No. 18 Towson Racks up 13 1st-Half Goals in Victory at Cal

BERKELEY, Cali. A 13-goal first half helped No. 18 Towson roll to a 19-11 win over California on Thursday afternoon. Eight Tigers scored at least one goal as the team recorded its most goals in a game since 2010.

"Really proud of how we started the game and how we worked through to the final whistle," said Towson head coach Sonia LaMonica. "We are going to keep this momentum and work through to our next game on Saturday."

The Tigers (4-4) wasted little time in getting started as junior midfielder Paige Duncan scored twice in the game's first two minutes. Towson took a 3-0 lead in the game as redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback found the back of the net at 25:25.

California (2-3) got on the scoreboard at 24:40 on a goal from Bella Huther. The Towson offense went back to work as redshirt junior attacker Andi Raymond had a hand in all four of the next goals scored. Raymond scored three times and assisted on freshman attacker Gabby Cha's goal. That offense outburst gave Towson a 7-1 lead with 17:07 to play in the half.

Freshman midfielder Colby Unkle found the back of the net for her first career goal on a free position attempt at 9:59. Unkle's tally pushed the Tiger lead to 9-2 in the half. After Huther's second goal of the game for the Golden Bears, the Tigers struck for three more. Junior attacker Taylor Moore sandwiched a pair of goals around Cha's second of the game. California sandwiched a pair of goals around Moore's third of the day in the final 1:03 of the half and Towson took a 13-5 lead at the break.

The Tigers held a 19-17 edge in shots during the first half while each team won 10 draw controls.

California scored the first goal of the second half but the Tigers responded with three straight goals and took a 16-6 lead with 19:04 to play. That run by the Tigers included Moore's career-high fourth goal of the game, Cha completed her "hat trick" and junior midfielder Delaney Fisher scoring her first career goal.

The Golden Bears scored a pair of goals before Towson had another three-goal run. That run by the Tigers saw Rohrback and Raymond score again and a goal from freshman midfielder Samantha Brookhart.

California scored the final three goals of the game and made it a 19-11 final.

The Golden Bears outshot the Tigers 14-10 in the second half and held a 31-29 edge for the game. California won six of 11 draw controls in the second half and finished the game with a 16-15 advantage in that category.

Junior Kelsea Donnelly made nine saves to earn the win in goal. Helen Hansen made six saves in the loss.

Raymond and Rohrback combined for seven goals and six assists to lead the Tiger attack. Raymond finished with four goals and two assists while Rohrback had three goals and four assists. Moore had four goals, Cha finished with three while Duncan had two goals for the Tigers.

Paige Gasparino led California with four goals.

The Tigers wrap up their West Coast trip when they take on UC Davis on March 22 at 8:00 p.m. (EST).

2014-03-21



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