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23 March 2014 By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor No Comments
Rohrback shines in 15-8 win

After losing four straight games and falling out of national rankings, No. 18 Towson (5-4) regained the ranking after putting together a 3-0 week over spring break, ending with a 15-8 win at the UC Davis Aggies (5-3) on Saturday night.

The win capped off a trip to California over the weekend, which included a 19-11 win over California on Thursday. Five Tigers had multiple goals to highlight the second highest goal-scoring total of the season.

Senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback led the way for Towson with four goals and five assists against UC Davis. Sophomore attacker Alyssa Ferro followed suit with four goals, and junior midfielder Paige Duncan recorded a hat trick.

“We are feeling great about getting two wins on the road this weekend,”Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “It’s great seeing so many players on offense having such success. Three straight wins is a great position to be in going into our next opponent.”

The Tigers stormed out to a 4-0 lead against the Aggies, as Rohrback scored two goals and dished out two assists during the run.

Duncan broke the scoreless tie less than three minutes in, and Rohrback made it 2-0 a little over a minute later.

With 23 minutes left in the first half, Ferro beat UC Davis goalie Jordan Majka off an assist by Rohrback. Almost four minutes later, Rohrback converted on her second goal on a free position shot to make it 4-0.

Aggies midfielder Carly Voris stopped the Tigers run with an unassisted goal, but the Tigers put together a 6-0 run to take a 10-1 lead with three minutes left in the half.

Junior attacker Taylor Moore started the offensive burst with two straight goals in a two-minute span to push the lead to 6-1. Senior attacker Andi Raymond added another with 12:53 left in the first half, her
22nd goal of the season.

Ferro kept the run going two consecutive goals, both off of free position shots, to push the Towson lead to 8-1. Rohrback scored her third goal of the game to end the run and give Towson a nine-goal lead.

The Aggies added a goal before half, but the Tigers took a 10-2 lead into the break. The Tigers held a 15-2 lead in shots and a 7-6 advantage in draw controls.

“I think we did a great job of coming out strong in both games,” LaMonica said. “We had explosive first halves and that helped set us up to come out with a solid win.”

Ferro and Rohrback went back-to-back to start the second half, with Ferro’s goal coming off an assist from Rohrback.

UC Davis, though, responded by scoring four of five goals to claw within seven.

Junior midfielder Elizabeth Landry beat Towson goalie Kelsey Donnelly twice in the offensive spurt, which made it 13-6 with less than eight minutes left in the game. Landry finished the game with three goals
and two assists.

Duncan scored two more goals to make it a hat trick and halt the Aggies’ momentum. Up 15-6, the Tigers were able to cruise to the win.

Towson will travel to College Park to face the No. 1 Maryland Terrapins on Wednesday.

The game is set to start at 7 p.m.

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