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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 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 to continue hot streak Tuesday against UMBC

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Looking for its fifth-straight win, Towson Lacrosse hosts UMBC on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

Updating the Tigers
Nine different Tigers scored at least one goal as Towson stretched its win streak to four games with a 14-9 decision over Navy on March 11. Junior Greg Cuccinello led the way with a hat trick while senior Thomas DeNapoli had four points (2g, 2a). Towson took a 9-1 lead at the break before Navy came out recharged and ready to fight back. The Tigers assisted the Mids’ comeback bid by committing five of their six penalties in the second half.

Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC’s last-second comeback effort at High Point fell short, 17-15, Saturday. The Retrievers are now 3-3 on the year. UMBC trailed 10-7 at the half but managed to cut the deficit to one goal on three occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter. However, HPU scored two goals in 14 seconds to salt away the win. The Retrievers are led by senior attackman Matt Gregoire‘s 18 goals. Sophomore middie Pat Young is the other UMBC player in double figures for goals (11). Freshman goalie Connor Gordon has played the majority of time in net for the Retrievers and has a 10.68 goals-against average (GAA) and a .542 save percentage.

Towson/UMBC Series History
The cross-town series is one of Towson’s longest, beginning in 1970 with a 10-7 Tiger victory. The Tigers have a winning record no matter where the games have been played; they are 12-7 when playing at Towson. The Tigers were dominant in the series from the mid-’80s to the late ‘90s, winning 12 straight. Towson has won the last two meetings but by narrow margins. The Tigers claimed a 12-11 win on April 4, 2012 and a 12-9 victory on March 19, 2013.

Last Time Out Versus UMBC – March 19, 2013 (Towson 12, UMBC 9)
Behind Thomas DeNapoli’s seven goals and 10 points, the Towson men’s lacrosse team defeated UMBC, 12-9, at UMBC Stadium. The game was close at the start. UMBC scored first and stayed a goal ahead until the Retrievers took a 5-3 lead at 10:55 in the second quarter. But that advantage didn’t last long as DeNapoli scored his first man-up goal of the year just under four minutes later. He tied the game at eight apiece at 2:37 with his sixth goal of the game. That score keyed a five-goal run for the Tigers that sealed the win. Towson limited UMBC to two goals in the second half.

Next Up:
Towson kicks off Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play and ends its five-game homestand with rival Delaware on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at The U.

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Cuccinello, DeNapoli lead Towson past Navy

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Nine different Tigers scored at least one goal in Towson’s (5-2) 14-9 victory over Navy (3-3) Tuesday evening at Unitas Stadium.

The Tigers held a 9-1 lead at the half after holding the Mids scoreless in the second quarter. Navy came out of the break recharged and fought back, outscoring the Tigers 8-5 and holding them scoreless for over 11 minutes between the third and fourth quarters.

Junior Greg Cuccinello led the Tigers with three goals. Senior Thomas DeNapoli added four points on two goals and two assists. Freshman Joe Seider was the third Tiger to have a multi-goal game (two goals). Gabe Voumard led the Mids with three goals.

“Very excited by our team’s effort the past two days,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Our scout team did a great job preparing us for what we knew Navy would bring in regards to their energy, their hustle, their toughness. I think that prepared us a great deal for us to come out and defend against it.”

The Tigers had another hot start to the game, similar to the 12-9 win over Marist just four days prior. Towson scored the game’s first three goals, one of which was freshman Mike Lynch‘s first career goal. The Tigers seemed to have free reign to shoot and score from all over the field.

Tucker Hull‘s goal at 2:29 in the first quarter was Navy’s only tally in the first half, and the Mids actually scored an own goal at 12:57 in the second frame  after the Tigers committed a turnover to keep Towson’s scoring rally going. Senior Max Siskind scored on a very pretty fake at 10:27 in the second before Cuccinello scored his first EMO goal of the year at 6:00 and sophomore Brian Bolewicki posted his first goal (4:22, second quarter) since missing three games with an injury.

It was a different story in the second half, as Navy came out and scored five of the next seven goals to cut Towson’s lead to 11-6 at 13:47 in the fourth quarter. Cuccinello snapped Navy’s run with Towson’s first goal in 11:11 with his diving unassisted goal at 11:23.

Navy outshot the Tigers 31-28 and won the face-off battle 17-10. The ground balls were equal (29-29), but Towson was 2-3 on EMO chances, while the Mids were just 1-6.

Towson returns to action on Tuesday, March 18 when the Tigers host UMBC at Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m.

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Towson welcomes Mt. St. Mary’s to Unitas Stadium Saturday

Posted on 28 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Tigers look to win back-to-back games for the first time this season when they host Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Unitas Stadium.

Opening Face-Off: The Tigers are in the midst of a stretch in which five of six games are played at home. Unitas Stadium has been kind to the Tigers; both of Towson’s wins have come at home. Mount St. Mary’s is 0-4 after a tough early schedule featuring two top 10 teams.

Updating the Tigers: Towson got back on track with an 8-7 win over Georgetown on Feb. 22. The Tigers got two goals apiece from Thomas DeNapoli and Greg Cuccinello. DeNapoli had a six-point day after posting a career-best four assists.

Scouting the Mount: Mount St. Mary’s has been outscored 55-18 so far this season but have played #6 Maryland, Georgetown, Delaware and #4 Virginia. The Mount have surrendered no fewer than 10 goals in those outings. Six different players each have two goals on the year for MSM. Goalkeeper Chris Klaiber has started all four games and has a goals-against average (GAA) of 14.26 and a save percentage of .522. Nick Haley takes the face-offs, going 35-83 (.422) and has 13 ground balls.

The Series: The Tigers lead the all-time series with the Mount, 8-1. Mount St. Mary’s’ only win came in 1975 when Towson forfeited six games due to an ineligible player. Towson is 3-1 at home and 4-0 on the road. The teams played one game at an unknown site; the Tigers won that contest. Towson is on a seven-game win streak coming into Saturday’s game.

Last Time Out vs. MSM – March 2, 2013 (Towson 13, MSM 5): Behind hat tricks from Thomas DeNapoli andAndrew Hodgson, Towson men’s lacrosse recorded a 13-5 win over Mount St. Mary’s at Waldron Family Stadium. The Tigers scored six straight goals in the third and fourth quarters and kept the Mount off the board in the fourth to secure the win. DeNapoli posted a four-point night, adding an assist to his three goals. Towson’sAndrew Wascavage made 12 saves on the evening, many of them point-blank.

Next Up: Towson travels to Poughkeepsie, N.Y. to face Marist on Friday, March 7 at 7 p.m.

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Towson lacrosse bounces back to top Georgetown

Posted on 22 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Co-captains Thomas DeNapoli and Greg Cuccinello each scored two goals to lead Towson men’s lacrosse (2-2) to an 8-7 win over Georgetown (2-1) Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium.

The Tigers outscored the Hoyas 3-0 in the third quarter to provide the cushion they needed to withstand the Hoyas’ late run. DeNapoli had a six-point day, as he assisted on four of the Tigers’ goals on the day. Georgetown rallied late, scoring three goals to Towson’s one in the fourth quarter.

Georgetown scored first at 13:35 in the first quarter when Charles McCormick found the back of the net unassisted. Freshman Ryan Drenner answered for the Tigers just three minutes later, with the assist to DeNapoli. However, a failed Tiger clear led to a fast-break Hoya goal from Peter Conley at 6:13 in the first. Georgetown led 2-1 at the end of the frame.

Towson kicked off the second quarter with a goal from sophomore Ben McCarty in his first game of the season after an injury. He scored from inside five yards off a pass from freshman Mike Lynch at 12:02.

Senior Max Siskind received a feed from DeNapoli and scored from just outside the crease to give the Tigers their first lead of the game, 3-2, at 3:24. Georgetown’s Devon Lewis and Conley scored back-to-back to put the Hoyas back on top, 4-3, at 1:14.

The Tigers took the momentum into the second half when Cuccinello whipped a shot past Georgetown keeperJake Haley with six seconds left before the half to tie the game at 4-4.

Senior Devin Grimaldi (13:43), DeNapoli (11:08) and Cuccinello (2:13) each scored for the Tigers to helpTowson shut out Georgetown in the third quarter and take a 7-4 advantage into the final 15 minutes.

Eduardo White tallied his second of the season for Georgetown at 12:57 in the fourth quarter to end an 18-minute Hoya scoring drought. Despite the Hoyas outscoring the Tigers 3-1 in the final frame, Towson held on for the win.

Next up, Towson hosts Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Georgetown 7, Towson 8
Georgetown (2-0) 2-2-0-3/7
Towson (1-2)     1-3-3-1/8

GOALS: TOW – DeNapoli 2, Cuccinello 2, Grimaldi, Drenner, McCarty, Siskind; GU – Conley 2, Fountain 2, McCormick, Lewis, White. ASSISTS: TOW – DeNapoli 4, Lynch, Mabus;  GU – Conley 3, Knarr. SAVES: TOW – T White (13, 60:00,7GA); U – J Haley (7, 60:00,8GA). SHOTS: TOW –34; GU – 26. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 29; GU –28. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 8-19; GU – 11-19. EMO: TOW – 0-3; GU – 1-5. CAUSED TURNOVERS: TOW – 8; GU – 8. ATT: 571.

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Towson tries to bounce back Saturday against Georgetown

Posted on 21 February 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson Lacrosse (1-2) will look to rebound from a tough loss to Loyola when the Tigers host Georgetown (2-0) on Saturday, Feb. 22 at noon at Unitas Stadium. The game is the first of a double-header with the Towson and Georgetown women’s teams.

The Series: This series is one of Towson’s shortest and most sporadic. After the initial contest in 1963, the teams played twice in the 1970s – both Tiger wins – before going on hiatus until the first round of the 2004 NCAA Tournament, a 15-8 win for then-No. 15 Georgetown.

Updating the Tigers: Towson is coming off one of its worst losses in recent history, a 20-4 defeat at the hands of No. 9 Loyola. Junior co-captain Greg Cuccinello continued his hot hand on offense with his fifth goal in two games on Wednesday at Loyola. Freshman Joe Seider (5g, 2a) took over the points lead for Towson after he contributed a goal against the ‘Hounds.

Scouting the Hoyas: Georgetown arrives at Unitas Stadium off of a 9-8 overtime win at Navy. Two Hoyas earned Big East recognition after the win over Navy last week. Goalkeeper Jake Haley (5.91 GAA) was named Defensive Player of the Week, while freshman Peter Conley was named to the league’s weekly honor roll. Georgetown’s 2-0 start is the program’s best since the 2007 season. The Hoyas are averaging 9.50 goals per game but are just 2-7 on EMO chances. Georgetown is 23-38 (.605) at the face-off X and is winning the ground ball fight, 79-67.

Last Time Out vs. Georgetown (May 16, 2004; No. 5 Georgetown 15, No. 11 Towson 8): Led by five goals and an assist from Neal Goldman, fifth-seeded Georgetown ended the Tigers’ season with a 15-8 loss in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at Harbin Field. The Tigers, who were making their third NCAA Tournament appearance in the last four years, allowed a season-high 15 goals in the game. Drew Pfarr and Brian Myers each scored two goals to lead the Tigers while Reed Sothoron posted 14 saves. Steve Mull also had two assists.

Next Up: Towson hosts Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 1 at 1 p.m.

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Towson lacrosse tries to bounce back Wednesday at Loyola

Posted on 18 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Date Wednesday, Feb. 19 | 3 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex


TOWSON, Md. -
 Towson Lacrosse (1-1) makes its second trip down Charles Street in five days to take on No. 9 Loyola (1-1) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.

The Series: The Greyhounds’ 14-9 win last season on Feb. 20 gave Loyola the edge in the all-time series, 28-27. That win was the latest in a string of six straight victories for the ‘Hounds. The teams first met in 1959 – Towson’s second season as a program. Loyola pulled out an 8-6 victory in ’59. The Greyhounds’ present win streak dates to Feb. 23, 2008, a 13-8 decision at Unitas Stadium.

Last Time Out For Towson: Junior co-captain Greg Cuccinello notched his third career hat trick with four goals in Towson’s 15-8 loss at No. 11 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 15. Four other Tigers had one goal apiece. Freshman Ryan Drenner recorded three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White recorded a career-high 18 saves, the most saves by a Tiger since April 6, 2013 when then-senior Andrew Wascavage made 20 saves against UMass.

Scouting the Greyhounds: Loyola is coming off a 12-11 overtime thriller over then-No. 9 Penn State on Feb. 15. Nikko Pontrello scored the game-winning goal 19 seconds into overtime for the win. Pontrello and Tyler Albrecht lead the team in goals (5). Justin Ward‘s seven points are a team-best. He is the ‘Hounds’ assist leader (6). Jack Runkel starts in net for Loyola. He has a goals-against average (GAA) of 12.97 and a save percentage of .405. Graham Savio is the primary face-off man. He has won 19-of-26 at the “X” for a .731 percentage.

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Towson visits Ohio State Sunday for NCAA Tournament opener

Posted on 11 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Both No. 17 Towson and No. 3 Ohio State earned their conference automatic qualifiers to the NCAA Tournament with 11-10 wins in their respective title games. The Tigers come into today’s contest on a three-game win streak, while the Buckeyes have won six straight games.

Updating the Tigers
Towson won their fourth Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament trophy and first since 2005 with an 11-10 win over No. 9 Penn State on May 3. Sophomore Greg Cuccinello scored his second hat trick of the season and senior Andrew Wascavage made 12 saves. The Tigers are making their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting the Buckeyes
Ohio State is the 2013 ECAC champion after running the table at the conference tournament. The Buckeyes are 4-2 at home but had a 6-1 record on the road. One of those wins came against a common opponent – Penn State (10-9 in OT). This season, OSU won its first four games before trading wins and losses over the next five games. Ohio State comes into Sunday’s contest on a six-game win streak. The Buckeyes score 11.20 goals per game and convert on 50 percent of their man-up opportunities. They also win 56.3 percent of their face-offs.

Last Time Out vs. Ohio State – March 20, 2007 (Towson 10, Ohio State 8)
Towson jumped out to a 6-1 lead but had to turn back a furious Ohio State rally as the Tigers held on for a win in the teams’ first meeting in 40 years. Joel Dalgarno, Kevin Buchanan, and Jeff Ryan each had two goals to lead the Buckeyes. Towson’s Jonathan Engelke led all scorers with five goals.

Towson-Ohio State Series History
Ohio State owns a slim 3-2 advantage in the all-time series between the teams. Towson and OSU played four times in the 1960s; the Buckeyes won three. The last meeting between the teams occurred on March 20, 2007 when Towson claimed a 10-8 victory at home.

Towson-Ohio State By the Numbers

All-Time Series Record Ohio State leads, 3-2
at Towson Towson leads, 1-0
at Ohio State N/A
at Neutral Sites N/A
at Unknown Sites Ohio State leads, 3-1
First Meeting 1962 – Towson 6, OSU 3
Last Meeting 3/20/07 – Towson 10, OSU 8
Streak Towson +1

 

 

 

 
Towson in the NCAA Tournament
This year is the the Tigers’ 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since receiving an at-large bid in 2007. The Tigers have reached the Final Four twice – in 1991 and in 2001. In 1991, Towson played in the national championship game, falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 18-13. The Tigers are 7-10 overall in NCAA Tournament games and have a 3-1 record in first round contests. Towson has not reached a Final Four since the tournament expanded to a 16-team field.

2×2
For just the second time in Towson history, both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are in the NCAA Tournament in the same season. The last time the Tigers accomplished this feat was 2005. In the 2013 NCAA Tournament fields, there are just eight schools that have men’s and women’s lacrosse teams in the NCAA tournaments – Penn State, North Carolina, Maryland, Duke, Loyola, Notre Dame, Denver and Towson.

 

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Towson picks up easy win over St. Joe’s

Posted on 27 April 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Junior John Fennessy, sophomore Max Siskind, and freshman Chris Vetter each scored their first career goal as Towson Lacrosse (8-7, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) claimed a 13-6 victory over Saint Joseph’s (5-11, 1-5 CAA) Saturday evening at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Sophomore Greg Cuccinello posted his first career hat trick with a career-high four goals, while juniors Thomas DeNapoli each scored a pair of goals for the Tigers. DeNapoli also dished out a career-high tying three assists in the win. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage recorded 12 saves, including 10 in the second half.

Fennessy opened the scoring at 13:14 with a 65-yard shot that bounced into an empty net after SJU’s Austin Keen left the crease. Almost three minutes later, Cuccinello scored his first goal of the game off an assist from Hodgson. Siskind scored just under a minute later, beating the Hawks’ keeper from just outside the crease. Cuccinello took advantage of a man-up opportunity off a feed from DeNapoli at 5:35 – exactly four minutes after Siskind’s tally. Hodgson gave Towson a 5-0 lead when he shot while falling to the ground and found the back of the net.

Joe McErlean finally got the Hawks on the board 12 seconds into the second quarter. Senior Matt Hughesscored for Towson at 12:59 to push the lead back to five goals before Johnny Simanski posted a goal for St. Joe’s at 3:35. Hodgson gave the Tigers a 7-2 lead with 2:24 remaining in the first half.

The third quarter was quiet offensively. DeNapoli tallied his first goal of the game off a feed from Hodgson at 6:44. The third different Hawk to score for SJU was Williams when he beat Wascavage high left at 4:58. But Cuccinello’s third goal of the game – his first career hat trick – and Vetter’s tally at 1:30 extended the Tigers’ advantage to 10-3.

The Hawks scored back-to-back goals at the start of the fourth frame when Williams added his second and Will Abbott picked up a ground ball off a SJU face-off win, took it down and scored. However, sophomore Cory Dobyns tallied his first goal back after missing two games with an injury when he buried a pass from DeNapoli at 13:00.

Saint Joseph’s continued to hang around. Williams posted a hat trick with a goal at 10:42 to inch the Hawks to within five, 11-6.

Towson next faces Drexel in the CAA Tournament semifinals at Penn State on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

NOTES: Fennessy, Siskind, and Vetter each scored their first career goals … Hughes scored a goal on Senior Night … Cuccinnello posted his first hat trick …

College Men’s Lacrosse: Saint Joseph 0, Towson 0
Saint Joseph’s (5-10, 1-4 CAA)               0-2-1-0/0
Towson (7-7, 3-2 CAA)                           5-2-3-0/0

GOALS: SJU – Simanski, McErlean; TOW – Hodgson 2, Cuccinello 2, Siskind, Hughes, Fennesy. ASSISTS:SJU – Dougherty; TOW – DeNapoli 2, Hodgson, McCarty. SAVES: SJU – Keen (X, 60:00, X GA); TOW – Wascavage (X, 60:00, X GA). SHOTS: SJU – 15; TOW – 29. GROUND BALLS: SJU – 7; TOW – 11. FACE-OFFS: SJU – 5-11; TOW – 6-11. CLEARS: SJU – 6-9; TOW – 4-4. EMO: SJU – 0-2; TOW 1-1. ATT: 1739.

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