Banes sets school record in double-overtime loss
For the third time this season, Towson found itself heading into double-overtime. And for the second time this season, the Tigers came out of the overtime session with a loss.
This time, the Tigers fell 2-1 to the James Madison Dukes.
“I thought we played really hard today. This was our second game of the weekend, where JMU, this was their first game of the season,” Head Coach Greg Paynter said. “So I think that the fact we started slow, it’s just about having the legs and the energy in the first half. JMU was a little bit stronger than us the entire game.”
In Sunday’s Colonial Athletic Association game against James Madison, senior forward Emily Banes tied the game at one in the 76th minute with her 12th goal of the season.
With the goal, Banes is now the all-time leader in points in program history with 71, one more than Christi Landi.
The goal also put Banes in a tie with Landi for most career goals in program history with 27.
“Especially in the last three or four weeks, [Banes] is attracting a lot of attention. Teams are game-planning to stop her,” Paynter said. “Her opportunities are becoming less and less because of that, but she’s still productive on what she can do individually. Today was a great example of her making a great opportunity out of something very small.”
Neither the Tigers (7-8-1, 2-4 CAA) nor the Dukes (11-4, 3-1 CAA) were able to score in the final 14 minutes of regulation, sending the game into overtime.
After a scoreless first overtime, the Tigers and Dukes headed to double-overtime.
Just a minute and 30 seconds into the overtime period, Towson conceded an own goal, giving James Madison its third straight win.
The loss is the second straight for Towson, as it lost to William & Mary Thursday, 1-0.
The Dukes got on the board first after a corner kick by sophomore midfielder Kelly Kerrigan in the 22nd minute. Senior defender Becky Sparks converted on the kick to give James Madison a 1-0
The game would remain scoreless until Banes’ record-setting goal nearly 54 minutes later.
James Madison outshot Towson 18-4 and had a 10-5 advantage in corner kicks.
Junior goalkeeper Erin Quinn was strong in net for Towson. She made a season-best 10 saves on the day.
“Quinn’s not only consistent, but she’s consistently very very good and today was no exception,” Paynter said. “She frustrates the opponents because she makes things so hard for them. Under the conditions today, she did a great job. She was relentless in her efforts to keep the ball out of the net.”
The Tigers now sit in seventh place in the CAA, ahead of Drexel and College of Charleston with three games remaining in the regular season.
They sit one game behind UNC Wilmington for sixth and final spot that can play in the CAA Tournament.
All three games are at home, and two of those three games are against conference opponents.
The Tigers will host the Northeastern Huskies Thursday, Oct. 17 and the Hofstra Pride three days later.
“It’ll be nice to get home. We’ve been on the road for four straight games and they’ve been tough road games,” Paynter said. “… We know we’ve got to win a couple games this week to give ourselves the best chance to make the postseason.”
The Huskies are in second place with a 4-1 conference record, behind the William & Mary Tribe who have a perfect 4-0 conference record.
Towson concludes the regular season Saturday, Oct. 26 when it hosts the Delaware State Hornets.
Thursday’s matchup against Northeastern is scheduled for 3 p.m., and Sunday’s game against Hofstra is scheduled to kickoff at 1 p.m.