Towson Defeats Hofstra in Pride's CAA Opener

Hempstead, NY – Hofstra dropped a 9-5 decision to Towson in the Pride's Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener on Friday night at James M. Shuart Stadium. The Tigers used a 5-0 second half scoring run to pull away. Hofstra was led by sophomore attacker Emily Considine with two goals.

The Pride also got a strong game out of sophomore defender Shelby Milne as she added four ground balls and two caused turnovers in the game.

Andi Raymond had a game-high five points for Towson on three goals and two assists.

Hofstra falls to 5-7 overall and 0-1 in conference play with the loss, while Towson improves to 7-5 and 2-0 in league action.

A low-scoring first half would see the two teams combined for just four goals with Towson scoring the first two of the contest before Hofstra responded with a pair of its own.

Raymond opened the scoring for the Tigers with an unassisted goal at the 25:26 mark before Gabby Cha added another Towson goal with 21:10 left before halftime.

Hofstra would finally get on the board with just over 19 minutes left before the intermission as Considine scored off an assist from junior attacker Brittain Altomare to make it 2-1. Considine would add another first half goal, off a free-position shot, with 11:08 on the clock to even the score at halftime and close the scoring in the opening 30 minutes. For Altomare, it marked her 31st game with at least a point.

Towson would come out of the halftime intermission on fire as the Tigers scored five goals in the first 10 minutes of the second stanza to break open the tight game and lead 7-2 with 20:07 remaining in regulation following a goal from Cha.

Towson goalie Kelsea Donnelly ignited the Tigers in the second half as she made three saves in the first ten minutes to lead to the offensive explosion.

Senior midfielder Jenn Ward would end the Towson run and cut the deficit to 7-3 with an unassisted goal at the 14:49 mark. It was Ward's fifth goal of the 2014 campaign.

Later on in the contest, Hofstra would make a late rally as the Pride scored back-to-back goals in a minute span with freshman midfielder Erika Neumen and sophomore defender Lindsey Alfano finding the back of the net for Hofstra with 5:03 and 4:05 showing the clock, respectively.

The three goal differential would be as close as the Pride would get, though, as Towson held Hofstra off the scoreboard the rest of the game before holding on for the four-goal victory.

Junior defender April Iannetta continued her solid season as she posted five draw controls, five caused turnovers and four ground balls in the game. All three totals were game-highs.

Raymond added three draw controls for the Tigers, while Katie Leech had three caused turnovers. Donnelly finished with 11 saves and four ground balls for the Tigers, while junior goalie Kelsey Gregerson had five saves for the Pride.

Hofstra returns to action on Sunday when it hosts Delaware at 1:00 p.m.

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A 5-0 run to open the second half lifted Towson to a 9-5 win at Hofstra on Friday night in CAA play. Redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback had a pair of assists and broke the Towson career assists record in the second half.

“I'm really proud of the game we put together tonight, that it was a full 60 minutes which we needed after the last game,” said Towson Head Coach Sonia LaMonica. “The shining light was our defensive unit tonight but especially Michelle Dufault (held Hofstra's leading scorer to an assist). She really shut down their top offensive threat and she had a great unit behind her.”

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