Towson Uses Early 2nd-Half Run to Beat William & Mary

TOWSON, Md. – A 4-0 run that took just 1:27 in the first half allowed Towson to break open a tie game and earn a 16-11 win over William & Mary on Friday night in CAA action. A career-high five goals from redshirt junior attacker Andi Raymond highlighted an offensive outburst that saw seven Tigers (8-6, 3-1 CAA) score in the win.

“We're glad to be back home and it's nice to get a win in conference, no matter who it's against,” said Towson Head Coach Sonia LaMonica. “I thought the girls responded great coming off the split last weekend.”

The two teams went back and forth in the first 10 minutes of the game. Amanda Johnson's free position goal at 25:45 gave William & Mary (2-10, 0-2 CAA) a 2-1 lead. Redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback tied the game at 2-2 with her 26th goal of the season at 24:22. That goal started a 3-0 run by the home team which gave Towson a 4-2 advantage with 22:10 left in the half.

Goals from Ellen Shaffrey and Jenna Dougherty allowed the Tribe to tie the game at 4-4 with 13:49 remaining in the half.

Rohrback's goal at 12:48 gave Towson back the lead and started a 4-0 run that took just 1:27 to play out. That scoring spurt gave the Tigers an 8-4 lead with 11:21 to play in the half. After assisting on Rohrback's goal, Raymond sandwiched a pair of goals around the first career goal by redshirt freshman defender Michelle Gildea.

William & Mary scored the final goal of the half at 4:42 and Towson took an 8-5 lead at the intermission.

Towson outshot the Tribe 14-9 in the first 30 minutes of play and won 11 of the first half's 14 draw controls.

Freshman midfielder Colby Unkle got the second half scoring started with a goal at 28:51. The Tigers added a goal from junior attacker Taylor Moore at 28:36 and took a 10-5 lead in the game.

The Tribe briefly halted the Tiger offensive attack with a goal from Alexi Farmakis at 26:45. Towson responded with three straight goals and took a 13-6 lead with 20:30 to play in the game. Unkle, Raymond and freshman midfielder Samantha Brookhart all scored during that stretch for the home team.

Again, the Tribe used a goal from Farmakis to halt the Tiger attack. The Tigers scored three straight goals to push their advantage to 16-7 with 9:25 left in the game. Unkle completed her first career “hat trick” while Raymond and Moore each tallied a goal during that run.

William & Mary closed the game on a 4-0 run which made the final score 16-11.

The Tigers held a slim 17-15 advantage in shots in the second half and finished the game with a 31-24 edge in that category. William & Mary won eight of 15 draw controls in the second stanza but the Tigers finished the game with an 18-11 advantage in that category.

Junior Kelsea Donnelly made five saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Colleen Nofi made seven saves in the loss for the Tribe.

Raymond led the Tigers with five goals and an assist in the game. Unkle and Moore scored three goals each while freshman attacker Gabby Cha had a career-high four assists. Rohrback tallied two goals and two assists while junior midfielder Paige Duncan had a goal and three assists.

The game marked the return of Towson alumane Hillary Fratzke and Mary Teeters to Towson. Fratzke is now the head coach at William & Mary while Teeters is her assistant. Farmakis led the Tribe with four goals.

The Tigers close out the home portion of their 2014 schedule when they host James Madison on Sunday, April 13 at 1:00 p.m. Towson will honor its four seniors before the game.

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