TOWSON, Md. – Towson hosts No. 18 Drexel on Saturday, April 19 in the Tigers’ Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season finale at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. Both teams have clinched berths in the CAA tournament, which begins on April 30.
Towson will honor its six seniors tonight in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Tigers are coming off an 8-1 loss to Penn State at home on April 12. Drexel comes into tonight’s contest riding a four-game win streak after a 13-9 win over UMass last weekend.
Updating the Tigers
Freshman Mike Lynch scored with 54.7 seconds left to keep the Tigers from being shut out by Penn State, 8-1, last weekend. Towson struggled with turnovers throughout the contest.
Scouting the Dragons
Drexel comes into the game ranked 18th in the nation after posting a 13-9 win over UMass. Seven different Dragons scored in the victory. Nick Trizano led the way with a hat trick. Drexel has now won four straight, and a Dragon victory tonight would clinch the number two seed and the right to host a CAA tournament semifinal game.
Towson-Drexel Series History
Towson has dominated this series over its history, holding a 38-7 advantage all-time. However, Drexel has held its own in the last five games, winning three including the first meeting between the teams in 2013. In the second meeing – during the CAA semifinals – Towson exacted revenge by defeating the Dragons, 11-8, en route to winning the 2013 CAA title.
Last Time Out vs. Drexel: May 1, 2013 (Towson 11, Drexel 8)
Ben McCarty scored a career-best six goals to lead Towson men’s lacrosse over Drexel, 11-8, and into the CAA Tournament final. McCarty’s six goals led all scorers. Andrew Hodgson contributed two goals, while Justin Mabus had three assists. Andrew Wascavage made 14 saves for Towson. Robert Church led Drexel with five points (3g, 2a). The Tigers advanced to the CAA finals for the seventh time overall and first since 2010 when they defeated UMass in the semifinals before falling to Delaware in the championship game. McCarty scored three goals in each half. Towson led 9-3 at the start of the third quarter before stalling offensively and allowing five goals. The Tigers righted the ship in the fourth, holding the Dragons scoreless for the win.
Three Things to Watch
1. The Avengers. This is the first meeting between the teams since Towson defeated Drexel in the CAA semifinals. The Tigers performed poorly against Penn State last weekend, the team Towson beat for the 2013 CAA title. Will there be a hangover?
2. Six was the magic number. A Tiger scored six goals in each of the meetings between the teams last season – Thomas DeNapoli did so in the 14-11 loss on April 20 before Ben McCarty did so in the CAA semifinal win. Will either player or any Tiger be able to lead the offensive production like that this year?
3. Offense, defense, special teams. The Dragons have scored 49 goals in their last four games (12.25 gpg) and are averaging 11.75 gpg for the season. Towson has scored 22 in the same span and is averaging just 8.42 gpg. On the other hand, Drexel allows opponents 10.42 gpg to the Tigers’ 8.92 gpg allowed. Towson is also fourth in the nation this week in man-down defense, killing 75.6 percent of their penalties. Drexel leads the CAA with 1.58 EMO goals per game and is second in the league in man-up scoring percentage (.388).
The Tigers will honor their six seniors Saturday evening. Seniors Peter Athens, Thomas DeNapoli, John Fennessy, Devin Grimaldi, Johnny Gallagher and Max Siskind will be recognized, along with their parents in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Ferrante scholarship will also be awarded to a member of the junior class.
Towson finishes its regular season with nationally ranked Penn on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.