Towson Staves Off Late Push From Stony Brook To Win

March 17, 2012 | WNST Staff

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – Senior co-captain Carl Iacona tallied his second consecutive multi-goal game, leading the Tigers past the Stony Brook Seawolves 10-9 Saturday afternoon.

A late flurry of shots nearly tied the game for Stony Brook, but junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made an amazing save on Nick Watson’s shot with one second remaining to preserve the Towson victory. The Seawolves attempted three shots in the final eight seconds of play while playing with a man advantage.

“It was chaos,” Towson Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “I’m glad that the clock ran out and the ball did not cross the goal line.”

Iacona, a New York native who went to Massapequa High School, now has nine multi-goal games in his career.

Iacona and Andrew Hodgson both had two first half goals for the Towson (3-3, 0-0 CAA), which used three straight goals over the final seven minutes of the second quarter to take a 7-4 lead into the half.

With the score tied 4-4, Towson attackman Dan Kramer took a pass from Matt Hughes fired a shot past Stony Brook goalkeeper Sean Brady that put gave the Tigers a 5-4 lead with 6:40 remaining in the second quarter.

Towson kept the pressure on the Seawolves for remainder of the second period. Hodgson’s second goal of the contest came just 67 seconds after Kramer’s tally to give Towson a 6-4 edge. Senior Michael Brashears added Towson’s fourth goal of the second quarter with 1:04 remaining in the frame, putting the Tigers in front 7-4.

However, Stony Brook’s defense tightened up in the second half and the Seawolves mounted a late three-goal charge of their own in the fourth quarter.

With Towson holding a comfortable 10-6 lead, Stony Brook scored three goals in 1:08 during the fourth quarter to come within a one goal margin. Mike Rooney’s goal with 3:59 remaining in the game capped the run, bringing the score to its final, 10-9.

Hughes also scored two goals in the Towson victory.

Towson senior Ian Mills was 17-for-23 in faceoffs for the Tigers, and gave Towson a needed spark in that area according to Nadelen.

“I’m glad Ian stepped up,” Nadelen said. “He really controlled the faceoffs. We have to dig in and continue to get those to go our way.”