Towson Hopes to Extend Winning Streak Saturday Against Delaware

March 24, 2012 | WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers have won back-to-back games and are above the .500 mark for the first time since a season-opening win at Jacksonville. With its 17-8 victory over Mercer on Wednesday, Towson notched the program’s 400th career win. Saturday the Tigers open up Colonial Athletic Association play against long-time rival Delaware. Opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 withSpiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers 
With consecutive victories over Stony Brook and Mercer, the Towson men’s lacrosse team has posted back-to-back wins for the first time since April 2010. The Tigers boast a winning record at 4-3 at the exact midpoint of the season. It marks the first time Towson has had a winning record after seven games since the 2007 season in which the Tigers started 5-2. Towson ended that year with a 9-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. Four different Tigers have double-digit points on the year, led by senior Sean Maguire’s 17 points on 13 goals and four assists. After his second three-assist game of the year on Wednesday, freshman Justin Mabus continues to pace the squad with nine helpers to go along with one goal. Junior Matt Hughes (16) and sophomore Thomas DeNapoli (11) join Maguire and Mabus with double-digit points for the Tigers.

Scouting the Blue Hens
Delaware, which was nationally-ranked during the first few weeks of the season, enters tonight with a 3-5 overall record and an 0-1 mark in CAA games. Despite their record, the Blue Hens have picked up a pair of wins over ranked teams this season. UD topped then-No. 12 Bucknell on on February 11 and defeated then-No. 8 Villanova on March 3. Delaware is led by Grant Kaleikau’s 33 points on 13 goals and 20 assists. Danny Keane is the only other Blue Hen to have double-digit points with 12 goals and three assists.

Towson-Delaware Series History 
The Tigers and Blue Hens will be meeting for the 53rd time on the lacrosse field tonight. Towson has only played Loyola (54) more often in its history. The Tigers own a 35-17 advantage in the all-time series history, including victories in each of the last two meetings. In the last 12 matchups between the rivals, Towson is 9-3.

Career Efforts
A number of Tigers put forth career-best efforts in the win over Mercer on Wednesday. Perhaps most notably, junior Matt Lamon tallied a career-high four goals on just six shots. Sean Maguire (3), Matt Hughes (3) and Andrew Hodgson (2) all matched their career-highs in goals. Maguire recorded a hat trick for the second time this season, Hughes netted his sixth career three-goal game and Hodgson got on the scoreboard twice in a game for the fourth time in his career.

Scoring in Bunches
Towson tallied a season-high 17 goals against Mercer on Wednesday and nine different Tigers scored. The 17 goals are the most scored by the Tigers since an 18-12 victory over Penn on April 26, 2008. Towson’s nine-goal first half and eight-goal second half are also the two top scoring halves by the squad this season.