Hofstra women lose to Towson in CAA final

The Towson women's lacrosse team scored the last five goals in a 9-4 victory over visiting Hofstra in the Colonial Athletic Association title game Sunday afternoon. The Tigers won their second straight CAA title and fifth since 2005.

Jackie LaMonica and Sarah Hogan scored early for Towson (10-8), but the teams traded goals in the final 20 minutes of the first half. LaMonica's second goal gave Towson a 4-2 lead with 12:33 remaining before the break, but Hofstra's Brittain Altomare scored with 9:40 left for Hofstra (11-8) and the Tigers went into intermission with a 4-3 lead.

The Pride started the second half the same way it ended the first. Altomare's second goal tied it at 4 with 26:55 to play.

The Tigers regained the lead two minutes later. Rhiannon Coogle forced a Hofstra turnover on a clear attempt and scored for a 5-4 lead.

Olivia Turner scored three times in the final 16 minutes for Towson.

Kelsey Gregerson made three saves for Hofstra.

The Tigers outshot the Pride 9-7 in the second half and finished the game with a 16-15 advantage. Towson controlled four of the seven draw controls in the second half and finished the game with an 8-7 edge.

The Tigers earned the CAA's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and will face Stony Brook at 7 p.m. Friday in College Park, Md., with the winner playing top-seeded Maryland.

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