TOWSON, Md. - A dominating second half performance lifted the Towson University women's lacrosse to a 15-9 win over George Mason on Friday night in Colonial Athletic Association action. Redshirt sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback had a career-high eight points to lead the Tigers (12-3, 6-0 CAA) to their sixth straight victory.
"George Mason is a very strong team that gave us a tough battle tonight," said Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica. "I was glad to see our girls regroup at halftime and play really hard in the second half."
The Tigers grabbed a quick 3-0 lead in the game as junior midfielder Ashley Waldron scored on a free position goal with 26:25 to play in the half. The Patriots (3-12, 1-5 CAA) responded with a three goal run of their own to tie the game with 18:28 remaining in the half. Waldron scored her second of the half at 17:45 in the first period to give the Tigers a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back goals from George Mason allowed the visitors to take a 5-4 lead. Junior attacker Olivia Turner scored her second goal of the half with 33 seconds remaining which tied the game at 5-5.
Towson held a 15-11 advantage in shots in the first 20 minutes and won six of the 11 draw controls in that half.
The Tigers scored the first three goals of the second half to take an 8-5 with 18:31 to go in the game. Sophomore attacker Andi Raymond scored a pair of goals to help the Tigers take their first lead since early in the first period. Anna Kopecka scored with 12:50 to play which made it an 8-6 game.
A goal from junior midfielder Kelly Custer at 12:38 started the Tigers on a 7-0 run which helped the home team take control of the game. Custer scored a pair of goals during the run while Rohrback had a pair of goals and a pair of assists which helped the Tigers take a 15-6 lead with a 5:17 to play.
The Patriots ended the game on a 3-0 run which made the final score 15-9.
The Tigers, who outscored the Patriots 10-4 in the second half, held a 31-23 advantage in shots. Towson controlled 14 of the 26 draw controls in the contest.
Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made six saves in 54:43 minutes of action to earn her 12th win of the season. Freshman Kelsea Donnelly made a save in the final 5:17. Brittany Pastrana made 10 saves in the loss for the Patriots.
Seven Tigers scored in the contest as three of the players recorded a "hat trick." Rohrback posted the second "hat trick" of her career as she added a career-high five assists. Custer contributed her third straight "hat trick" while Waldron also added a "hat trick" in the game. Raymond had two goals and an assist in the game.
Emily Ellisen led George Mason with three goals and an assist.
The Tigers wrap up the regular season on Sunday, Apr. 22 when they host James Madison at 1 p.m. The winner of Sunday's contest will earn the number one seed and the right to host the upcoming CAA tournament. Towson will honor seniors Sarah Appelt, Shannon Kennedy, Jackie LaMonica and Teeters prior to the game.