Towson continues hot streak with win over UMBC

March 18, 2014 | WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Senior Devin Grimaldi scored the go-ahead goal with 5:39 remaining and started a three-goal run as the Tigers (6-2) won their fifth game in a row, a 10-8 non-conference victory over rival UMBC (3-4) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

With the win, Towson is off to its best eight-game record since 2001. In 2001, the Tigers also started the season with a 6-2 record en route to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament semi-finals and 14-4 mark.

Grimaldi’s goal gave Towson a lead it would never relinquish in a game that was tied seven times.

With 4:31 left, senior Max Siskind gave Towson a 9-7 advantage when he scored an extra-man goal. Just 1:02 later, freshman Mike Lynch extended the lead to 10-7 when he scored the first goal of his college career.

With 38 seconds remaining, senior Zach Linkous cut the deficit to 10-8 when he scored an extra-man goal for the Retrievers.

“It’s exciting to earn tonight’s victory,” said Towson Coach Shawn Nadelen. “UMBC is a dangerous team and we responded with a great effort. With our offense, if we hold teams to under 10 goals, we have a great chance of winning.”

UMBC scored the final two goals of the first half to take a 6-5 lead at intermission. Sophomore Pat Young scored with 46 seconds remaining in the half to give the Retrievers their halftime lead.

In the second half, the Tiger defense shut down UMBC and held the Retrievers scoreless until 8:47 remained in the game. By that time, Towson had taken a 7-6 lead before Jack Gannon’s goal tied the game for the seventh and final time.

With 4:24 remaining in the third quarter, Siskind scored off a pass from Greg Cucinello to tie the game at 7-7. With 1:14 left in the period, senior Thomas DeNapoli’s second goal of the game put Towson ahead, 7-6.

UMBC outshot Towson by a 23-18 margin in the first half. However, the Tigers outshot the Retrievers by a 19-11 margin after intermission.

Freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon made 14 saves for the Retrievers while sophomore Tyler White had 12 saves for Towson.

“Tyler was terrific,” said Nadelen. “He did a great job keeping us in the game until we could get a lead.”

The Tigers return to action on Saturday evening when they host Delaware in their first Colonial Athletic Association game of the season. The Tigers won the CAA championship last season.

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