Towson faces tough test Saturday at Duke

March 15, 2013 | WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers bounced back from a last-second overtime defeat to Marist with an 8-7 win at Navy on Tuesday. No. 17 Duke picked up a win against local rival No. 6 UNC, 11-8, on Wednesday evening. Today’s game is scheduled to start at 1 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 returned to winning ways with an 8-7 victory at Navy. It was the Tigers’ first-ever win at the Yard. Towson held the Mids scoreless over the last 22 minutes of the game and sophomore Greg Cuccinello posted his first career game winner at 10:28 in the fourth. Senior Andrew Wascavage was stellar in net, making 14 stops. He is the Tigers’ goalie of record with a .558 save percentage and a goals-against-average of 9.14. Junior Thomas DeNapoli leads Towson with 19 goals and 22 points. Sophomore Cory Dobyns is the other Tiger with double-figure goals (12-1-13).

Scouting the Blue Devils
Duke was ranked as high as sixth earlier this season but fell out of the polls last week after losses to unranked Penn and No. 1 Maryland. The Blue Devils won back-to-back games for the first time this season with the 11-8 win over No. 6 UNC in Chapel Hill on Wednesday. Jordan Wolf’s 20 goals and 11 assists lead Duke. Goalie Kyle Turri got his first start of the year against the Tar Heels, but Dan Wigrizer has more time in net with a goals-against-average of 12.22 and a save percentage of .425. 

Towson-Duke Series History
The Tigers and Blue Devils met frequently in the the 1960s and ‘70s before the rivalry came to an abrupt halt in 1972. Towson was 6-1 in those games, the only loss coming in 1969 by the score of 9-7. Most recently, Towson and Duke played each other in the first round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament, with the Tigers coming away victorious, 12-10.

Towson-Duke By the Numbers

All-Time Series Record Towson leads, 7-1
at Towson 0-0
at Navy 0-0
at Neutral Sites Towson leads, 1-0
at Unknown Sites 6-1
First Meeting 1966 – Towson 14, Duke 7
Last Meeting 2001 – Towson 12, Duke 10
Streak Towson +4

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