TOWSON, Md. - Nine different Tigers scored at least one goal in Towson’s (5-2) 14-9 victory over Navy (3-3) Tuesday evening at Unitas Stadium.
The Tigers held a 9-1 lead at the half after holding the Mids scoreless in the second quarter. Navy came out of the break recharged and fought back, outscoring the Tigers 8-5 and holding them scoreless for over 11 minutes between the third and fourth quarters.
Junior Greg Cuccinello led the Tigers with three goals. Senior Thomas DeNapoli added four points on two goals and two assists. Freshman Joe Seider was the third Tiger to have a multi-goal game (two goals). Gabe Voumard led the Mids with three goals.
“Very excited by our team’s effort the past two days,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Our scout team did a great job preparing us for what we knew Navy would bring in regards to their energy, their hustle, their toughness. I think that prepared us a great deal for us to come out and defend against it.”
The Tigers had another hot start to the game, similar to the 12-9 win over Marist just four days prior. Towson scored the game’s first three goals, one of which was freshman Mike Lynch‘s first career goal. The Tigers seemed to have free reign to shoot and score from all over the field.
Tucker Hull‘s goal at 2:29 in the first quarter was Navy’s only tally in the first half, and the Mids actually scored an own goal at 12:57 in the second frame after the Tigers committed a turnover to keep Towson’s scoring rally going. Senior Max Siskind scored on a very pretty fake at 10:27 in the second before Cuccinello scored his first EMO goal of the year at 6:00 and sophomore Brian Bolewicki posted his first goal (4:22, second quarter) since missing three games with an injury.
It was a different story in the second half, as Navy came out and scored five of the next seven goals to cut Towson’s lead to 11-6 at 13:47 in the fourth quarter. Cuccinello snapped Navy’s run with Towson’s first goal in 11:11 with his diving unassisted goal at 11:23.
Navy outshot the Tigers 31-28 and won the face-off battle 17-10. The ground balls were equal (29-29), but Towson was 2-3 on EMO chances, while the Mids were just 1-6.
Towson returns to action on Tuesday, March 18 when the Tigers host UMBC at Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m.