Towson welcomes Penn State for key CAA tilt Saturday night

April 11, 2014 | WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers come into this 2013 CAA title game rematch off a thrilling 6-5 win over then-No. 11 UMass on Saturday, April 5. Penn State is coming off a heart-breaking 13-12 triple-overtime loss at Drexel the same day.

Updating the Tigers
Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White backstopped the Tigers to a tight win at UMass. The Tigers led most of the way but went cold offensively, going scoreless the final 19:59 of the game. The Tigers held UMass to 0-4 on EMO and continue to excell in clearing the ball (.903) and taking care of it (11.73 turnovers per game).

Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State slipped to 4-5 overall after Drexel snatched a triple OT win after scoring the game-winner with 46 seconds left in the third extra frame. Goalkeeper Austin Kaut made 17 saves and freshman Mike Sutton scored a career-best five goals in the loss. For his efforts, Sutton earned CAA Rookie of the Week accolades. The Nittany Lions are ninth in the nation in face-off percentage (.615) and 20th in caused turnovers per game (7.90).

Towson-PSU Series History
The series with Penn State is a relatively recent one, beginning in 1981 with a 14-6 PSU win in Towson. After another victory for the Nittany Lions in 1982, the Tigers reeled off 11 wins in 12 games in the series. Lately it has been more evenly matched; though the last four games have been played in Happy Valley, PSU holds only a narrow 4-3 lead in the last seven contests.

Last Time Out vs. Penn State
May 3, 2013 (Towson 11, No. 9 PSU 10)
The Tigers claimed the 2013 CAA championship – their first since 2005 – with the 11-10 win over Penn State at the PSU Lacrosse Field. The Nittany Lions out-scored Towson 4-3 in the fourth quarter to try to rally from an 8-6 deficit. The game was tightly contested until late in the second quarter and into the third when the Tigers broke it open with a five-goal run. Greg Cuccinello’s second hat trick of the season led the Tigers. He also had one assist. Thomas DeNapoli added two goals and two assists, while Matt Hughes scored his fourth and fifth goals in four games. TJ Sanders’s three goals led the Nittany Lions. Jack Forster and Shane Sturgis each posted two goals. Goalie Austin Kaut made six saves.

Next Up
Towson plays its final regular season CAA home game, hosting Drexel at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. It will be Senior Night for Towson and fans are encouraged to wear black to “black out” the stadium.

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