Terrapin Women Survive Second Half Surge By Towson, Win 15-10
Terrapin attacker Lauren Cohen menaced goalkeeper Mandy Corry with 2 unassisted goals and a free position shot that resulted in a hat trick. Christopher Blunck/DC Sports Box
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Senior midfielder Dana Dobbie and senior attacker Lauren Cohen delivered a pair of hat tricks to the No. 3 ranked Maryland Terrapins Women's Lacrosse squad this evening and provided the 5 goals needed by the Terps to get past a second half surge by the Towson Tigers.  With their win this evening the Terrapins enter the ACC/ALC Challenge in Chapel Hill with a strong 9-1 record but also have some soul searching to do after a 12-2 lead turned highly competitive in the second half as Towson turned up the pressure.

Dana Dobbie led the Terrapin scoring drive with a hat trick in the early going that began with a free position shot with 24:35 remaining that found the back of the.  She then teamed up with fellow senior Katie Princiotto for a pair of goals 2 minutes later that were a mere 34 seconds apart.  After giving a few other Terrapins a look at the back of the net the 5'10" Canadian notched her fourth goal off a quick pass by Caitlyn McFadden to make it a 10-2 Terrapin advantage.  Her fifth and final goal of the night arrived in the second half with 18:20 when she scored off another quick pass, this time from Kelly Kasper.

Dobbie's 5 goals this evening put her in first place for scoring on the Terrapin squad with 37 total points.

Laura Cohen's presence around the crease was also a menace to Towson goalkeeper Mandy Corry.  Cohen consistently crashed the boards and needed little help in the way of assists from her Terrapin teammates, scoring 2 of her goals unassisted and from extremely close range.  Her third and final goal of the night came off a free position shot early in the second half.

Maryland far outpaced the Tigers in the first half and fired 24 shots at Corry, who struggled to keep up with the tenacious offense of the Terps.  She was visibly riled after giving up 4 goals in under 2 minutes towards the end of the first half and walked over to the sideline for assistance from the coaching staff.  With the support of her coaches she returned to the net to play out the remainder of the match.  She came up with 9 saves in the first half but permitted 12 shots to reach the back of the net.

The Tiger midfielders and defenders lent her little support in so far as clean play.  The backfield team was sacked with 15 fouls in the first half compared to Maryland's 1 and only managed to capture 4 draw controls to Maryland's 11.

The second half saw a renewed Tiger team that addressed many of the deficiencies of the first half.

The Tigers took 18 shots in the second half compared to Maryland's 7, completely reversing the 24-8 shot margin the Terrapins enjoyed in the first half.  Towson was also significantly cleaner with their defense, committing only 9 fouls during the second half.  In contrast the Terps ballooned from a 1 foul first half to 12 fouls in the final 30 minutes of play.  Turnovers by the Tigers also significantly declined and Towson ended up edging out the Terps by committing 2 fewer turnovers overall in the game.

Towson outscored the Terrapins 8-3 in the second half, but the impressive 12-2 lead Maryland established in the first half proved too much to overcome.  Up 15-6 with just over 6 minutes to go the game appeared to be safely in Maryland's hands, but 4 additional goals by the Tigers left many in the stands anxiously counting off the final seconds of the game.  As the closing 2 minutes elapsed off the clock the Tigers notched on an additional 2 goals and brought the game to within 5.

The Terps outlasted the Tigers this evening and will be forced to analyze their second half mistakes prior to shipping off to Chapel Hill to compete against No.9 ranked Penn State and Ohio State in the ACC/ALC Challenge on April 4.  The Terps then return to College Park to face regional rival Georgetown on April 16th.