Towson romps GMU 15-9
The Tigers (12-3, 6-0 CAA) blew out George Mason in the second half, turning a 5-5 halftime tie into a 15-9 victory Friday night at Johnny Unitas Stadium. Towson’s win, coupled with James Madison’s 12-11 comeback win against Delaware earlier Friday, sets up a regular season conference championship game on Sunday afternoon between the two-time league champion Dukes and the Tigers. The winner will host next weekend’s CAA Tournament
Towson got hat tricks from Kelly Custer, Ashleigh Rohrback and Ashley Waldron and used a 10-4 run in the second half to earn their sixth straight win. The Tigers outshot George Mason 31-23 for the game, and in the second half, Towson was 10-16 shooting. Seven different Tigers scored and Rohrback had a career-high five assists in the winning effort. Rohrback also set a career-high with eight points.
Mary Teeters was at her best yet again for Towson, coming up with seven saves, for her 12th win of the season. She also assisted on Katie Leech’s goal late in the second half for her second helper of the season.
George Mason never got themselves going after intermission, playing sloppy lacrosse for the final 30 minutes of action. The Patriots committed eight second half turnovers and 19 in the game and had a very difficult time keeping possession against the Tigers. Towson controlled 14 of the 26 draws and was able to clear the ball successfully all 10 of their opportunities.
James Madison comes into Sunday’s matchup with a perfect conference record, the same 6-0 as Towson has, but they are expected to be without one of their top offensive players in that game. Redshirt Junior Casey Ancarrow, who has 34 goals on the season, suffered a knee injury and isn’t believed to be ready for game action by Sunday’s 1 p.m. faceoff.
The Dukes have beaten Towson two straight years in the CAA Championship Game, earning the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament in the process. With a victory on Sunday, Towson will earn the right to host the league’s tournament for the second straight year.