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Brookhart sets Tigers record in Senior Day win

Samantha Brookhart had four assists as she set Towson’s single-season record at 47. She is three away from setting a new career assists record.

A completely one-sided first half left the Johns Hopkins women’s lacrosse team in the dust as the No. 17 Towson Tigers rolled to an 18-5 Senor Day victory on Sunday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

And one Senior Day it was senior Samantha Brookhart who made history with four assists to set the program’s single-season assist record with 47 on the year. She is now at 89 for her career and needs only two more to tie Ashleigh Rohrback’s career record.

Meanwhile, junior midfielder Kaitlyn Montalbano scored five goals on five shots and had two assists for a game-high seven points. It took her only 12 and a half minutes to complete her natural hat trick. That was during a seven-goal run for the Tigers to open the game.

Carly Tellekamp opened the scoring in a hurry, with her first of five goals in the game to put the Tigers on the board just 36 seconds into the game. Montalbano then scored three of Towson’s next four goals before Alyssa Ferro and Tellekamp capped off the run. Brookhart had assists on three consecutive goals in the run.

Alexis Maffucci scored her first two goals Johns Hopkins goals to end the Tiger run with 10:10 left in the first half, but that interruption did not get Towson off track. They scored four more in a row to end the first half with an 11-1 lead.

Emily Kenul assisted both of Maffuci’s goals in the game, leaving those two as the only Bue Jays with multiple points during the short road trip.

Shannon Fitzgerald scored her 29th goals of the year to open the second half with the Blue Jays second goal of the game, and Maffucci scored again inside the first 10 minutes, but both of those goals were quickly answered by the Tigers. The second goal, which was scored by Emily Gillingham, sparked the Tigers on a five-goal run as they completely put things away.

Lexi Souder ended a 15-minute scoring drought for the Blue Jays with a goal and was followed by Nicole DeMase just a few minutes later, but Towson had long put an end to the game by that point. They were working with a running clock since there was 3:23 left on the clock in the first half. They built up to as much as a 14-goal lead in the second half.

Michaela Duranti scored the final goal of the game for Towson to secure the 18-5 final score.

Natalie Sulmonte had three goals and one assist in the game while winning five draws. That matched Gillingham for most on the team from the center of the field.

Towson outshot Johns Hopkins 29-18 and beat then at the draw, 15-9.

Johns Hopkins will move onto the CAA tournament, where they will be the number two seed and host against Elon on Friday, May 5 at 6:30 pm. Top-seeded James Madison and fourth-seeded Delaware will challenge each other in the other semifinal.

Johns Hopkins will travel to College Park to take part in the Big Ten Tournament. They will play the top-seeded and No. 1 Terps on Friday at 6 pm. Second-seeded Penn State and third-seeded Northwestern will play in the other semifinal.

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