26 left before halftime on an unassisted goal from Dunn.

The remainder of the first half saw the two squads account for eight goals in the final 7:40 of the half as the teams went into the break tied at nine. Towson looked poised to take a 9-8 lead into halftime before Brady beat the clock and notched a goal right before the buzzer to even the score at nine.

It would be all Towson after the intermission, though, as the Tigers broke the nine-all tie with a goal from Rhiannon Coogle at the 26:02 mark and cruised from there en route to the nine-goal victory.

Coogle had three goals during the game, including two in the second half to lead the Tiger charge.

Senior midfielder Jennalee Trombley had four caused turnovers, three draw controls and three ground balls for Hofstra, while senior defender Katie Hertsch added five ground balls and three draw controls.

Sarah Appelt added three goals and one assist for Towson, while Jackie LaMonica chipped in with one goal and three assists.

Mary Teeters made eight saves in net for the Tigers and added five ground balls. Ashley Walkdron had a game-high four draw controls for Towson.

Hofstra returns to action next Friday when it travels to William & Mary for a 7:00 p.m. contest.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. Senior attacker Jess Dunn (Fallston H.S./Forest Hill, Md.) matched her season high by scoring four goals to lead Towson University (6-6, 2-1) to its fifth win in the last seven games, an 18-9 Colonial Athletic Association victory over Hofstra University (4-7, 0-2) at the Pride's James M. Shuart Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Dunn, who recorded her third four-goal game of the season, tallied two of her goals in the second half as the Tigers outscored Hofstra by a 9-0 margin after the intermission en route to the victory.

Led by a pair of goals from sophomore midfielder Jill Maier (Honeoye Falls-Lima H.S./Honeoye Falls, N.Y.), the Pride built a commanding 5-0 lead in the first eight minutes of the game. But, the Tigers answered with a five-goal run of their own, including a pair of goals from Dunn, over a 12-minute span to tie the game at 5-5 with 9:26 remaining in the first half.

The teams traded goals three times before freshman attacker Rhiannon Coogle (North Harford H.S./Forest Hill, Md.) gave the Tigers a 9-8 lead with 37 seconds remaining in the first half off of a feed from senior midfielder Ali Lathroum (Stephen Decatur H.S./Bishopville, Md.).

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