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Towson holds Tiger Bowl III Saturday

Posted on 27 April 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Coming off back-to-back Colonial Athletic Association championship seasons, the Towson University football team will hold Tiger Bowl III on Saturday, April 27 at 11:30 a.m. on Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Last year, the Tiger Bowl attracted more than 1,500 fans to Unitas Stadium. Admission to the Tiger Bowl is free and it is open to the public.

Current 2013 season ticket holders are invited to a prime location to enjoy Tiger Bowl III. Held in the back of the East end zone opposite the videoboard, this special area will feature complimentary sandwiches provided by Chick-fil-A at Towson Town Center and 2013 football posters.

A registration table will be located by the entrance of this premium location for all current season ticket holders to gain entrance into this area.

New season tickets can be purchased at the box office of Johnny Unitas® Stadium or online here. Only current or new season ticket holders will be allowed into this area.

As the season ticket renewal deadline approaches on April 27, fans are encouraged to contact the Towson Athletics Ticket Office at 1-855-TU-TIGER or renew online here.

Tiger Bowl III will conclude the Tiger football team’s spring season. The Tigers, who have posted a 16-7 record the last two seasons and have posted a 13-3 two-season CAA record, have a very strong nucleus returning. On offense, the Tigers will rely on an experienced offensive line which includes three All-CAA selections, rising seniors Eric Pike, Randall Harris and Doug Shaw. Running back Terrance West also returns after earning first team All-CAA honors twice.

Senior linebacker Monte Gaddis, cornerback Jordan Love and defensive tackle Arnold Farmer are some of the top veterans returning on the defense, a unit that led the CAA last season.

After the conclusion of Tiger Bowl III, the Tiger men’s lacrosse team will honor its seniors when the Tigers host St. Joseph’s in a vital CAA matchup in Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 1-855-TU-TIGER or click here.

SCHEDULE

Saturday, April 27

7 a.m.               Tiger Football Captain’s Breakfast

11:30 a.m.          Tiger Bowl III; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Softball (second game of doubleheader) vs. George Mason; Admission is Free

2 p.m.               Towson Baseball vs. UNC Wilmington; Admission is Free

7 p.m.               Towson Men’s Lacrosse vs. St. Joseph’s; Senior Night

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Visits from Hopkins, Loyola highlight 2013 Towson lacrosse schedule

Posted on 31 October 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON MEN’S LACROSSE ANNOUNCES 2013 SCHEDULE

Tigers Will Face Four Programs that Made the 2012 NCAA Tournament 

TOWSON, Md. – Head coach Shawn Nadelen announced a challenging 15-game schedule for the 2013 Towson men’s lacrosse team that features a home tilt against defending NCAA champions Loyola (Md.) on February 20 at 7 p.m.

The schedule includes eight home games, including the match against the Greyhounds.

“We are very excited about our 2013 schedule and the challenges that it will bring us,” said Nadelen. “The CAA will again be a very intense conference.  Our non-conference schedule allows us to play against strong competition to get ready for our league opponents. We look forward to the opportunities that our 2013 schedule provides.”

Towson opens 2013 at High Point on February 8. The Tigers return home for three straight home matches, hosting Johns Hopkins on Saturday, Feb. 16 and Loyola (Md.) on Wednesday, Feb. 20. The homestand ends with Mercer on February 23.

The Tigers play seven games in March, opening the month at Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 2. The Tigers hold a 7-1 advantage in that series and have won the last six straight matches. Towson returns home to host Marist on March 8 before taking a short trip south to the Naval Academy to take on the Midshipmen on Tuesday, March 12.

The month continues with Stony Brook at home on Saturday, March 16 before hitting the road for matches against UMBC (March 19) and Delaware (March 22). The game against the Blue Hens kicks off the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) portion of the season. The Tigers wrap up March with a home game against Hofstra on March 30.

The Tigers welcome defending CAA champion UMass to Johnny Unitas® Stadium on April 6 before traveling to Penn State on April 13 and Drexel on April 20. Towson finishes the 2013 regular season at home with St. Joseph’s University on Saturday, April 27.

The top four teams will advance to the CAA Tournament, which will be held on May 1 and 4.

Date Opponent Location Time (ET) Results Media
  Fri, Feb 08  High Point High Point, N.C.   1:00 p.m.
  Sat, Feb 16  Johns Hopkins Johnny Unitas® Stadium (Towson, MD)   7:00 p.m.
  Wed, Feb 20  Loyola (Md.) Johnny Unitas® Stadium (Towson, MD)   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Feb 23  Mercer Johnny Unitas® Stadium (Towson, MD)   1:00 p.m.
  Sat, Mar 02  Mount St. Mary’s Emmitsburg, Md.   7:00 p.m.
  Fri, Mar 08  Marist Johnny Unitas® Stadium (Towson, MD)   7:00 p.m.
  Tue, Mar 12  Naval Academy Annapolis, Md.   TBA
  Sat, Mar 16  Stony Brook Johnny Unitas® Stadium (Towson, MD)   7:00 p.m.
  Tue, Mar 19  UMBC Baltimore, Md.   TBA
  Fri, Mar 22  Delaware * Newark, Del.   TBA
  Sat, Mar 30  Hofstra * Johnny Unitas® Stadium (Towson, MD)   7:00 p.m.
  Sat, Apr 06  University of Massachusetts-Amherst * Johnny Unitas® Stadium (Towson, MD)   1:00 p.m.
  Sat, Apr 13  Penn State * University Park, Pa.   TBA
  Sat, Apr 20  Drexel * Philadelphia, Pa.   TBA
  Sat, Apr 27  St. Joseph’s * Johnny Unitas® Stadium (Towson, MD)   7:00 p.m.
  Wed, May 01  CAA Tournament TBA   TBA
  Sat, May 11  NCAA Tournament First Round TBA   TBA
  Sat, May 18  NCAA Tournament Quarter Finals TBA   TBA
  Sat, May 25  NCAA Tournament Finals Philadelphia, Pa.   TBA

 

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Towson battles William & Mary in nationally televised home opener

Posted on 14 September 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – More than two weeks after opening their season at Kent State University, Coach Rob Ambrose and the No. 12-ranked Tiger football team returns to Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium when the Tigers host Colonial Athletic Association rival William & Mary (0-2, 0-0) on Saturday, September 15 at 12 noon.

The Towson-William & Mary game will be nationally-televised on the NBC Sports Network. Todd Harris is the play-by-play announcer while Ross Tucker will handle the color commentary. Carolyn Manno is the sideline reporter.

The game will also be aired on the Tigers’ web site, www.TowsonTigers.com with Spiro Morekas and Ron Meehan calling the action. The Tigers’ internet broadcast also features a one-hour pre-game show.

When the Tigers host William & Mary on Saturday, they will be seeking their eighth consecutive win in a home opener. Towson has not lost its home opener since 2004 when Northeastern beat Towson. The Tigers have an all-time record of 33-10 in home openers.

Saturday’s game will be “Hometown Heroes Day” with members from the Maryland National Guard, Wounded Warrior Project, Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs, Towson University Veterans Services, Fort Meade, and Baltimore County Police and Fire Departments participating in a special pre-game ceremony honoring America.

Prior to the National Anthem, members from the participating organizations will walk out onto the field holding a piece of American History – the National 9/11 Flag. Found in the aftermath of World Trade Center attacks on September 11, the National 9/11 Flag has been experienced by over 300 million Americans. The flag has been on a journey across America, stopping in each of the fifty states to be stitched back together by local heroes.

The National 9/11 Flag is steeped in history stemming out of the tragic 9/11 attacks. It has been stitched by survivors of the 2009 shooting at Ft. Hood in Texas, by World War II veterans on the deck of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor, and by the family of Martin Luther King, Jr. It has also been stitched by Members of Congress and by thousands of everyday service heroes nationwide. Recently, a piece of the flag that Abraham Lincoln was laid to rest on was stitched into the fabric of this truly meaningful flag.

At the conclusion of the pre-game ceremony, the National 9/11 Flag will be on display on the South Concourse located inside Unitas Stadium.

Saturday’s game will also be Banner Day as the Tigers’ 2011 Colonial Athletic Association championship panel on the scoreboard will be unveiled.

The Tigers, who posted a 9-3 record last season and won the CAA with a 7-1 mark, had their bye week after their season-opening loss at Kent State. Coach Ambrose said the bye week was very beneficial to the team.

“The bye week was actually good for us,” says the Tigers’ fourth-year coach. “We spent the time working on focus, fundamentals and ball security. We also got a few players healthy. These are guys who weren’t able to play at Kent State.”

Last season, the Tigers beat William & Mary in Williamsburg, handing the Tribe its first-ever loss to Towson. Prior to the Towson victory, William & Mary had beaten Towson seven times in a row.

When the No. 15 Tigers handed No. 14 William & Mary a 38-27 last year, they improved to 6-1 overall and reached the halfway mark of their CAA schedule with a 4-0 record.

The Tribe comes into Unitas Stadium with an 0-2 record. William & Mary has dropped a pair of close games, dropping a 7-6 decision at Maryland and falling to Lafayette, 17-14.

“William & Mary’s defense is very good,” says Coach Ambrose. “At Maryland, their defense played out of its mind. They were truly impressive. Their loss to Lafayette doesn’t reveal too much because of the weather issues. We expect William & Mary to come into Unitas Stadium fully revved up to make everyone forget we actually beat them once.”

Turnovers and special teams mistakes were very costly at Kent State. The Tigers turned the ball over six times as Kent State converted those turnovers into 27 points. On special teams, the Tigers gave up 155 yards on kickoff returns and fumbled twice.

Senior quarterback Grant Enders (right) led the Tiger offense at Kent State. He completed a career high 26 passes in 36 attempts. Enders threw for 251 yards and a touchdown.

After falling behind by 17-0 in the opening ten minutes at Kent State, the Tigers didn’t run the ball as much as they planned. Although sophomore Terrance West was held to 36 yards on 14 carries, he did score two touchdowns. In 2011, West led NCAA FCS with 29 touchdowns scored. West has scored at least two touchdowns in his last nine games and now has 31 career touchdowns.

On defense, senior defensive end Romale Tucker and sophomore linebacker Kenton Powell led the Tigers in tackles at Kent State. Tucker and Powell are tied for the team lead with six tackles each.

The Tigers’ game against William & Mary is the first of two consecutive home games. Next week, Towson hosts its Homecoming Game against St. Francis (Pa.) at 7 p.m.

TIGER TALES:  Saturday’s game is the second of six Tiger games that are scheduled to be televised … It is also the Tigers’ first appearance on the NBC Sports Network … Towson’s games at Villanova and Delaware later this season will also be televised by NBC Sports Network.

Although the Tigers dropped a 41-21 contest to Kent State, they actually outgained the Golden Flashes … Towson had 331 yards of total offense while Kent State had 267 yards … Towson also had 20 first downs while Kent State had 15.

With 273 yards of total offense at Kent State, Enders ranks second in the CAA in that category … He is also second in the CAA with 251 passing yards.

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Towson making field changes to Unitas Stadium

Posted on 26 May 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The next time Towson fans come to Johnny Unitas Stadium ® to cheer on the Tigers, the field will have a new look! Construction began on May 21 to install FieldTurf Revolution, the latest design in synthetic grass.

The new surface will be an upgrade in durability, hold color better and provide the opportunity to update the graphics on the field with new design from Towson design and publication.

The construction is schedule to be done in mid-June and upon completion, the surface will compare favorably to any playing surface in the country.

As of Friday, May 25, nearly three quarters of the old field turf has been stripped and the process of preparing the field for the new turf will get underway early next week.

Check back to TowsonTigers.com in the near future for updates and pictures as the new turf is being installed.

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Towson women eliminated from NCAA Tournament by Penn State

Posted on 12 May 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Penn State University (12-6) used a strong start to open the second half and pull away from the No. 8 Towson University women’s lacrosse team and post a 15-8 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday afternoon at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Tigers (16-4) finished the season with a program record 16 wins. Penn State advances to the second round of the tournament to face No. 1 Florida.

“This one stinks right now,” said Towson Coach Sonia LaMonica. “We had a great season and I have a lot of pride in this team and the adversity we have overcome.”

The game featured the return of former Towson coach Missy Doherty to campus. Doherty coached Towson for seven seasons before moving to Penn State.

“It was more exciting to win with this team,” said Doherty. “I obviously like those players (Towson) a lot and I respect those players a lot. It’s not an easy team to have to come in and coach against because I recruited a lot of those players to Towson. I think there was a great pride in Penn State today and I was really proud of our girls.”

The Tigers scored the first goal of the game as sophomore attacker Andi Raymond scored her 34th goal of the year. Penn State (12-6) responded by scoring five straight goals to take a 5-1 advantage with 18:18 remaining in the half. Molly Fernandez had three goals for the Nittany Lions during that run.

A goal from sophomore midfielder Kelly Murkey at 17:30 put a halt to the Penn State flurry. Murkey’s goal was followed by scores from junior midfielders Ashley Waldron and Kelly Custer to make it a 5-4 game with 7:35 to play in the half. Mackenzie Cyr pushed the Nittany Lions’ lead back to two goals, 6-4 with 3:26 to go until the break.

Raymond scored with 10 seconds remaining, sending the home team into the break trailing 6-5.

Penn State outshot the Tigers 16-8 in the first half while controlling eight of the 12 draw controls.

The Nittany Lions opened the second half on a 5-0 run to take control of the game, building an 11-5 lead with 21:09 to play. Haley Ford had three of the five goals Penn State scored during that run.

Towson disrupted the Nittany Lions’ run with back-to-back goals from Waldron and sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback. Rohrback’s goal at 17:25 made it an 11-7 game. Penn State scored four of the last five goals in the game to make it a 15-8 final.

Goalkeeper Dana Cahill made six saves in the win for Penn State. Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made seven saves in her final collegiate action for the Tigers. Freshman Kelsea Donnelly made one save in 11:28 of work.

The Nittany Lions finished the game with a 28-17 advantage in shots while controlling 14 of the 25 draw controls in the game.

Fernandez and Ford led Penn State with three goals each while Maggie McCormick had a goal and three assists.

Raymond, Waldron and Custer each scored two goals in the game for the Tigers while Murkey had a goal and an assist.

Towson loses Teeters and seniors Sarah Appelt and Shannon Kennedy to graduation but returns four of the top five scorers next season.

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Towson, Loyola, Maryland women all seeded in NCAA Tournament

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

TIGERS TO HOST PENN STATE IN NCAA TOURNAMENT

Towson to Host NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history 

TOWSON, Md. – The Colonial Athletic Association Champion Towson University women’s lacrosse team will host Penn State University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The game will be played on Saturday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in Johnny Unitas Stadium.

The Tigers (16-3), who will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 2005, will be hosting an NCAA Tournament game for the first time in program history.

“Obviously this is super exciting for us and the program,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “To have a chance to play at home where we have had success this season is great for the team.”

Towson will face a familiar opponent in the first round as the Nittany Lions (11-6) are coached by Missy Doherty. Doherty coached the Tigers for seven seasons before heading to Penn State prior to the start of the 2011 season. She had a 79-46 record in Towson and won three CAA Championships and made four NCAA Tournament appearances with the Tigers.

The Tigers, who earned the eighth seed for the Tournament, won their program record 10th straight game on Saturday night with a 15-5 victory over Monmouth in the NCAA Play-In game.  Sophomore attacker Andi Raymond is one of seven Tigers to have scored at least 15 goals this season. Raymond has 66 points this season on 33 goals and 33 assists. Fellow sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback has contributed 26 goals and 22 assists. Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters leads the team with an 8.13 goals against average and a .513 save percentage.

 “Penn State is a good team that had some quality wins this season,” said Coach LaMonica. “The chance to get to face Missy (Doherty) will add a special aspect to this game for us.”

Penn State earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament after falling to Johns Hopkins, 13-12 in the first round of the American Lacrosse Conference Tournament. Mackenzie Cyr and Maggie McCormick lead the Nittany Lions with 55 points each this season. Cyr has 33 goals and 22 assists while McCormick has contributed 28 goals and 27 assists. Dana Cahill had a 9.93 goals against average and a .491 save percentage.

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Towson women crush Monmouth to clinch NCAA Tournament berth

Posted on 06 May 2012 by WNST Staff

TIGERS OVERWHELM MONMOUTH IN 15-5 WIN

Tigers to Watch NCAA Selection Show for Next Opponent

TOWSON, Md. – A dominating first-half led the No. 20 Towson University women’s lacrosse team to a 15-5 win over Monmouth University (9-11) in Saturday night’s NCAA Play-In game at Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The Tigers (16-3) advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fifth time since 2005 with the victory.

“I’m proud of the effort the girls gave tonight,” said Towson coach Sonia LaMonica. “They were patient on offense and it helped us find the openings we needed. We are very excited to be going to the “The Dance”.”

The Tigers opened the game on a 5-0 run as junior attacker Olivia Turner scored a pair of goals, the second coming at 20:41. A pair of goals from the Hawks briefly halted the Tiger attack and made it a 5-2 game with 18:20 to go in the first half. Towson scored seven of the final eight goals in the half including six straight goals from 15:45 to 2:30. Sophomore attacker Andi Raymond had a pair of goals and an assist for the Tigers during that six-goal stretch.

The Tigers’ 12-3 halftime lead was their largest of the year. Towson, which scored on 12 of 19 shots, outshot Monmouth 19-9 in the first 30 minutes and controlled 11 of the 16 first half draws.

Monmouth, which won the Northeast Conference title, scored the first goal of the second half to make it a 12-4 game with 24:07 to play. The Tigers got a pair of goals from Turner and sophomore midfielder Kelly Murkey to make it a 14-4 game with 17:17 to play. The Hawks got a goal from Sam Lillo to make it a 14-5 game with 12:50 to go. Redshirt sophomore attacker Ashleigh Rohrback scored the game’s final goal with an unassisted tally at 9:47.

The Tigers finished the game with a 32-27 advantage in shots and controlled 14 of the game’s 22 draw controls.

Senior goalkeeper Mary Teeters made five saves in the first half of action for the Tigers and recorded the win in goal. Freshman Kelsea Donnelly came in to the game in the second half and made eight saves, including several on point blank shots to preserve the lead. Katie Donohoe made 11 saves in the loss for Monmouth.

“Towson has so many tools and they have great stick work,” said Monmouth coach Denise Wescott. “I’m not sure if we ever played a team as fast as Towson and it was hard for us to adjust.”

The Tigers featured a balanced attack in the game as six Tigers scored at least two goals in the game. Raymond had a two  goals with four assists while Rohrback finished with three goals and two assists.

Kaleigh Gibbons led Monmouth with two goals and one assist.

The Tigers will find out their NCAA Tournament fate when the NCAA Selection Show airs at 9 p.m. on Sunday night.

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Booker, West Lead Way in Towson Football Tiger Bowl

Posted on 22 April 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – In front of 1,564 sun-drenched fans at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon, the Tiger football team held its annual Tiger Bowl II game on Saturday.

The Black team defeated the White team, 21-7.

“Our transfer students and our young players got a lot of kids experience in game situations,” Towson Coach Rob Ambrose commented. “It got the transfer students acclimated to what it means to be Tigers and what it’s like to be play in Unitas Stadium.”

Senior running back Dominique Booker scored two touchdowns as a member of the Black team and impressed Ambrose, who coached the “Turnaround Tigers” to an amazing 9-3 record last season after winning a combined three games over the previous two seasons.

“Dominique is one of the first players in a long time who has the aspect of player-coach,” Ambrose said. “He knows the offense so well his teammates his teammates that he is able to bring a level of confidence to the other members of the team.”

Sophomore running back Terrance West added a seven-yard touchdown run for the Black team. West, who ran for 1,294 yards and scored an FCS-leading 29 touchdowns as a freshman, opened Saturday’s scoring with his burst of power with 1:33 remaining in the first quarter. West had nine carries for 28 yards in the game, while Booker ran seven times for 45 yards.

The White team scored a touchdown with 13:48 remaining in the third quarter when  red shirt freshman quarterback Price Litton connected with tight end Daniel Vaughan for a two-yard touchdown pass, bringing the White team to within 14-7. It was one of four passes Litton completed in the game.

Two other red shirt freshmen had solid games for the Tigers. Quarterback Connor Frazier, a product of Damascus High School, completed 14-of-25 passes for 167 yards for the Black team and wide receiver Navassa Brown had a game-high 141 yards rushing for the White team. Brown scored on an electrifying 67-yard run down the right sideline to open the third quarter before getting tackled out of bounds by junior cornerback Corey Ford.

“Navassa earned his stripes today,” Ambrose said. “He’s got the respect of his team. He did a great job, even though he played out of position a little.”

Senior wide receiver Tom Ryan added five catches for 67 yards, while sophomore wide receiver Derrick Joseph and tight end James Oboh each had three receptions for the Black team.

Defensively, a number of new additions made significant impacts. Sophomore defensive back Jordan Love posted a game-high six tackles for the White team and fellow transfer Brendan Gannon, a defensive tackle, added three tackles.

“Red-shirt” defensive end Stefan Janik had four tackles, including two tackles for loss, and a sack in the Black team victory.

“It was great to watch our young quarterbacks develop during the Spring,” said Ambrose. “They made a lot of progress. They still have a long way to go but they are getting better.

“We could have had a better Spring and our players know that,” Ambrose added. “But, we didn’t have to have this team ready to play now. We have to be ready to play in the Fall and we will be.”

The defending CAA champions open their 2012 season at Kent State on Aug. 30.

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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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