No. 19 Stanford Knocks off No. 11 Towson in Overtime

TOWSON, Md. Hannah Farr's free position goal in overtime lifted No. 19 Stanford University to an 8-7 win over the No. 11 Towson lacrosse team on Friday night in Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The first half of the game proved to be a game of runs between the two squads. Stanford struck for two goals early as Anna Kim's goal at 21:43 gave the Cardinal (4-1) a 2-0 advantage.

Towson responded with a three-goal run of its own. Sophomore attacker Alyssa Ferro got things started for the Tigers (2-3) with a free position goal at 14:58. Freshman midfielder Samantha Brookhart helped the Tigers tie the game at 2-2 with her goal at 11:50. Brookhart then assisted on redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback's tally at 9:28. Rohrback's goal put the Tigers ahead 3-2.

Meg Lentz scored her second of the game which allowed Stanford to tie the game at 3-3 with 8:12 left in the half. That goal started a 3-0 run by the visitors as the Cardinal took a 5-3 lead with 2:39 to go in the period.

Rohrback scored her second of the game with 1:30 showing on the clock. That pulled the Tigers to within one and sent Stanford into the half with a 5-4 lead.

Towson held a slim 12-11 shot advantage in the first half while Stanford won six of the 10 draw controls. The Tigers forced Cardinal goalkeeper Lyndsey Munoz to make eight first half saves.

The Tigers opened the second half with a pair of goals from redshirt junior attacker Andi Raymond. Raymond's second goal came at 23:16 and gave Towson a 6-5 lead.

Farr tied the game at 6-6 on a free position goal with 22 minutes to play.

Junior attacker Taylor Moore tallied her fifth goal of the season at 12:42 to put Towson on top 7-6.

Stanford got a goal from Alex Poplawski at 3:51 which tied the game at 7-7. That proved to be the last goal in regulation and the two teams went to overtime.

Overtime in women's lacrosse consists of a six-minute period played in three minute halves. Stanford controlled the opening draw of the extra session and held the ball looking for the perfect shot. As the first three-minute session was expiring, Towson was called for a foul and Farr scored the free position goal. Neither team registered a shot in the second three-minute session and Stanford claimed the victory.

Stanford outshot the Tigers 15-5 in the second session and overtime and finished the game with a 26-7 advantage. The Cardinal controlled five of the final eight draw controls and held an 11-7 advantage for the game.

Munoz made nine saves in the win for Stanford. Junior goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly made 12 saves in the loss.

Raymond led Towson with a two goals and an assists while Rohrback had a pair of goals. Brookhart finished with a goal and an assist.

Farr had two goals and an assist for Stanford while Lentz also scored two goals.

Towson is back in action on Wednesday, Mar. 12 when the Tigers travel to Loyola for a 7:00 p.m. game.

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TOWSON, Md. Hannah Farr scored as time ran out in the first overtime half and No. 19 Stanford controlled the ball thereafter to beat No. 11 Towson, 8-7, in nonconference women's lacrosse Friday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

Stanford (4-1) maintained possession throughout the entire six minutes of overtime and for all but 19 seconds of the game's final 9:03. In fact, Towson (2-3) was unable to even get off a shot for the game's final 17:08.

But it was Farr's goal combined with strong draws taken by specialist Emily Newstrom and controlled by teammates Megan Lerner and Rachel Kalick that enabled Stanford to maintain possession throughout overtime.

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