By: Jordan Cope, Associate Sports Editor
Towson is 5-0 for the first time since 2005 after defeating Georgetown 8-7 Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
“We’re very pumped about this win today,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “Without being disrespectful to any opponents prior to this game, Georgetown was the best team that we’ve played so far this season.”
Less than two minutes into the game, the Hoyas (0-4) led the Tigers (5-0) 2-0 thanks to goals from graduate attacker Morgan Rubin and senior midfielder Kristen Bandos.
“I thought they came out firing on all cylinders,” LaMonica said. “They were having an easier time with our zone out of the gate and they just continued to work hard. I thought they played really well and gave us a tough battle.”
Towson responded later in the half to tie the game 2-2 on goals from sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano and junior attacker Michaela Duranti.The Tigers and Hoyas continued to trade goals throughout the rest of the first half as the teams went into the locker room tied 5-5.
Towson senior midfielder Brenna Hamm gave the Tigers a 6-5 lead in the second half. However, the Hoyas responded with a pair of goals to take a 7-5 lead at the 18:02 mark.
Later in the half, Towson sophomore midfielder Emily Gillingham tied the game 7-7 after scoring her ninth goal of the season.
With just 24 seconds left in the game, a foul on Bandos allotted Towson freshman attacker Carly Tellekamp a free position shot. Tellekamp stepped forward and ripped a low shot past Georgetown senior goalkeeper Megan McDonald to win the game for the Tigers.
“I’m just saying finish girl finish,” redshirt junior Michelle Gildea said of Tellekamp’s goal. “No pressure but you got to finish it. So that was an exciting moment.”
Senior Alyssa Saxon was the goalkeeper of record for the Tigers. Saxon earned her first win of the season and recorded one save after relieving freshman Angie Benson of her duties in the second half.
Benson finished the game allowing seven goals and recording just one save. Towson will play its next game Friday at Stetson in Deland, Florida. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
“We’re always looking to just better ourselves,” LaMonica said. “I think we learned a lot about ourselves in today’s game. We will just look to continue to get better and maybe adjust a little faster than we did today moving forward.”