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Overtime madness

30 March 2014 By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor No Comments
McQuilkin’s late goal helps No. 19 Towson get over .500
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Down 9-8 with less than a minute remaining, Towson lost possession and it seemed it would lose the game as well. Delaware defender Kierstan Smith took the ball behind her net and let crucial time run off the clock. Delaware was going to finish off a comeback in which it overcame a 6-1 halftime deficit.

Then, Smith got trapped by three Tiger defenders and let go of the ball.

It landed on the stick of freshman defender Kelly McQuilkin, who evaded a defender and scored her first career goal with 5.9 seconds remaining to tie the game and avoid the collapse.

“I saw the time on the clock. We really had no choice but to pressure the ball,” McQuikin said. “We had about three of our players up on the ball pressuring and they really helped me on the play. They distracted
the attacker and I just scooted right in.”

The game went to overtime, where Towson (6-5, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association) outscored the visiting Delaware Blue Hens (7-4, 0-1 CAA) to come away with the 12-10 victory in the teams’ first CAA match of
the year.

“I thought we played a great first half, but our team did not come out of the locker room in the second half,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “[Kelly] is the reason why we were able to go into overtime and I’m
proud of the way we stepped up in overtime. They played more like Tiger lacrosse when it mattered most.”

Towson opened with the offensive momentum, putting pressure on the Delaware defense early. After a few chances, senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback drove into the circle and put the ball between the legs of
Delaware goalie Tori Zorovich for the goal less than five minutes in.

The Tigers did not waste time adding another goal, as junior attacker Taylor Moore made it 2-0 on her 17th goal of the season with 22:27 left in the first half. Moore extended her streak to seven straight games
with a goal.

“Taylor Moore is a phenomenal lacrosse player and she’s been showing that over a number of games now,” LaMonica said. “We’ve asked her to step up into a role when we needed those goals and to finish and
she did that.”

Freshman attacker Gabby Cha kept the run alive with her 14th goal of the season, after she beat Zorovich unassisted.

Rohrback scored her second goal just over two minutes later, shooting to the bottom left corner of the goal on a free position shot to increase the lead to 4-0.

Delaware got on the board with 10:31 left in the first half, when attacker Abbie Hartman came from behind the goal and beat Towson goalie Kelsey Donnelly up close to make it 4-1.

The Blue Hens kept their momentum up over the next few minutes, but could not cut the deficit. Instead, Rohrback found sophomore attacker Alyssa Ferro in front of the goal, and Ferro scored to boost the lead to 5-1.

Senior attacker Andi Raymond scored for the 25th time this season to make it 6-1 with five minutes left in the half.

Raymond who had four goals, said that she trusted that her team would create chances down the stretch.

“I kept pushing. I knew we needed goals,” she said. “The way we were running our plays and the way we were moving got opportunities for me and [Taylor Moore]. I know we can score goals, so that’s not an
issue. We need to just work together as a unit.”

Towson led 11-8 in shots and 5-3 in draw controls in the half. However, Delaware outshot Towson 15-7 in the second half.

The Blue Hens drew first blood in the second half, as attacker Shannon Hawley broke through a hole in the Tigers defense and beat Donnelly to cut the deficit to 6-2 with 26:02 left in the game.

Midfielder Caitlin McCartney scored the second straight Blue Hens goal less than two minute later.

Delaware kept the pressure on the Towson defense and McCartney scored again. This time, she beat Donnelly on the left corner of the goal with 23:27 remaining.

The Tigers responded quickly, as sophomore midfielder Breanna Hamm won the draw and found Raymond, who drove down the field and made it 7-4 just 12 seconds after the Blue Hens’ goal.

A little over two minutes later, Donnelly attempted a pass from the crease, but the ball landed on the stick of Delaware midfielder Casey Lyons.

Lyons caught the ball, turned and scored to make it 7-5.

The Blue Hens continued the comeback with another Hawley goal, making it a one-goal game and sealing a 5-1 run spanning just over eight minutes.

The teams traded chances over the next six minutes, but Delaware scored again to tie the game.

On a man advantage after a yellow card, Delaware attacker Chelsea Fay split Donnelly’s legs to make it 7-7 with 11:47 left.

Towson went one man up with less than 10 minutes left, but it was Delaware that took the lead. Hawley scored her third goal with 7:42 remaining after breaking the Towson pressure finding the back of the net.

The Blue Hens held possession in an attempt to drain the clock, eventually leading to another Hawley goal to increase the lead to 9-7 with 1:51 remaining.

Moore tallied her second goal with 48 seconds left to cut the lead to 9-8 and stop the 5-0 Delaware run.

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Abby Murphy/ The Towerlight

Delaware had possession with 10 seconds left, but defender Smith’s pass was intercepted by McQuilkin, who scored.

In overtime, Moore made it a hat trick just 25 seconds into the period and put the Tigers up 10-9. Raymond followed Moore with her third goal with 11.9 seconds left in the first period of overtime and her fourth
with 2:09 left in the second period.

Delaware tacked on one more goal, but it was too late to mount another comeback.

Towson will be back in action Friday, when it travels to play CAA foe Hofstra. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.

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