Tigers lose final game of season
Towson (1-18, 0-7 Colonial Athletic Association) lost to the No. 10 Northeastern Huskies (13-5, 5-2 CAA) 6-0 in its season finale in Boston, Ma. Sunday.
Northeastern’s leading scorer Crystal Poland added four more goals to her season total of 28, starting with a stroke just 21 seconds into the game.
The Huskies continued on the offensive for the entire first half, peppering Towson goalie Tashani Dickson with 45 shots. Dickson finished with a career-high 16 saves in the game.
Dickson and the Towson defense prevented Northeastern from scoring for most of the half, but conceded the second goal in the 29th minute.
Dierdre Duke’s long pass from outside of the circle found Hannah Hoelscher, who slipped the ball into the right side of the cage for the 2-0 lead.
Towson was outshot 20-2 in the half and lost the corner battle 6-0, but managed to keep the deficit at two going into the break.
“We got into their circle a lot and created many opportunities,” Captain Janine Kovach said. “The issue we have had all season is capitalizing and that’s what happened today.”
Poland, who tallied multiple shots in the first half but could not finish her second goal, found the net just 54 seconds into the second period. She dribbled into the circle and beat Dickson to give the Huskies some breathing room.
Poland continued her hot streak, scoring her third and fourth goals of the game in the next 20 minutes. She capped the rally off in the 55th minute when Hoelscher’s service off a corner found her stick for the shot and score.
Northeastern did not relent with their offensive pressure, continuing to tally shots throughout the remainder of the game. The Huskies outshot Towson 45-5 in the game.
Towson conceded one more goal before the time was up, but could not find the net to avoid the shutout.
The loss completes the Tigers season and the career of forwards Ashlea Carl, Kasie Nurko, and Kate Nolan, midfielder Janine Kovach and defender Megan Penza.
“I’ll miss being with the team for the most part,” Kovach said. “I’ll also miss the competitiveness and hard work that I have experienced over the past four years.”