AMHERST, Mass.– It was another tight game between the Towson University men’s lacrosse team and the University of Massachusetts Saturday afternoon, but the host Minutemen broke the game open late in the fourth quarter for an 8-4 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win.
Towson (4-7, 1-2 CAA) held another opponent to single digits, thanks to 13 saves from redshirt freshman keeper Shane Brennan. Towson got its four goals from four different sources. Jean-Luc Chetner and Timmy Monahan finished with two points apiece, each scoring once and adding an assist.
UMass (8-4, 3-0 CAA) had a four-goal day from Jeff Trainor, including two in the final quarter. The Minutemen extended their winning streak to seven while halting a seven-game winning streak in the series with Towson.
How it Happened
The first 15 minutes of the game were sloppy as both teams combined for 13 turnovers. Towson had seven miscues while the Minutemen had six.
Trainor scored the game’s first goal, scoring in transition off a Towson turnover at 9:23 of the first.
The Tigers tied the contest at 1-1 as Matt Sovero got a perfect feed from McLean at 1:42 of the opening frame.
Brennan made a save with five seconds to play in the first quarter to preserve the 1-1 tie.
Monahan broke the deadlock at 11:31 of the second as he stung one top left on a cross-box feed from Chetner for a 2-1 Tiger lead.
Luke Fromert notched his first career goal at 7:11 of the second quarter, skipping his shot off the slippery turf at Garber Field and past the UMass keeper. Brendan Sunday was credited with the assist on the final goal of the first half.
Towson held the Minutemen off the board for the final 24 minutes of the opening half, thanks to eight saves from Brennan.
UMass pulled back within one at 12:24 of the third quarter after the Tigers were hit with a pair of penalty. Trainor scored on a cut as Buddy Carr hit him with a pass.
Jake Lisauskas tied the game at 3-3 with 9:44 of the third quarter after a defensive breakdown for the Tigers allowed Chris Connolly to throw a skip pass over the top.
UMass ran the streak to three unanswered goals, all in the third quarter, as Connolly scored his first of the day on a Ben Spencer feed at 4:48 of the frame.
The Tigers snapped a long scoreless drought at 12:22 of the fourth as Chetner used his defender perfectly as a screen on a Monahan no-look pass for a 4-4 ball game.
Lisauskas broke the deadlock on a Lisauskas goal after an ill-timed Tiger substitution. Kevin Tobin was credited with the assist at 8:59 of the fourth.
With the shot clock on, UMass extended its lead to two, 6-4, on Trainor’s third of the day at 3:07 of the final quarter. Trainor scored again with 1:09 to play after Towson pulled Brennan out of the goal to pressure the offense.
Billy Philpot scored another empty-net goal with 54 seconds to play in the fourth quarter to seal to final score.
Behind the Numbers
Towson held an opponent to single digits for a third-straight game thanks to Brennan’s 13 saves and five caused turnovers. Brennan’s counterpart, Sean Sconone, made eight saves.
The Tigers struggled at the X against a much-improved Noah Rak, who won 12 of the game’s 16 draw. Alex Woodall won four of his chances and took every faceoff for the Tigers.
It was a sloppy game for both sides as the teams combined for 30 turnovers. Towson had 16 miscues while UMass had 14.
Towson was called for five penalties, but held the Minutemen to just one extra-man chance on four opportunities.
Up Next For Towson
Towson returns home first the first of two back-to-back home games to cap the 2018 regular season.
The Tigers welcome longtime rival University of Delaware to Johnny Unitas ® Stadium next Saturday for a noon showdown.
Saturday’s game will be followed by the 2018 Towson University football spring game, also held at Unitas Stadium.