WLAX: Towson tops ODU, 16-5

Posted at 10:24 PM, May 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-13 22:24:40-04

The Towson women's lacrosse team earned their first NCAA Tournament win in a 16-5 victory over Old Dominion.

The Tigers struck first and stood tall on defense. The Monarchs never seemed to get into a rhythm offensively. Meanwhile, Towson had 10 different goal scorers. 

Emily Gillingham and Natalie Sulmonte each had a hat trick, while Kaitlyn Montalbano and Jenna Kerr scored a pair each. 

Towson dominated in every aspect of the game. They won 15 of 23 draw controls and outshot the Monarchs 36-10. 

Winning a first round NCAA Tournament game is one goal the Tigers can now check off the list. 

"We made history tonight. It's something that we, as a program, had aspirations to do, which is advance through the first round and go to the end of the tournament," said head coach Sonia LaMonica. 

Towson has made four trips to the NCAA Tournament under LaMonica. The program has taken eight trips total, but Friday's win was the first time they've advanced past the first round.

With the win, the Tigers have to prepare for Penn. The two teams met in March and Towson fell to the Quakers 7-4. LaMonica said she's exited to see Penn again. 

"I think having seen them once this year, I think we're really excited to see them again because we came up short last time," she said. "I don't think I'll have to energize the team too much, I think they'll be pretty motivated and excited to get a second chance and you don't always get a second chance."

Towson will square off against Penn Sunday at noon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.