Towson looks to continue hot streak Tuesday against UMBC

March 17, 2014 | WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Looking for its fifth-straight win, Towson Lacrosse hosts UMBC on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

Updating the Tigers
Nine different Tigers scored at least one goal as Towson stretched its win streak to four games with a 14-9 decision over Navy on March 11. Junior Greg Cuccinello led the way with a hat trick while senior Thomas DeNapoli had four points (2g, 2a). Towson took a 9-1 lead at the break before Navy came out recharged and ready to fight back. The Tigers assisted the Mids’ comeback bid by committing five of their six penalties in the second half.

Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC’s last-second comeback effort at High Point fell short, 17-15, Saturday. The Retrievers are now 3-3 on the year. UMBC trailed 10-7 at the half but managed to cut the deficit to one goal on three occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter. However, HPU scored two goals in 14 seconds to salt away the win. The Retrievers are led by senior attackman Matt Gregoire‘s 18 goals. Sophomore middie Pat Young is the other UMBC player in double figures for goals (11). Freshman goalie Connor Gordon has played the majority of time in net for the Retrievers and has a 10.68 goals-against average (GAA) and a .542 save percentage.

Towson/UMBC Series History
The cross-town series is one of Towson’s longest, beginning in 1970 with a 10-7 Tiger victory. The Tigers have a winning record no matter where the games have been played; they are 12-7 when playing at Towson. The Tigers were dominant in the series from the mid-’80s to the late ‘90s, winning 12 straight. Towson has won the last two meetings but by narrow margins. The Tigers claimed a 12-11 win on April 4, 2012 and a 12-9 victory on March 19, 2013.

Last Time Out Versus UMBC – March 19, 2013 (Towson 12, UMBC 9)
Behind Thomas DeNapoli’s seven goals and 10 points, the Towson men’s lacrosse team defeated UMBC, 12-9, at UMBC Stadium. The game was close at the start. UMBC scored first and stayed a goal ahead until the Retrievers took a 5-3 lead at 10:55 in the second quarter. But that advantage didn’t last long as DeNapoli scored his first man-up goal of the year just under four minutes later. He tied the game at eight apiece at 2:37 with his sixth goal of the game. That score keyed a five-goal run for the Tigers that sealed the win. Towson limited UMBC to two goals in the second half.

Next Up:
Towson kicks off Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play and ends its five-game homestand with rival Delaware on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at The U.

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