Seniors go out with two straight losses
In the final weekend of the 2010 season, the Tigers looked to continue their three-game win streak. Towson faced Drexel and Hofstra this weekend and lost both matchups. The games were both decided by one goal, leaving Towson with a losing record for the second consecutive year.
Friday evening, the Tigers (8-10, 2-6 Colonial Athletic Association) faced the Drexel Dragons (13-4, 6-1 CAA), who lead the CAA and have not lost to Towson since Oct. 28 of the 2006 season.
After a Drexel goal in the second minute of the game, Towson answered with two goals. Sophomore Tabi Hatch scored her seventh goal of the season in the 16th minute. Katie DeFilippo was credited with the assist. Three minutes later, DeFilippo recorded the goal with a Hatch assist. DeFilippo scored again in the 67th minute to tie the game at three. But in overtime, the Tigers could not hold on as senior Kim Tunell recorded her second goal of the game and gave the Dragons the win.
“We played well,” Towson head coach Michelle Webber said after the loss. “We scored goals and had opportunities. We played well both defensively and offensively, but unfortunately the game ended with a Drexel win.”
In their final game of the season, the Tigers looked to end the season with a win. Their opponent, the Hofstra Pride (7-11, 2-6 CAA), had other plans. In another close game, Towson again couldn’t find a way to win. After a Hofstra goal in the 12th minute, sophomore Kate Nolan scored her first goal of the season and tied the game up 1-1. Two second-half goals that came two minutes apart in the 39th and 41st minute for Hofstra proved to be too much of a deficit to come back from. In the 42nd minute, senior Kristie Blumer scored her ninth goal of the season.
Towson ended the game with an edge in shots and penalty corners. The Tigers recorded 15 shots, eight of which were on goal, compared to Hofstra’s nine. Senior goalkeeper Whitney Clugston only recorded one save while letting in three goals. The Tigers will be losing senior forwards Samm McElvaney and Blythe Mackie and defender Brooke Smith in addition to Blumer and Clugston.
“I think this season showed us that we need to take advantage of opportunities,” Webber said. “We played well with the teams in our conference in spite of our obstacles. Hopefully we will be able to carry that into next season.”