TOWSON, Md. – Junior Justin Mabus netted his first career hat trick, but Towson (8-5, 2-3 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) fell, 13-7, to No. 18 Drexel (9-4, 4-1 CAA) Saturday evening at Unitas Stadium.
With the win, Drexel clinches the No. 2 seed in the CAA Tournament. Towson’s seeding is still undetermined due to a potential three-way tie for third place between the Tigers, Penn State and UMass. The Minutemen play at Delaware on April 25, and the Nittany Lions host No. 1-seeded Hofstra on April 26. Despite being ineligible for the postseason, PSU does still factor into the standings.
Cole Shafer’s five goals led all scorers. Teammate Nick Trizano added a hat trick for Drexel. Junior Greg Cuccinello, junior Ben McCarty, senior Devin Grimaldi and freshman Ryan Drenner each scored a goal for Towson.
“Congratulations to Drexel,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “They came out and played a solid game. I thought our guys played with good energy, but we were a little sloppy off the ground and we didn’t capitalize on our offensive opportunities.”
Mabus scored for the Tigers at 11:52 in the first quarter, but Drexel ran out to a 3-1 lead at 8:10 after a pair of Shafer goals. Towson kept pace, but the Dragons took a 5-4 lead into the half. Drexel used a five-goal third quarter to distance itself from Towson and claim victory.
The Dragons continued to have the hot hand in the third quarter, taking a 9-4 lead at 5:46 on a goal from Ben McIntosh. McCarty scored unassisted at 5:02 for Towson’s only goal of the frame. But the Dragons scored the next three to remain ahead for the rest of the way.
Drexel’s goalkeeper, Will Gabrielson, made 11 saves, while Towson’s Tyler White stopped eight shots.
Towson will close out the regular season with Penn on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m.