HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – A 5-0 run to open the second half lifted the Towson University women’s lacrosse team to a 9-5 win at Hofstra University on Friday night in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback had a pair of assists and broke the Towson career assists record in the second half.
“I’m really proud of the game we put together tonight, that it was a full 60 minutes which we needed after the last game,” said Towson Head Coach Sonia LaMonica. “The shining light was our defensive unit tonight but especially Michelle Dufault (held Hofstra’s leading scorer to an assist). She really shut down their top offensive threat and she had a great unit behind her.”
Towson (7-5, 2-0 CAA) opened the game by scoring a pair of goals to take a 2-0 lead with 21:10 left in the half. Redshirt junior attacker Andi Raymond and freshman attacker Gabby Cha accounted for the Tigers’ early goals.
A pair of goals from Emily Considine allowed Hofstra to tie the game at 2-2 with 11:08 to play in the half. That proved to be the last goal by either team in the half.
Towson and Hofstra entered the intermission tied at 2-2. The Pride outshot the Tigers 11-6 and won all five of the first half draw controls.
Raymond won the opening draw control of the second half and sent the Tigers on the offensive attack. She found junior midfielder Paige Duncan with a pass and Duncan was able to fire it home past Hofstra’s Kelsey Gregerson. It took just 23 seconds into the second half to give Towson a lead it would not relinquish the rest of the game.
Raymond tallied her second of the game at 24:33 which gave the Tigers a 4-2 advantage.
A piece of Towson history was made at 23:51. Cha scored off a pass from Rohrback and pushed the Towson lead to 5-2. The assist was Rohrback’s 26th of the season and 80th of her career. She broke Becky Trumbo’s (79) career assists mark at Towson with the helper.
The Tigers scored two more times during that 5-0 run to start the second half. Sophomore attacker Alyssa Ferro and Cha tallied the other two goals that gave Towson a 7-2 lead with 20:07 to play.
Hofstra scored three of the game’s next four goals which made it an 8-5 game with 4:05 remaining in the game. The Pride (5-7, 0-1 CAA) pulled their goalie and the Tigers got one final goal from Raymond with three seconds to play. Cha assisted on Raymond’s goal which made the final score 9-5.
Towson outshot the Pride 13-10 in the second half but Hofstra finished the game with a 21-19 edge in that category. The Tigers won six of the 10 draw controls in the second half but the Pride finished the game with a 9-6 advantage.
Junior Kelsea Donnelly made 11 saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Donnelly made several key stops including one with 1:30 to play that helped the Tigers hold onto the ball and preserve the victory. Gregerson made five saves for Hofstra in the loss.
Raymond led the Tigers with five points on three goals and two assists while Cha had three goals and an assist. Junior attacker Taylor Moore added a goal and an assist. Dufault held Hofstra’s Brittain Altomare to an assist and just two shots as she had entered the game with 25 goals and 22 assists.
Considine led Hofstra with the two first-half goals.
The Tigers look for their third straight win on Sunday, Apr. 6 when they travel to Drexel for a 1 p.m. game.