By: Matt Hamilton, Sports Editor
After getting past Monmouth last week in a 4-3, grind-it-out game, Towson burst out for 13 goals in a win over the Georgetown Hoyas on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
Senior attacker Andi Raymond scored four second-half goals, the first four of the season, to hold off a late Hoyas rally and secure the 13-10 win. She also had two assists in the breakout victory.
“Andi really broke open the game and started playing her ball,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “Andi is a tremendous player. She puts a lot on her own shoulders. I think [Saturday] she just loosened up and went back to playing the type of lacrosse that she’s capable of playing. That allowed her to shoot better and make better opportunities.”
Towson got on the board quickly, taking the lead just 58 seconds into the game. Junior midfielder Brenna Hamm got the opening draw control and senior attacker Sarah Maloof scored her first goal of the season a few seconds later to make it 1-0.
The Tigers kept the pressure up, but could not get another quick goal. Instead, it was the Hoyas who turned the deficit into a lead in less than a minute.
Attackers Caroline Tarizan and Colleen Lovett (man-up goal) tallied Georgetown’s first two goals, with a draw control in between, to give the home a 2-1 lead with 22:53 left in the first half.
Towson didn’t waste time responding to the Georgetown rally, grabbing the lead again with less than 20 minutes left in the period. Freshman attacker Erika Cavallo scored her first career goal and Maloof followed with her second of the game to take the 3-2 lead.
After a Hoyas goal from senior attacker Sammy Giordano, the Tigers went on a 3-0 run to take control of the game with less than 10 minutes left in the half. Senior midfielder Paige Duncan got the streak started with a shot between the legs of Hoyas goalie Maddy Fisher for the goal.
Sophomore attacker Gabby Cha continued the run with two goals of her own within a minute of each other. Cha came from behind the goal to beat Fisher and scored her second goal off a pass from Raymond to make it 6-3.
Cha, Cavallo, Duncan and Maloof each finished with two goals.
“It’s a good thing that we have seven offensive players on the field that have a scoring mentality and are ready to capitalize on an opportunity,” LaMonica said. “That’s what you want. That makes you hard to defend.”
Georgetown put the pressure on after the Towson goal, but could only manage one goal before halftime. Attacker Corinne Etchison cut the lead to 6-4 with 2:41 left in the half.
Depsite being outshot, 10-8, at the break, Towson held a two-goal lead with the help of eight draw controls.
Another draw control from Hamm gave the Tigers the momentum to start the second half. After a missed shot, Raymond scored her first goal of the season just over a minute into the half to push the lead back to three.
Towson had control of the ball and the game until a turnover lead to a Georgetown goal from midfielder Kristen Bandos. However, sophomore midfielder Michelle Gildea answered back less than a minute later with a free position goal to make it 8-5 with 26:28 left.
A few minutes later, Cavallo made it 9-5 with a man-up, free position goal.
Raymond continued the rally with two goals in a minute-span to increase the lead to 11-5. For her second goal of the game, she came from behind and beat Fisher. Then, she took a pass from freshman midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano and fired it into the goal for the hat trick with 13:30 left.
“We wanted to keep our foot down and stay aggressive and push our transition,” LaMonica said. “I think we did a good job of coming out strong and going hard. That allowed us to get Georgetown on their heels and force them to make mistakes.”
The next 10 minutes belonged to the Hoyas. Bandos, Lovett and midfielder Mollie Caputo got past Tigers goalie Kelsea Donnelly to cut the lead to 11-8 with 3:28 left in the game.
However, Raymond tallied her fourth goal of the game to stop the late run and give Towson the four-goal lead with 2:31 to play. She capped off the day with an assist to Duncan, who scored on an empty net to give Towson the 13-10 victory.
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