By: Karuga Koinange, Assistant Sports Editor
No. 16/17 Towson put forth a strong effort at Johnny Unitas Stadium, but it was not enough in what was a 13-6 defeat at the hands of No. 3 Florida.
The Tigers defensive effort was led by sophomore goalkeeper Angie Benson. She finished the game with a career-high 17 saves.
For the fourth straight game, the Tigers forced double-digit turnovers on their opponent. Senior defender Kelly McQuilkin led the Tigers with three caused turnovers.
“I think defensively, outstanding efforts, especially from Angie Benson who really kept us in the game and had a great defense in front of her,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said.
The two teams traded goals early and were tied 1-1 with 24:23 to go in the first half, but a goal from senior Mollie Stevens sparked an 8-0 Gator run that carried into the second half.
“I thought Florida played an outstanding game today,” LaMonica said. “I felt like they really stepped out today and played a really fantastic game.”
Towson answered back with a goal from senior attacker Samantha Brookhart midway through the second half, but Florida pushed back with a 3-0 run and never relinquished the lead.
Towson looks to rebound in its next game. The team will host Stetson at noon on Sunday, March 12, at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
“They’re really a great team, but I think we’re a great team too,” LaMonica said. “We really didn’t demonstrate that from end to end, but we’ll regroup.”