Maryland gets top seed; Hopkins, Loyola, Towson women also prepare for Tournament

May 05, 2014 | WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – The Colonial Athletic Association champion Towson University women’s lacrosse team will face Stony Brook University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be played on Friday, May 9 in Syracuse, N.Y. Game time should be announced on Monday.

The winner of Friday’s match-up will advance to face No. 2 Syracuse in the second round on Sunday, May 11.

“I think it’s a great match-up, we are excited to be going to the NCAA and we have motivation right out of the gate after coming up short to Stony Brook last year,” said CAA Coach of the Year Sonia LaMonica.

The Tigers (11-7), will be making their seventh appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2005 and second straight after capturing the CAA title on Sunday afternoon.

Friday’s match-up will be the second all-time meeting for the Tigers against the Seawolves. Last year the two met in the first round of the NCAA Tournament with Stony Brook claiming the 8-6 victory.

Towson enters the NCAA Tournament having won four of its last five contests. The Tigers used 6-5 win over Hofstra and 12-11 overtime win over James Madison to claim their third straight CAA title over the weekend. Towson is led by CAA Co-Player of the Year Andi Raymond, who has 48 goals and 25 assists this season. Raymond had six goals and two assists in the CAA Tournament and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. First team All-CAA selection, Ashleigh Rohrback has contributed 34 goals and a team-high 36 assists for the Tigers. First team All-CAA goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly enters the NCAA Tournament with a 9.40 goals against average and a .477 save percentage.

Stony Brook, which was receiving votes in last week’s Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association (IWLCA) defeated Albany to capture its second straight America East title. The Seawolves are 16-3 after going 4-1 in America East play. Dorrien Van Dyke has 49 goals and 16 assists while Courtney Murphy has posted 56 goals and four assists. Frankie Caridi has a 4.58 goals against average and a .574 save percentage.