Delaware Drops CAA Opener to Towson

NEWARK, Del. – Sophomore Allison Hahn tallied four points on three goals and one assist but it wasn't enough, as Towson outscored Delaware in the second half en route to a 14-9 win Sunday afternoon at Delaware Stadium.

The game marked the Colonial Athletic Association lid-lifter for both squads.

"Towson is a good team," said Delaware head coach Kateri Linville. "They wanted to win and it showed. They out-hustled us, which ended up leading to the final score."

Hahn, who is second on the team with 28 points this season, collected her third hat trick of the season in the setback to the Tigers. Junior Chelsea Fay also scored multiple goals for Delaware with two while Caitlin McCartney, Shannon Burns, Abbie Hartman, and McKenzie Rafferty each added one.

Rhiannon Coogle led Towson with a career-high six goals while Jackie LaMonica, Laura Zinkand, and Kelly Murkey each posted two scores.

With the game tied at 6-6 at halftime, Towson came out with a spark and outscored Delaware 8-3 over the final 30 minutes to move on to the victory. The Tigers scored the first four goals of the stanza, including three by Coogle, to take the lead for good.

Delaware came out strong in the first half, netting four of the first five goals and going up 5-2 after a score by Hartman with 16:33 remaining. But Towson answered with three straight goals to tie the score at 5-5. Hahn scored with 1:38 left in the half to give Delaware the advantage, but Zinkard tallied just 13 seconds before halftime to knot the contest at 6-6 at intermission.

"I think, defensively, we were undisciplined and we were playing to win, but we weren't sticking to our game plan," Linville commented. "We have to compete with a purpose."

The Tigers also held advantages in groundballs (12-8), draw controls (14-10) and clears.

Shannon Burns led Delaware with three groundballs and two caused turnovers.

Sophomore Alex Zaugra took the loss for the Blue Hens to fall to 6-3 on the year despite making five saves in 43 minutes of action. Junior Tori Zorovich came in relief and had four saves and two goals allowed.

Towson's Kelsea Donnelly picked up the win in goal as she posted five saves.

Delaware had a three-game win streak snapped and fell to 6-4 overall (0-1 CAA) while Towson improved to 2-7 (1-0 CAA) as the Tigers ended a five-game losing streak.

Delaware continues conference play next weekend as the Blue Hens travel to Virginia for matches against James Madison (April 5) and George Mason (April 7).

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NEWARK, Del. – Junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle scored a career-high six goals to lead Towson to a 14-9 win at Delaware on Sunday afternoon in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener.

The Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak with the win and now have won 13 straight CAA regular season games dating back to the 2011 season.

“I'm pleased with the performance today,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “Rhiannon was big for us today and its proof that we continue to grow and build.”

Delaware (6-4, 0-1 CAA) opened the game hot, scoring five of the game's first seven goals. The Blue Hens held a 5-2 lead with 16:33 to play in the first half. A pair of goals from Coogle and a free position goal from junior midfielder Kelly Murkey allowed the Tigers to tie the game at 5-5 with 4:37 to play in the first half. Allison Hahn's second goal of the game gave Delaware a 6-5 lead with 1:38 to play in the half. Senior midfielder Laura Zinkand scored her second goal of the half with 13 seconds to play to tie the game at 6-6. That was the last goal of the half for either team.

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