The Tigers close the regular season Tuesday evening with the Quakers. Penn finished its Ivy season with a 9-3 win over Dartmouth. The Quakers have one more game left – against Saint John’s on Friday, April 25.
Updating the Tigers
Towson has now lost two straight after a 13-7 defeat to No. 18 Drexel on April 19 at home. Junior Justin Mabus recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Tigers. Prior to the contest Towson honored its six seniors, and at halftime, the Tigers celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1974 college division national title with a midfield ceremony.
Scouting the Quakers
Penn comes into Tuesday’s contest on a four-game win streak. The Quakers finished their Ivy League season with a 9-3 win over Dartmouth that capped a 4-2 overall league record. Penn had a tough schedule in 2014, facing four nationally ranked teams and coming out of those contests with an even 2-2 record. Five players have 10 or more goals, and eight have 10 or more points this season. Their goalkeeper, Brian Feeney, is ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA in goals-against average, save percentage and saves per game.
Towson-Penn Series History
The Tigers and the Quakers have met just twice and split those games. Towson defeated Penn on April 26, 2008, 18-12, at home. Exactly a year later, the Quakers earned a 10-6 victory in Philadelphia.
Last Time Out vs. Penn: April 26, 2009 (Penn 10, Towson 6)
Led by three goals from Justin Schneider, Towson University built a 6-4 lead over the University of Pennsylvania in the first three quarters before the Quakers used a six-goal run over the last 15 minutes to earn their second win in three games, 10-6, over the Tigers at Franklin Field. Craig Andrzejewski and Morgan Griff each tallied a hat trick to lead the Quakers. Rob Wheeler made nine saves in net for Towson.
Three Things to Watch
1. Coming in hot. The Penn defense has limited its last four opponents to 23 total goals. The Quakers are 18th in the NCAA in scoring defense, and close defender Mat McMahon is 17th in the nation in caused turnovers. The Tigers have struggled on offense recently, scoring just 20 goals in their last four games.
2. Offense-Defense. Towson’s defense is none too shabby itself, ranking 25th in scoring defense (9.23) and 13th in man-down defense (7.11). Penn is one of the lower-octane offenses Towson has faced recently, with leading scorer Zack Losco scoring just 24 points.
3. First to last. Coming into the end of the season, Towson is being outscored in the first and last quarters of games. Penn is being outscored in the first and second, while the Quakers have seized control of the fourth quarter (30-18). Both Penn and Towson are even with their opponents in goals scored in the third quarter. This game could come down to who gets off to the hotter start.
The Tigers’ opponent for the CAA Tournament semifinals will be determined this weekend with the conclusion of CAA regular season play.