Towson tries to return to winning ways Saturday at UMass

April 04, 2014 | WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson men’s lacrosse hits the road for the last time in the regular season, visiting the No. 11 Minutemen of UMass on Saturday, April 5 at 12 p.m. at Garber Field.

Opening Face-Off
Hofstra snapped Towson’s six-game win streak with a 9-7 victory over the Tigers in a windy and soggy contest in Hempstead, N.Y. on March 29. UMass is coming off a 12-6 win over Hartford. The Minutemen jumped from 14th to 11th in this week’s USILA coaches poll.

Updating the Tigers
Despite a career-best four goals from freshman Joe Seider, Towson fell, 9-7, at Hofstra on Saturday. The game was tightly contested until the third quarter when Towson went 17:00 without a goal. The Tigers had a chance to tie it late, but the Pride’s Torin Varn scopped a rebounding save and scored for the final margin.

Scouting the Minutemen
UMass has been in the top 15 of the USILA coaches poll since the first week of the season. The Minutemen have ranked as high as ninth and are No. 11 this week. Their only two losses came against then-No. 18 Albany (25-10) and then-No. 19 Fairfield (11-5). Saturday’s game is the bookend to back-to-back home games, after last weekend’s 12-6 win over Hartford. UMass is 3-1 at home this season. The Minutemen’s conference win came over then-No. 5 Penn State (8-6) on March 15.

Towson-UMass Series History
This series is a long one, composed of just a few games. It started in 1963 with a four-goal UMass victory but wasn’t revived until 2010. The Minutemen hold a 4-3 advantage in the series and are 2-1 against Towson in Amherst, Mass.

Last Time Out vs. UMass – April 6, 2013 (UMass 5, Towson 9)
Devin Grimaldi posted his first career hat trick, and Andrew Wascavage added a season-high 20 saves as Towson defeated UMass, 9-5, at Unitas Stadium. Aftera  first quarter where neither team scored, Towson ran out to a 6-1 lead with three minutes left in the third frame on goals from six different players. Grimaldi tallied two of his three goals early in the fourth quarter – insurance Towson needed later when UMass closed the game on a furious three-goal run.

Greg Cuccinello tied his then-career high with two goals. Ben McCarty and Thomas DeNapoli each posted a goal for the Tigers. UMass had five different players - Kyle SmithMatt WhippenConnor MooneyColin Fleming and Will Manny - score goals. Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net for the Minutemen.

Seider Named CAA Rookie of the Week
For the second time in 2014, freshman Joe Seider earned CAA Rookie of the Week accolades. This time, he scored a career-high four goals in a 9-7 loss at Hofstra. His first goal tied the game at 4-4 just before the half. His last goal was an EMO tally that inched Towson to within two, 8-6, with 9:26 left.

Next Up
Towson kicks off a three-game home stand to finish the regular season with a 7 p.m. game against Penn State on Saturday, April 12.

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