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Terps race past Tigers

26 March 2014 By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor No Comments
No. 2 Maryland wins in-state battle, 19-8

Towson had its three-game win streak snapped against No. 2 Maryland in a 19-8 loss at College Park on Wednesday night.

Terps midfielder Kelly McPartland had her way with the No. 19 Tigers’ defense, scoring five of her six goals in a 10-4 first half.

“She gave us some trouble for sure tonight. She is an extremely athletic, talented player and she goes very hard,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “We switched a few things up to try to find some answers and
we did after a while, but the damage was done.”

Freshman attacker Gabby Cha got Towson (5-5) on the board early with an unassisted goal just over two minutes into the game. Maryland attacker Brooke Griffin tied the game less than a minute later, starting
a run that put the home team in the lead for good.

McPartland and Tigers junior attacker Taylor Moore combined for the next seven goals. In a seven-minute span, McPartland score four straight goals to put the Terps up 5-1 with 19:30 remaining in the first

Moore responded with all of her three goals within three minutes of each other to cut the Maryland lead to 5-4 with 13:22 remaining in the half. Towson would get no closer, as Maryland put together a 14-4 run to end the game.

“One of [Maryland’s] strengths is going on those runs,” LaMonica said. “We did a great job of rebounding after they had a bit of a run and that was due to Taylor Moore going aggressively and hard and making
some things happen. From that point, Maryland stepped up their game and worked to fight back.”

The Terps responded with a 5-0 run after Moore’s goals to end the half with a 10-4 lead. Attacker Halle Majorana stopped the Tigers’ run with her first goal of the game, making it 6-4 with 11:48 left in the half.

Griffin followed with her second goal of the game, falling down and beating goalie Kelsey Donnelly to move the lead to 7-4. Midfielder Beth Glaros increased the margin after a scramble for the ball ended with it
in the back of the net.

McPartland and midfielder Zoe Stukenberg added goals to make it 10-4 before halftime. Maryland outshot Towson 17-10 in the half and 35-18 in the game.

Maryland kept the momentum going out of halftime, as Stukenberg increased the lead to 11-4 just over five minutes into the second half. Griffin tallied her third goal of the night just minutes later, moving the
score to 12-4.

Senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback ended the Terps streak with her 21st goal of the season with 21:31 remaining in the game. Rohrback had a hat trick in the game, moving her within one goal of the team lead,
held by senior attacker Andi Raymond.

Maryland would halt the Towson momentum, as Griffin caught a high pass and shot past Donnelly for the 13-5 lead. Rohrback responded with her second goal of the game to cut the deficit to seven and added
another just a minute later to make it 13-7.

The Terps responded with another 5-0 run to break the game open and increase the lead to 18-7 with 8:59 left in the game. Five different Terps scored in the run, including McPartland, Majorana and Glaros,
who all had multiple goals.

“It was tough. You’re facing a tough opponent who finished the first half on a big run. I think it’s a great lesson that we can’t afford to come out strong against a top caliber team,” LaMonica said. “We just weren’t
generating enough on the attacking end. If you don’t score on your offensive opportunities and you’re back on defense, it can get a little deflating.

Raymond scored another goal late, but Towson was not able to gain momentum offensively.

Towson will begin its Colonial Athletic Association season when it hosts Delaware on Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The game is set to start at 1 p.m.

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