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White dominant for Towson in upset win at UMass

Posted on 05 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Amherst, Mass. - Sophomore Tyler White made 16 saves, saving the best one for 10 seconds left in the game, as Towson (8-3, 2-1 CAA) defeated No. 11 UMass (7-4, 1-1 CAA), 6-5, Saturday afternoon at Garber Field.

“It was the game we expected,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “We knew it would be tough, and both goalies played very well. Any time you play UMass, it’s a street fight. Tyler White came up huge for us. It’s a great win for us.”

The Tigers scored their last goal at 9:01 in the third quarter and withstood a furious UMass charge for the victory. It was Towson’s 30th program victory over a ranked team on the road and first since the 2013 CAA champioship.

UMass’s Grant Whiteway opened the scoring at 11:36, but the Minutemen weren’t in the lead for long before DeNapoli and Justin Mabus teamed up for DeNapoli’s 16th goal of the season at 8:57 first quarter. Cuccinello put the Tigers ahead, 3-1, at the end of the first quarter when he scored back-to-back goals 39 seconds apart.

Mariano notched his 23rd of the year at 12:35 in the second quarter, unassisted, to make it 3-2 in favor of Towson. Sophomore Ben McCarty contributed a goal at 10:40, but Mariano answered just under two minutes later. Neither team was able to do much offensively until Seider scored unassisted with a shot low to the right at 6:26 in the second.

The Tigers struggled with turnovers late in the first half, and White made five stand-up saves for Towson on quality Minutemen shots.

Ryan Izzo cut the Tigers’ lead to 5-4 when he cut right down the middle and scored unassisted with 48 seconds left in the half.

Seider started the scoring in the second half at 9:01 when he worked in alone to the right side of the net and stuffed it in to give the Tigers another two-goal lead, 6-4. Towson ended the third quarter ahead, 6-5, after Jeff George sent a scorcher past White.

The fourth quarter started with a long UMass possession in which the Minutemen took six shots. Towson then went cold on offense, hitting the pipe twice and forcing Minutemen keeper Zach Oliveri into multiple tough saves.

Towson went a man down for two minutes and killed both penalties but could not sustain an offensive possession. Mariano took UMass’s last shot with 10 seconds left, which White stopped dead. The Tigers ran out the last few seconds for the win.

The Tigers kick off a three-game homestand to end the regular season with Penn State on Saturday, April 12 at 7 p.m.

COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Towson 6, No. 11 UMass 5
Towson (8-3, 2-1 CAA)    3-2-1-0/6
UMass (8-2, 2-0 CAA)     1-3-1-0/5

GOALS: TOW – Cuccinello 2, Seider 2, DeNapoli, McCarty; UMASS – Mariano 2, Whiteway, Izzo, George.ASSISTS: TOW – Mabus; UMASS – Consoletti, Mooney, George. SAVES: TOW – White (16, 60:00, 5 GA); Oliveri (13, 60:00, 6 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 35; UMASS – 33. GROUNDBALLS: TOW – 22; UMASS – 24. FACE-OFFS:TOW – 5-12; UMASS – 7-12. EMO: TOW – 0-4; UMASS – 0-4. ATT: 786.

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Towson tries to return to winning ways Saturday at UMass

Posted on 04 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson men’s lacrosse hits the road for the last time in the regular season, visiting the No. 11 Minutemen of UMass on Saturday, April 5 at 12 p.m. at Garber Field.

Opening Face-Off
Hofstra snapped Towson’s six-game win streak with a 9-7 victory over the Tigers in a windy and soggy contest in Hempstead, N.Y. on March 29. UMass is coming off a 12-6 win over Hartford. The Minutemen jumped from 14th to 11th in this week’s USILA coaches poll.

Updating the Tigers
Despite a career-best four goals from freshman Joe Seider, Towson fell, 9-7, at Hofstra on Saturday. The game was tightly contested until the third quarter when Towson went 17:00 without a goal. The Tigers had a chance to tie it late, but the Pride’s Torin Varn scopped a rebounding save and scored for the final margin.

Scouting the Minutemen
UMass has been in the top 15 of the USILA coaches poll since the first week of the season. The Minutemen have ranked as high as ninth and are No. 11 this week. Their only two losses came against then-No. 18 Albany (25-10) and then-No. 19 Fairfield (11-5). Saturday’s game is the bookend to back-to-back home games, after last weekend’s 12-6 win over Hartford. UMass is 3-1 at home this season. The Minutemen’s conference win came over then-No. 5 Penn State (8-6) on March 15.

Towson-UMass Series History
This series is a long one, composed of just a few games. It started in 1963 with a four-goal UMass victory but wasn’t revived until 2010. The Minutemen hold a 4-3 advantage in the series and are 2-1 against Towson in Amherst, Mass.

Last Time Out vs. UMass – April 6, 2013 (UMass 5, Towson 9)
Devin Grimaldi posted his first career hat trick, and Andrew Wascavage added a season-high 20 saves as Towson defeated UMass, 9-5, at Unitas Stadium. Aftera  first quarter where neither team scored, Towson ran out to a 6-1 lead with three minutes left in the third frame on goals from six different players. Grimaldi tallied two of his three goals early in the fourth quarter – insurance Towson needed later when UMass closed the game on a furious three-goal run.

Greg Cuccinello tied his then-career high with two goals. Ben McCarty and Thomas DeNapoli each posted a goal for the Tigers. UMass had five different players - Kyle SmithMatt WhippenConnor MooneyColin Fleming and Will Manny - score goals. Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net for the Minutemen.

Seider Named CAA Rookie of the Week
For the second time in 2014, freshman Joe Seider earned CAA Rookie of the Week accolades. This time, he scored a career-high four goals in a 9-7 loss at Hofstra. His first goal tied the game at 4-4 just before the half. His last goal was an EMO tally that inched Towson to within two, 8-6, with 9:26 left.

Next Up
Towson kicks off a three-game home stand to finish the regular season with a 7 p.m. game against Penn State on Saturday, April 12.

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Towson improves to 3-0 in CAA with win over UMass

Posted on 06 April 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Junior Devin Grimaldi posted his first career hat trick, and senior Andrew Wascavage added a season-high 20 saves as Towson (7-5, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) defeated UMass (5-6, 0-3 CAA), 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium.

After a first quarter where neither team scored, Towson ran out to a 6-1 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter on goals from six different players. Grimaldi tallied two of his three goals early in the fourth quarter – insurance Towson needed later when UMass closed the game on a furious three-goal run.

Sophomore Greg Cuccinello tied his career high with two goals. Sophomores Rob Zoppo, Cory Dobyns and Ben McCarty and junior Thomas DeNapoli each posted a goal for the Tigers. Wascavage’s 20 saves are a season high and fell one short of his career high. UMass had five different players - Kyle Smith, Matt Whippen, Connor Mooney, Colin Fleming and Will Manny - score goals. Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net for the Minutemen.

For just the third time all season, Towson got on the board first. Dobyns took a behind the head shot off a pass from Grimaldi at 12:40 in the second quarter. Smith took advantage of an extra-man opportunity at 6:02 in the second when the Tigers were called for a 30-second hold, but Towson then scored five unanswered goals to take its 6-1 lead.

Whippen stopped the Tigers’ run with an unassisted goal at 1:38. However, Grimaldi scored back-to-back and Cuccinello added his second when he ripped a shot past Oliveri, beating the goal high left. UMass began its comeback with 5:03 left in the game on a goal from Manny. Mooney and Fleming added their tallies at 4:21 and 3:30 in the fourth, respectively, but the effort fell short.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 13 when they travel to University Park to face No. 13 Penn State.

NOTES: Grimaldi’s hat trick was the first of his career … his four points on the day were a career high … Towson is 3-0 when scoring first this season … the last time the Tigers were 3-0 in the CAA was 2010 … Towson’s win snaps UMass’ three-game win streak in the series … this is the fourth straight game the Tigers have limited their opponent to less than nine goals and fifth time in the last six games … Juniors Thomas DeNapoli and Andrew Hodgson and senior Andrew Wascavage continued streaks – DeNapoli and Hodgson each have a point in 13 consecutive games, while Wascavage has made 10+ saves in 13 straight contests.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Towson 9, UMass 5
UMass (5-6, 0-3 CAA) 0-1-1-3/5
Towson (7-5, 3-0 CAA) 0-2-4-3/9

GOALS: UMASS – Smith, Whippen, Mooney, Fleming, Manny; TOW – Grimaldi 3, Cuccinello 2, Zoppo, DeNapoli, Dobyns, McCarty. ASSISTS: UMASS – Smith, Sokol; TOW – Zoppo 2, Grimaldi, Hodgson. SAVES: UMASS – Oliveri (10, 60:00, 9 GA); TOW – Wascavage (20, 60:00, 5 GA). SHOTS: UMASS – 40, TOW – 35. GROUND BALLS: UMASS – 25, TOW – 20. FACE-OFFS: UMASS – 13-18; TOW – 5-18. CLEARS: UMASS – 12-12; TOW – 22-25. EMO: UMASS – 2-3; TOW – 0-2. ATT: 1027.

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Towson looks for fourth straight win Saturday against UMass

Posted on 06 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Both teams are coming off a 7-6 decision last week. Towson defeated then-No. 15 Hofstra at home on Saturday, while UMass fell at St. Joseph’s. The game is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. and can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network on www.towsontigers.com with Spiro Morekas and former Tiger midfielder Hunter Lochte calling the action. 

Updating the Tigers
Towson won its third-straight game on Saturday with the 7-6 victory over Hofstra. Senior Andrew Wascavage made a season-best 19 saves and junior Andrew Hodgson and sophomore Justin Mabus each scored four points in the win. Thomas DeNapoli leads the CAA in goals per game (2.55) and is third in points per game (3.45). Wascavage’s 13.82 saves per game rank first in the league and his .608 save percentage is third. 

Last Time Out vs. UMass – May 2, 2012 (No. 1 UMass 10, Towson 3)
Towson finished its season in the CAA semifinals against then- No. 1 UMass with a 10-3 loss. The Minutemen kept the Tigers off the board until 2:50 in the third quarter, scoring six goals themselves. Sean Maguire, Matt Lamon and Andrew Hodgson each scored a goal for Towson. Justin Mabus led the Tigers with two assists. Art Kell (3) and Colin Fleming (4) had hat tricks for UMass, and Will Manny totaled five assists. Andrew Wascavage made 11 saves for Towson, while Tim McCormack stopped eight shots for UMass.
Towson-UMass Series History
Although this series began in 1963, it is a short one. After UMass claimed a 7-3 win on March 28, 1963, the Minutemen and the Tigers did not play again until 2010. Towson won both games played that season, but UMass has won the last three consecutive meetings by a combined score of 33-14.

Towson-UMass By the Numbers

All-Time Series Record UMass leads, 4-2
at Towson Tied, 1-1
at UMass UMass leads, 2-1
at Neutral Sites N/A
at Unknown Sites UMass leads, 1-0
First Meeting 1963 – UMass 7, Towson 3
Last Meeting 2012 – UMass 10, Towson 3
Streak UMass +3

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