HARRISONBURG, Va., April 7, 2013 -- Defending Colonial Athletic Association women's lacrosse champion Towson rode a strong second half to a 16-10 win over No. 19 James Madison Sunday afternoon at University Park.
The visiting Tigers rallied from a four-goal deficit to win their third game in a row and improve their records to 4-7 overall and 3-0 in league play. All seven of Towson's losses have been to Top 20 teams.
JMU dropped to 7-5 overall and 2-1 against CAA opponents.
In a rematch of the past two CAA title games, the Tigers outscored the Dukes 12-2 in a span of 20 minutes to secure the win.
Beginning with a goal by senior Olivia Turner (Bishopville, Md./Stephen Decatur) off a pass from redshirt junior Ashleigh Rohrback (Westminster, Md./Westminster) at 22:53, Towson scored on 12 of 14 shot attempts and controlled 11 of 13 draw attempts in the 20-minute stretch.
For the game, Rohrback had a part in nine Towson scores as she tallied four goals and assisted five others. Junior Rhiannon Coogle (Forest Hill, Md./North Harford) also scored four goals, and sophomore Paige Duncan (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) netted three goals. Other multiple-goal scorers for the Tigers were Turner and senior Jackie LaMonica (Parkton, Md./Hereford) with two apiece.
JMU's top scorer was sophomore Steph Finley (Media, Pa./Sacred Heart), who tied her career high with four goals as she netted all four of the Dukes' second-half scores. Junior Amy Roguski (Sykesville, Md./Liberty) scored three times, and redshirt senior Casey Ancarrow (Jarrettsville, Md./John Carroll) finished with two goals and an assist. Redshirt senior Rebecca McLouth (Cincinnati, Ohio/Sycamore) scored a goal and had two assists.
JMU opened the game with four straight goals in the first 6:13. Just 42 seconds into the match, Roguski scored off a pass from McLouth. McLouth then set up Ancarrow for a goal 2:58 into the contest. Ancarrow returned the favor, passing to McLouth for a goal 5:14 into the game, and 49 seconds later Ancarrow tallied an unassisted goal for a 4-0 Dukes lead.
Towson, however, outscored JMU 4-2 in the final 19 minutes and entered the half down only 6-4. The Dukes, though, opened the second half with back-to-back scores by Finley in the first 5:47 to push the JMU lead back to 8-4.
But then the Tigers took over the game, scoring six times in a span of 4:34 to gain a 10-8 lead with 18:19 to play. First, Rohrback set up Turner, who scored the first goal of the run with 22:53 on the clock. Then Duncan netted an unassisted goal at 21:58, and Rohrback passed to Turner for another score at 20:07. Duncan tallied another unassisted score at 18:59, and senior Laura Zinkand (Baltimore, Md./Notre Dame Prep) scored off a pass from Rohrback. Coogle converted a free-position attempt to finish off the run.
Towson controlled the next two draws, but JMU forced turnovers and Finley's back-to-back goals at 17:47 and 14:38 brought the Dukes even at 10-10.
JMU controlled the ensuing draw, but a shot by Roguski hit the post at 13:42 and Towson sophomore Nadia Podo (Centreville, Va./Westfield) picked up the ground ball off the rebounds. Over the next 10:49, the Tigers possessed the ball for all but 62 seconds. In that span Towson scored six consecutive goals on a total of seven shots and controlled four of five draw controls while extending its lead to 16-10. Coogle and Rohrback each scored twice and LaMonica and Duncan contributed the other two goals.
JMU, meanwhile, had only one shot attempt in the final 13:42, a free-position attempt by Roguski with 48 seconds left, and the attempt was wide of the mark.
Towson held a 30-22 advantage on shots and finished with 17 draw controls to 11 for JMU.
JMU sophomore goalkeeper Schylar Healy (Eldersburg, Md./Liberty) made seven saves, and Towson sophomore goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly (Edgewater, Md./South River) had six stops.
Healy was JMU's leader in ground balls with two, and Roguski had a game-high three draw controls.