Strong first half pushes Towson lacrosse past UMBC

March 05, 2017 | WNST Staff


BALTIMORE, Md. – The No. 14 Towson University men’s lacrosse team used a strong, six-goal first-half performance to defeat UMBC, 8-6, at UMBC Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Retrievers mounted a comeback bid in the second half but it was not enough.

How it Happened

Towson opened the game on a 3-0 run. Brian Bolewicki got the Tigers started with a one-timer goal from Konen at 14:02. Jon Mazza scored twice in under three minutes, tallying his first unassisted at 8:02. Mazza’s second goal came on the extra-man on a pass from Konen at 5:28.
The Retrievers got on the board with 1:26 in the first quarter to end Towson’s scoring run. Brett McIntyre used a pass from Jack Andrews to get the ball past Towson’s Josh Miller.
With just three seconds remaining in the first quarter, Ryan Drenner scored unassisted to regain the Tigers’ three-goal lead after the first 15 minutes of play.
Towson’s Dylan Kinnear opened the second quarter scoring an underhanded unassisted goal at 7:22, dodging through traffic.
UMBC responded with a man-up goal on an illegal procedure call to Mike Lynch. Max Maxwell scored assisted by Ryan Frawley with 5:50 left in the first half.
Drenner scored his second unassisted goal of the day at 3:07 to give Towson a 6-2 lead going into halftime.
UMBC used a 2-0 run to cut Towson’s lead to two goals in the third quarter. Max Haldeman scored unassisted after a Towson turnover at 12:53, while Mitch Howell scored from Maxwell at 7:13.
Joe Seider had Towson’s lone goal of the third quarter, scoring on his first shot of the day at 1:14.
The Retrievers brought the game back within two at the end of the third quarter as Haldeman scored unassisted with five seconds remaining.
After a long scoreless drought by both teams to open the fourth quarter, Drenner scored his third unassisted goal of the day at 5:19.
UMBC’s Jason Brewster scored unassisted with 50 seconds remaining to cut Towson’s lead to 8-6.

Behind the Numbers

Towson narrowly outshot UMBC 21-20, marking the fourth-straight game the Tigers have outshot their opponent. Drenner had a team-best five shots.
Alex Woodall went 9-16 at the faceoff X while his counterpart, Jake Brothers won seven. It is the fourth-straight game the Tigers have won more faceoffs than their opponent.
Towson recorded 24 groundballs to UMBC’s 19. Woodall snapped up a team-best six groundballs.
Both teams capitalized on extra-man opportunities, scoring on one of their two chances.
Drenner finished with a season-high three goals. He has scored two or more goals in all four games for Towson this season.
Kinnear netted his first goal of the season.
Seider’s goal was the 98th goal of his career. He needs just two more goals to hit the 100-career goal mark and become the seventh player in program history to surpass the 100-goal plateau.
Josh Miller made five stops in goal for the Tigers, while his counterpart, Ruston Souder, stopped six Towson efforts.

Up Next for the Tigers

Towson returns home to the friendly confines of Johnny Unitas ® Stadium to open a three-game home stand.
Towson hosts local rival No. 3 Johns Hopkins on March 11 at noon for its Breast Cancer Awareness game.