Opening Face-Off Seeking its fifth straight win Wednesday, Towson welcomes crosstown rival UMBC to Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The Tigers are coming off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program on Saturday at Hofstra. Towson trailed by six goals with 11:27 left in the game, but it mounted a furious rally and won the game, 10-9, in double overtime on a Justin Mabus strike. Wednesday’s game against the Retrievers will be the final non-conference contest for the Tigers this season. The game is also sponsored by the University Store and they will be providing 200 rally towels to the first 200 fans in attendance. Opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.
Updating the Tigers
Towson (6-3, 2-0), which is ranked No. 19 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, has won four straight games, including each of its first two CAA contests. The Tigers are off to their best start since opening the 2007 season at 7-3 before advancing to the NCAA Tournament that year. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli is coming off a career night at Hofstra. The midfielder had a career-high six points (3g, 3a) to lead Towson to a dramatic come-from-behind win. Of the sophomore’s three goals, two came in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying tally with two seconds remaining in regulation. DeNapoli’s three goals tied his career-high and his three assists set a new career best.
Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC (3-4, 1-0 America East) was listed as receiving votes in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll after topping Hartford, 16-12, on Saturday. The 16 goals scored was a season high for the Retrievers. Junior attackman Scott Jones, who scored four goals against Hartford, leads UMBC with 21 points. Jones has scored in 13 consecutive games and has multiple points in 12 of those contests. Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten posted a career-high five goals and eight total points in the win over Hartford on Saturday. Lustgarten, the current America East Player of the Week, leads his team with 11 assists and is second with 18 points. Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen is sixth in the nation with 12.29 saves per game.
Towson-UMBC Series History
The Tigers and Retrievers will be meeting for the 43rd time tonight. Towson has only played Loyola (54) and Delaware (53) more often in its history. The Tigers own a 27-15 advantage in the all-time series, including a 10-7 win the last time these squads met at Unitas Stadium on April 7, 2010.
Joining the Rankings
The Towson men’s lacrosse team broke into the national rankings this week. The Tigers find themselves ranked No. 19 in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. It’s the first time Towson has been ranked since checking in at No. 20 in the May 3, 2010 poll. The Tigers narrowly missed being ranked in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll as they are the top squad in the receiving vote’s category. The Colonial Athletic Association boasts three schools in the Top 20 as Towson joins No. 2 Massachusetts and No. 16 Penn State in the rankings.
Freshman midfielder Justin Mabus was selected as the CAA Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks, it was announced by league officials on Monday. Mabus, who is tied for the team lead with nine assists this season, did his damage this past week at No. 20 Hofstra by netting the biggest goal of his young career. The freshman capped off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program by scoring the game-winning goal with just 38 seconds remaining in double overtime.