TOWSON, Md. – After battling each other in practice for the last three weeks, the Tiger men’s lacrosse team got a chance to face a different opponent on Saturday afternoon by hosting the University at Albany in a scrimmage at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
While the Tigers were able to take away many positives from the five-quarter scrimmage, first-year Coach Shawn Nadelen knows that there is still plenty of work to do.
“I thought we came out today with a lot of good energy and good emotion,” Nadelen said. “We settled in and were pretty productive during the early part of the scrimmage. As we got into the later part, I am not sure if we got too comfortable and we got complacent, which I was not happy about.
“We wanted to see how we stacked up against another team,” Nadelen added. “After three weeks of just practicing against each other, you can get familiar with each other. We were looking to see how we compete against another team and how our sets worked. It was a great scrimmage on both sides.”
Junior attackman Matt Hughes, who was the Tigers’ leading scorer with 18 goals last year, scored three goals with three assists during the scrimmage. Meanwhile, freshman midfielder Justin Mabus scored twice with an assist.
“It’s nothing that we don’t expect from both Matt and Justin,” Nadelen said. “Justin has been pretty impressive during practice so far and he has taken on a lot at the midfield position.”
One thing the Tigers will be looking to improve this season is their face-off play and the effort showed against the Great Danes as Towson won 16 of 29 face-off attempts. Junior midfielder Matt Thomas posted 11 face-off wins to lead the Tigers.
“Face-offs are a unique thing in lacrosse,” said Nadelen. “You can be great one day and the next day, you are looking for the next guy in line. Our wing players did a pretty good job of working through the scrum and getting the possession for us.”
The Great Danes were led by sophomore attackman Miles Thompson, who tallied five goals with an assist during the scrimmage. Sophomore attackman Ty Thompson added two goals with an assist while sophomore Lyle Thompson scored a goal with three assists.
With the scrimmge complete, the Tigers will now turn their attention to next week’s season opener at Jacksonville. The first-ever meeting between the Tigers and the Dolphins will start at 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on TowsonTigers.com.