WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (April 6, 2012) - The William and Mary lacrosse team outscored Towson, 5-1, in the second half but was edged by the Tigers, 8-7, on Friday evening at Martin Family Stadium at Albert-Daly Field.
Although W&M (2-10, 0-2) trailed TU (8-3, 2-0), 7-2, at halftime, the Tribe charged back in the second half and held the Tigers to just one goal on six shots in the final 30 minutes. After narrowing the margin to just one, 8-7, following a goal by freshman Kaleigh Noon with 4:04 remaining, W&M had a pair of possessions in the final minutes but was unable tie the score.
Senior Sarah Mulvey was outstanding on the defensive side and totaled a career-best six ground balls with a pair of caused turnovers. In addition to allowing just eight goals, freshman Lucy Ferguson totaled a game-high 11 saves - nine of which came in the first half.
It was a defensive game early, as the teams combined to score just three goals for much of the initial portion of the first half. Towson tallied the first two goals, while Mackrides put W&M on the scoreboard with a goal at the 16:32 mark.
However, the Tigers outscored W&M, 5-1, during the remainder of the opening stanza. Shaffrey provided the Tribe's lone goal during the stretch when she found the back of the cage off an assist from Noon with 1:01 showing.
W&M struck first in the second half when Stillwell scored on an 8-meter opportunity with 22:05 remaining. Although Towson answered with a goal by Ashley Waldron less than a minute later, W&M held TU scoreless during the remainder of the contest.
Mackrides provided three of the Tribe's final four scores, registering an unassisted goal at 20:21 and free position scores at 15:23 and 4:59. Shortly after Mackrides' final goal, Noon added one of her own at 4:04 to narrow the margin to 8-7.
Although W&M won the ensuing draw, Towson gained possession with a turnover. The Tribe had another opportunity with about a minute remaining when sophomore Jenna Dougherty took a charge by Rhiannon Coogle, but Towson forced another turnover and was able to run out the clock.
W&M held a 20-17 advantage in ground balls, but Towson won 11 of the 17 draws and outshot the Tribe, 26-19.
Ashleigh Rohrback led Towson with a team-high four points on two goals and two assists.
The Tribe will return to action when it hosts Delaware on Sunday at 1:30 p.m.