AMHERST, Mass. – The Towson men’s lacrosse team saw its season come to an end Wednesday evening as the fourth-seeded Tigers fell at top-seeded and No. 1-ranked Massachusetts, 10-3, in the Colonial Athletics Association Tournament semifinals.
Towson, which finished just 3-10 last year, more than doubled its win total by finishing 7-8 and qualifying for post-season play for the first time since 2010. UMass, which will host Drexel in the CAA title game on Saturday, remains the nation’s only undefeated team at 14-0.
The Minutemen outshot Towson, 6-2, in the first quarter but didn’t manage to get onto the scoreboard until there were just six seconds remaining. Both teams played solid defense for the entire quarter until Colin Fleming tallied his first of four goals to put the Minutemen up 1-0.
UMass controlled the second quarter, scoring twice in the first 3:28 en route to outscoring the Tigers 5-0 in the period. The Minutemen outshot Towson 9-1 in the second stanza and caused four Tiger turnovers to go into halftime with a 6-0 lead.
Towson came out of the locker-rooms for the start of the third quarter with a great deal of energy, getting goals from Andrew Hodgson just 28 seconds in and Sean Maguire at the 12:35 mark to cut the UMass lead to 6-2. Freshman Justin Mabus assisted on both scores to end his rookie campaign with 11 helpers, a mark that ranks second on the team.
The Tigers had another chance to score with a man advantage, but Matt Hughes had his short shot stopped by UMass goalie Tim McCormack to preserve the Minuteman four-goal advantage.
UMass then scored a late third quarter goal and posted the first two tallies of the fourth quarter to go up 9-2. Senior Matt Lamon scored his 17th goal of the season for Towson with 6:26 remaining, but the Tigers would get no closer.
Despite earning 10 extra-man chances, Towson was outshot 30-20. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a game-high 11 saves for the Tigers.