DURHAM, N.C. – Four different players scored for Towson men’s lacrosse (3-5) as the Tigers fell, 12-4, to No. 17 Duke (5-4) Saturday afternoon at Koskinen Stadium.
Duke ran out to a 4-0 lead before sophomore Justin Mabus posted his first goal of the season off a feed from Thomas DeNapoli to break the ice for the Tigers and end a 27:05 scoring drought. Sophomore Cory Dobyns scored his 13th of the year to start the third quarter, but the Blue Devils closed out the game on a 7-2 run. Sophomore Ben McCarty and junior Andrew Hodgson each tallied a goal for the Tigers during that run.
Senior Andrew Wascavage had another stellar game in goal for the Tigers with 14 saves – his third-straight game with double-digit stops. Duke outshot Towson 43-36 and picked up 41 ground balls to the Tigers’ 26. The Blue Devils also claimed the advantage in face-offs, winning 13-of-19.
Duke’s David Lawson (11:43, 1Q), Bill Conners (0:15, 1Q), Case Matheis (8:16, 2Q), and Henry Lobb (7:36, 2Q) all scored to give the Blue Devils a 4-0 advantage in the first half before Mabus’s goal at 2:55 in the second. With his assist, DeNapoli stretched his point streak to nine games. Dobyns fought through traffic to pick up a loose ball directly in front of goal and buried it, but Duke’s Jake Tripucka, Matheis and Myles Jones each tallied a goal over the next 6:40. McCarty notched his third of the year with 2:31 remaining in the third.
Josh Offit’s goal for Duke at 1:27 in the third spurred a 5-0 run by the Blue Devils that continued through the fourth quarter. Hodgson’s extra man goal at 7:47 in the final frame was Towson’s first goal in the quarter.
The Tigers return to action on Tuesday, March 19 at crosstown rival UMBC at 7:30 p.m.
NOTES: Junior Thomas DeNapoli continued his point streak with his assist on Mabus’ goal … it now stands at nine games … Towson sophomore Rob Zoppo played against two of his US U19 Men’s National teammates in Duke’s Kyle Turri and Kyle Keenan … the trio won a gold medal in the world championships last summer in Finland … the regular season series between the teams resumed Saturday after a 41-year hiatus … the last time Towson faced Duke was in the NCAA Tournament at UMBC on May 12, 2001 … Towson claimed a 12-10 win that day.
College Men’s Lacrosse: No. 17 Duke 12, Towson 4
Towson (3-4) 0-1-2-1/4
Duke (4-4) 2-2-4-4/12
GOALS: TOW – Dobyns, Hodgson Mabus, McCarty; DUKE – Lawson 2, Matheis 3, Conners, Fowler, Jones, Lobb, Offit, Tripucka, Wolf. ASSISTS: TOW – DeNapoli, Dobyns; DUKE – Matheis 2, Wolf 2, Class, Loftus. SAVES:TOW – Wascavage (14, 60:00, 12 goals allowed); DUKE – Turri (16, 60:00, 4 goals allowed). SHOTS: TOW – 36; DUKE – 43. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 26; DUKE – 41. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 6-19 ; DUKE – 13-19. CLEARS: TOW – 18-20; DUKE – 15-16. EMO: TOW – 1-5; DUKE – 1-3