HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – It was a tale of two halves on Saturday afternoon for the Towson University men’s lacrosse team. The Tigers fell 9-3 to Hofstra University at a sun-splashed Shuart Stadium after trailing 2-1 at halftime.
Hofstra out-scored the Tigers 7-2 over the final 30 minutes in the first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) game for both teams.
Towson (3-6, 0-1 CAA) was paced by two points from Timmy Monahan on one goal and one assist. Hofstra (5-4, 1-0 CAA) had a five-point day from Ryan Tierney, who scored four goals with one assist.
How it Happened
The Pride jumped out to a 2-0 in the first quarter, the only goals of the frame. Dylan Alderman dodged down the middle from near midfield for the game’s first goal at 7:42 of the first.
Ryan Tierney doubled the lead to 2-0 at 3:51 of the opening stanza, getting a feed from Dominic Pryor.
Towson cut the lead to one as Grant Maloof hummed an extra-man goal past the left earhole of Hofstra keeper Jack Concannon. Timmy Monahan had the assist at 13:15 of the second quarter for the period’s lone goal.
Both sides were sloppy with the ball in the first half as the game combined for 17 turnovers in the first 30 minutes. Towson was charged with 10 while Hofstra had an additional seven.
Tiger keeper Shane Brennan made four saves in the first period while Canconnan stopped just one shot.
Jimmy Yanes scored the first goal of the second half for the Pride, potting an unassisted marker at 13:20 of the third.
After Koby Smith stripped his defender at one end, Calvin Livingston picked up the loose ball and hoofed down field, finding an open Monahan on the doorstep, cutting the Pride lead to 3-2.
Hofstra reeled off the next three goals in a 10-minute span, getting two from Tierney and one from Brendan Kavanagh. Yanes and Alderman assisted on the first and third goals, respectively.
Junior midfielder Brendan Sunday halted the run and trimmed the Hofstra lead in half with five seconds to play in the third as he dodged down the left hand side of the offensive zone.
Sunday’s goal would be the final Tiger tally of the afternoon. Hofstra scored the final three goals in the fourth quarter as Dylan McINtosh, Tierney and Yanes scored in succession. Tierney assisted McIntosh while Alex Moeser fed Yanes with 8:12 to play.
Behind the Numbers
Hofstra out-shot the Tigers 35-23, including 19 in the first half. Trailing in the fourth, Towson took just four shots over the final 15 minutes.
A bright spot for Towson was the faceoff play as Steven Stillwell won six of his nine chances while backup Alex Woodall went 5-for-7 at the X.
Brennan finished the game with eight saves, stopping three in the final quarter. Concannon made six saves in the second half for seven total.
The Tigers’ man-down unit was strong on Saturday, allowing just one Pride goal on five chances. Towson went one-for-two on the extra-man.
Towson’s Achilles Heel was turnovers as the Tigers had 16 miscues, eight of which were unforced. The Tigers had seven caused turnovers, including three from Smith, who finished with a team-high five ground balls.
Up Next For Towson
After a two-game road swing, the Tigers return home to Johnny Unitas Stadium for another CAA Showdown on April 7.
Towson and Drexel square off on Lax Sports Network at noon.
Saturday will be the Tigers’ Pediatric Cancer Awareness game.
The Tigers will sport custom Cascade S helmets, which will be for sale on TowsonTigers.com, with proceeds benefiting the Cool Kids Campaign.