Opening Face-Off After having its five-game winning streak snapped at No. 2 UMass, the Towson men’s lacrosse team will look to bounce back against No. 16 Penn State Saturday at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Saturday will also be Alumni Day as the Tigers welcome back dozens of former players. Saturday’s crucial CAA clash, which is sponsored by PNC Bank, is set to get underway at 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
Despite having its five-game winning streak snapped at UMass, Towson remains near the top of the CAA standings with three games to play. The Tigers are 7-4 overall and tied for third in the league standings with a 2-1 mark. Towson continues to rank among the nation’s best in shot percentage, converting goals on 35.1 percent of their shots. That number ranks tops among CAA schools and third nationally. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli leads the Tigers with 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists. With his goal at UMass, senior Sean Maguire extended his point streak to 14 consecutive games dating back to last season. Maguire paces six Tigers that have tallied double-digit goals this year with 18. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage has made an impressive 32 saves in his last two outings, including a career-high 17 against rival UMBC. Wascavage ranks fifth in the CAA by averaging 9.18 saves per game.
Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State (6-5, 2-1 CAA) has won three of its last four games and is coming off a critical CAA road win at Drexel. The Nittany Lions lone league loss came in overtime (9-8) against No. 2 UMass. Penn State also picked up a big road win by knocking off No. 6 Notre Dame, 4-3 in overtime, earlier this season. The Nittany Lions have five players with double-digit points, led by current CAA Player of the Week Jack Forester. Forester has posted a team-high 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists. The senior recorded seven points (4g, 3a) to lead Penn State to a come-from-behind win at Drexel this past Saturday. Forester has notched consecutive four-goal games and is in the midst of a seven-game goal-scoring streak.
Towson-Penn State Series History
The Tigers own a 13-5 all-time record against the Nittany Lions since the series began in 1981. Towson has won two of the last three meetings and 10 of 12 against Penn State since 1987. However, the Nittany Lions defeated the Tigers last season, 7-6. Towson has won seven of nine all-time home matchups between the squads.
Among the Nation’s Best
Towson ranks among the nation’s best in shot percentage this season. The Tigers have scored 105 goals on just 299 shots (35.1 percent), a number that ranks tops in the CAA and third nationally. Bucknell leads the nation shooting at a 37.9 percent clip. Shot percentage is one of two statistical categories that Towson leads the CAA in. The Tigers are also first in league in man-up scoring, converting on 14 of 30 opportunities.