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Women’s LAX drops second straight game

7 March 2014 By Matt Hamilton, Associate Sports Editor No Comments

After a strong start that included wins over UMBC and Georgetown, Towson fell to the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays, 12-8, on Wednesday night in Baltimore.

This was Towson’s second straight loss.

The No. 11 Tigers (2-2), who lost to Syracuse on Sunday, battled through a back-and-forth first half, which ended at 6-5 in favor of the No. 17 Blue Jays (6-0).

Johns Hopkins got on the scoreboard first, as attacker Erica Matz found the net just over a minute into the game. The goal, on her only shot, came unassisted.

Senior midfielder Kelly Murkey did not waste time responding to the Blue Jays’ goal, scoring on a free position attempt two minutes later. Murkey’s goal was her first on the season.

After a Hopkins free-position goal, Towson scored two consecutive goals for the only time in the game. Junior attacker Taylor Moore beat Johns Hopkins goalie KC Emerson to tie the game at 2, and senior Andi Raymond gave Towson the lead just a minute later.

Sophomore defender/midfielder Breanna Hamm and senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback contributed goals to the Tigers first half effort, but the Blue Jays took a one-goal halftime lead. Midfielder Sarah Taylor scored two goals to lead a 3-1 Blue Jay rally to end the first half.

Johns Hopkins put together a 6-3 second half surge that prevented Towson from winning its third game on the season.  Dene’ DiMartino beat Towson goalie Kelsey Donnelly three times in the half to lead Hopkins.

DiMartino score twice in the half’s first five minutes, giving the Blue Jays an 8-5 advantage. Raymond responded with her 12th goal of the season to cut the deficit to two with just under 20 minutes remaining.

Raymond made it a hat trick after another Johns Hopkins goal, cutting the deficit to 9-7 with 12 minutes left. However, DiMartino and senior attacker Taylor D’Amore added goals to the Johns Hopkins lead, helping the home team pull away from Towson.

Raymond assisted on a goal by sophomore attacker Alyssa Ferro to cut the lead to 11-8, but the Tigers would get no closer.

Towson welcomes No. 19 Stanford to Johnny Unitas Stadium on Friday night. The game is set to start at 7 p.m.

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