TOWSON, Md. – Towson senior Matt Lamon tallied a career-high four goals and nine different Tigers scored in a 17-8 victory over Mercer at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Wednesday night. The win was Towson’s second straight and 400th in program history.
Towson, now 4-3 with the win, boasts a winning record after seven games for the first time since the 2007 season. Towson’s 17 goals are the most scored by the Tigers since an 18-12 victory over Penn on April 26, 2008.
“I’m proud of our guys for how they responded to this game,” said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen. “We made sure that we played to the level of Towson lacrosse and we executed the way we wanted to.”
Joining Lamon with hat tricks were Sean Maguire and Matt Hughes. Maguire also dished out an assist and now leads the Tigers with 17 points on 13 goals and four assists. Freshman Justin Mabus paced 10 different Towson players that dished out assists with a trio of helpers. Mabus, who leads the Tigers with nine assists on the year, also handed out three assists in the season opening win at Jacksonville.
The Tigers executed the way Nadelen wanted right from the opening face-off as junior Ian Mills won the initial draw and fed it to Lamon who tallied a goal just five seconds into the contest. Mills, who also scored his first career goal in the game, won six of nine face-off’s before exiting the game with an injury.
Hughes followed up Lamon’s goal with a pair of strikes to put Towson up 3-0 at the 9:37 mark of the first quarter. Hughes finished with his first hat trick of the season and sixth of his career.
After sophomore Zack Ward scored his 15th goal of the year to put Mercer (1-9) on the scoreboard, Towson sophomore Andrew Hodgson added a goal and Lamon scored his second of the game for a 5-1 advantage. Mills’ goal late in the opening period staked the Tigers to a 6-1 lead.
Towson continued its stellar play in the second quarter, scoring three of four goals to begin the stanza. Maguire capped the run with his first goal of the evening to put Towson up 9-2. A Mercer tally with 47 seconds remaining before halftime cut the Tiger lead to 9-3 at the intermission.
Towson quickly put the game away early in the third quarter, scoring six consecutive goals to push its lead to 15-3 with 5:20 remaining in the period. The large lead allowed the Tigers to play a large portion of their roster and many of the younger players gained valuable experience.
“One of the great things about this game is being able to get all of our guys into the game,” said Nadelen. “We have a lot of guys who work really hard in practice and don’t get to play much. A game like this enables those guys to showcase their skills and wear the Towson jersey proudly.”
Mercer tallied four straight goals spanning the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth, but the Bears would get no closer than eight goals the rest of the way.
Towson won 18 of 29 face-off’s with junior Matt Thomas leading the way with 10 wins in 17 chances. The Tigers also continued to clear the ball efficiently, going 14-for-15 in clear opportunities. In the past three games Towson is 45-for-47 in the crucial category.
Towson also improved in a category it had struggled in all season. In its first six games the Tigers were just 5-for-13 in extra man opportunities, but the black and goal registered goals during all three man-up chances against Mercer.
The Tigers open Colonial Athletic Association play on Saturday against Delaware. The rivalry game is set to begin at 7:30 p.m.