By: Karuga Koinange, Assistant Sports Editor
Number 12/15 Towson used a scoring burst in the second half to earn a 10-7 win over Oregon Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
The Ducks got the scoring started with an early goal, but the Tigers responded with two of their own from sophomore attacker Natalie Sulmonte and junior midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano.
A late first-half goal from Oregon sent the two teams into the half tied 2-2.
“As we got in the beginning of the game we just let our focus down a little bit and that translated to us not coming out of the gates as strong as we typically have,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said.
The Ducks scored two of the first three goals in the second half and took a 4-3 lead with 24:21 left to play in the game, but the Tigers took back the lead with goals from sophomore attacker Carly Tellekamp and redshirt senior attacker Alyssa Ferro.
Ferro’s goal sparked a 5-0 run that gave Towson a 10-4 lead with 5:36 to play.
Oregon scored the final three goals of the game, but Towson held on for the victory.
Sophomore goalkeeper Angie Benson made nine saves, including five in the first half, to earn her sixth win of the season.
“We had some great play from Angie,” LaMonica said. “She was just flying all over the crease making great saves.”
Towson returns to action Saturday, April 1, when the team travels to James Madison for its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener at 1 p.m.
“We talked about playing through conference strong and going into May where there’s bigger stages and a louder atmosphere you’ve got to be able to stay focused,” LaMonica said.”No matter what’s going on we have to be able to stay focused on the game from when that first whistle goes.”
Following its game against James Madison, Towson will host William & Mary at 7 p.m.