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Roundup: Towson women's lacrosse win CAA title in OT

With 35 seconds left in overtime, Towson midfielder Michelle Gildea scored to lift the Tigers over James Madison, 12-11, on Sunday at William & Mary for the Colonial Athletic Association title.

The win gave Towson (11-7) its sixth conference championship, and the Tigers became the first team to win the title three times in a row.

Towson started strong and led 5-0 early in the first half. The Dukes (11-7) never took the lead, but they rallied to draw even at 9 with 15:38 to play in regulation and again at 10 with 2:20 left.

Midfielder Colby Unkle (Manchester Valley) scored in the first minute of overtime to put the Tigers ahead, but James Madison answered with 1:24 left in the period before Gildea scored the game-winning goal. Attacker Andi Raymond led Towson with three goals, and goalkeeper Kelsea Donnelly made eight saves.

Nation

No. 3 Florida 9, No. 6 Northwestern 8: Trailing 7-2 at the break, the visiting Gators surged back, and midfielder Nora Barry scored with 32 seconds left to give Florida the last American Lacrosse Conference title.

The six-goal comeback was the largest in Gators history. Florida (17-2) scored its third goal in the first minute of the second half and tied the game at 8 with 9:50 left. The Gators outshot the Wildcats (12-6) by 11-4 and won five of nine draw controls in the second half. The ALC is set to disband as four member programs move to the Big Ten Conference for the 2015 season.

No. 20 Stony Brook 7, No. 19 Albany 1: The host Seawolves broke open a tied game in the second half to win the America East crown.

Stony Brook attackers Courtney Murphy and Dorrien Van Dyke each scored twice to lead the Seawolves (16-3), and goalkeeper Frankie Caridi made six saves to help contain Albany (14-3).

No. 14 Penn 9, No. 18 Princeton 6: Four players scored twice for the visiting Quakers as they cruised past the Tigers for the Ivy League title.

Penn midfielder Nina Corcoran scored the first and last goals of a game-opening 6-0 run over the first 20 minutes. Princeton (11-6), led by three goals from attacker Erin McMunn (Winters Mill), pulled to 6-2 at the break, but the Tigers could not get closer than three for the rest of the game. The Quakers (12-4) outshot Princeton 24-12, with Tigers goalkeeper Annie Woehling making six saves.

No. 13 Massachusetts 10, Richmond 6: The Minutewomen rallied from a 3-1 deficit to take the Atlantic 10 championship in their final against the host Spiders (11-7).

The victory gave Massachusetts (18-1) its sixth straight conference title, its fourth consecutive NCAA automatic bid and its 40th conference win in a row. Midfielder Melissa Carelli, who finished with a game-high three goals for the Minutewomen, scored the go-ahead goal during a 5-0 run that spanned both halves.

Denver 14, No. 16 Stanford 11: The host Pioneers scored the first five goals and led 10-5 at the break before claiming the school's first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title and an NCAA tournament berth.

Midfielders Kiki Boone and Christa Reese (Roland Park) each had a hat trick for Denver (18-1). The Cardinal (14-4), led by three goals apiece from attacker Rachel Ozer and midfielder Hannah Farr, outscored Denver 6-4 in the second half, including the last three goals, but could not tie the game.

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