TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University women’s lacrosse team used a strong performance from senior Rhiannon Coogle and junior Kelsea Donnelly to defeat the US National Women’s team, 9-6 in a Stars and Stripes scrimmage Sunday. The Tigers also defeated Stanford, 10-8 as part of the day’s events.
“It’s unbelievable to come out and play against some of the best in the world and for our girls to step out and play their game and to play above their game,” said Towson head coach Sonia LaMonica. “They played with so much heart and believe and they played together. It’s a great building block for our season.”
LaMonica went on to say, “Kelsea was a wall in net and Coogle played relentlessly and her shooting was on point. Those two stepped up and really made a mark. They also had amazing teammates around them. I’m so proud of them all.”
The Tigers found themselves down early against the US National squad as Alex Aust and Taylor Cummings scored the first two goals. Coogle got the Tigers on the board at 12:56 with a free position goal. Towson tied the game at 2-2 on a goal from senior Ashleigh Rohrback. The US National team scored the final goal of the half as Kari Ellen Johnson scored at 5:20. The US team led the Tigers 3-2 at the half.
Towson got off to a quick start in the second half and scored three of the first four goals. Coogle had a pair of goals during that stretch while junior Taylor Moore also tallied a goal to give Towson a 5-4 lead with 18:46 to play. After Katrina Dowd scored for the US, the Tigers used back-to-back goals from junior Sarah Maloof to extend their advantage to 7-5 with 8:45 to go. Coogle then struck for two more, including a second free position goal and the Tigers led 9-5 with 4:15 remaining. Tatum Coffey scored the final goal of the game at 2:10. Towson held the US off the scoreboard for the final two minutes to secure the victory.
Donnelly made 11 saves, including several on point blank shots to preserve the victory for the Tigers. Coogle finished the game with five goals and one assist while Maloof had a pair of goals.
In the first game against, Stanford the Tigers jumped out to an early lead with back-to-back goals from junior Andi Raymond. Towson took a 5-4 lead at the half as Coogle, Moore and freshman Gabby Cha scored in addition to Raymond.
Kelsey Murray’s goal allowed Stanford to tie the game at 5-5 early in the second half. Towson responded with a 3-0 run which included a goal from Maloof and freshman Michaela Duranti’s first goal.
The Cardinals scored at 5:03 before sophomore Hillary Sorg scored a free position goal with two minutes remaining. Stanford got a goal from Julia Burns with 30 seconds remaining which made the final score 10-8.