Towson women edge Hopkins, 11-10

Tigers' Teeters saves victory by stopping final shot

March 11, 2010|By Katherine Dunn | katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

A tense final two minutes ended too quickly for Johns Hopkins' women's lacrosse team Wednesday, but they lasted plenty long enough for Towson goalie Mary Teeters.

Trailing by a goal as the clock ran down, the Blue Jays patiently worked their set offense, looking for just the right shot. Candace Rossi thought she had it with two seconds to go. Teeters decided otherwise, snaring the shot to preserve an 11-10 victory for the No. 11 Tigers at Homewood Field.

"I was just thinking, 'This is it,' if I didn't save this we were going into overtime. It was a good shot. I just don't like overtime," Teeters, a Centennial graduate, said.

The last of the sophomore's 11 saves gave the Tigers (3-0) a comeback win in a game of runs marred by 20 Towson turnovers. Several times, she and the defense, led by Megan Mullis, Alexa Demski, Mary Ellen Elie and Megan Fitzgerald, saved the Tigers.

"In the last few minutes, we really had to play more conservatively, stick to our girls and really only slide if we needed to. My defense played awesome. They're the reason for the win," Teeters said.

Coming on the heels of Saturday's win at Loyola, it marked the first time in school history that the Tigers have beaten both of their Charles Street rivals in the same year.

But it looked a little dicey for the Tigers with 21 minutes left. Hopkins (3-3) scored four straight times to pull ahead 9-5 on Brianna Cronin's transition goal.

Over the next 12:24, the Tigers came back with five straight free-position goals, including two each from Steph Taylor and Hillary Fratzke.

"We knew they were going to come at us," Blue Jays midfielder Angela Hughes said. "I feel like we didn't, on the field, adjust to them, being scrappy and hard-nosed as we needed to be and we didn't finish the play."

With 6:27 left, Fratzke polished off a 6-0 Tigers run, boosting the lead to 11-9 with her third goal. The senior All-American kept her scoring streak alive with at least a point in 57 straight games and a goal in 51 straight.

Less than a minute later, Sam Schrum worked her way through traffic to put a high shot past Teeters, bringing the Blue Jays to within 11-10. Despite a big advantage in possession time, Hopkins managed just two shots after that - one checked away by Jackie LaMonica and the other stopped by Teeters on the final play of the game.

Towson 5 6 - 11Johns Hopkins 5 5 - 10Goals: T-Fratzke 3, Taylor 2, LaMonica 2, Marcinik, Custer, Dunn, A.Lathroum; J-Schrum 3, Ibello 3, Corin 3, Hughes. Assists: T-Marcinik, Taylor; J-Hughes, Ibello, Schrum. Saves: T-Teeters 11; J-Larash 6.

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