Tigers conclude season
Towson lost its final game of the season, 4-0, to Drexel on Buckley field in Pa. Sunday to end the season on a 14-game losing streak.
Early in the first half the Dragons (13-6, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Assocation) pressured the Tigers defense taking five shots in the first 15 minutes. The Tigers (1-16, 0-6 CAA) couldn’t prevent the
Dragons from scoring their first goal at the 15:01 mark of the first half, when junior forward Rachel Sumfest scored the first goal of the game to give Drexel a 1-0 lead.
Just over two minutes later, Drexel senior forward/midfielder Lindsay McArdle scored the second goal of the game for the Dragons off an assist from senior forward/ midfielder Elise DiDonato.
With 18 minutes left in the first half, Drexel held a 2-0 lead over Towson.
Junior forward/midfielder Courtney Branco was able to get a shot off in the 20th minute, although the shot was saved by Drexel junior goalie Jantien Gunter.
McArdle scored her second goal of the game off an assist by junior forward Margaux Lourtie in the 24th minute to expand the Dragons’ lead to three.
Drexel took seven more shots in the remaining 12 minutes of the first half, but were unable to score. Junior goalie Brittany Varacallo had a total of eight saves in the first half.
Just over six minutes into the second half, Drexel was able to score their fourth goal.
Sophomore midfielder Danielle Grassi scored the unassisted goal for the Dragons.
The Tiger defense remained strong, not allowing the Dragons to score after taking six more shots in the first 20 minutes of the second half.
In the 56th minute, junior defender/midfielder Kelly Mattingly took the second shot of the game for Towson. Seconds after Mattingly’s shot was blocked, Gunter blocked sophomore Rebecca Chmielewski’s shot off the rebound.
Neither team was able to score for the rest of the game and Drexel handed Towson its eighth shutout loss of the season.
Junior midfielder Kelsey Fielder reflected on the season after the game, saying she expected the “large incoming class” to help build up the field hockey program.
“We had a really small team this year which was definitely tough at times,” Fielder said. “Especially as the season progressed and people got injured.”
However, Fielder believes that the team will use this season as a building block for future seasons.
“Since August we’ve learned how to play for each other,” Fielder said. “We still have plenty of work to do, but we are starting to really work together and play as one.”
Because of its last-place finish in the conference, Towson is not eligible to play in the CAA Tournament.