TOWSON, Md. – The Tiger men’s lacrosse team returns to Unitas Stadium to host Navy on Tuesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.
Updating the Tigers: Towson took a 5-1 lead at the end of the first quarter en route to defeating Marist, 12-9, Friday evening in New York. Freshman Joe Seider and sophomore Chris Vetter both recorded hat tricks. Senior Thomas DeNapoli had a five-point day. The Red Foxes held the Tigers scoreless in the fourth quarter, but Towson withstood Marist’s late rally.
Scouting the Midshipmen: Navy is 3-2 overall and 2-1 in conference play after a win over Lafayette on Friday, March 7. The Midshipmen defeated VMI and Holy Cross, and Lafayette but have lost to Georgetown (8-7 in ot) and at Bucknell (9-6). The Mids used a suffocating defense and a well-balanced offense to pitch an 11-3 victory over the Leopards at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Sam Jones had a hat trick while Gabe Voumard and Austin Heneveld each added two goals. John Connors made 13 saves in the win.
Towson-Navy Series History: The Midshipmen lead the overall series 7-5 in a rivalry that dates back to March 22, 1975 and a 13-9 Navy victory in Annapolis. The longest winning streak of the series went from April 18, 1992 to April 16, 1994, when the Midshipmen won three straight. Navy had won games in 2011 and 2012 before Towson earned a one-goal decision, 8-7, in 2013.
Last Time Out vs. Navy – March 13, 2013 (Towson 8, Navy 7): Behind a five-goal second quarter, Towson men’s lacrosse powered through to defeat Navy, 8-7, at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. Towson got off to a slow start, allowing Navy to take a 3-0 lead. Andrew Wascavage made six stand-up saves the second frame for Towson. Cory Dobyns kicked off a scoring run where Towson posted five of seven goals to finish the half tied at five. Navy scored two quick, tough goals to start the second half and go up 7-5 with 7:17 remaining in the third quarter. Andrew Hodgson posted his first man-up goal since his freshman year at 4:10 off an assist from Dobyns (7-6). The Tigers evened the game at 7-7 on Devin Grimaldi’s second career goal assisted by Neil Hutchinson and took their first lead of the game on an unassisted tally, and eventual game winner, from Greg Cuccinello at 10:28 in the fourth quarter.
Next Up: The Tigers remain at The U to host UMBC on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m.