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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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UMBC A Lustgarten Honored By America East

Posted on 02 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass.-UMBC junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Wading River) was named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for games ending March 31, 2012.

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.

The 5’10, 160-lb. southpaw surpassed his previous single-game top totals of three goals and four points by the 6:27 mark of the second quarter as contributed a point on five of UMBC’s first seven goals, scoring four times and helping on another. He is the first Retriever to score eight points in a game since Ryan Smith had five goals and three assists vs. Albany in the 2008 campaign.

Lustgarten, who scored five goals on six on the night, has eight goals and four assists in his last two contests vs. Hartford. He leads the squad with 11 assists and is second with 18 points.

UMBC faces cross-town rival Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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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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Towson Tops Delaware in CAA Opener

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Five different Tigers posted multi-goal games as Towson cruised past rival Delaware, 13-8, in its Colonial Athletic Association opener Saturday evening at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Towson (5-3, 1-0 CAA), which never trailed in the game, has now won three straight for the first time since the 2010 season. The five-goal margin of victory is the Tigers’ largest against the Blue Hens since an 18-4 win on March 23, 2002.

“We were very pleased with our energy, focus and execution tonight,” said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen. “It was our most complete game of the year and it came against and extremely talented Delaware team. The great thing is we are getting better and improving. We’re going to enjoy this win, but we have some extremely tough games ahead.”

Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli recorded a career-high four points with two goals and two assists to lead the Tigers. Senior’s Sean Maguire and Matt Lamon, sophomore Andrew Hodgson and freshman Robby Zoppo also posted multi-goal games for the Tigers.

Junior Ian Mills was impressive once again for the Tigers, winning 17 of 25 face-off’s. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was solid in the cage, posting eight saves and picking up his fifth win of the season.

For the second straight game, Towson got on the board less than five seconds into the game as Mills took the opening draw and fed Lamon for his eighth goal of the season before four ticks could come off the clock. Freshman Justin Mabus and Zoppo followed with goals and the Tigers led 3-0 less than seven minutes into the contest.

Delaware (3-6, 0-2 CAA) would score three of the next four goals to cut the Tiger lead to 4-3 at the end of the opening period. After the teams exchanged goals early in the second quarter, Zoppo and Maguire registered consecutive goals for Towson to give the Tigers a 7-4 halftime advantage.

After an even 2-2 third quarter, the Blue Hens remained within striking distance down just three goals entering the final period. Maguire posted his team-high 15th goal of the season at the 13:13 mark of the fourth quarter, but consecutive Delaware goals would bring the Blue Hens to within 10-8 with 8:39 remaining.

Towson would close the game strong though, netting three goals in a 2:20 span to seal the victory.

The Tigers outshot the Blue Hens by a 36-29 margin and went 3-for-6 in extra man opportunities.

Towson will play its first CAA road game of the season on Saturday, March 31 at No. 19 Hofstra. Opening face-off from Hempstead, N.Y. is set for 7 p.m.

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Towson Hopes to Bounce Back Saturday at Stony Brook

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
After splitting a pair of home games, the Towson men’s lacrosse team returns to the road this weekend to take on Stony Brook. The non-conference matchup is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Coming off a 10-6 loss to Navy on Tuesday, Towson will return to the road for the first time in three weeks. Senior attackman Sean Maguire, who is riding an eight-game point streak, leads the Tigers with 11 points on a team-high nine goals to go along with a pair of assists. Senior Carl Iacona is coming off his first multi-goal game of the season and classmate Matt Lamon has four points in his last two outings.

Scouting the Seawolves
Stony Brook enters Saturday with a 1-4 record, but the Seawolves lone win came against nationally-ranked Delaware. After dropping its first three games to open up the 2012 season, Stony Brook topped the Blue Hens on the road, 7-6, on March 10. In their last outing on Tuesday, the Seawolves fell, 11-9, at home to St. John’s. Senior Russ Bonanno leads the team with 13 points on eight goals and five assists. Junior goalkeeper Sean Brady has played all but 30 minutes in the cage for the Seawolves and boasts a 10.44 goals-against-average with 39 saves.

Last Year’s Towson-Stony Brook Meeting
Towson attackman Matt Hughes scored a game-high three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers earned a 9-8 non-conference victory over fifth-ranked Stony Brook University at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Led by Hughes, who posted his third “hat trick” in the last four games, the Tigers defeated a top five opponent for the first time since April 27, 1996 when they defeated fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins by a 13-12 margin at Homewood Field.

Towson-Stony Brook Series History
The Tigers and Seawolves will be meeting for just the third time in the series history on Saturday. In 2010, Stony Brook picked up a 14-11 home win and Towson responded last year with a narrow 9-8 victory on its home turf.

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Sowell, Nadelen Meet For First Time Tuesday Night at Towson

Posted on 13 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Fresh off its 12-7 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette this past Saturday, the Navy men’s lacrosse team will step away from conference action to face Towson on Tuesday evening … meeting for just the 11th time in series history, the Mids and Tigers will face off at 7:30 pm at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
• The Mids are coming off their most complete game of the season which featured a balanced offensive attack … eight different players scored goals for the Midshipmen, including Tucker Hull, who pitched his fourth hat trick of the season, and rookie middie Gabe Voumard and sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan, who scored two goals apiece … the Mids dismantled a Lafayette defense that came into the game as the nation’s third-ranked scoring defense, giving up fewer than seven goals.
• Towson is coming off a 10-8 win over Mount St. Mary’s, but needed a three-goal fourth quarter to capture the win … the Mount held an 8-7 lead with nine minutes to go in the game, but the Tigers scored three in a row, including the game-winner by Matt Hughes with four minutes remaining.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (48-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 2-0 this season when reaching 10 goals.
9    Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to nine-straight games after dealing out an assist against Lafayette last Saturday … he opened the season with a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College  on March 20, 1991.
8    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded eight hat tricks in his 18-game Navy career, including four this season … Hull has also produced eight points in a game twice this season, including a three-goal, five-assist effort against Lafayette.
7    The Mids’ two wins this season have been when they held their foe to seven goals.
6    Four players lead Navy with six takeaways apiece this season, including sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan who force four Lafayette turnovers on Saturday.
5    Five of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), Maryland (7), North Carolina (T11), Lehigh (T11) and Colgate (17) – while Bucknell is also receiving votes.
4    Navy has lost four of the five games against Towson which were played on the Tigers’ home field … Navy’s lone win at Towson was an 8-7 decision on April 17, 1993 … the Mids have lost three in a row in Towson.
3    Sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt has scored points in each of the last three games and all three points (1G, 2A) have come on extra-man.
2    Six different players scored two goals (Nikk Davis, Tucker Hull, Sam Jones, Jay Mann, Taylor Reynolds, Andy Warner) in last year’s 14-11 win over Towson.
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 65 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.

More on the Tigers
• First-year head coach Shawn Nadelen has led the tigers to a 2-2 record, nearly equalling last year’s win total (3-10) … the Tigers have bookend wins over Jacksonville (12-10) and Mount St. Mary’s (10-8) with losses to nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins (12-6) and Loyola (13-6) in between).
• Eleven different players have scored goals for the Tigers this season, including senior attackman Sean Maguire who has produced 10 points on a team-high eight goals and two assists … meanwhile second-year midfielder Thomas DeNapoli stands second in scoring with nine points on seven goals and two assists … DeNapoli is coming off a strong performance against Mount St. Mary’s, netting a hat trick.
• Sharing time in goal are senior Travis Love and junior Andrew Wascavage … Wascavage has played in all four games, giving up 34 goals (11.33 GAA) and making 33 stops (49.3) … Love has played in two games, surrendering nine goals (9.00) and posting 12 saves (57.1).
• Junior Matt Thomas has handled the majority of the faceoff duties (26-57, 45.6), while juniors Warren Kalkstein (6-19, 31.6) and Ian Mills (7-11, 63.6) have also pitched in.
• Towson, meanwhile, is ranked No. 2 nationally in shot percentage (37.4) and is seventh in extra-man offense (57.1) … the Tigers struggle mightily on man-down, however, as they are ranked 60th (41.7).

Series History
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Towson marks only the 11th game in a series that, prior to 2010, was discontinued following the 1997 campaign.
• Navy holds a narrow 6-4 advantage, losing four of the five  games played at Towson … conversely, the Mids are 5-0 in games played in Annapolis.
• The inaugural meeting was won by Navy, 13-9, but a regular series was not set up until the 1991 campaign … Navy and Towson met seven straight years before the series stalled out.
• Navy head coach Rick Sowell owns a 1-2 record against Towson … he was 1-1 against the Tigers at Stony Brook and lost the only meeting with Towson while at Dartmouth.

2011 Navy-Towson Recap
• Navy scored the game’s final six goals while the defense held Towson scoreless over the last 18 minutes of play to earn a 14-11 victory over the Tigers at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
• Both teams utilized extended runs throughout the game, as momentum shifted from one sideline to the other.  Towson opened up a 3-0 lead with under five minutes to go in the opening frame, before the Mids heated up and poked in a pair of goals, including a beautiful lefty shot from freshman Sam Jones on the right wing with under 40 seconds to play.
• The Mids knotted the game at 3-3 when junior attackman Taylor Reynolds used his speed to wrap around the left side of the cage and fire off a rocket to the right post.  Not only did the shot come hard an fast out of Reynolds’ stick, he had almost no angle as was witnessed by keeper Travis Love who never budged.
• The two teams would trade goals over the next two minutes before Towson would once again mount a run that featured sophomore attackman Matt Hughes scoring the first of his game-high three goals.
• Trailing 7-4 with five minutes remaining in the opening half, the Mids, much like the Bucknell game, rallied and scored three goals in the final three minutes including two in the final minute.  Sophomore middie Jay Mann stuck his five-yard shot in at the three-minute mark, followed by a well-executed extra-man goal by Jones on the crease with 51.8 seconds left.  Navy evened the score at seven-all when senior midfielder Andy Warner found rookie attackman Tucker Hull open just behind the plane of the goal and Hull turned his shoulder and sent his ankle-biter in with just 1.7 seconds before intermission.  Warner was credited with assists on all three goals just before the half.
• Scoring its fourth-consecutive goal, Navy struck first in the second half as Warner sent his pass across the field to junior midfielder Nikk Davis who then found Hull for the goal at 13:46.
• Navy’s lead, however, would be short-lived, as an extra-man goal by senior attackman Tommy Beach at the 9:36 mark triggered a four-goal run by the Tigers.  Hughes would score two of the four goals, including the last in the run that had Navy’s coaching staff bewildered.  Junior midfielder Carl Iacona was clearly offside, so obvious, in fact, that Iacona dropped the ball because he thought the official had whistled him for the infraction.  Once the madness subdued, Iacona wisely snatched the ball up and took off for the goal.  Chased down around the crease, he made a diving pass to Hughes, who curled around the left side of the net and sent his shot past Navy junior keeper RJ Wickham.
• With 3:04 remaining in the third quarter, Towson held an 1-8 advantage.  Remarkably, it would be the Tigers’ final goal of the game.
• Meanwhile, after being held scoreless for better than 12 minutes, Navy finally got on the scoreboard when freshman Harrison Chaires’ shot on extra-man bounced off the keeper’s stick and over his head for the goal.
• While Chaires’ goal certainly pushed the momentum in the Mids’ favor, Navy went on to score three goals in three minutes to start the final quarter, including a goal by Warner with 10:06 to play that put the lead back in Navy’s hands.  Meanwhile the goal just 32 seconds prior to Warner’s was a high-to-low beauty that hugged the left post by senior midfielder Kevin Doyle  who notched his first goal of the season.
• Navy extended its lead with an unassisted goal by Mann with 3:55 remaining and Warner put the game out of reach when he broke free from a double-team that included the goalkeeper, and punched in his second goal of the evening on an open goal.
• Warner led all players with a career-high eight points on two goals and six assists.  He is the first Navy player to register eight points in a game since Jon Birsner dealt out eight assists against Colgate on March 19, 2005.  Meanwhile, the six assists by Warner are the most by a Navy player since Birsner produced six helpers against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
• While Navy’s offense continued to shine, so, too did faceoff specialist Logan West, who finished the contest just one win shy of tying the school’s all-time single-game record.  West won 19 of the 29 draws and picked up eight ground balls along the way.

Towson Ties
• Mark Goers, the Director of Physical Education Operations who has been with the Navy lacrosse program since 2002, is a 1995 graduate of Towson … he is the Tigers’ all-time leader in faceoff win percentage (70.2) and ranks fourth with 375 faceoff wins.
• First-year Towson assistant coach Anthony Gilardi served as an assistant coach at Navy from 2009-11 under Richie Meade.

Navy-Lafayette Rewind
• In a game that featured three times and three lead changes, the Mids utilized a four-goal run in the second half to take the lead for good and capture their first Patriot League victory of the Rick Sowell era.
• The win snapped a three-game losing streak by the Mids who had last seen a win nearly a month prior against VMI on Feb. 11.
• The win also snapped a two-game road losing streak dating back to last season when the Midshipmen were a dismal 1-6 on the road.
• Sophomore attackman Sam Jones, who dealt out an assist in the second quarter, extended his point-scoring streak to nine-straight games.  His goal-scoring streak, however, was snapped at five games as he came up empty against the Leopards.
• Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull scored three goals and added five assists en route to producing his eighth-career hat trick and the fourth this year (VMI-6, Jacksonville-3, Bucknell-3, Lafayette-3).
• Freshman Gabe Voumard turned in back-to-back goals for the Mids early in the game, marking his first-collegiate points.
• Second-year long pole Pat Kiernan played his most complete game, causing a team-high four turnovers, picking up five ground balls and scoring a career-high two goals.
• Sophomore attackman Austin Heneveld scored his first goal of the season, while junior Jordan Seivold, who is playing both ways this season, recorded his first point in what was his first appearance of the year.

Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event this Saturday following its game against Holy Cross (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Patriot League Boasts Nation’s Top Two Scorers
• The nation’s top two point producers hail from Patriot League institutions according to this week’s NCAA statistics report.
• Colgate junior Peter Baum is leading the country with his 5.83 points per game (26G, 9A), while Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull stands second, averaging 5.40 points per contest (15G, 12A).
• Baum is also the nation’s top goal producer (4.33), while Hull is tied for ninth, scoring 3.00 goals per game.
• Hull has registered hat tricks in four of the five games this season.
• Hull is also ranked among the top 10 in assist per game, dealing out 2.40 per contest.

A Tip of the Hat
• Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull is tied for 18th among the nation’s career hat trick leaders.
• Hull has punched in three or more goals in eight of the 18 games over his two-year career, including four of the five contests this season.
• Hull is the only sophomore listed among the top 20.
• Hull stands alongside Siena’s Danny Martinsen and Chris Roth.
• Siena’s Bryan Neufeld leads the pack with 24-career hat tricks, while Denver senior Mark Matthews is just one behind.

Mirror, Mirror
• Through five games, Navy has scored 79 points on 50 goals and 29 assists … so, too, has Navy’s opponents … as in the exact same totals, 79 points on 50 goals and 29 assists.
• Having played just two Patriot League games, Navy has scored 21 goals, as has its foes, Bucknell (14) and Lafayette (7).

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Towson Returns to Action Tuesday Against Navy on WNST

Posted on 13 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Towson will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time this season as the Tigers host Navy at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Tuesday evening. The game, which is sponsored by Under Armour, will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Now 2-2 on the season, the Tigers will be looking to remain perfect at home after topping Mount St. Mary’s 10-8 in their home opener March 3. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli tallied a team-high three goals to lead Towson past The Mount and the midfielder is now second on the squad with seven goals. Senior attackman Sean Maguire tallied his third multi-goal game of the season in the win and he now leads Towson with eight goals and 10 points.

Scouting the Midshipmen

Navy snapped its three-game losing streak Saturday by topping Lafayette, 12-7, on the road. After opening the year with a win at VMI, the Midshipmen dropped contests against Jacksonville, No. 4 North Carolina and Bucknell. Navy’s only common opponent thus far with Towson is Jacksonville. The Midshipmen lost by a 13-7 score while the Tigers upended the Dolphins 12-10 in their season opener. Both games were played in Jacksonville. Navy is led by standout sophomore Tucker Hull, who has a remarkable 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists. Classmate Sam Jones is second on the squad with 16 points on nine goals and seven assists.

Last Year’s Towson-Navy Meeting
After four lead changes and five ties Navy executed a late 6-0 run to rally from a three-goal third quarter deficit and hand Towson a 14-11 loss in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. The 10th meeting between the two schools on the lacrosse field more resembled a ping-pong game with back-and-forth lead changes and momentum swings. But Navy mounted the final charge that erased an 11-8 Tigers’ lead with 3:04 left in the third quarter that lifted the Midshipmen to victory. Matt Hughes led the Tigers with three goals in the loss.

Towson-Navy Series History
The Tigers and Midshipmen will be meeting for the 11th time on the lacrosse field tonight. Navy owns a 6-4 advantage in the series, but Towson has won two of the last three meetings.

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Towson Tops Mount St. Mary’s in Home Opener

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli (Lynbrook H.S./East Rockaway, N.Y.) matched his career high by scoring three goals in a game for the second time this season as Towson University (2-2) used a three-goal run in the final 5:13 to post a 10-8 come-from-behind victory over Mount St. Mary’s (1-2) in the Tigers’ home opener at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

In a game that was tied five times and had five lead changes, the Mountaineers scored four straight goals in the second half to take an 8-7 lead with 9:03 remaining. Junior Andrew Scalley(Archbishop Spalding H.S./Arnold, Md.) gave The Mount its lead when he scored an unassisted goal, his second goal of the game. With 7:33 remaining, The Mount had a great chance to extend its lead when the Tiger bench was penalized for a conduct foul. However, the Tigers were able to kill off that penalty, setting up the tying goal.

With 5:13 left in regulation, senior Matt Lamon (St. Mary’s H.S./Annapolis, Md.) scored off a pass from freshman Robby Zoppo (Calvert Hall College H.S./Baltimore, Md.) to tie the game at 8-8, the fifth tie of the game. It was Lamon’s second goal of the game. He did not score in the Tigers’ first three contests.

After junior Ian Mills (Chantilly H.S./Centreville, Va.) won the ensuing faceoff, junior Matt Hughes(Central Bucks East H.S./Doylestown, Pa.) came from behind the cage and scored an unassisted goal with 4:00 remaining, giving the Tigers a 9-8 advantage. After the Tigers took the lead, Mills won another faceoff and that set up DeNapoli’s third goal, which came on a drive from the right side with 2:56 remaining.

Although the Mountaineers won the next faceoff, they quickly turned it over and the Tigers were able to run out the clock, posting their seventh victory in eight all-time meetings with The Mount.

Led by senior Bryant Schmidt (St. Mary’s Ryken H.S./Great Mills, Md.), who scored four goals, the Mountaineers outshot the Tigers, 34-24. However, Tiger goalkeepers Travis Love (Winters Mill H.S./Westminster, Md.) and Andrew Wascavage (St. Mary’s Ryken H.S./Drayden, Md.) combined to make 12 saves. Love had seven saves while playing the first half while Wascavage had five saves in the second half.

The Mountaineers, who upset two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware last week, took an early 1-0 lead just 1:42 into the game when Schmidt scored his first goal of the game.

The Tigers responded by scoring three consecutive goals to take a 3-1 lead in the second quarter. After senior Sean Maguire (Calvert Hall College H.S./Lutherville, Md.) scored the tying goal on an extra man opportunity, Lamon’s first goal of the season gave the Tigers a 2-1 lead with 5:09 left in the opening period. With 12:36 left in the second quarter, DeNapoli put the Tigers up by 3-1 when he scored an extra man goal.

But, the Mountaineers erupted for three goals in a period of 1:19 to take a 4-3 lead with 10:05 remaining in the first half. With 11:24 left in the half, Bryant Schmidt’s extra man goal cut the deficit to 3-2. His twin brother, Brett Schmidt (St. Mary’s Ryken H.S./Great Mills, Md.), tied the game at 3-3 with 10:30 left when he scored off a pass from Scalley.

Just 25 seconds later, Scalley’s unassisted goal gave The Mount a 4-3 lead.

With 6:30 remaining in the half, DeNapoli tied the game at 4-4 with an unassisted goal before sophomore Andrew Hodgson (West Islip H.S./West Islip, N.Y.) scored an unassisted goal with 2:50 left to give the Tigers a 5-4 advantage.

The Tigers opened the second half with a 2-0 run to take a 7-4 lead with 10:12 remaining in the third quarter. Maguire’s second goal of the game made it 6-4 with 11:20 left in the quarter. An unassisted goal by senior Michael Brashears (Calvert Hall College H.S./Timonium, Md.) with 10:12 left upped the lead to 7-4.

Just when it appeared that the Tigers were about to break the game open, they went through a scoring drought of nearly 20 minutes. By the time Lamon ended the drought with 5:13 left in the game, the Mountaineers had taken a lead.

Trailing by 7-4 in the third quarter, the Mountaineers went on a four-goal run to grab a lead. Bryant Schmidt scored twice in the third quarter and Brett Schmidt had one goal to tie the game at 7-7 after three quarters.

When Scalley scored an unassisted goal with 9:03 left in the game, The Mount owned its final lead.

Bryant Schmidt led The Mount with four goals while Brett Schmidt and Scalley each had a pair of goals. Daniel Stranix had three assists for The Mount.

DeNapoli paced the Tigers with three goals while Lamon added two goals and an assist. Maguire had two goals while Hughes chipped in with a goal and an assist.

The Tigers, who snapped a two-game losing streak, return to action on Tuesday, March 13 when they host Navy at 7:30 p.m.

Men’s College Lacrosse: Towson 10, Mount St. Mary’s 8
Mount St. Mary’s (1-2)  1-3-3-1 / 8
Towson (2-2)  2-3-2-3 / 10

Goals: MSM – Bryant Schmidt 4, Brett Schmidt 2, Andrew Scalley 2; TOW – Thomas DeNapoli 3, Matt Lamon 2, Sean Maguire 2, Matt Hughes 1, Andrew Hodgson 1, Michael Brashears 1.Assists: MSM – Daniel Stranix 3, Anthony Golden 1, Andrew Scalley 1; TOW – Matt Hughes 1, Matt Lamon 1, Brian Prendergast 1, Robby Zoppo 1. Saves: MSM – Chris Klaiber 7 (60:00, 10 goals allowed); TOW – Travis Love 7 (30:00, 4 goals allowed); Andrew Wascavage 5 (30:00, 4 goals allowed). Shots: MSM – 34; TOW – 24. Extra-Man Opportunities: MSM – 1 for 3; TOW – 2 for 3. Attendance: 1,128.

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Towson Lax Home Opener Saturday Against Mount St. Mary’s on WNST

Posted on 03 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Looking to snap their two-game losing streak, the Tigers return to Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday afternoon to host Mount St. Mary’s in the 2012 home opener. The game, which is sponsored by Mariner Finance, will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Note: If the Tiger men’s basketball team advances to the CAA Tournament quarter-finals on Saturday, the Tiger men’s lacrosse game will be broadcast on TowsonTigers.com in its entirety.   

Updating the Tigers
Now 1-2 on the season, the Tigers have dropped back-to-back games after a season-opening 12-10 victory over Jacksonville on Feb. 11. The Tigers lost by a 12-6 margin to No. 2 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 17 before suffering a 13-6 defeat at No. 13 Loyola last Saturday afternoon. Freshman midfielder Justin Mabus recorded his second three-point game of the season by scoring a goal with two assists. Meanwhile, senior attackman Sean Maguire tallied two goals in a losing effort. Maguire is the Tigers’ leading scorer with six goals and two assists while Mabus has a team-high five assists. 

Scouting the Mountaineers
Off to a 1-1 start this season, the Mountaineers will be playing their third game in eight days when they visit Towson on Saturday afternoon. After opening the season with a 12-10 upset victory over two-time defending Colonial Athletic Association champion Delaware last Saturday afternoon, the Mountaineers dropped a 17-5 decision against No. 1 Virginia on Tuesday afternoon at Waldron Family Stadium. Junior midfielder Daniel Stranix is the team’s leading scorer with five goals and one assist. 

Last Year’s Towson-Mount St. Mary’s Meeting
Led by three goals from attackman Matt Hughes, the Tigers erupted for four early goals en route to a dominating 11-3 victory over Mount St. Mary’s at Waldron Family Stadium. The Tigers, who owned a 6-2 lead at half-time, held the Mountaineers scoreless for the first 26:21 of the game. While Hughes led the Tigers with three goals and an assist, midfielder Andrew Hodgson contributed two goals with an assist as the Tigers outshot Mount St. Mary’s by a 46-31 margin. Andrew Scalley led the Mountaineers with two goals while goalkeeper T.C. DiBartolo had 14 saves, including seven in the fourth quarter.

Towson-Mount St. Mary’s Series History
The Tigers and the Mountaineers will be meeting for the eighth time in an all-time series that Towson leads by a 6-1 margin. The Tigers have won the last five meetings in the series, including last year’s 11-3 victory at Waldron Family Stadium. The Mountaineers’ lone victory in the series came on Mar. 26, 1975 in a 1-0 forfeit victory at Towson. During the seven-game series, the Tigers have averaged 14.1 goals per game while holding the Mountaineers to eight goals or less in six of the seven games.

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Towson Looks to Bounce Back Against Loyola Saturday on WNST

Posted on 25 February 2012 by WNST Staff

2012 Towson University Men’s Lacrosse
Game 3: Tigers at No. 13 Loyola
Saturday, Feb. 25, 2012 | 1 p.m.
Ridley Athletic Complex | Baltimore, Md.
Radio: WNST-AM 1570

Towson Looks to Defeat Greyhounds for First Time Since 2007

Opening Face-Off
Hoping to rebound from their first loss of the season, the Tigers will finish their season-opening three-game road trip on Saturday afternoon when they make the short trip to the Ridley Athletic Complex to face No. 13 Loyola University Maryland at 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 with Eric Rhew and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Now 1-1 on the season, the Tigers dropped a 12-6 decision against No. 2 Johns Hopkins last Friday night at Homewood Field. After battling to a 3-3 tie, the Blue Jays scored eight straight goals to take a commanding 11-3 advantage they did not relinquish. Redshirt freshman midfielder Robby Zoppo posted his second straight two-goal game while junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage had a career-high 11 saves in his second straight start. Senior attackman Sean Maguire is the Tigers’ leading scorer with four goals and two assists.

Scouting the Greyhounds
After opening the season with a 13-8 victory over Delaware last Saturday, the Greyhounds enter this week’s game as the 13th-ranked team in the USILA Division I Coaches’ Poll. The Greyhounds, who won their season opener for the third straight year, were led by graduate student Eric Lusby, who had four goals in his return from a knee injury. Meanwhile, junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff was named as the ECAC Defensive Player of the Week after scoring a goal with a career-high seven ground balls and two caused turnovers in the win over Delaware. Loyola Coach Charley Toomey is in his seventh season as the Greyhounds’ leader; he has posted a 47-36 record.

Close Calls
The series between Towson and Loyola has provided some exciting moments for fans throughout the years. In the previous 53 meetings between the long-time rivals, there have been 21 games decided by two goals or less, including 15 one-goal affairs. The teams played three straight one-goal games from 1986 to 1988 with the Tigers taking two of those meetings. In fact, five of the last seven games played between the two teams have been decided by two goals or less, including last year’s 3-2 victory by the Greyhounds.

Towson-Loyola Series History
The Tigers and the Greyhounds will be meeting for the 54th time in a series which Towson leads by a 27-26 margin. However, the Greyhounds have won the last four games in the series, including last year’s 3-2 victory at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Prior to the Greyhounds’ four-game win streak, the Tigers had won three straight games in the series, including a 9-8 victory at Diane Geppi-Aikens Field on Feb. 26, 2007. The teams have met once in the postseason when the Tigers earned a 16-11 win over the Greyhounds in the 1996 NCAA Tournament.

Last Year’s Towson-Loyola Meeting
Led by two goals from attackman Matt Langan, the 15th-ranked Greyhounds earned a 3-2 victory over the Tigers in a defensive battle at Johnny Unitas® Stadium last year. The Greyhounds, who defeated the Tigers for the fourth straight year, used a pair of goals in the final six minutes of regulation to keep the Tigers from earning their first win of the season. After attackman Mike Sawyer tied the game at 2-2 with 5:43 remaining in the fourth quarter, Langan scored the game-winning marker with 2:40 left on an unassisted goal past Towson goalkeeper Travis Love. Love led the Tigers with nine saves in a losing effort from midfielders Pat Britton and Alec Jernstedt accounted for the Tigers’ goals.

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