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Towson musters almost no offense in loss to Penn State

Posted on 13 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Freshman Mike Lynch scored the Tigers’ (8-4, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) only goal as No. 19 Towson fell, 8-1, to Penn State (5-6, 1-2 CAA) Saturday evening at Unitas Stadium.

Turnovers plagued the Tigers in the first half, as Towson had only two possessions that did not end in a turnover. The Nittany Lions’ wings controlled the ground balls off the face-offs, and PSU was able to extend its possessions through careful passing and judicious shot selection.

Lynch’s goal at 54.7 seconds left saved the Tigers from their first shutout since March 26, 1970. Mike Sutton(2g) and TJ Sanders (2g) led PSU in scoring.

“Congratulations to Penn State,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “They came out and played a terrific game. They brought their best to the field, and we didn’t.”

Penn State held a 5-0 lead at the half after Sutton tallied a pair of goals – the only two goals scored in the second quarter. Sutton’s second goal was extra-man, snapping the Tigers’ 169:16 streak of holding opponents scoreless on man-up chances.

Towson struggled in the second half against Penn State’s press, committing eight total turnovers in the final two quarters. Penn State committed just eight turnovers for the game. Both Towson’s Tyler White and PSU’s Austin Kaut finished the game with 11 saves each.

Towson returns to action on Saturday, April 19 at 7 p.m. when the Tigers host Drexel. Towson’s senior class will be honored before the game in a brief ceremony. Fans are encouraged to wear black to “black out” Unitas Stadium.

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Towson welcomes Penn State for key CAA tilt Saturday night

Posted on 11 April 2014 by 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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Towson GK White picks up weekly CAA honor

Posted on 07 April 2014 by WNST Staff

RICHMOND, Va. - Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White earned Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Co-Player of the Week honors after backstopping Towson to a 6-5 conference win over No. 11 UMass on Saturday.

It is his first career league honor.

The sophomore goalkeeper made 16 saves, including nine in the second half (six in the fourth quarter). White helped Towson’s defense hold UMass scoreless on four extra-man opportunities. He faced 14 shots in the fourth quarter alone, equaling UMass’ entire first-half output.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 12 when they host Penn State at Unitas Stadium. First face-off is set for 7 p.m.

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White dominant for Towson in upset win at UMass

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Amherst, Mass. - Sophomore Tyler White made 16 saves, saving the best one for 10 seconds left in the game, as Towson (8-3, 2-1 CAA) defeated No. 11 UMass (7-4, 1-1 CAA), 6-5, Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.

“It was the game we expected,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “We knew it would be tough, and both goalies played very well. Any time you play UMass, it’s a street fight. Tyler White came up huge for us. It’s a great win for us.”

The Tigers scored their last goal at 9:01 in the third quarter and withstood a furious UMass charge for the victory. It was Towson’s 30th program victory over a ranked team on the road and first since the 2013 CAA champioship.

UMass’s Grant Whiteway opened the scoring at 11:36, but the Minutemen weren’t in the lead for long before DeNapoli and Justin Mabus teamed up for DeNapoli’s 16th goal of the season at 8:57 first quarter. Cuccinello put the Tigers ahead, 3-1, at the end of the first quarter when he scored back-to-back goals 39 seconds apart.

Mariano notched his 23rd of the year at 12:35 in the second quarter, unassisted, to make it 3-2 in favor of Towson. Sophomore Ben McCarty contributed a goal at 10:40, but Mariano answered just under two minutes later. Neither team was able to do much offensively until Seider scored unassisted with a shot low to the right at 6:26 in the second.

The Tigers struggled with turnovers late in the first half, and White made five stand-up saves for Towson on quality Minutemen shots.

Ryan Izzo cut the Tigers’ lead to 5-4 when he cut right down the middle and scored unassisted with 48 seconds left in the half.

Seider started the scoring in the second half at 9:01 when he worked in alone to the right side of the net and stuffed it in to give the Tigers another two-goal lead, 6-4. Towson ended the third quarter ahead, 6-5, after Jeff George sent a scorcher past White.

The fourth quarter started with a long UMass possession in which the Minutemen took six shots. Towson then went cold on offense, hitting the pipe twice and forcing Minutemen keeper Zach Oliveri into multiple tough saves.

Towson went a man down for two minutes and killed both penalties but could not sustain an offensive possession. Mariano took UMass’s last shot with 10 seconds left, which White stopped dead. The Tigers ran out the last few seconds for the win.

The Tigers kick off a three-game homestand to end the regular season with Penn State on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Towson 6, No. 11 UMass 5
Towson (8-3, 2-1 CAA)    3-2-1-0/6
UMass (8-2, 2-0 CAA)     1-3-1-0/5

GOALS: TOW – Cuccinello 2, Seider 2, DeNapoli, McCarty; UMASS – Mariano 2, Whiteway, Izzo, George.ASSISTS: TOW – Mabus; UMASS – Consoletti, Mooney, George. SAVES: TOW – White (16, 60:00, 5 GA); Oliveri (13, 60:00, 6 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 35; UMASS – 33. GROUNDBALLS: TOW – 22; UMASS – 24. FACE-OFFS:TOW – 5-12; UMASS – 7-12. EMO: TOW – 0-4; UMASS – 0-4. ATT: 786.

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Towson tries to return to winning ways Saturday at UMass

Posted on 04 April 2014 by 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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Towson sees six game win streak snapped at Hofstra

Posted on 30 March 2014 by WNST Staff

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Despite four goals from freshman Joe Seider, Towson Lacrosse had its six-game win streak snapped with a 9-7 loss at Hofstra Saturday evening at Shuart Stadium.

It was a tightly contested matchup until Hofstra was able to hold the Tigers scoreless for nearly 17 minutes between the third and fourth quarters. Towson was able to get to within one, 8-7, at 7:08 in the fourth, but Hofstra scored on a rebound to seal the win.

In addition to Seider’s four goals, senior Thomas DeNapoli added three points (1g, 2a). Torin VarnSam Llinares and Korey Hendrickson each had two goals for the Pride.

Anthony Zappone struck first for the Pride, just 2:34 into the game when Hofstra capitalized on a caused turnover and scored on a fast break. DeNapoli had a hand in Towson’s first two goals, scoring the early equalizer at 10:15 and assisting Seider’s tally at 7:01 first quarter that put the Tigers in front, 2-1.

However, Hofstra standouts Llinares (2g) and Drew Coholan strung together three goals to put the Pride back ahead, 4-1. Greg Cuccinello struck at 7:51 for Towson, from his favorite spot 15 yards out. Seider and DeNapoli teamed up again with 2:07 left in the half to help the Tigers go into the break tied with Hofstra, 4-4.

Towson and the Pride traded goals to start the second half. After Seider’s second goal at 11:21 in the third quarter. Hendrickson and Varn each tallied a goal to put Hofstra up, 7-5, at the start of the fourth quarter. Seider scored his fourth of the game – an EMO tally off an assist from Justin Mabus - with 9:26 left in the game, as the Tigers trailed the Pride, 8-6.

Senior Max Siskind scored from close range at 7:08 fourth quarter to inch the Tigers to within one, 8-7. However, Varn picked up a rebounded save and whipped it past sophomore Tyler White to score his second tally of the game and give Hofstra its final lead.

The Tigers stalk up to No. 14 UMass on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Towson 7, Hofstra 9

Towson (7-3, 1-1 CAA) 2-2-1-2/7
Hofstra (6-3, 3-0 CAA)  2-2-3-2/9

GOALS: TOW – Seider 4, DeNapoli, Cuccinello, Siskind; HOF – Varn 2, Llinares 2, Hendrickson 2, Coholan, Yapor, Zappone. ASSISTS: TOW – DeNapoli 2, Cuccinello, Drenner, Mabus; HOF – Llinares, Sullivan, Varn.SAVES: TOW – White (7, 60:00, 9 GA); HOF – Selva (3, 60:00, 7 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 24; HOF – 29. GBs:TOW – 32; HOF – 37. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 6-19; HOF – 13-19. EMO: TOW – 1-2; HOF – 0-3. ATT: 1108.

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Towson aims to continue hot play Saturday at Hofstra

Posted on 29 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson and Hofstra – both receiving votes in the USILA poll – face-off on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m. at Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, N.Y.

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers continued their winning ways with an 11-8 decision over Delaware in Towson’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) season opener. Hofstra comes into Saturday’s contest after an 11-9 win at Drexel. The Pride have victories over the Dragons and Delaware in conference play.

Updating the Tigers
After spotting Delaware a 5-0 lead, Towson came roaring back to defeat the Blue Hens 11-8 at Unitas Stadium on March 22. The Tigers held the Hens scoreless for the final 31:18 of the game. Junior Justin Mabus led all players with a career-best five points (1g, 4a).

Scouting the Pride
Hofstra started the season 0-2 before putting together four-game winning streak. That streak was snapped by an 11-10 overtime loss to Saint John’s on March 18. All of the Pride’s games so far this season have been decided by two goals or fewer. Hofstra’s 22 CAA goals have been evenly divided over four quarters (5-5-7-5) and the Pride averages 34 shots in two games.

Towson-Hofstra Series History
Begun in 1961, Towson and Hofstra have played each other 44 times. The series pre-dates reliable records; five times the teams played where the sites of the games were unknown. Hofstra leads these meetings, 3-2. The Tigers have historically fared better at home, winning 12 of 19 games played in Towson. Towson won five straight games from 2003 to 2005, but Hofstra proceeded to win six of the next seven games until falling in the 2012 double-overtime thriller.

Last Time Out vs. Hofstra - March 30, 2013 (Hofstra 6, Towson 7)
Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a then-season-high 19 saves and Justin Mabus and Andrew Hodgson each scored four points in the 7-6 victory over then-No. 15 Hofstra at Unitas Stadium. It was Towson’s first win over a ranked team in 2013 and first at home since a 9-8 victory over then-No. 5 Brook on March 19, 2011. Wascavage faced 42 shots on the evening, withstanding a late Pride charge and turning away eight shots in the final period. Hodgson and Mabus each had two goals and two assists for the Tigers, who took a sizable 7-4 lead with 6:43 remaining in the game on Mabus’ second tally of the evening. Hodgson’s four points were a career best, while Mabus also notched a personal best with two goals. Adrian Sorichetti had a goal and an assist to lead the Pride.

Three Things to Watch
1. It will be a battle of the two CAA weekly honorees: Player of the Week Drew Coholan and Rookie of the WeekRyan Drenner. Coholan scored eight goals as the Pride went 1-1 last week. Drenner scored five points (3g, 2a) in a 2-0 Towson week.

2. Both teams are careful with the ball. Towson and Hofstra both rank in the top 10 in the NCAA in turnovers per game. The Pride stands third with just 11.88 miscues per game, while Towson is sixth (12.00).

3. Home field advantage is key. Hofstra holds a 13-6 lead at home in the all-time series and is 4-1 at Shuart Stadium this season. Towson has performed better at home in 2014, going 6-0 at The U.

Drenner Earns CAA Rookie of the Week Honors
Freshman Ryan Drenner scored five points in two games to earn Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Rookie of the Week honors for the week of March 24. The midfielder scored one goal and added one assist in a 10-8 win over UMBC on March 18. His tally was an extra-man goal (EMO) that put Towson ahead early, 3-2. His assist came on an EMO goal that gave the Tigers some breathing room, 9-7, at 4:31 in the fourth quarter. The Westminster, Md. native contributed two goals and one assist in the 11-8 victory over Delaware on March 22. Drenner scored Towson’s third goal and the Tigers’ final goal on Saturday. He assisted the goal that cut UD’s lead to 8-7 at 7:27 in the third quarter. The two goals against the Hens tied his career high and marked the second time this season he has posted a multi- goal game. Drenner has nine goals and nine assists on the year. The rookie is also second on the team in EMO goals (3) and total points (18).

Next Up
Towson remains on the road, heading north to UMass to play the Minutemen on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.

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Towson uses big second half comeback to top Delaware

Posted on 22 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Towson Lacrosse (7-2, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) held Delaware (5-4, 0-2 CAA) scoreless for over 30 minutes en route to an 11-8 comeback win over the Hens on Saturday evening at Unitas Stadium.

After Delaware ended the first quarter with a 5-1 lead, the Hens increased their advantage to 8-4 just 1:18 before halftime on an unassisted goal from Beau Jones. But that was UD’s last tally of the evening as Towson outscored Delaware 7-0 over the final two periods.

Eight Tigers scored in the victory. Junior co-captain Greg Cuccinello, freshman Ryan Drenner and sophomore Ben McCarty each tallied two goals. Junior Justin Mabus posted a career-high five points on one goal and a career-best four assists. Steve DeLargy and Jeff Heath each had two goals for UD.

“All credit goes to Delaware; they came out firing at the start,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “We weren’t as focused as we should have been. Obviously it was a huge, huge turnaround for our guys in the second half and I couldn’t be more pleased and proud of our team.”

Towson started the game flat, while Delaware came out charging. The Hens scored the first five goals of the game before Mabus found the back of the net at 4:49 in the first quarter. He assisted senior Thomas DeNapoli’s extra-man goal at the start of the second quarter when UD was called for pushing.

Delaware stayed out in front of the Tigers, extending its lead to 7-2 on a goal from Tom Holland at 6:33 in the second frame. Drenner and Cuccinello scored back-to-back goals at 4:23 and 3:14, respectively, before Jones posted UD’s last goal of the night.

During the break Towson shook off its lethargy and stepped up its defense, limiting the Blue Hens to six total shots in the second half.

“I don’t think we shot that well,” said Cuccinello, of the first half. “What really got us going in the second half was being a man down [after a team penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct] and getting the stop. As an offense, we draw a lot of confidence from our defense. We kept getting stop after stop. We knew that if we kept shooting, they’d fall eventually.”

Freshman Joe Seider, McCarty and Cuccinello each scored in the third quarter before senior Max Siskindevened the game at 8-8 at 1:54 in the third. Siskind picked up an uncontrolled Delaware save and scored falling down from point-blank range. It was his team-leading fourth EMO goal of the season. McCarty notched the game winner at 10:25 in the fourth.

Next up, Towson travels to Hofstra on Saturday, March 29 for a 7 p.m. face-off.

NOTES: Towson is now 10-3 all time in CAA season openers … Towson and Delaware have now played six straight times in the Tigers’ CAA opener and Towson has a 5-2 overall record against the Hens in league openers … 32 games between TU and UD have been decided by three goals or less … Towson is 20-12 in those match ups.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Delaware 8, Towson 11
Delaware (5-4, 0-1 CAA) 5-3-0-0/8
Towson (7-2, 1-0 CAA)   1-3-4-3/11

GOALS: TOW – Cuccinello 2, Drenner 2, McCarty 2, Mabus, DeNapoli, Seider, Siskind, Grimaldi; UD – DeLargy 2, Heath 2, Kean, Kormondy, Jones, Holland. ASSISTS: TOW – Mabus 4, Cuccinello 2, Drenner; UD – DeLargy, Finigan, Keane, Kormondy, Martinelli. SAVES: TOW – T White (3, 60:00, 8 GA); UD – C Peaks (4, 60:00, 11 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 41; UD – 20. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 27; UD – 21. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 8-21; UD – 13-21. EMO: TOW – 2-4; UD – 1-3. CAUSED TURNOVERS: TOW – 5; UD – 2. ATT: 1076.

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Towson looks for sixth straight win Saturday against Delaware

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson Lacrosse (6-2) will try to protect a five-game win streak when the Tigers end a three-game homestand with Delaware (5-3, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

Road Closure
Due to a construction project, Osler Drive will be closed on Saturday evening. Fans are advised to take an alternate route. From Charles Street:  divert at Emerson and route through West Village, reconnecting at Osler and to the stadium.

Coming from York Road Bypass, fan should continue south on York Road to Cross Campus and to Osler to approach the stadium.

Opening Face-Off

Towson’s 2013 CAA title defense begins Saturday against the Blue Hens. Towson extended its win streak to five games with a 10-8 win over UMBC on March 18 at home. Three Tigers scored two goals apiece en route to the win. Delaware lost its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener to Hofstra, 11-9.

Updating the Tigers
The Tigers outlasted beltway rival UMBC on Tuesday, March 18 by the score of 10-8. The game was tied seven times. Seniors Max Siskind, Devin Grimaldi and Thomas DeNapoli each scored two goals. Junior Justin Mabus had two assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White made 12 saves on the day.

Scouting the Blue Hens
Delaware, whose win streak was the team’s longest since the 2010 season, jumped out to a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter, but the Pride scored six unanswered goals over the span of the second and third periods to take control and win their fourth straight game. A goal by Mike Malave with 9:58 left in the third quarter broke a 6-6 tie and put Hofstra up for good.

Towson-Delaware Series History
This is one of Towson’s oldest series. Starting in just the third season the Tigers had a program, the teams have met 54 times in the last 52 years. Towson has won six of the last nine meetings. Thirty-one have been decided by three goals or less; the Tigers are 19-12 in those games. Of the 31 matchups decided by three goals or fewer, 13 have been one-goal margins of defeat. Delaware holds the edge in those games, 7-6.

Last Time Out vs. Delaware: March 22, 2013 (Towson 7, Delaware 6 (ot))
Andrew Hodgson and Ben McCarty teamed up on the game-winning goal in overtime as Towson men’s lacrosse defeated Delaware, 7-6, at Delaware Stadium. For just the second time all season, Towson scored first and took a 2-1 lead into the second quarter. However Delaware scored five straight goals to take a 6-3 lead midway through the third quarter. The Tigers scored back-to-back goals in the fourth to trim the Hens’ lead to 6-5 with 8:09 remaining in the game and got last-minute heroics from Greg Cuccinello, who scored with 2.6 seconds left in regulation on a dribbler to send the game into overtime. Hodgson buried a high-low shot past the Delaware keeper from 13 yards out for the game winner with 1:45 showing on the clock in overtime.

Let’s Get It Started
The Tigers are 9-3 all-time in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) season openers. Towson joined the CAA in 2002 and celebrated with an 18-4 win over Delaware. The Tigers and the Blue Hens have met six times in Towson’s CAA openers; the Tigers are 4-2 in those games. Tonight’s contest is the fifth-straight time Towson and UD have faced off in the Tigers’ league opener.

Next Up

The Tigers play the first of back-to-back road games when they take on the Hofstra Pride on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

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Arena wins as CAA tourney host, even if Towson and “the FM station” didn’t

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Arena wins as CAA tourney host, even if Towson and “the FM station” didn’t

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

Thoughts from the weekend…sports and stuff.

> Hats off to Towson University for a terrific basketball season (make that two in a row, actually) that came to an untimely end with yesterday’s 75-71 loss to William & Mary in the CAA semi-finals.  It’s tough to beat a team three times in one season, particularly when that team is good, which W&M is, for sure.  Easy to say now, since Towson isn’t going to get the chance, but I don’t think they would have gotten by Delaware tonight even if things would have worked out for them against the Tribe.

> The Arena’s debut as the home of the CAA tournament turned out to be a modest success, I thought.  The Saturday ticket price of $50.00 (basically an “all-day” pass) was too high, but it’s tough to sell the building on a per-game basis so a one-time price is the easiest way to do it.  They need to work on that for next year.  I thought the crowds on Saturday and Sunday were decent.  Again, for a first-time effort, I gave all of it a passing grade.  There are two years remaining on the original “deal” to bring the tournament to Baltimore — it can only get better from here. I’ll say this about Baltimore hosting the event: Inside the building, it felt like something big was going on.  Lots of pomp and circumstance.  It “looked the part”.

> As is almost always the case anytime something local is going on, WNST was the clear “radio winner” in terms of covering the CAA tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We had staffers (plural) on site all weekend, blogging, tweeting, etc.  It was a laughable ass kicking on Saturday for the Towson-JMU game.  We had FOUR folks from WNST there, live, covering the FIRST-EVER CAA tournament game in Baltimore for Towson University, while the FM station in town had ZERO people there.  They call themselves “Baltimore’s local sports leader” in station promotional spots, and then not one person from their station covered the biggest college basketball game in Charm City.  Yesterday, ONE poor soul from the FM station did venture in for the Towson-William and Mary game.  Probably got time-and-a-half.

> It will really get interesting later on this year when 105.7 and/or 1300 AM start broadcasting Towson football and basketball and WNST “out-covers” those two affiliates at the games…like we always do.  All hell’s gonna break loose over at CBS Radio when they start telling their on-air folks, “You know, now that we carry the games, the Towson Athletics people are hoping we’ll cover the teams. So…you guys really SHOULD go over to their home games and act interested.”  I bet there will be lots of weekend sore throats running through the building next Fall and Winter.  As Bart Scott once said:  ”Can’t Wait!”

> Patrick Reed won his 3rd PGA TOUR event in his last 14 starts on Sunday by capturing the biggest win of his career, the World Golf Championships event at Doral in Miami.  The top 50 players in the world were ALL in the field and Reed each of them, yet he evidently ruffled some feathers by saying in his post-round presser, “I’m a top five player in the world.”  Twitter and sports sites everywhere where aghast with Reed’s “arrogance”.  Arrogance?  He  has 3 wins in the last eight months.  He beat everyone like a drum in college at Augusta State.  He’s a stud.  What’s he supposed to say afterwards, “I was lucky”?  This is like the “Flacco/I’m the best” quote that got our quarterback in hot water two years ago.  He was asked where he felt he ranked.  He said, “I think I’m the best.”  If someone from The Sun or Baltimore Magazine or some other publication asked me to rank the sports radio hosts in Baltimore, I’d answer it by saying, “You mean, rank everyone who’s behind me?  Sure, I’ll tell you who’s #2, #3, #4, and so on.”  Patrick Reed just beat the best 50 players in the world.  I think he can place himself just about wherever he wants on his own list of top 5 players in the world.

> I attended a “Cluster Mission” at my church on Sunday evening.  It’s basically a gathering of people from four or five area churches who all sign up for a 3-night session at one of the churches.  It turns out that Immaculate Heart of Mary on Putty Hill and Loch Raven Blvd. – where I attend – hosted this first Cluster Mission with last night being the first of the three sessions.  Father Jack Mattimore was the featured Priest last night and in his discussion with all of us, he shared a story about the importance of friendship and said, “Interestingly enough, sheep don’t follow the shepherd — sheep are attracted to other sheep.  They get herded together by their desire to be with one another.  The shepherd is just there to chase any who happen to get wayward back to the flock.  Sheep follow sheep.”  He then went on to say, “So, I’d ask each of you to invite some of your “sheep” to Monday night’s Cluster Mission here at IHM.  Just invite your friends.  They might come out.  They might not.  But at least invite them and see if any want to come with you.”  So, that’s what I’m doing now.  If you’re reading this, you’re a friend.  Come on out tonight at 7pm to IHM for night two of the Cluster Mission.  It’s free.  It runs until 9pm.  They have FREE babysitting, too!  You’ll find me in there somewhere and we can talk about the Orioles afterwards.  I’m not sure if you heard or not, but they’re going to the World Series this year.

 

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