Towson Holds on against SJU, 14-12. The St. Joseph’s Lady Hawks (3-4) welcomed the #14 Towson Lady Tigers to the confines of Sweeney Field.
Blaire Pearre (5G) jump-started a strong first half for Towson with 3:15 played. Bridget Cerciello (2g) had the equalizer but The Tigers roared and got it 5-1 thanks to Shelby Stack (2g,1a), Lindsey Marshall (2g,3a), Nikki Sliwak (2g), and a second from Pearre. Cerciello bagged her 7th but it would take only 24 ticks for Pearre to get her hat trick.
The goal exchange continued with Emma O’Neill (2a) setting up Alyssa Manley (1g) but quick revenge was offered when Molly Lynch (1g,2a) answered :27 later to give Towson a 7-3 edge. At 2:36, Stephanie Kelly (2g,2a) stepped up to get it to 7-4. Sliwak and Stack finished the entertaining half with Towson holding all the cards and a 9-4 lead.
1:50 in and Kelly converted an O’Neill pass and it seemed the comeback may be on. Again, a quick answer from Towson when Stack assisted on Pearre’s 24th at the 27:29 mark. The Owls found another gear with Lauren Figura (2g,2a), Sam McGee (1g), and Julia Pash (1g,2a) making it a 10-8 Towson lead with 20:13 to go.
Following the game script, Kerri Liucci (1g) stopped the deluge just fifty seconds later. Kaitlyn Thornton (1g) added another for the Tigers. The Hawks went right back to work and Riley Evans (3g) got a natural hat trick and with 12:36 remaining, we had a one-goal game, 12-11.
For nearly nine minutes the clubs went back and forth with neither finding the back of the net. With 3:48 to go, Lindsey Marshall picked up her 19th and it appeared Towson had this one. Figura had other ideas and recorded her 12th of the season and with 1:58 remaining, we were back to a one-goal game. Marshall and Pearre hooked up for Pearre’s 23rd and Towson were able to weather the final :52 to get a big road victory.
And Another Thing
Shots went the Hawks way, 32-30 but Towson had the edge with shots on goal, 25-23. Turnovers had Towson with 12 to the Hawks 11. The Tigers also the edge in ground balls, 10-8, as well as draw control, 17-11. Both netminders, Carly Merlo for Towson and Melissa Semkiw for the Hawks, turned away 11 shots. Towson Holds on against SJU.