TOWSON, Md. -– Squaring off against its second consecutive nationally ranked opponent, the William & Mary (W&M) lacrosse team fell at No. 17/18 Towson, 20-10, on Saturday evening.
W&M (3-6, 0-1) trailed by just one, 8-7, early in the second half, but Towson (8-2, 0-0) outscored the Tribe 12-3 during the final 24:03 to secure the victory.
W&M opened the game with an outstanding effort and jumped out to 3-1 lead midway through the first half on a trio of goals by Belle Martire. However, Towson responded by rattling off five of the next six goals to build a 7-4 advantage.
The Tribe narrowed the margin to one with a 3-1 run that spanned both halves before Towson pulled away down the stretch.
Martire led W&M with five goals on just seven shots with four draw controls, while London Simonides added three points (1g, 2a).
Lauren Russell (1g, 1a), Sabrina Schrader (1g), Sydney Sloan (1g) and Grace Ahonen (1g) also found the back of the cage.
Goalie Elsa Rall posted 10 saves and four ground balls, while Caroline Donovan also registered four ground balls.
Inside the Numbers
W&M owned a 21-18 advantage in ground balls, but Towson outshot the Tribe, 46-24, and won 24 of the 32 draw controls.
Blair Pearre led the Tigers with seven goals, while Nikki Sliwak added six points (5g, 1a).
Lindsey Marshall posted a game-high 10 draw controls, while Pearre and Kerri Thornton both totaled six apiece.
The contest did not count as a conference game due to the league’s modified schedule this spring … Towson now controls the all-time series, 18-8.
W&M will return to action when it hosts No. 24 James Madison at Busch Turf next Wednesday at 5 p.m.
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