Women’s Lacrosse: Tigers Win Local Battle Against UMBC

By: Jordan Cope, Associate Sports Editor 

Towson extended its winning streak to three games Wednesday, defeating University of Maryland, Baltimore County 14-4 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. 

“We were more aggressive,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “We attacked the cage more and had thirty plus shots. That is the range that we want. It was nice to break the game open and never relinquish the lead.”

Freshman attacker Carly Tellekamp opened the game against the Retrievers with a goal less than two minutes into the first half and scored her second goal 10 minutes later, which gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead.

“Carly brings a strong presence for us,” LaMonica said. “She is gaining more confidence and she will only get more dangerous.”

After Tellekamp’s second goal, Towson went on to score four unanswered goals to extend its lead to 6-1.

With just over four minutes remaining in the first half, UMBC stopped the bleeding on a goal with a man up from freshman midfielder Laura Osborne.

However, Towson scored the final goal of the first half less than two minutes later thanks to redshirt junior Michelle Gildea with a man up and took a 7-2 lead into halftime.

In the second half, the Tigers continued their scoring spree less than two minutes in when sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano scored an unassisted goal.

After Motalbano’s goal, UMBC sophomore attacker Carolyn Jamison struck for the Retrievers to cut the Tigers lead to 8-3. This was just the first of two goals Jamison tallied in the game.   

However, the Tigers went on to score six unanswered goals, including Motalbano’s second goal of the game, to take a 14-3 lead.

UMBC’s Jamison scored the final goal of the game with just under 6:30 to play, but Towson cruised to a 14-4 victory.

In the cage, freshman goalkeeper Angie Benson saw the majority of the action for the Tigers and made three saves and recorded her third win of the season.

Senior goalkeeper Alyssa Saxon, who relieved Benson of her duties late in the game, recorded one save.

The Tigers will go for their fourth straight win Sunday, Feb. 28 against crosstown rival Loyola in Baltimore at the Ridley Athletic Complex.

“We intend to win each game that we play,” LaMonica said. “It will be a tough match, a local rival with lots of talent. It will be nice to give the team a rest, be focused and get better for next week.”

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