Coming off a Colonial Athletic Association Championship, Towson is already making a statement months before the season begins.
In a Stars-and-Stripes Scrimmage Sunday at Johnny Unitas, the Tigers beat the U.S. National team 9-6 and defeated the Stanford Cardinals 10-8.
Senior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle paved the way for the Tigers against the U.S., as she had a five-goal performance in the scrimmage. Coogle had team-high 41 goals last season and picked up right where she left off.
“Rhiannon was just a scoring machine out there, scoring five goals,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “She played very fiercely in the scrimmage. The whole team played well and it was an overall team effort that everyone shared.”
Another standout of the game for the Tigers was junior goalie Kelsea Donnelly, who received high praise from LaMonica after her 11-save performance.
“Kelsea Donnelly was amazing in the cage,” LaMonica said. “She was phenomenal out there and was on fire the whole game. She made some key saves against some of the greatest shooters in the country and was very impressive.”
Donnelly started every game in goal for the Tigers last season and had a .459 save percentage for the season, which was 14th in the nation.
The win gives the Tigers a large measuring stick to work off of in the offseason.
“It’s an amazing win and it gives our team a huge amount of confidence,” LaMonica said. “This win is something our players can use to work off of. It’s a small, but impressive win for our team that we can reflect on. We still have a lot of work to put in to get ready for the season, but we’re thrilled from this.”
The Tigers found ways to come back into the game multiple times.
After being down 2-0 in the first half thanks to goals from Alex Aust and Taylor Cummings, Towson was able to tie it at 2-2, including the tying-goal from senior attack Ashleigh Rohrback.
The U.S. team was able to take a 3-2 lead into the half after a goal from Karl Ellen Johnson, but the Tigers battled back with two goals from Coogle and a goal from junior attack Taylor Moore.
Junior attack Sarah Maloof had two key goals for the Tigers. The goals were back to back to give the Tigers a 7-5 lead in the second half.
After another pair of goals from Coogle, Towson took a 9-5 lead and never looked back from there.
The Tigers were able to hold off the U.S. National team 9-6.
In Sunday’s first game against Stanford, Towson took an early lead with back-to-back goals from junior Andi Raymond.
The Tigers held onto a 5-4 lead at the half as Coogle, Moore and freshman Gabby Cha added goals.
Stanford tied the game at five early in the second half after a goal from Kelsey Murray.
Towson answered with a 3-0 run, which included a goal from Maloof and freshman Michaela Duranti. It was Duranti’s first goal as a Tiger.
Stanford scored three times in the final two minutes, including a goal with 30 seconds left, but fell to the hosting Tigers 10-8.