TOWSON, Md. - Towson Lacrosse kicks off its 2014 season with a pair of scrimmages at Maryland with Villanova on Saturday, January 25. Bucknell will also participate in the exhibitions, which are scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.
The Tigers will play Villanova at 12:30 p.m. on the J. Logan and Louise Schutz Football Practice Complex and Maryland on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium at 2:30 p.m.
Towson was picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2014 in a preseason poll by the league’s head coaches.
Maryland finished 2013 with a 10-4 overall record, losing 16-8 to Cornell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Terrapins finished first in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with a 2-1 league mark. They return two of their 20-plus-goal scorers from last season, Mike Chanenchuk (23g, 14a) and Jay Carlson (20g, 2a) as well as goalie Niko Amato (7.98 goals-against average (GAA), .594 save pct.)
Villanova ended last season 7-8 overall and 5-1 in the Big East. The Wildcats defeated Georgetown, 15-12, in the first round of the league tournament before falling to Syracuse, 13-9. Kevin O’Neil (15g, 12a) and John Kluh (17g, 9a) are ‘Nova’s returning leading scorers. Goalkeeper Reed Carlson returns for his junior season after finishing 2013 with a 10.28 GAA and a .479 save percentage.
The Tiger return eight starters and 26 letter winners from a team that overcame an 0-3 start to 2013 and upset two ranked teams en route to its first CAA title since 2005 and 11th NCAA Tournament appearance. Thomas DeNapoli and Andrew Wascavage earned honorable mention All-America honors from the USILA. Five Tigers earned All-CAA honors.