By: Jordan Cope, Associate Sports Editor
No. 18 Towson extended its winning streak to five games after defeating Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) rivals Drexel and Hofstra this week.
The Tigers (11-2, 4-0 CAA) defeated the Dragons (9-5, 2-2 CAA) 13-6 at Vidas Field in Philadelphia Sunday.
“We talk about coming out hard and establishing tempo,” Head Coach Sonia LaMonica said. “I think we did a good job of that today and working for good opportunities.”
Drexel took an early 1-0 lead over Towson thanks to a goal from junior midfielder Lacey Aghazarian. However, the Tigers responded less than two minutes after the Dragons goal and went on a 4-0 run to take a 4-1 lead.
Following Towson’s 4-0 run, Drexel scored to make the game 4-2. However, Towson scored twice before the end of the first half to take a 6-2 lead into halftime.
In the second half the Tigers struck first on a man up to take a 7-2 lead, but the Dragons answered to keep it a four goal game.
Both teams went back and forth for most of the second half, but a late 4-0 run that put Towson ahead 12-5 with 2:46 remaining in the second half, proved to be the difference in the game.
Each team scored once more before the final whistle, but the Tigers came out with a 13-6 victory.
Freshman goalkeeper Angie Benson made five saves on the afternoon and recorded win number 10 of the season.
“[Benson] is making some pointblank saves and playing very consistently which is important,” LaMonica said. “She has a great zone in front of her and it is just a team effort. Everyone is carrying the rope and they all have each other’s backs.”
Friday, the Tigers defeated the Pride (3-9, 1-2 CAA) 9-3 at James M. Shuart Stadium in Hofstra, New York, for their fourth straight victory.
“We are just taking it one game at a time,” LaMonica said. “We talk about teams being ready to come hard at us and that we have to be ready to match the intensity. We are quietly doing well this year and I am proud of how this team has pushed through.”
Junior midfielder Samantha Brookhart gave Towson a 1-0 lead with 20:52 remaining in the first half. Sophomore attacker Jenna Kerr followed Brookhart’s goal to give Towson a 2-0 lead.
The Tigers went into the half with a 2-0 lead over the Pride.
In the second half, Hofstra freshman attacker Lexi Lenaghan cut Towson’s lead to 2-1 following a goal at 17:16. However, the Tigers responded and took a 4-1 lead thanks to a pair of goals from freshman midfielder Natalie Sulmonte and sophomore midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano.
Following a goal from Hofstra graduate attacker Lindsay Scott, Towson went on a 4-0 run to take a 7-2 lead with 3:41 seconds remaining in the game.
During the 4-0 run, Montalbano added a pair of goals along with Sulmonte and redshirt junior attacker Alyssa Ferro.
Hofstra scored a goal late in the game to pull within five goals, but sophomore midfielder Emily Gillingham scored the final goal of the game to secure Towson a 9-3 win.
Towson will return home this week to conclude CAA play against William & Mary Friday and James Madison Sunday.