Big First Half Leads No. 18 Towson to Victory at UC Davis

DAVIS, Cali. Ten first-half goals helped No. 18 Towson post a 15-8 win at UC Davis on Saturday afternoon. Redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback powered the Tiger offense and tied her career-high with nine points as Towson won its third straight game.

The Tigers opened the game by scoring four goals in the first 10:10 of action. Towson led 4-0 with 19:50 to go in the half. Rohrback scored two of the Tigers' four goals and assisted on the other two.

A Carly Voris goal at 18:55 briefly halted the Tiger (5-4) run and got UC Davis (5-3) on the board.

The Tigers responded by scoring the game's next six goals to take a commanding 9-1 lead with 3:52 to play in the half. Junior attacker Taylor Moore and sophomore attacker Alyssa Ferro each scored twice during that stretch for the Tigers. Ferro's goals both came on free position shots. Redshirt junior attacker Andi Raymond also scored during that stretch and assisted on Rohrback's third goal of the game.

The Aggies got a goal from Courtney Neff at 2:52 of the first half and that was the last goal of the half by either team. Towson took a 10-2 lead at the intermission.

The Tigers outshot the Aggies 15-2 in the first stanza and won seven of the half's 13 draw controls.

Towson scored the first two goals of the second half and took a 12-2 lead with 27:47 to play in the game. The Tiger goals were scored by Rohrback and Ferro and were the fourth of the game for each player.

The two sides traded goals as Raymond's tally at 19:08 gave the visitors a 13-3 advantage in the contest.

UC Davis scored three straight goals and cut the Tiger lead to 13-6 with 7:59 showing on the clock.

Junior midfielder Paige Duncan scored a pair of goals for the Tigers, which gave Towson a 15-6 lead with 3:44 to go in the game.

The Aggies scored on a pair of free position shots in the final minute of action which made the final score in the game, 15-8.

Towson finished with a 15-13 edge in shots in the second half and a 30-15 advantage for the game. UC Davis won six of 11 draw controls in the second half and each team finished with 12 draw controls for the game.

Junior Kelsea Donnelly needed to make just two saves to earn the win in goal. Two goalies split time in net for UC Davis and combined to make five saves.

Rohrback had four goals and five assists to tie her career-high with nine points. Ferro's four goals were a career-high while Duncan had a season-high three goals in the game. Raymond and Moore each had two goals and an assist for the Tigers.

Elizabeth Landry led UC Davis with three goals and two assists.

The Tigers return east for their next game. Towson travels to in-state rival Maryland on Wednesday, Mar. 26 for a 7:00 p.m. game.

2014-03-23



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