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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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Towson Football Tiger Bowl II Set For Saturday Afternoon

Posted on 20 April 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Tiger Bowl II, which features an intrasquad football game among members of the Towson University team, will be held on Saturday, April 21 as a highlight of a full day of activities for Tiger fans.

The Tiger Bowl, which attracted more than 1,000 fans last season, will be played at 1 p.m. in Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Admission to the Tiger Bowl is free and open to the public.

Tiger Bowl Saturday starts at 9 a.m. with a Youth Football Clinic that will be held at the Towson University Soccer Complex. The clinic is open to all eighth graders or younger and it will be conducted by the Tiger coaching staff.

At 11:30 a.m., the Tiger Football Alumni Game will be played in Unitas Stadium. Former football players will return to the gridiron in a game of flag football on Minnegan Field.

The inaugural Tiger Bowl will conclude the Tiger football team’s Spring season. Coach Rob Ambrose and his staff have 42 letter winners and a very talented group of newcomers who will be hoping to impress the coaching staff during the Tiger Bowl. The Tigers return nine starters on offense and nine starters on defense from last year’s team.

The 2011 Tigers were known as the “Turnaround Tigers” as they were the most improved team in NCAA FCS. One year after posting a 1-10 record, the 2011 Tigers went 9-3 and won their first Colonial Athletic Association championship. The Tigers, who were ranked ninth at the end of the season, reached the second round of the NCAA FCS playoffs.

Junior tackle Eric Pike is one of the top returnees for an offense that rushed for 229.9 yards per game and ranked among the national leaders with a 34.8 scoring average. A third-year starter at tackle, Pike was named third team All-CAA. Junior quarterback Grant Enders, a two-time selection as CAA Offensive Player of the Week, returns to direct the Tiger offense. Last season, he led the CAA in passing efficiency while throwing for 2,081 yards and 16 touchdowns. Sophomore Terrance West is back to lead the Tigers’ rushing attack. The winner of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football, West ran for 1,294 yards last season and scored an NCAA FCS-leading 29 touchdowns.

A pair of All-America selections, senior safety Jordan Dangerfield and senior defensive end Frank Beltre, return to lead the Tigers’ defense. A first team All-America selection by The College Sports Journal, Dangerfield led the Tigers with 93 tackles despite missing two games with an injury. He was a virtual turnover machine as he intercepted two passes, forced two fumbles and recovered a pair of fumbles. An honorable mention All-American, Beltre was tied for fourth on the team with 68 tackles. He also led the Tigers with 12 tackles for lost yardage.

While Tiger Bowl II is being played in Unitas Stadium, the Tiger baseball team will host Georgia State in the second game of their three-game weekend series at John B. Schuerholz Park at 2 p.m.

After Tiger Bowl II is played, the Tiger men’s lacrosse team will honor their seniors when the Tigers host Drexel University in a vital CAA matchup in Unitas Stadium at 7:30 p.m.


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Towson Can’t Get Going Offensively In Loss to Penn State

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

No. 16 Penn State Upends Towson, 8-3
Andrew Wascavage Ties Career-High With 17 Saves

TOWSON, Md. – Towson junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage tied his career-high with 17 saves, but the Tiger offense was held in check in an 8-3 loss to No. 16 Penn State Saturday night at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Towson (7-5, 2-2 CAA) scored the final two goals of the second quarter to trail just 4-3 at halftime, but for the first time all season the Tigers failed to register a goal in the second half.

Penn State (7-5, 3-1 CAA) outshot Towson 39-28 en route to winning its third straight game. Shane Sturgis and Matthew Mackrides each posted hat tricks for the Nittany Lions, who move into a tie with Drexel for second in the league standings behind No. 2 UMass.

“We’re really going to have a tough road ahead of us if we’re only going to score three goals a game,” said Tiger head coach Shawn Nadelen. “Penn State set the tone early. They came out with a lot of emotion. Their goalie is very good, but we made him look great with our shot selection.”

Towson struck first at the 8:35 mark of the opening quarter on a blast from senior Carl Iacona off a feed from sophomore Andrew Hodgson. Penn State controlled the rest of the quarter though, scoring four consecutive goals to end the stanza up 4-1. Mackrides tallied a pair of goals in the first quarter and Drew Roper capped the Nittany Lion run with a goal with just under one second remaining before the horn.

The Tigers held Penn State scoreless in the second quarter and senior Matt Lamon scored twice in a 37 second span to cut the Nittany Lion lead to 4-3 at halftime. Junior Matt Hughes assisted on Lamon’s second goal.

Towson’s offense was stalled though for the final 6:45 of the first half and the entire second half. Sturgis scored the only two goals of the third quarter to give Penn State a 6-3 edge entering the final period.

The Tigers got off 11 shots in the fourth quarter and created a handful of decent scoring chances, but Nittany Lion goalkeeper Austin Kaut made six of his 13 saves in the stanza to keep the Tigers scoreless.

Mackrides completed his hat trick 2:15 into the fourth quarter and Jack Forster netted his team-leading 24th goal of the year with 5:35 remaining to seal the win for Penn State.

Wascavage, who recorded 17 saves against UMBC just 10 days ago, has posted 49 saves in his last three games.

Towson will play its final home game of the 2012 season on Saturday, April 14 against Drexel. The CAA clash with the Dragons is set to get underway at 7:30 p.m. from Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The Tiger seniors will be honored in a pregame ceremony.

-TowsonTigers.com-

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Towson Looks To Get Back to Winning Saturday Against Penn State on WNST

Posted on 14 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off After having its five-game winning streak snapped at No. 2 UMass, the Towson men’s lacrosse team will look to bounce back against No. 16 Penn State Saturday at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Saturday will also be Alumni Day as the Tigers welcome back dozens of former players. Saturday’s crucial CAA clash, which is sponsored by PNC Bank, is set to get underway at 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
Despite having its five-game winning streak snapped at UMass, Towson remains near the top of the CAA standings with three games to play. The Tigers are 7-4 overall and tied for third in the league standings with a 2-1 mark. Towson continues to rank among the nation’s best in shot percentage, converting goals on 35.1 percent of their shots. That number ranks tops among CAA schools and third nationally. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli leads the Tigers with 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists. With his goal at UMass, senior Sean Maguire extended his point streak to 14 consecutive games dating back to last season. Maguire paces six Tigers that have tallied double-digit goals this year with 18. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage has made an impressive 32 saves in his last two outings, including a career-high 17 against rival UMBC. Wascavage ranks fifth in the CAA by averaging 9.18 saves per game.

Scouting the Nittany Lions
Penn State (6-5, 2-1 CAA) has won three of its last four games and is coming off a critical CAA road win at Drexel. The Nittany Lions lone league loss came in overtime (9-8) against No. 2 UMass. Penn State also picked up a big road win by knocking off No. 6 Notre Dame, 4-3 in overtime, earlier this season. The Nittany Lions have five players with double-digit points, led by current CAA Player of the Week Jack Forester. Forester has posted a team-high 34 points on 23 goals and 11 assists. The senior recorded seven points (4g, 3a) to lead Penn State to a come-from-behind win at Drexel this past Saturday. Forester has notched consecutive four-goal games and is in the midst of a seven-game goal-scoring streak.

Towson-Penn State Series History
The Tigers own a 13-5 all-time record against the Nittany Lions since the series began in 1981. Towson has won two of the last three meetings and 10 of 12 against Penn State since 1987. However, the Nittany Lions defeated the Tigers last season, 7-6. Towson has won seven of nine all-time home matchups between the squads.

Among the Nation’s Best
Towson ranks among the nation’s best in shot percentage this season. The Tigers have scored 105 goals on just 299 shots (35.1 percent), a number that ranks tops in the CAA and third nationally. Bucknell leads the nation shooting at a 37.9 percent clip. Shot percentage is one of two statistical categories that Towson leads the CAA in. The Tigers are also first in league in man-up scoring, converting on 14 of 30 opportunities.

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Towson Announces Inaugural Doc Minnegan Day

Posted on 12 April 2012 by WNST Staff

INAUGURAL DOC MINNEGAN DAY TO BE CELEBRATED ON SEPTEMBER 4

All-Campus Event To Celebrate Memory of “Doc” Minnegan, Teamwork, Sportsmanship
TOWSON, Md. – As a tribute to Dr. Donald “Doc” Minnegan, the long-time teacher, coach, physical education department chairman and Director of Athletics at Towson University, Tuesday, September 4 has been designated as the first “Doc Minnegan Day,” it has been announced by Director of Athletics Mike Waddell. 

“Over my first 18 months at Towson, I have heard a lot about the contributions of Doc Minnegan to the Towson University community, but also to the Baltimore sports scene and American Sport as a whole,” said Waddell. “There are many ways that we pay tribute to Doc at Towson – Minnegan Field at Johnny Unitas® Stadium, the Minnegan Room in the Field House, and even our mascot “DOC” gets his name from our first AD.  

“But looking at it from the eyes of our student-athletes and many of the coaches, there was not a clear understanding of who Doc was or what he had done during his career to make a difference.  I have talked with many of Alumni who played for and knew Doc, and I got the idea to create a day celebrating his memory every year through a series of leadership development events with our teams, coaches and staff.  The event will culminate with a cookout for our student-athletes and then we will invite the campus community to join us to hear a keynote speaker who will embody Doc’s mantra of ‘I Can Do It.’”  

A native of DeKalb, Illinois, Dr. Donald “Doc” Minnegan was an influential part of the Towson community for 50 years. “Doc” earned his teaching degree from Illinois State College in 1923 and his Bachelor’s degree from Springfield College in 1927. He arrived at Towson in 1927 when the school was known as “Maryland State Normal School.” He began his career as a part-time physical education teacher for the men on campus and soon established a number of teams beginning with soccer in 1929 when he became a full-time faculty member. In addition, he began the baseball, gymnastics, track, wrestling, football and lacrosse teams.
He retired in 1977 after 50 years at Towson.

“The more I learned about ‘Doc,’ it was obvious that he was a team builder from Day 1,” added Waddell. “In searching for a speaker, we wanted to find someone who could give voice to this theme, but also make it relevant in a myriad of ways to what Towson is all about today. One man immediately came to mind – Coach Herman Boone, the inspiration for the movie, ‘Remember The Titans.’

“The movie chronicled his story about the way he brought the T.C. Williams High School football team together and led them to become a family first, then CHAMPIONS,” added Waddell. “That is what Doc Minnegan was all about and it is what we are striving for with our #OneTOWSON theme and the way that Athletics relates back to the campus community.”

Coach Herman Boone faced a very difficult situation in 1971 when racial tensions were running high at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Va. Three schools had merged to form a newly-integrated one. Out of this experience, the story of “Remember The Titans” emerged and an undefeated football team was born. T.C. Williams won the state championship that season. While there have been many more Virginia state championship football teams, that 1971 team, coached by Boone, will always be special.

Through hard work and inspiring his coaching staff and players, Coach Boone led his team to the state championship that season. Today, Boone is retired but continues to motivate and inspire audiences with his presentations on respect, teamwork and community involvement.

Coach Boone will speak on the night of September 4.  The exact time and location will be announced in the coming months, along with a series of leadership development activities which will be held on campus throughout the day.  

All events are open to the Towson University campus community, free of charge, on a first come first served basis.

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Wascavage Strong But Towson Can’t Pull Shocker At UMass

Posted on 08 April 2012 by WNST Staff

No. 19 Towson Falls at No. 2 Massachusetts
Andrew Wascavage Records Game-High 15 Saves

AMHERST, Mass. – The 19th-ranked Towson men’s lacrosse team saw its five-game winning streak snapped at No. 2 Massachusetts Saturday afternoon as the Tigers fell 14-3 in front of 2,105 fans at Garber Stadium. UMass scored 11 of the game’s final 12 goals after Towson cut the Minutemen lead to 3-2 with less than four seconds to play in the second quarter.

The loss drops the Tigers drop to 7-4 overall and 2-1 in Colonial Athletic Association play. The Minutemen (10-0, 3-0 CAA) had seven different players score, including a career-high tying four goals from junior Kyle Smith.

The Tigers were outshot 55-24 and won just five of 19 face-off’s. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was the lone bright spot for the Tigers as he followed up a career-high 17 save performance against UMBC on Wednesday with 15 saves against the Minutemen.

The Tigers were held scoreless in the first quarter for the first time all season as UMass raced out to an early 2-0 lead behind goals from juniors Will Manny and Colin Fleming. It was just the second quarter all season in which the Tigers didn’t post a score.

Manny tallied his second goal of the day and 31st of the year at the 5:29 mark of the second quarter to give the Minutemen a three-goal advantage.

The Tigers finally broke through on the offensive end when junior Matt Hughes took a pass from sophomore Andrew Hodgson and found the back of the cage for his 14th goal of the year. Hughes’ goal came nearly 27 minutes into the game.

Towson didn’t wait nearly as long getting its second goal of the game. With time dwindling down in the opening half, sophomore Thomas DeNapoli was doubled and he found Hodgson for a blast from the left side. Hodgson’s goal came with just 3.9 seconds left before halftime and cut the Minutemen lead to 3-2.

With the momentum swung toward the Tigers, UMass won the ensuing face-off and raced down the field and scored a disputed goal as time expired. The Minutemen, who outshot Towson 15-5 in the second quarter, led 4-2 at the intermission.

UMass took advantage of the momentum it got from its second quarter buzzer-beater and turned it into a big third quarter. The Minutemen got four goals from four different players and outscored the Tigers 4-1 in the period to grab an 8-3 lead. Towson’s lone goal of the quarter came from Sean Maguire, who registered his team-high 18th goal of the season.

After two dramatic come-from-behind efforts in its last two games, Towson would have no such luck against UMass. The Minutemen held the Tigers scoreless in the final period while netting six goals to pull away for their 10th straight win to start the season.

Towson returns home to Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Saturday, April 14 to take on No. 15 Penn State. Opening face-off is set for 7:30 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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