Redshirt senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback scored the game-winning goal 1:31 into double overtime to lift the Towson women’s lacrosse team to a thrilling 12-11 win over James Madison Sunday, in a key Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) contest at Unitas Stadium. The win, a back-and-forth game that featured eight ties, improved the Tigers’ overall record to 9-6 and their CAA mark to 4-1, and clinched their spot in the CAA Tournament to be held May 2-4.
“This is the type of game you are on edge the whole time,” said head coach Sonia LaMonica. “I’m really pleased and proud of the effort our girls showed, particularly when it counted.”
The Tigers wrap up the regular season this Saturday, April 19, as they travel to the University of North Carolina for a 1 p.m. clash with the Tar Heels. Towson’s seeding for the upcoming CAA tournament will be determined by the outcome of next weekend’s games involving other teams.
Softball takes series from Delaware
Sophomore Olivia Yarbrough went two-for-four with a run scored as the Towson softball team used a big first inning to defeat Delaware, 3-1, in CAA play Sunday at the Tiger Softball Complex. With the win, the Tigers gained their 20th victory of the season overall, improved to 2-4 in the CAA and earned a series victory over the Blue Hens after splitting a pair of games on Saturday.
Towson returns home for a doubleheader against Howard on Tuesday, April 15 at 3 p.m.
Baseball drops series finale in Beantown
Northeastern University picked up a bases loaded single with two outs in the bottom of the 10th inning to pull out a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in the third game of the three-game CAA series at Friedman Diamond Sunday. The win enabled the Huskies to win the series. Northeastern won the opener, 7-4, on Friday, while Towson earned a 3-1 victory on Saturday.
The Tigers, now 16-15 on the season, next face Maryland in the Ripken Classic on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Md.
Outdoor track and field has strong outing in Delaware
The Towson women’s outdoor track and field team won the 4×400 meter relay and sophomore Emerald Vickers qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship meet in the high jump in an overall impressive effort by the Tigers at the Delaware Open on Saturday.
Vickers jumped 5′ 7.00″ to win her event and qualify for the postseason meet. The 4×400 relay team of freshman Megan Kelly, freshman Sarah Robbie, sophomore Kaitlyn Davis and senior Leslie Miles also qualified for the ECAC meet for Towson, winning the event in 3:51.37.
“It’s always the last event of the day,” head coach Roger Erricker said. “Kaitlyn had already run three events and some of our others in the relay did not have much recovery time from other events, so it was pretty darned impressive.”
Kelly set a personal best in the 100-meter hurdles (14.93) and also was third in the 400-meter hurdles (1:04.35), while Robbie was second in the 800-meter run in 2:18.35. Classmates Zanae Freeland (100-meter dash in 12.39), Megan Knoblock (steeplechase in 12:20.53) and Maggie Rampolla (pole vault in 11; 7.75″) also won events for Towson.
Men’s lacrosse struggles against Penn State
Freshman Mike Lynch scored the Tigers’ only goal as 19th-ranked Towson fell, 8-1, to Penn State Saturday before a crowd in excess of 2,000 at Unitas Stadium.
“Congratulations to Penn State,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “They came out and played a terrific game. They brought their best to the field, and we didn’t.”
The Tigers, 8-4 overall and 2-2 in the CAA, return to action this Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. when they host CAA rival Drexel. Towson’s senior class will be honored before the game in a brief ceremony. Fans are encouraged to wear black to “black out” Unitas Stadium.
Women’s tennis wins regular-season finale
The Towson women’s tennis team finished its regular season on Sunday, defeating Monmouth 7-0 at the Towson Center Tennis Courts. The Tigers, now 11-9 overall this season, won all three matches in doubles play to earn the doubles point and won four matches in straight sets in singles play. In total, the Tigers won all six singles matches, including three from seniors Nani Lizana, Ariel Burke and Nisha Shah.
Prior to the match, Towson honored six seniors who were competing in their final home match.
“This was my first recruiting class here at Towson,” Neagle said of his seniors. “I’m so happy for them and the way our team finished the season.”
Men’s golf continues play Monday in FDU Invitational
The Towson men’s golf team sits in fourth place after one day of play at the FDU Invitational. Towson (316) trails first-place Binghamton (300) by 16 strokes. Host Fairleigh Dickinson (302) is two strokes back, while the Tigers are just three shots behind third-place Hofstra (313). Central Connecticut (317) rounds out the top five in the 14-team field.
“After playing well early, the old bugaboo of big numbers came back to bite us,” said head coach Brian Yaniger. “However, Monday is another day and we will be ready to compete for a title.”
The 36-hole Crystal Springs event wraps up on Monday following an 8 a.m. shotgun start.
Women’s golf travels to Red Flash Invitational Monday and Tuesday
Coming off its first team win of the season, Towson women’s golf will look to carry its momentum into the Red Flash Invitational hosted by Saint Francis Monday and Tuesday, April 14-15. The two-day tournament will be held at the Sunnehanna Country Club in Johnstown, Pa., and feature a seven-team field.