TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore attacker Rhiannon Coogle had a career-high seven points to lead the Towson University women’s lacrosse team to a 17-7 win at Temple University on Tuesday afternoon. Coogle was one of nine players to score as the Tigers (6-2) won their second straight game.
“I’m pleased with the victory today,” said Coach Sonia LaMonica. “We had some players step up and deliver important performances today and Rhiannon gave us a nice lift.”
The Tigers jumped out to an early lead in the game, scoring the first three goals. The Owls (6-3) scored their first goal at 18:37 to make it a 3-1 game. Towson scored the next four goals to take a 7-1 lead with 13:07 remaining in the half. The fourth goal of that run came from Coogle and completed her “hat trick”. It was Coogle’s first “hat trick” of the season and third of her career. Temple scored the final goal of the half at 6:14 and the Tigers had a 7-2 lead at the half.
The Tigers held a 15-10 edge in shots and an 8-2 advantage in draw controls in the first half.
Towson opened the second half by scoring the first three goals. Sophomores Ashleigh Rohrback and Kelly Murkey scored on free position shots before Coogle scored her fourth goal of the game on an assist by senior attacker Sarah Appelt. The Owls scored the next two goals to make it a 10-4 game with 20:24 remaining.
Just 21 seconds after the Temple goals, Coogle scored on a free position shot for her fifth goal of the game, giving the Tigers an 11-4 lead. Junior attacker Olivia Turner scored her third goal of the season to give Towson a 12-4 lead with 15:57 to play.
Temple briefly halted the Tiger run with a goal at 15:05 to make it a 12-5. A Rohrback goal and back-to-back scores from junior midfielder Kelly Custer, gave Towson a 15-5 lead with 13:08 remaining in the game. Custer’s goals which came 1:27 apart completed her “hat trick” in the game.
The two teams would each score two more times in the game to make a 17-7 final. The Tigers’ goals would come in the final three minutes of action as a pair of players, senior midfielder Katie DeFilippo and freshman attacker Sarah Maloof scored their first career goals.
The Tigers finished the game out shooting the Owls, 30-26 as the Tigers controlled 17 of the 26 draws in the game.
Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made 11 saves in 51:25 minutes of action to earn her sixth win of the season. Freshman Kelsea Donnelly had a save and a pair of caused turnovers in the final 8:35 for the Tigers. Tess Bishop made seven saves while taking the loss for Temple.
The Tigers had eight or more players score in the game for the second straight contest. Coogle led the Tigers’ offense with five goals and two assists while Custer had three goals. Appelt contributed two goals and two assists for the visitors.
Jaymie Tabor had a pair of goals for the Owls while Charlotte Swavola had a goal and an assist.
The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, Mar. 27 when they travel to Maryland for a 7 p.m. game.