Coogle's six goals fuel Towson rally in win against Delaware in CAA opener
NEWARK, Del. -- Junior midfielder Rhiannon Coogle scored a career-high six goals to lead Towson to a 14-9 win against Delaware on Sunday in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener.
The Tigers snapped a five-game losing streak with the win and now have won 13 consecutive CAA regular-season games dating back to the 2011 season.
"I'm pleased with the performance [Sunday]," Towson coach Sonia LaMonica said. "Rhiannon was big for us and it's proof that we continue to grow and build."
Delaware (6-4, 0-1 CAA) opened the game on a roll, scoring five of the game's first seven goals. The Blue Hens held a 5-2 lead with 16:33 to play in the first half. A pair of goals from Coogle and a free-position goal from junior midfielder Kelly Murkey allowed the Tigers to tie the game at five with 4:37 to play in the first half. Allison Hahn's second goal of the game gave Delaware a 6-5 lead with 1:38 to play in the half. Senior midfielder Laura Zinkand scored her second goal of the half with 13 seconds to play to tie the game at six heading into halftime.
Delaware outshot the Tigers 11-10 in the first half while the Tigers won seven of the game's 13 draw controls.
Towson opened the second half on a 4-0 run to take a 10-6 lead with 20:54 to play. Coogle scored three of the Tigers' four goals during that stretch to record her first hat trick of the season and fourth of her career. A goal from Hahn at 18:55 broke up the Tiger run and made it a 10-7 game. Senior attacker Olivia Turner scored at 14:48 off an assist from sophomore attacker Paige Duncan.
Coogle scored her sixth goal of the game at 13:30 off an assist from Duncan. Coogle is the first Tiger since Hillary Fratzke in 2010 to score six goals in a game.
Graduate student Jackie LaMonica scored her second goal at 8:21 to give Towson a 13-8 lead. Delaware scored two of the game's final three goals to make the final score 14-9.
Sophomore Kelsea Donnelly made five saves to earn the win in goal for the Tigers. Alex Zaugra made five saves in the loss for the Blue Hens. Tori Zorovich made four saves in relief for Delaware.
Towson finished the game with a 26-17 advantage in shots and won 14 of the game's 24 draw controls.
In addition to Coogle's six goals, LaMonica, Zinkand and Murkey all scored two goals for the Tigers.
Hahn led the Blue Hens with three goals.