TOWSON, Md. - A late second half run secured the an 8-7 win and the Colonial Athletic Association Women’s Lacrosse Championship for the Tiger women’s lacrosse team over James Madison on Sunday afternoon.
It was the Tigers’ fourth CAA title since 2005.
“I’m extremely proud of our team today,” said Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica. “We did a nice job in the final couple of minutes when we were a man down, of playing tough defense.”
Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player. She was joined on the all-tournament team by junior midfielder Kelly Custer, sophomore attacker Andi Raymond and freshman defender Michelle Dufault.
The first half was closely contested between the two teams. The Tigers (15-3) held a 2-1 lead following a goal from Custer at 18:13. The Dukes (11-7) responded with a pair of goals as Amy Roguski gave the visitors a 3-2 lead with 10:12 remaining in the half. Sophomore attacker Rhiannon Coogle tied the game at 3-3 with 2:18 remaining in the half. That would be the last goal of the half.
Towson outshot James Madison 8-6 in the first half while controlling six of the seven draw controls.
Custer completed her “hat trick” with a goal at 29:15 to start the second half. James Madison scored three of the next four goals to take a 6-5 lead with 14:25 to go in the game. Monica Zabel scored a pair of goals during that run while Caitlin McHugh scored the goal to put the Dukes on top.
Following McHugh’s goal, LaMonica called timeout to talk to the Tigers.
“I told them during that timeout that we needed to get better on our slide defense and play together,” said LaMonica.
The Tigers’ offense responded following the timeout. Redshirt sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback tied the game at 6-6 off a pass from Raymond. Junior attacker Olivia Turner gave the Tigers a 7-6 lead off a pass from Rohrback. Raymond gave the Tigers an 8-6 lead with 7:09 to play with a beautiful goal as she broke free of the defender behind the net and came around to score.
Roguski scored at 5:14 to pull the Dukes to within one at 8-7.
Both teams were battling and the Tigers received a yellow card with 1:45 remaining. The Tiger defense turned in an excellent performance during that final 1:45, including a big save from Teeters in the final 30 seconds to secure the victory.
Teeters made seven saves for her 15th win of the season. Schylar Healy made four saves in the loss for James Madison.
James Madison finished the game, outshooting the Tigers 18-17. Towson controlled 12 of the 17 draw controls in the game.
The Towson offense was led by Custer who had three goals while Turner scored a pair. Raymond had a goal and three assists in the game as well.
Zabel led James Madison with two goals and two assists.
The Tigers will return to action on Saturday, May 5 when they host Monmouth in a play-in game for the NCAA Tournament. First draw in that game will be at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.