Double trouble: Tigers field hockey drops final two matches of the season

By: Ian Smith, Staff Writer 

Towson dropped its final two matches of the season this weekend, falling to Northeastern 7-1 Sunday and to Drexel 3-1 on Friday.

The Huskies (8-10, 2-4 CAA) took advantage of six penalty corners to defeat the Tigers (2-17, 0-6 CAA). 

“We are an incredibly young team,” Head Coach Carly Campana said. “To put in perspective how young we truly are, this weekend we started seven underclassman. Only 11 play on the field, so you can see how significant that is.”

At the end of the first half, Northeastern held a 5-0 lead over Towson thanks to four penalty corner goals.

Towson struck back in the second half when freshman forward Jenna Johnson scored an unassisted goal to put the team on the board.

The Tigers tried to follow up the goal by attempting three shots. Freshmen midfielder Korena Shaw had a scoring opportunity, but it went wide.

Northeastern eventually added two more goals to extend its lead to 7-1 over Towson.

In a last ditch effort, junior midfielder Sabrina Davis tried to get the Tigers on the board, but was denied by the Huskies defense.

“This season presented our group with many learning opportunities,” Campana said. “We hope to take those lessons and use them to better ourselves as players on the field and as teammates.”

Senior goalkeeper Megan Boyle made 15 saves, making this the third match with double-digit saves.

Friday, the Tigers fell to the Dragons (8-9, 3-2 CAA) on senior night at Johnny Unitas Stadium 3-1.

Neither team found the back of the cage in the first half, but Drexel scored three straight goals in the second half to take a 3-0 lead over Towson. 

Towson got on the scoreboard in the 66th minute of contest when freshman defender Paige Zaleppa scored her first goal of the season.

However, the goal was too little too late, as the Tigers ran out of time and fell to the Dragons in their final home game of the season.

With the pair of losses this weekend, Towson’s 2016 season has come to a conclusion. The team earned two victories on the year against La Salle and LIU Brooklyn and will look to continue to build next year.

“I’m proud of their perseverance and ability to fight through adversity,” Campana said. “Lindsay and I look forward to the spring season where we will be able to spend more time breaking down concepts and skills.”

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