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Towson Faces Must Win Saturday At Saint Joe’s on WNST

Posted on 27 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Towson men’s lacrosse team controls its own destiny with just one game remaining in the regular season. The Tigers will travel to Saint Joseph’s Saturday needing a win to qualify for the CAA Tournament. The contest between the Tigers and Hawks will be the regular season finale for both squads. Opening face-off is set for 12:30 p.m. and fans can listen to the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte on the call.

Updating the Tigers
After winning five straight games, Towson has now dropped three straight contests to fall to 7-6 overall and 2-3 in CAA play. The Tigers are currently tied with Hofstra for the fourth and final spot in the CAA playoffs. The Tigers own the tiebreaker over the Pride due to their 10-9 come-from-behind victory in Hempstead on March 31. During Towson’s five-game winning streak, the Tigers averaged 12.4 goals per game. During its three recent losses, Towson has only managed to score 11 total goals. Senior Matt Lamon has scored four goals for the Tigers in the last two games and his 16 total goals this season is second on the squad. Senior Sean Maguire scored his team-leading 19th goal against Drexel last Saturday. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage, who has 70 saves in his last four games, stopped a career-best 21 shots against the Dragons to continue his stellar play.

Scouting the Hawks
Saint Joseph’s enters Saturday’s game with a 5-9 overall record and a 0-5 mark in CAA games. However, the Hawks have won back-to-back contests and are looking to finish their 2012 season strong. Saint Joseph’s won at Mercer, 14-9, last Saturday and they were victorious on the road Tuesday at Marist, winning 10-9 in overtime. Ryan McGee leads the team with 48 points on 35 goals and 13 assists. Kyle Williams leads the team with 14 assists and he’s second on the squad with 27 points. In the cage for the Hawks is Griffin Ferrigan. He’s allowed 9.80 goals per game and has saved 55.6 percent of shots faced.

Towson-Saint Joseph’s Series History
The Tigers and Hawks met for the first time last year with Towson winning 15-2 at home. The Tigers scored a season-high 15 goals and dominated the Hawks for the entire contest, finishing the game with a 46-27 advantage in shots.

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Towson Drops Senior Night Showdown With Drexel

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Tigers Fall To Drexel in Home Finale
Andrew Wascavage Makes Career-High 21 Saves

TOWSON, Md. – Towson junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a career-high 21 saves, but Drexel scored the final six goals of the game to upended the Tigers, 13-5, Saturday night at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

The loss ties Towson (7-6, 2-3 CAA) with Hofstra for the fourth and final CAA Tournament playoff spot with just one game remaining. The Tigers hold the tiebreaker over the Pride due to their 10-9 double overtime win on March 31. A Towson win at Saint Joseph’s next Saturday would lock up a playoff bid for the Tigers.

Drexel (6-7, 4-2 CAA) outshot Towson 49-16 and outscored the Tigers 7-1 in the second half. The Dragons are now locked into the third-seed for the CAA Tournament and they will travel to second-seeded Penn State for the semifinal round.

For the second straight game senior Matt Lamon and Wascavage shined for the Tigers. Lamon scored a pair of goals for the second consecutive game and Wascavage made 15 or more saves for the fourth straight game. In his last four outings, Wascavage has a total of 70 saves.

Drexel grabbed control of the game early, scoring five of the first six goals. Lamon had the Tigers’ only score in the first quarter as he tied the game at one midway through the period. Drexel’s Ben McIntosh capped the Dragon run with a goal at the 8:50 mark of the second quarter that increased the lead to 5-1.

Towson battled back and scored three of the next four goals to go into halftime down just 6-4 despite being outshot 28-8 in the opening half. Senior Sean Maguire scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season to start the Tiger run and he was followed by goals from senior Carl Iacona and Lamon.

Drexel’s Brendan Glynn, who recorded a hat trick for the Dragons, scored less than three minutes into the third quarter, but Towson’s Andrew Hodgson countered for the Tigers with his 11th goal of the season midway through the period to cut the Drexel lead to 7-5. It was all Dragons the rest of the way though as they scored late in the third quarter and then netted three goals in the first 2:46 of the fourth quarter to all but seal the win.

“Not to take anything away from Drexel, but it makes it very frustrating when you beat yourselves,” said Tiger head coach Shawn Nadelen. “We had so many mental mistakes, poor decisions and poor execution of plays. Drexel is a good defensive team and they were able to expose some weaknesses tonight.”

The Tigers were held to just one second half goal after scoring no goals in the second half against Penn State.

Towson was hurt all night by turnovers, committing 20 in the game. It was the second most turnovers of the season only trailing the 21 committed at Johns Hopkins on February 17.

The Tigers close out their regular season on Saturday, April 28 at Saint Joseph’s. Opening face-off is set for 12:30 p.m.

Tonight’s game was delayed for an hour and a half because of lightning in the area. Towson also recognized its 14 seniors, who were playing in their final home game, during a pregame ceremony.

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Towson Hosts Drexel Saturday on WNST In Crucial Battle For CAA Tourney Spot

Posted on 20 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Towson will host Drexel in a crucial CAA clash Saturday night at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Both squads are fighting for playoff positioning with the CAA Tournament less than two weeks away. Saturday will also be the final home game for 14 Tigers. The group will be honored during a ceremony prior to the start of the game. Saturday’s game sponsor is Union Memorial Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. Opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and fans can listen to the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte on the call.

Updating the Tigers
After winning five straight games, Towson has now dropped back-to-back contests to fall to 7-5 overall and 2-2 in CAA play. The Tigers are currently tied with Hofstra for the fourth and final spot in the CAA playoffs. The Tigers own the tiebreaker over the Pride due to their 10-9 come-from-behind victory in Hempstead on March 31. During Towson’s five-game winning streak, the Tigers averaged 12.4 goals per game. During its two recent losses, Towson only managed to score six total goals. Senior Matt Lamon proved to be the lone bright spot on the Tiger offense against Penn State last Saturday, netting two goals. Lamon is tied for third on the squad with 14 goals this season. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was also solid in the cage for TU last week, tying his career-high with 17 saves against the Nittany Lions.

Scouting the Dragons
The Dragons come into tonight’s game with a 5-7 overall record and a 3-2 mark in CAA play. All seven of Drexel’s losses have come to teams currently ranked in the Top 20 nationally. In six of those seven losses, the game has been decided by two goals or less. The Dragons are coming off back-to-back narrow defeats, a 10-9 loss against No. 16 Penn State on April 7 and an 8-6 loss verse No. 1/2 UMass on April 14. Robert Church leads the Dragons with 32 points on 19 goals and 13 assists. Kyle Bergman has scored 12 goals, dished out 11 assists and scooped 26 groundballs. In the cage for the Dragons is Mark Manos. The senior boasts a 8.09 goals-against-average and has made 106 saves in 12 games.

Towson-Drexel Series History
The Tigers and Dragons will be meeting for the 42nd time tonight with Towson owning a 37-5 all-time record against Drexel. The Tigers have won three of the last four meetings, but fell 13-9 in Philadelphia last year. Towson is 16-1 all-time in home games against the Dragons.

Kenyon Moving Up The Tiger Record Books
Tiger senior John Kenyon caused a career-high four turnovers last week against No. 16 Penn State and the defenseman now sits in sixth all-time at Towson with 36 career caused turnovers. Kenyon trails Matthew Mehrer (‘07) by just eight caused turnovers for fifth all-time in Tiger history. The senior, getting set to play his final game in Unitas Stadium tonight, leads this years squad with 14 caused turnovers. He caused 12 as a junior, two as a sophomore and eight as a freshman.

One Point Streak Ends, Another Grows Longer
Senior attackman Sean Maguire saw his impressive point streak of 14 games snapped Saturday against Penn State. However, junior Matt Hughes now has a point in every game this season and his streak is at 13 games dating back to last year. Hughes tallied an assist against Penn State Saturday to extend his streak.

Wascavage Playing His Best

Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage has been stellar in the cage lately. In his last three games, Wascavage has totaled 49 saves, including a career-high tying 17 saves twice.

Senior Night
Prior to tonight’s game, 14 Tigers will be honored as they are playing their last home game. The ceremony honoring – Matt HanzscheMichael BrashearsIan MillsSean MaguireTravis LoveMatt LamonDan KramerCarl IaconaShane CaseyDoug KohlensteinMatt ThomasAlec JernstedtJohn Kenyon and Sean Sheehe – will get underway at 7:09 p.m.

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Streaking Towson Hopes to Hand UMass First Defeat Saturday on WNST

Posted on 06 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off Riding a five-game winning streak, the 19th-ranked Towson men’s lacrosse team travels to second-ranked and undefeated UMass on Saturday. The Tigers (7-3, 2-0 CAA) will be seeking their third consecutive road win, while the Minutemen (9-0, 2-0 CAA) will look to remain unblemished at home in six games. The battle of CAA heavyweights is set for 1 p.m. and all the action can be heard live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
The Tigers have won back-to-back games with thrilling fourth quarter comebacks. Just four days after erasing a 9-3 fourth quarter deficit and winning in double overtime at Hofstra, Towson scored the final four goals of the game to upend UMBC, 12-11, Wednesday night at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was a rock in the cage for the Tigers on Wednesday, registering a career-high 17 saves. Wascavage has made 86 saves this season while boasting a 9.15 goals-against-average and a .544 save percentage. Five Tigers have scored at least 10 goals this season, led by Sean Maguire’s 17. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli, who has 10 points in his last two games, leads the Tigers with 25 points on 15 goals and a team-high 10 assists this season. Junior Matt Hughes (13), senior Matt Lamon (12) and senior Carl Iacona (10) have also scored double-digit goals this year.

Scouting the Minutemen
UMass is ranked No. 2 in both the Nike/InsideLacrosse Media Poll and the USILA Coaches Poll. The Minutemen are also receiving first place votes in each poll – 5 of 20 in the media poll and 2 of 10 in the coaches poll. At 9-0, the Minutemen are joined by just Loyola as the only remaining unbeaten teams in the country. UMass ranks fifth nationally in scoring offense (12.8 goals per game) and third nationally in defense (6.6 goals allowed per game). CAA and NEILA Player of the Week Will Manny is the nation’s fifth-leading scorer with 3.22 goals per game. He also ranks second nationally with 5.3 points per game and 8th nationally with 2.1 assists per game. Goalie Tim McCormack ranks second nationally in save percentage (.633) and third in goals-against average (6.35).

Towson-UMass Series History
Saturday’s game will be just the fifth all-time meeting between Towson and UMass. The two programs met in 1963, but then did not play again until 2010. The squads will be playing for the fourth time since 2010 when they battle on Saturday. The all-time series is tied 2-2 and this will be just the second matchup in Amherst. Towson won the only meeting at Garber Field, 10-9, on April 10, 2010. The Minutemen were victorious last season, 9-8, in overtime at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium.

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Towson’s Cardiac Cats Rally Again to Top UMBC Late

Posted on 04 April 2012 by WNST Staff

No. 19 Towson Pulls Off Second Straight Dramatic Comeback For Fifth Straight Win
Tigers Score Final Four Goals of the Game To Top UMBC, 12-11

TOWSON, Md. – Senior Sean Maguire scored with 17 seconds remaining to push the No. 19 Towson men’s lacrosse team past crosstown rival UMBC, 12-11, Wednesday evening at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

The Tigers, who have won five straight games to improve to 7-3, scored the final four goals of the game over a 7:30 span to pull off their second dramatic come-from-behind victory in a row.

“It’s gratifying that we are finding ways to win,” said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen. However, we need to put four quarters together.”

Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli and senior Carl Iacona led Towson with three goals each. DeNapoli, who also added an assist, now has 10 points in his last two games.

The Tigers, who trailed at Hofstra on Saturday by a score of 9-3 with less than 12 minutes remaining in the game before roaring back, found themselves three goals (11-8) behind UMBC midway through the fourth quarter.

DeNapoli ignited the Towson rally by scooping in a shot that never left the ground, but squeaked by Retriever goalkeeper Adam Cohen for his second goal of the night. After the teams exchanged possessions, it was DeNapoli again with his 15th goal of the season to pull the Tigers to within 11-10 with 3:43 remaining.

Junior Matt Hughes then found the back of the cage off a feed from senior Matt Lamon to tie the game with 1:06 left. The Tigers won the ensuing face-off and UMBC’s Ian Gray was called for a cross-check, giving Towson a man-up opportunity.

Senior Michael Brashears then found Maguire, who scored his team-leading 17th goal of the season with just 17 seconds remaining. It was the first lead for the Tigers since holding a narrow 6-5 advantage early in the third quarter.

“Coach Gilardi kept telling us to get the ball to the middle,” said Maguire. “Mike (Brashears) fed me the ball, I turned and fired low just like the scouting report said, and it went in.”

The final face-off of the game was won by the Tigers after Iacona scooped the groundball after a scrum to seal Towson’s fifth straight victory.

Tiger goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was marvelous in the cage, making a career-high 17 saves.

“Andrew (Wascavage) was fantastic,” said Nadelen. “His extreme effort of 17 saves kept us in the game. He made saves almost every way possible. He used his stick, elbow, face, and foot, everything he had.”

UMBC (3-5) took a 1-0 lead midway through the first quarter when Scott Jones scored off a pass from Joe Lustgarten. The Tigers tied the game at 1-1 with 6:30 left in the first period when Brashears scored off a pass from DeNapoli.

With 4:41 remaining in the first quarter, Iacona gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead when he scored on a 15-yard rocket out front. After a goal by UMBC junior Scott Hopmann tied the game at 2-2, Iacona’s second goal gave the Tigers a 3-2 lead with 14:10 remaining in the first half.

The Retrievers bounced back and tied the game at 3-3 when sophomore Conor Finch scored off a pass from Lustgarten with 12:23 left in the half. With 3:52 remaining in the half, Hopmann scored his second goal to give the Retrievers a 4-3 advantage. With 1:03 left in the half, the Tigers tied the game for the fourth time as Iacona matched his career-high with his third goal of the game as he scored off a pass from Lamon.

That set the stage for a wild third quarter. DeNapoli and Hughes scored back-to-back goals in the opening minutes to give the Tigers a 6-4 advantage.

However, UMBC responded by scoring three goals in a two-minute period to take a 7-6 lead. With 9:52 left in the quarter, sophomore Zach Linkous scored an extra man goal to pull UMBC within 6-5. Just seven seconds later, sophomore Matt Gregoire scored off a pass from Jones to tie the game at 6-6. With 7:52 left in the quarter, Jones put UMBC ahead when he took a pass from Rob Grimm and scored on the crease.

Less than a minute later, the Retrievers extended their lead to 8-6 on Hopmann’s third goal of the game. But, the Tigers came right back and tied the game again. Current CAA Rookie of the Week Justin Mabus tallied a goal from the right side to pull the Tigers to within 8-7 before Andrew Hodgson’s unassisted goal tied the game at 8-8.

The teams headed into the fourth quarter tied at 8-8, the sixth tie of the contest. The Retrievers immediately took momentum back, scoring three consecutive goals to go up 11-8 with 8:30 remaining. Gregoire tallied his second of the night and Jones posted back-to-back tallies to cap the run and give the road team a three-goal advantage.

Towson was outshot 42-30, but Wascavage balanced that stat out by making 17 saves to just seven for UMBC.

The Tigers will be seeking their first six-game winning streak since the 2004 season when the travel to second-ranked Massachusetts on Saturday. The CAA clash is set to begin at 1 p.m. from Garber Field in Amherst, Mass.

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UMBC Hopes To Continue Recent Dominance Over Towson Wednesday Night

Posted on 03 April 2012 by WNST Staff

The UMBC men’s lacrosse team (3-4) plays its final non-conference game of the season when they visit local foe No. 19 Towson (6-3) on Wednesday, April 4 at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The opening face-off is scheduled to take place at 7:30 p.m.

SCOUTING THE RETRIEVERS

Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten smashed career highs with five goals and eight total points, leading host UMBC to a 16-12 victory over Hartford in the America East Conference opener for both squads. Lustgarten was named America East Conference Player of the Week for his effort vs. the Hawks.

UMBC was listed as “Receiving Votes” in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.

The 16 goals scored by UMBC is a season high and the most since opening the 2011 campaign with 16 goals at Presbyterian. The 28 goals scored by the two squads are the most in a UMBC contest since a 15-13 loss at North Carolina in the 2009 NCAA Tournament contest.

Junior attackman Scott Jones scored four goals vs. Hartford and leads the Retrievers with 18 goals and 21 points. He has scored in 13 consecutive games and has multiple points in 12 of those contests.

Lustgarten leads the squad with 11 assists and is second with 18 points.

Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen leads America East with and is sixth in the nation with 12.29 saves per game. He has 44 stops in his last three outings.

UMBC has only allowed four man-up goals this season in 17 opponent opportunities. The Retrievers hit on a season-high four of five extra-man chances vs. Hartford on March 31.

SCOUTING THE TIGERS

Riding a four-game winning streak and coming off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program, the Towson men’s lacrosse team has broken into the national rankings this week. The Tigers (6-3, 2-0 CAA) find themselves ranked No. 19 in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. It’s the first time Towson has been ranked since checking in at No. 20 in the May 3, 2010 poll.

Freshman Justin Mabus scored the game-winning goal off a pass from senior Matt Lamon with 38 seconds left in the second overtime period as Towson pulled off a stunning 10-9 Colonial Athletic Association comeback victory over No. 20 Hofstra University (4-5, 1-2) at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night. The Tigers’ victory capped off a frantic rally in which they erased a 9-3 deficit in the final 11:27 of the game.

The Tigers and Retrievers both have losses to Loyola and Johns Hopkins. TU posted a 10-9 win at Stony Brook, UMBC’s foe on April 14.

Towson is ranked third in the nation in man-up offense, hitting at 54.2 percent (13-of-24) and third in shooting percentage at 36.7 percent.

Senior attackman Sean Maguire leads the Tigers with 16 goals and is tied with sophomore midfielder Thomas DeNapoli with 21 points.

THE SERIES

Towson is UMBC’s most-played foe with 42 previous series meetings. Maryland is second with 35 contests. The Tigers lead the overall series, 27-15, but UMBC has won four of the last five and eight of 15 contests since 1997.

UMBC never trailed in last season’s 10-9 victory over the Tigers at UMBC Stadium. Rob Grimm had three goals and two assists and Ryan Johnston added a pair of goals.

Rob Grimm had five goals and five helpers in the 2009 and 2011 games vs. Towson at UMBC Stadium, but did not score vs. TU in the 2010 loss at Unitas Stadium. Adam Cohen, then in his freshman season,  made 12 saves in that game, a 10-7 Tiger victory. Scott Jones scored a goal in that game as a freshman and added a pair of assists in the UMBC victory in 2011.

UP NEXT: UMBC resumes America East play at Vermont on Sat., April 7. The opening face-off is set for 1:00 p.m.

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Towson Looks To Extend Hot Streak Wednesday Against UMBC on WNST

Posted on 03 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off Seeking its fifth straight win Wednesday, Towson welcomes crosstown rival UMBC to Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The Tigers are coming off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program on Saturday at Hofstra. Towson trailed by six goals with 11:27 left in the game, but it mounted a furious rally and won the game, 10-9, in double overtime on a Justin Mabus strike. Wednesday’s game against the Retrievers will be the final non-conference contest for the Tigers this season. The game is also sponsored by the University Store and they will be providing 200 rally towels to the first 200 fans in attendance. Opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Towson (6-3, 2-0), which is ranked No. 19 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, has won four straight games, including each of its first two CAA contests. The Tigers are off to their best start since opening the 2007 season at 7-3 before advancing to the NCAA Tournament that year. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli is coming off a career night at Hofstra. The midfielder had a career-high six points (3g, 3a) to lead Towson to a dramatic come-from-behind win. Of the sophomore’s three goals, two came in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying tally with two seconds remaining in regulation. DeNapoli’s three goals tied his career-high and his three assists set a new career best.

Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC (3-4, 1-0 America East) was listed as receiving votes in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll after topping Hartford, 16-12, on Saturday. The 16 goals scored was a season high for the Retrievers. Junior attackman Scott Jones, who scored four goals against Hartford, leads UMBC with 21 points. Jones has scored in 13 consecutive games and has multiple points in 12 of those contests. Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten posted a career-high five goals and eight total points in the win over Hartford on Saturday. Lustgarten, the current America East Player of the Week, leads his team with 11 assists and is second with 18 points. Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen is sixth in the nation with 12.29 saves per game.

Towson-UMBC Series History
The Tigers and Retrievers will be meeting for the 43rd time tonight. Towson has only played Loyola (54) and Delaware (53) more often in its history. The Tigers own a 27-15 advantage in the all-time series, including a 10-7 win the last time these squads met at Unitas Stadium on April 7, 2010.

Joining the Rankings
The Towson men’s lacrosse team broke into the national rankings this week. The Tigers find themselves ranked No. 19 in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. It’s the first time Towson has been ranked since checking in at No. 20 in the May 3, 2010 poll. The Tigers narrowly missed being ranked in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll as they are the top squad in the receiving vote’s category. The Colonial Athletic Association boasts three schools in the Top 20 as Towson joins No. 2 Massachusetts and No. 16 Penn State in the rankings.

Stellar Rookie
Freshman midfielder Justin Mabus was selected as the CAA Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks, it was announced by league officials on Monday. Mabus, who is tied for the team lead with nine assists this season, did his damage this past week at No. 20 Hofstra by netting the biggest goal of his young career. The freshman capped off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program by scoring the game-winning goal with just 38 seconds remaining in double overtime.

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Towson Freshman Mabus Honored Again by CAA

Posted on 02 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Justin Mabus Named CAA Rookie of the Week for Second Straight Week

RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman midfielder Justin Mabus has been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks, it was announced by league officials on Monday.

Mabus, who leads the Tigers with nine assists this season, did his damage this week at No. 20 Hofstra by netting the biggest goal of his young career. The freshman capped off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program by scoring the game-winning goal with just 38 seconds remaining in double overtime.

Mabus’ goal gave the Tigers a dramatic 10-9 victory in a game they trailed 9-3 in the fourth quarter.

UMass’ Will Manny won Player of the Week honors after scoring eight goals and dishing out seven assists in a pair of victories for the second-ranked Minutemen.
Mabus and the Tigers will be seeking their fifth straight win on Wednesday, April 4 as they host crosstown rival UMBC at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

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Remarkable Towson Rally Ends in 2OT Win at Hofstra

Posted on 01 April 2012 by WNST Staff

TIGERS PULL OFF STUNNING RALLY IN 10-9 2OT WIN

Justin Mabus Scores Game-Winner With 38 Seconds Left In Second Overtime

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – Freshman Justin Mabus scored the game-winning goal off a pass from senior Matt Lamon with 38 seconds left in the second overtime period as Towson University (7-3, 2-0) pulled off a stunning 10-9 Colonial Athletic Association comeback victory over No. 20 Hofstra University (4-5, 1-2) at Shuart Stadium on Saturday night.

The Tigers’ victory capped off a frantic rally in which they erased a 9-3 deficit in the final 11:27 of the game.

In the second overtime period, the Tigers received a great opportunity to win when senior Mike DeNapoli of Hofstra was called for two penalties, an illegal cross-check and an unsportsmanlike conduct. That gave the Tigers a man-advantage for two minutes. After the Tigers missed their first two shots, Mabus drilled an eight-yard shot from the right side, giving the Tigers a win in a game in which they trailed by six goals.

“This team never gives up,” said Towson Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Even though we were down by six goals, we just kept playing hard. We got some momentum and we kept winning faceoffs. The closer we got, the more excited we became.”

The win enabled the Tigers to extend their winning streak to four games as they moved into sole possession of first place in the CAA. It also ended the Tigers’ four-game losing streak to the Pride and was Towson’s first win at Hofstra since 2004.

Trailing by 9-3 with 11:27 remaining, the Tigers pulled off a dramatic rally scoring the final six goals of regulation to send the game into overtime.

The Tiger offense came to life with 11:27 remaining and scored three goals over the next 3:09, cutting their deficit to 9-6. After Thomas DeNapoli scored off a pass from senior Carl Iacona, the Tigers were presented with their first extra-man opportunity of the night. With 9:35 remaining, senior Michael Brashears scored an extra-man goal off a pass from Thomas DeNapoli to cut the deficit to 9-5. Senior Matt Lamon scored off a pass from Thomas DeNapoli with 8:18 remaining to pull the Tigers to within 9-6.

Over the next few minutes, Hofstra successfully ran time off the clock. With 2:58 left, the Tigers pulled to within 9-7 when senior Sean Maguire scored off a pass from Matt Hughes. Junior Ian Mills won the faceoff to give the Tigers a chance to pull closer.

With 2:03 left in regulation, Lamon picked up a loose ball in front of the cage and fired a shot into the goal, pulling the Tigers to within a goal, making it a 9-8 game.

Mills won another faceoff and the Tigers had a chance to tie the game. With two seconds remaining, Thomas DeNapoli broke free on the left side and scored the game-tying goal.

It was his third goal of the game, setting a career high.

“I knew Thomas would have a big game,” said Nadelen. “He was really focused and very determined.”

Hofstra dominated play for the first 49 minutes and looked to be on its way to a comfortable win.

Junior Adrian Sorchetti gave Hofstra a very quick 1-0 lead when he scored an unassisted goal just 51 seconds into the game. After Mills won the ensuing faceoff, Thomas DeNapoli tied the game on the Tigers’ first shot as he scored with 13:20 left in the first quarter.

With 5:46 remaining in the first quarter, Mike DeNapoli, the cousin of Thomas, scored an unassisted goal to put Hofstra ahead, 2-1.

The Pride dominated play in the first quarter, enjoying a 12-4 advantage on shots. However, junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage did a great job keeping the Tigers in the game as he made five saves in the opening period.

With 8:23 left in the first half, the Tigers ended a 19-minute scoring drought when Lamon scored off a nifty pass through traffic by junior Matt Hughes, tying the game at 2-2.

With 6:27 left in the second quarter, Mike DeNapoli ended Hofstra’s scoring drought as he scored off a pass from Steve Serling to put Hofstra ahead, 3-2. Only nine seconds later, Mike DeNapoli scored again as he took a pass from Sorchetti off the faceoff and gave the Pride a 4-2 advantage.

Hofstra maintained its 4-2 lead until halftime.

In the opening minute of the third quarter, Sorchetti scored an unassisted goal to give Hofstra a 5-2 lead. Less than two minutes later, the Tigers stopped Hofstra’s 3-0 run when Hughes scored off a pass from Thomas DeNapoli with 12:33 remaining in the quarter, pulling the Tigers to within 5-3.

Freshman Tyler Begley extended the Hofstra lead to 6-3 when he scored off a pass from sophomore Lance Yapor with 8:52 left in the third quarter. Serling scored on a long running shot three minutes later, giving Hofstra a 7-3 lead.

When Serling scored a goal with 13 minutes left in the game, Hofstra extended its lead to 8-3. Begley added an extra man goal off a pass from Sorichetti with 12:04 left, upping the advantage to 9-3.

Thomas DeNapoli led the Tigers with three goals and three assists while Lamon added three goals and an assist.

The victory extended the Tigers’ winning streak to four games in a row.

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Towson Looks to Extend Streak Saturday Night at Hofstra on WNST

Posted on 31 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers (5-3, 1-0 CAA) will be seeking their fourth straight victory when they travel to Hempstead, N.Y. to take on No. 20 Hofstra (4-4, 1-1 CAA) Saturday evening. The contest will be the first CAA road game for Towson, which is 2-2 away from Johnny Unitas® Stadium this year. Opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
With a 5-3 overall record, Towson boasts its best mark after eight games since the 2007 season in which the Tigers started 5-3 as well. Towson ended that year with a 9-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers have seen a number of significant contributions during their winning streak, including a four-goal effort from senior Matt Lamon against Mercer and a three-assist day for freshman Justin Mabus against Delaware. Six different Towson players have double-digit points for the season, led by Sean Maguire’s 20 points on a team-high 15 goals and five assists. With Mabus’ three assists against the Blue Hens, the rookie now leads the team in that category with nine. The well balanced Tiger offense is coming off a game in which five different players registered two goals.

Scouting the Pride
After starting the season 1-2, Hofstra has won three of its last five games and is ranked No. 20 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll. The Pride have played three nationally-ranked foes, topping then-No. 20 Delaware (13-5) and falling to current No. 15 Fairfield and No. 6 Notre Dame. The loss to the Fighting Irish occurred in overtime while the setback against the Stags was a triple overtime heartbreaker. Junior Adrian Sorichetti paces Hofstra with 27 points on 18 goals and nine assists while goalkeeper Andrew Gvozden ranks second in the CAA averaging 11.12 saves per game.

Towson-Hofstra Series History
The Tigers and Pride will be meeting for the 43rd time on the lacrosse field Saturday. Towson has only played Loyola (54) and Delaware (53) more often in its history. The Pride own a narrow 24-18 advantage in the all-time series history, including four straight wins. The last time the Tigers won in Hempstead was April 17, 2004.

Tigers Receiving Votes In National Polls
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Towson men’s lacrosse team received votes in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll. After the 20 ranked teams, the Tigers are in a group along with Bryant, Drexel, Yale, Navy, Harvard, Robert Morris and UMBC that are receiving votes and on the brink of breaking into the national Top 20.

CAA Honors Mabus
After dishing out three assists and scoring his first goal of the season last week, Towson freshman Justin Mabus earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Mabus currently leads the Tigers with nine assists in just six games.

In The National Rankings
Towson ranks Top 10 in the nation in a pair of categories. The Tigers are second in the country in shot percentage by scoring on 37.4 percent of their shots. Only Bucknell (41.0 percent) ranks higher. Additionally, the Tigers are eighth in the nation in man-up offense. In 22 man-up opportunities this season, Towson has tallied 11 goals.

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