TOWSON, Md. – In a back and forth affair that featured five ties, the No. 19 Towson University women’s lacrosse team (4-1) emerged with an 8-7 win over George Washington on Saturday afternoon in Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Senior Sarah Appelt and sophomore Andi Raymond combined to score the Tigers’ last four goals.
“Today was a grind it out game that we were fortunate to come out on top,” said Coach Sonia LaMonica. “We had some people in new positions today and it was nice to see them step up and produce.”
George Washington (4-2) scored the first goal as Rachel Mia scored off an assist from Megan Seidman. The Tigers responded as sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback scored back-to-back goals to give the home team a 2-1 lead with 21:57 to play. The Colonials got a goal from Mia and one from Casey Disharoon to take a 3-2 lead with 19:34 to go in the half.
The Colonials maintained the 3-2 advantage till there was 1:26 remaining in the half when freshman midfielder Christina Antonini tied the game, scoring her first career goal off an assist from Raymond. George Washington got a goal from Sarah Phillips with 11 seconds remaining to take a 4-3 lead at the half.
The Tigers out shot George Washington in the first half, 12-9 while the Colonials made five saves to Towson’s four.
Coming out of halftime, the Tigers used a quick goal from sophomore defender Kaitlin Sheridan to tie the game at 4-4. Sheridan’s goal was the first of her career. Appelt scored with 20:38 remaining to make it a 5-4 lead and Raymond added a score at 12:21 to give the home team a 6-4 advantage. The Colonials came back to score the next two goals as Jordy Bathras and Mia tying the game at 6-6 with 6:51 to play.
Appelt and Raymond each scored their second goal of the game to give the Tigers an 8-6 lead with 1:59 to play. Disharoon scored with 1:11 to play to pull George Washington to within one, 8-7. The Tigers won the final draw control as sophomore midfielder Katie Leech made a big play and the Tigers ran out the clock, closing out the victory.
Towson held a 12-8 advantage in shots in the second half and finished the game with a 24-17 margin. George Washington won 10 of 17 draw controls.
Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made eight saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Jess Hicks made 10 saves in the loss for GW.
The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, Mar. 13 when the Tigers travel to No. 6 Syracuse for a 4 p.m. game.