TOWSON, Md. - The 2011-12 school year was one filled with memories and highlights for Tiger athletics. The Top 10 Moments from 2011-12 contains some individual highlights in addition to those involving the teams. Make sure to check back each Tuesday and Thursday to see what moments made it.
Regular season finales often involve high intensity and emotions from the players involved. The regular season finale between the Tiger women’s lacrosse team and James Madison featured both and is the No. 4 moment on the Top 10 Moments from the 2011-12 year.
Not only was the Apr. 22 game Senior Day for the Tigers’ four seniors, but both teams entered the contest with 6-0 records in Colonial Athletic Association play. That meant that the winner of the game would earn the CAA regular season title and earn the right to host the upcoming CAA tournament.
On a very rainy Sunday, it was the Dukes jumping out to an early 3-1 lead with 16:05 remaining in the first half. The Tigers responded as goals from juniors Kelly Custer and Olivia Turner tied the game at 3-3 with 4:28 to go in the half. Senior Sarah Appelt scored the Tigers’ fourth goal of the half with 3:17 remaining, which sent the Tigers into the half with a 4-3 advantage.
After James Madison tied the game at 4-4 to start the second half, Towson scored four of the next five goals to take an 8-5 advantage. Junior Ashley Waldron had a pair of goals during that stretch to help the home team take the three-goal advantage with 12:52 to play in the game.
The Dukes were not done yet as they scored three straight goals, which tied the game at 8-8 with 9:07 remaining in regulation. Both teams had chances in the final nine minutes of action but neither was able to convert and the game headed to overtime.
In women’s lacrosse overtime, the teams play a six minutes (two three-minute periods) overtime period. The clock will be stopped after three minutes of play in order for teams to change ends. The game will be restarted by a center draw. The team that is leading at the end of six minutes wins the game. If the teams are still tied after six minutes have elapsed, the winner will then be decided on a “sudden victory” stop-clock overtime of not more than six minutes in length with the teams changing ends after three minutes.
Ashley Kimener gave James Madison an early lead in the extra session when she scored off a free position shot. Custer got the equalizer just 50 seconds later as she scored off a free position shot of her own.
The Tigers and Dukes then went to the “sudden-victory” overtime session. Neither team was able to find a way to score in the first three minutes of the second session. At the start of the second three minutes, junior Sarah Hogan won the draw control and Towson passed it back into the defensive end. Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters started a clear which ended with Custer passing to Hogan for the game winning goal with just 26 seconds remaining.
The win on that rainy Sunday allowed the Tigers to clinch the CAA regular season title. They would go on to capture the CAA Championship a week later against the same Dukes and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.
Check back on July 5 for the No. 3 moment in the countdown.
The Top 10 Moments From 2011-12
June 7 - Honorable Mention Selections
June 12 - No. 10 - Lingmai's No-Hitter
June 14 - No. 9 - Men's Basketball Losing Streak Ends
June 19 - No. 8 - Baseball sweeps James Madison
June 21 - No. 7 - Women's Lacrosse Plays Man-Down to Win CAA Title
June 26 - No. 6. - Football Plays Before Sell-Out Crowd for FCS Playoff Game
June 28 - No. 5 - Men's Lacrosse Pulls Off 10-9 Double Overtime win at Hofstra
July 2 - No. 4 - Women's Lacrosse Wins in Double OT to Clinch Regular Season Title