TOWSON, Md. – Senior Thomas DeNapoli had a five-point game (4g, 1a) and freshman Joe Seider added four points (3g, 1a) to lead Towson men’s lacrosse to an 11-8 season-opening win over High Point at Unitas Stadium Saturday morning.
The Tigers finished the first quarter tied, 3-3, with High Point and went into the half trailing, 5-4. But Towson exploded to outscore the Panthers 5-0 in the third quarter and withstand a late three-goal rally from HPU. DeNapoli’s four goals paced the Tigers. Christian Beith and Dan Lomas each had two goals for the Panthers. Tiger goalie Tyler White made four saves in his collegiate debut while Austin Geisler stopped 12 shots for High Point.
“I thought this first game would be an adjustment, with so many guys in different roles,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Our guys continue to get comfortable with each other. It’s why I wanted to play Syracuse in the preseason, to give our guys the chance to come out and execute. I’m excited they came out onto the field [today] and attacked and played with a lot of poise, for the most part.”
DeNapoli recorded his 11th career hat trick at 7:18 when he scored back-to-back tallies – the first was an extra-man goal and the eventual game-winner. DeNapoli was the last Tiger to have a four-goal game when he led Towson in a 9-8 overtime win over Mercer on Feb. 24, 2013.
Seider made his 19th birthday memorable with his first career hat trick. He scored two straight goals at 6:14 and 2:09 in the third quarter before scoring falling down from close range at 9:30 in the fourth.
“I didn’t really focus on my birthday; it was the first game of my college career,” said Seider. “I was just focused on scoring goals and helping my team win as much as I can.”
The game was uneven to start, with both teams running the field and committing turnovers. Spencer Wichert got High Point on the board first, at 8:57 in the first quarter. The Tigers and Panthers matched goals for the rest of the frame. Senior Max Siskind had his first multi-goal game of his career when he opened the second and third quarters with tallies. The goal at 9:22 in the third came on an extra-man opportunity off a pass from DeNapoli.
DeNapoli and Seider each scored back-to-back goals in the third quarter as part of that 5-0 run. Beith scored his first of the season for HPU to start the fourth quarter, but it was too late to mount a comeback.
Towson outshot High Point 41-26 and picked up 25 ground balls to HPU’s 14. The Tigers also won 11 of 20 face-offs.
Next up, Towson faces Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Feb. 15 at 4 p.m. on Homewood Field. The game will be broadcast on ESPN3.