COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Senior Grace Wilson had a goal and an assist to lead American University offensively, but Towson scored four goals in the final 7:17 to earn a 4-3 victory over the 18th-ranked Eagles Saturday in the Terrapin Invitational field hockey tournament.
Wilson Scores Three Points but Towson Rallies for 4-3 Win
Sep 13, 2014
Courtney Branco converted a penalty corner for the Tigers with 49 seconds left for her second goal of the game and to post the game-winner.
The Eagles fell to 3-2 overall on the season, while the Tigers improved to 1-3. American will play Drexel in the second round on Sunday at 4 p.m. at Maryland's Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.
Wilson and Natalie Marsh assisted on a goal by Rebecca Treharne off a penalty corner to give AU a 3-0 lead with 8:22 to play.
Branco started the Towson rally less than a minute later off a hard shot from her knees. With 5:20 left, Kelly Mattingly scored on a penalty corner from an assist by Stacey Mackintosh.
Mackintosh tied the game at 3-3 with 3:09 remaining when she deflected in a long pass from Kelsey Jenkins. Branco then put home the game-winner, as Towson scored on each of its four shots in the second half.
Wilson started the scoring with an unassisted goal at the 8:32 mark. The goal was her team-high third of the season.
Sophia Crawshay scored with 4:36 left in the first half on a hard shot from the left wing. Her tally gave AU a 2-0 halftime lead, which could have been worse were it not for seven first-half saves from Tigers goalkeeper Megan Boyle.
American finished with a 22-7 edge in shots and a 9-3 advantage in penalty corners.