Tigers Rally in CAA Opener for Victory over Delaware

TOWSON, Md. – Towson rallied from a 3-0 deficit for a 10-8 win over Delaware in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both squads. The Tigers (7-3, 1-0 CAA) had seven players score at least one goal en route to the victory.

"We had a little bit of a slow start in the first half but I thought we pulled it together and did some things well in the second half," said Coach Sonia LaMonica. "The team seemed to work well together especially when we tried a couple of new offensive combinations."

The Blue Hens (2-9, 0-1 CAA) scored the first three goals of the game and led 3-0 with 19:23 to play in the first half. The Tigers got on the board at 18:40 as freshman attacker Sarah Maloof came from the behind the goal and scored her second goal of the season. Towson made it a 3-2 game a little less than eight minutes later as sophomore attacker Andi Raymond scored off an assist from junior midfielder Kelly Custer.

Delaware took a 4-2 lead in the game as Abbie Hartman scored with 6:20 to go in the half. Freshman attacker Taylor Moore scored her first career goal with 4:43 to go to make it a 4-3 game. Raymond tied the score for the Tigers with 2:53 remaining in the half.

The two squads would head into the break tied at 4-4. Towson outshot the Blue Hens 15-12 in the first half while the Blue Hens won five of the nine draw controls.

The Tigers scored three goals in the first four and half minutes of the second half to take a 7-4 lead. Custer, sophomore midfielder Kelly Murkey and junior attacker Olivia Turner tallied the goals for the Tigers during that stretch. Back-to-back goals by the Blue Hens made it a 7-6 game with 16:28 to play.

Custer scored her second goal of the game with 15:14 to play to make it an 8-6 game. Allison Hahn's third goal of the game pulled Delaware to within one, 8-7. Moore and junior midfielder Sarah Hogan scored to put the Tigers up 10-7 with 6:44 to play in the game. Chelsea Fay scored with 3:30 to go, to make it a 10-8 game but that was as close as Delaware would get.

The Tigers outshot the Blue Hens 18-10 in the second half and finished the game with a 33-22 advantage. Towson won eight of the 11 draw controls in the second half and finished the game with a 12-8 advantage.

Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made a season-high 13 saves to earn the win for the Tigers. Alex Zaugra made 12 saves in the loss for the Blue Hens.

Towson returns to action on Friday, Apr. 6 with a game at William & Mary at 7:30 p.m.

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TOWSON, Md. – Delaware got off to a strong start in its Colonial Athletic Association opener at Towson Sunday afternoon but fell just short against the Tigers, suffering a 10-8 setback at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Freshman Allison Hahn led the way for Delaware (2-9, 0-1 CAA) with a game-high three goals for her first career hat trick to go along with one assist. Freshman Caitlin McCartney netted two goals for the Hens while Shannon Burns, Chelsea Fay, and Abbie Hartman scored one goal each.

Towson, which received votes in this week's Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) national Top 20 poll, was led by Kelly Custer, Andi Raymond, and Taylor Moore, who all found the back of the net twice as the Tigers improved to 7-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.

“The CAA is always a dog fight,” stated second-year Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. “We made a lot of hustle plays today. Our inability to play disciplined and convert offensively cost us the win. We will focus on getting better and be prepared for our next conference games.”

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