Women’s LAX comeback falls short in first round of NCAA Tournament
Down 9-0 at halftime, Towson’s campaign for its first NCAA tournament second round appearance in school history seemed to be nearing its end. The Stony Brook Seawolves scored four goals in the 10 minutes leading into halftime, adding insult to injury.
Then, the Tigers came out a new team in the second half. They scored the first five goals of the half and put a scare into the Seawolves.
However, the comeback effort proved not enough, as the Seawolves held on to win, 10-8, in the NCAA tournament first round to deny the Tigers a chance at history.
Stony Brook midfielder Michelle Rubino started the game with the first of her two goals, giving her team the lead just under four minutes into the game. Attacker
Dorrien Van Dyke added to the lead on a free position attempt about a minute later.
After a goal from midfielder Amber Kupres, Van Dyke made it 4-0 with an unassisted goal with 18:36 left in the first half. Van Dyke and Kupres both finished with
Up 5-0, Stony Brook continued the run with four goals in the last 10 minutes of the half.
Rubino, Kupres and attacker Courtney Murphy combined to give Stony Brook the nine-goal lead at halftime.
The Seawolves outshot the Tigers 10-3 in the half, even though the Tigers won the draw control battle 7-3.
Towson came out of the break with a new energy, putting pressure on the Stony Brook defense early and often. Junior attacker Taylor Moore scored Towson’s first
goal just 15 seconds into the half, off an assist from senior attacker Ashleigh Rohrback.
Sophomore midfielder Breanna Hamm made it 9-2 with a shot to the bottom left corner of the goal, just 19 seconds after Moore’s goal.
Eight minutes passed before the Tigers were able to cut into the Seawolves’ lead again, when Moore scored on a free position attempt.
Four minutes after that, the combination of junior attacker Andi Raymond to Rohrback made it 9-4 with 17:23 left.
Junior midfielder Paige Duncan found the net next for Towson, as freshman attacker Gabby Cha dodged a defender and passed it to Duncan, who finished in front of
the goal. At 9-5, Towson had the momentum and adequate time to complete the comeback.
However, the Seawolves dealt a blow to the effort, as Van Dyke increased the lead to 10-5 with 7: 24 left in the game. Down five goals with less than 10 minutes
remaining, the Tigers’ hopes of finishing the second-half surge were dwindling.
But Raymond was not done. She scored with 5:18 left, on a free position attempt, moving the deficit to four again.
Moore added another free position goal to make it 10-7 entering the game’s final minute.
Raymond scored her second goal with 57 seconds left, making it a two-goal game.
She won the ensuing draw control and drove to the net, only to have her shot stopped by Stony Brook goalie Frankie Caridi. Stony Brook held the ball as time ran out.
Towson will lose four key seniors from this year’s team: Rohrback, defender Kaitlin Sheridan and midfielders Kelly Murkey and Katie Leech.
Rohrback set the school record for assists this season and Raymond was the CAA Co-Player of the Year.