Towson visits Drexel Wednesday for CAA Tournament semifinal

April 29, 2014 | WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Looking to defend its 2013 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament title, the Towson men’s lacrosse team (8-6) heads to No. 2 seed Drexel (10-4) on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. on Vidas Field.

No. 1 Hofstra hosts surprise No. 4 Delaware on April 30, also at 7 p.m., in the other semifinal. The winners of the two match ups will meet in the CAA championship at the site of the highest remaining seed.

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers come into Wednesday’s game as the defending CAA champions and the No. 3 seed. They face No. 2-seeded Drexel in Philadelphia. The Dragons remain 16th in the country this week after an 11-8 win at High Point on April 25.

Updating the Tigers
Towson has had a week to rest after finishing the regular season with a 15-9 loss to then-No. 10 Penn on April 22. The Tigers are looking to snap a three-game losing skid. Their last victory came on April 5, a 6-5 decision over UMass at Amherst, Mass.

Scouting the Dragons
Drexel finished the regular season with an 11-8 win at High Point last Friday. It was the Dragons’ sixth straight win. They scored the first four goals of the game and didn’t look back. Ben McIntosh led Drexel with a hat trick, while Jules Raucci and Jared Boudreau each had a pair of tallies.

Three Things to Watch – Towson vs. Drexel
1. A little of that old magic. In 2013, Towson was the No. 3 seed going into the CAA tournament and faced Drexel in the semifinals, just a week after playing the Dragons in the regular season. Towson avenged a 14-11 loss on Vidas Field with an 11-8 win at PSU Lacrosse Field. This year, the Tigers are the No. 3 seed and lost 13-7 to Drexel at The U on April 19 before heading to Vidas Field 11 days later looking for another rebound. Towson will need some of the mojo the Tigers found in 2013 to power into this year’s championship.
2. Hail Hydra. Drexel’s offense lately has been Hydra-like: cut off one head and two more sprout up. In the loss on April 19, the Tigers limited Ben McIntosh and Nick Trizano but couldn’t account for Cole Shafer, a freshman who exploded for a career-best five goals. The Dragons have six players who have scored 13 or more goals. They will be a challenge for Towson’s defensive unit.
3. The benefit of youth? Towson has 17 newcomers on the roster (five starters); Tigers who weren’t around for the 2013 CAA championship run. Perhaps the upside of all that youth is a lack of pressure to defend a title they didn’t win.

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