|Junior attacker Rebecca Copeland scored five goals on Tuesday against Towson, but the Eagles lost, 16-13.|
WASHINGTON - In a back-and-forth women's lacrosse game in which there were nine ties and four lead changes, Towson University scored the last three goals of the game and came away with a 16-13 win over American University in the Eagles' season-opener Tuesday at Reeves Field.
American's Rebecca Copeland (Webster, N.Y./Webster) scored with just two seconds on the clock in the first half and again 2:10 into the second stanza to give the Eagles their largest lead of the game, 10-7, early in the second period. The two goals were part of a team-high five goals.
However, Towson raced back, scoring three goals in less than a minute. Kelly Fitzgerald started the run for the Tigers on an unassisted goal, and then Caitlin Marshall scored two goals nine seconds apart to knot the game at 10 a piece. Towson's Shannon Witzel scored next, one of her five goals and two assists on the day, to give the Tigers their first lead since the 21:50 mark of the first half.
American's Moriah Linnell (Antrim, N.H./Contoocook Valley) tied the game with her second goal at 22:08, off a feed by senior Tara Michael (Owings, Md./South River). Just 59 seconds later, Courtney Bennett (McLean, Va./McLean) scored for the Eagles, but it was the last lead AU would hold as Towson scored five of the final six goals.
Becky Trumbo added four goals for Towson, which improves to 2-0 on the season.
Michael scored three goals for the Eagles, while goaltender Kathleen Finnegan (Arnold, Md./St. Mary's) finished with five saves, all in the second half. American returns to action on Saturday, March 6, when it hosts Old Dominion beginning at noon.