Towson went 2-0 last week, defeating UMBC 12-9 and Delaware 7-6 in overtime, both on the road. Hofstra is ranked No. 15 in the USILA coaches’ poll this week. The Pride is coming off an 11-9 win over Dartmouth at home on Tuesday. The game is scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network on www.towsontigers.com with Spiro Morekas and former Tiger midfielder Hunter Lochte calling the action.
Updating the Tigers
Towson started the CAA season off with a 7-6 overtime win at Delaware on Friday. The Tigers are now 5-5 on the year. Towson came back from being down 6-3 and scored three goals in the fourth quarter and the game winner in overtime after suffering through a 29:54 scoring drought. Thomas DeNapoli’s 35 points (27-8) lead the Tigers. Senior Andrew Wascavage is the starter in net and has a 9.06 goals-against average and a save percentage of .591.
Scouting the Pride
Hofstra has been ranked or receiving votes in the USILA coaches poll since the preseason. The Pride has been ranked as high as seventh (week of March 17) after winning four straight games from February 26 to March 16. In fact, Hofstra won five of its first six games before dropping two in a row to St. John’s (7-6) and Drexel (8-7 in 3ot). The Pride are led by Torin Varn‘s 23 goals, while Sam Llinares has a team best 25 points (15g, 10a). Chris Selva minds the net for Hofstra, recording a goals-against average of 6.77 and a save percentage of .615 – both tops in the conference. He is the only CAA goalkeeper allowing under seven goals per game.
Towson-Hofstra Series History
Begun in 1961, Towson and Hofstra have played each other 43 times. The series pre-dates reliable records; five times the teams played where the sites of the games were unknown. Hofstra leads these meetings, 3-2. The Tigers have historically fared better at home, winning 12 of 19 games played in Towson. Towson won five straight games from 2003 to 2005, but Hofstra proceeded to win six of the next seven games until falling in last year’s double-overtime thriller.
Towson-Hofstra By the Numbers
|All-Time Series Record||Hofstra leads, 24-19|
|at Towson||Towson leads, 12-7
|at Hofstra||Hofstra leads, 13-5
|at Neutral Sites||Hofstra leads, 1-0
|at Unknown Sites||Hofstra leads, 3-1
|First Meeting||1961 – Hofstra 14, Towson 2
|Last Meeting||2012 – Towson 10, Hofstra 9 (2ot)