Trumbo-powered Towson beats UMBC

Freshman turns tables for Tigers women, 10-9

April 16, 2003|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

Last year, UMBC's women beat Towson with one second remaining on a goal by Lauren Traber. This year, the Tigers had Becky Trumbo.

Trumbo, a freshman sensation from Liberty High, scored four goals and assisted on one last night as Towson prevailed in another tight one, 10-9, at UMBC Stadium.

The five points moved Trumbo two from the school's freshman record set by Nikki Popolano five years ago.

"She has just been a huge contributor, someone who elevates everyone's game around her," said Tigers coach Linda Ohrin. "She keeps progressing and progressing and is already an impact player."

Neither team led by more than two goals before Trumbo whipped in what proved the clincher at the 24:29 mark of the second period.

"I was up top and my teammates cleared for me and put it right in the corner," said Trumbo, who launched her collegiate career with seven goals and one assist in her first game.

But UMBC (4-8) wasn't finished. Trailing by two goals and with the Tigers in possession of the ball, matters looked bleak for the Retrievers. But Trumbo was whistled for being out of bounds - a call she didn't agree with - and with 23 seconds to go, Lauren Hess (C. Milton Wright) scored to make it 10-9.

But the Retrievers were called for a foul on the final draw and Towson (7-5) ran out the clock.

"Draw control was our problem the second half," said UMBC coach Monica Yeakel. "We don't want to make excuses. We just didn't come up with them."

Yeakel said Retrievers goalkeeper Courtney Stringer (Dulaney) was playing hurt after suffering a severe ankle sprain Sunday against Quinnipiac. "She was on crutches before the game," said the coach.

Trying to break a two-game losing streak, the Tigers broke slowly. UMBC controlled the ball virtually all of the first 11 minutes and took a 2-0 lead on goals by Kate Worthington (Old Mill) and Stephanie Allen.

With Trumbo taking a blank in the first half, four different Tigers accounted for goals to pull the team into a 4-4 tie at the break.

"I just didn't get many opportunities in the first half," said Trumbo, Carroll County's all-time leading high school scorer who said she chose Towson because "I loved the girls and the team and it was close to home."

In the second period, it was Towson who seized the initiative, thanks to an ability to dominate the draws. Trumbo assisted on the goal that put the Tigers ahead for the first time, Stephanie Howell (Glenelg) scoring. Trumbo then scored her initial goal and UMBC fought uphill for the final 26 1/2 minutes.

"Every game is important. We aren't overlooking anyone, but when it's Towson and UMBC, inside the blood is boiling," said Ohrin. "It took us a few minutes to get jump-started, but once we got into the game plan, we stuck to it."

Ohrin and Yeakel were teammates at Loyola College.

"I wasn't personally here last year," said Trumbo. "But I was told about it and this is definitely a big win after what happened. We weren't going to let it happen."

Towson 4 6 - 10

UMBC 4 5 - 9

Goals: T-Trumbo 4, Marshall 2, Dwyer, Krastel, Howell, McNeill; UMBC-Dragoni 2, Allen 2, Worthington 2, Hess, Fiorani, Kasper.

Assists: T-Trumbo; UMBC-Hess.

Saves: T-O'Connell 10; UMBC-Stringer 9.

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