Tigers Win CAA Regular Season Title with OT Win vs. JMU

TOWSON, Md. Junior midfielder Sarah Hogan scored off a pass from junior midfielder Kelly Custer with 26 seconds left in sudden death overtime, leading Towson (13-3, 7-0) to a dramatic 10-9 victory over defending CAA champion James Madison (10-6, 6-1) at a cold and wet Unitas Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With the win, the Tigers captured their second straight CAA regular season title and will host the CAA Tournament next weekend. The Tigers host No. 4 Drexel in a CAA semifinal game on Friday.

Due to a conflict with scheduling at Unitas Stadium, the Tigers will host the CAA Tournament on the field at the Tigers' Soccer Complex.

"I'm proud of the intensity and effort the girls showed today," said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. "We had a couple of tough stretches where we didn't slide well to help on defense but we got it together in the end."

Hogan scored her only goal of the game off a pass from Custer with 26 seconds left in the second overtime period, ending a tense struggle. Her game-winning goal enabled the Tigers to come from behind and win in overtime.

JMU rallied from an 8-5 deficit in the final 12 minutes of regulation to tie the game at 8-8.

Ashley Kimener gave the Dukes a 9-8 lead when she scored on a free position shot midway through the first overtime. Custer completed her fourth straight "hat trick"which tied the score with 50 seconds left in the first overtime, her 27th goal of the year tied the game for the fourth time.

At the start of the second overtime, Hogan won the draw control and Towson passed it back into the defensive end. Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters started a clear which ended with Custer passing to Hogan for the game winning goal.

The Tigers grabbed a 1-0 lead at the start of the game but James Madison scored the next three goals, to take a 3-1 lead with 16:05 remaining in the first half. The Tigers responded by scoring three straight to take a 4-3 lead at the half. Senior attacker Sarah Appelt scored with 3:17 left to put the Tigers on top heading into the break.

At the start the second half, the Dukes scored a quick goal to tie the game at 4-4. Back-to-back goals from junior midfielder Ashley Waldron and redshirt sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback gave Towson a 6-4 lead with 18:55 to play.

After Monica Zabel's goal with 14:20 left cut the lead to 6-5, Towson responded with back-to-back goals from Custer and Waldron upping the lead to 8-5 with 12:52 remaining. However JMU responded by dominating the final 12:52 of regulation.

When Zabel scored with 9:07 left, the game was tied at 8-8. The Dukes held the ball for the final 6:14. However Teeters save a shot with 21 seconds left in regulation. That set the stage for the dramatic overtime victory.

James Madison outshot the Tigers 26-19 in the game and controlled the draw controls, winning 14 of 21.

Teeters made nine saves, including some on point blank shots. Schylar Healy made five saves in the loss for the Dukes.

Custer contributed her fourth straight "hat trick" and the assist on the game-winning goal to lead the Tigers. Waldron also had three goals in the game. Rohrback contributed a goal and two assists.

Zabel led James Madison with two goals and two assists.

The Tigers will host No. 4 Drexel at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, Apr. 27.

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TOWSON, MD., April 22, 2012 -- James Madison rallied to tie the game 8-8 in regulation before falling 10-9 in double overtime at Towson in Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

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