No. 17 Towson Runs by Monmouth to Snap Losing Streak

TOWSON, Md. Redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback scored a career-high five goals to lead No. 17 Towson to a 13-5 win over Monmouth on Saturday afternoon in Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Tigers snapped a four-game losing streak with the win and improve to 3-4 on the season.

"It was important that we stepped out and proved to ourselves what we're capable of and we did that today," said Towson Head Coach Sonia LaMonica. "The team responded especially in the second half. Our riding game was effective, we came out and applied some pressure and came out with some good plays. We spread the field well in our own clearing game."

Towson opened the scoring at 26:16 as sophomore attacker Alyssa Ferro converted a free position shot for the goal. The Tigers added to their lead at 21:25 as Rohrback tallied her first goal of the day.

Monmouth (1-4) got on the board at 14:49 as Cassie Campasano found the back of the net. Towson received its next two goals from freshmen Gabby Cha and Samantha Brookhart, respectively and took a 4-1 lead with 12:41 to play in the half.

Campasano's second goal of the day along with a goal from the Hawks' Stephanie Anderson cut the Tiger lead to 4-3 with 2:04 to go in the half. The Tigers were not done yet though as junior attacker Taylor Moore scored her seventh goal of the season with 21 seconds left in the first half. Moore's goal sent Towson into the intermission with a 5-3 lead.

The Tigers outshot Monmouth 18-9 in the first half and held a 5-4 edge in draw controls. Monmouth made six saves to Towson's two in the first stanza.

Towson's offense was churning to start the second half as the Tigers scored three straight goals to take an 8-3 lead with 24:30 to go in the game. Redshirt junior attacker Andi Raymond scored twice during that stretch for the Tigers while sophomore midfielder Breanna Hamm converted a free position shot.

Monmouth halted the Tiger run with a pair of free position goals, which made it an 8-5 game with 20:31 to play. However, Anderson's goal at 20:31 was the last scored by Monmouth in the game.

Towson closed the game on a 5-0 run which made the final score 13-5. Rohrback struck for four straight goals in a nine minute stretch while Cha tallied her second goal of the day at 6:53 to close out the scoring.

The Tigers outshot Monmouth 19-10 in the second half and finished the game with a 37-19 advantage in that category. Each team won 10 draw controls in the game.

Junior Kelsea Donnelly made six saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Katie Donohoe made nine saves for Monmouth.

Rohrback led Towson with six points on five goals and an assist. Raymond finished with two goals and three assists while Cha had a pair of goals.

Anderson and Campasano had two goals each to lead Monmouth.

Towson heads to the West Coast for its next two games. The Tigers play at California on Thursday, Mar. 20 at 7:00 p.m. (EST) before taking on UC Davis on March 22 at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

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TOWSON, Md.- Twice Monmouth University's (1-4) women's lacrosse team closed to within a goal on 11th ranked Towson University (3-4) but the Hawks could not overcome a second half offensive surge by the Tigers on Saturday, eventually falling 13-5.

Towson sprinted out to a 4-1 lead early in the first before Monmouth was able to close the gap to one on a Stephanie Anderson (Wading River, N.Y./Shoreham/Rutgers) goal with 2:04 remaining in the period. Tiger Taylor Moore scored her seventh goal of the season to give Towson a 5-3 lead at the half. Towson wasted little time in the second Frame adding to their margin, taking an 8-3 lead before Emily Barbieri (Parsippany, N.J./DePaul Catholic) was able to get one for the Hawks with 23:14 remaining. Anderson scored her second marker of the game on a free position less than four minutes later but Towson scored five unanswered to finish off the game, including four consecutive off the stick of Colonial Athletic Association Preseason Co-Player of the Year Ashleigh Rohrback.

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