TOWSON, Md. – After a lengthy lightning delay, No. 10 Penn (8-3) handed Towson men’s lacrosse (8-6) a 15-9 loss on Tuesday evening at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
The game was delayed twice for lightning; the second delay lasted for nearly two hours. Freshman Joe Seider led the Tigers with a hat trick. Junior Justin Mabus added four points on two goals and two assists. Nick Doktor posted three goals for Penn, while Isaac Bock and Chris Hilburn each tallied two.
“I thought the first half was hot and cold,” noted Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Being down two goals, I thought we were in good position but we came out kind of flat. They did a great job ramping up their offense, which they’re known to do … We got caught on our heels. It’s hard to swallow. There’s no reason for us to do that. ”
For the second straight game, Mabus opened the scoring at 14:03 in the first. He closed the quarter with his second of the evening, off an assist from senior Thomas DeNapoli exactly 13 minutes later to put the Tigers up 3-2.
However, Bock’s and Doktor’s four total goals – they book-ended the second quarter, each with a pair of back-to-back goals – gave the Quakers a 6-4 lead at the half, just before the first lightning delay. Doktors’ two goals at the end of the second quarter kicked off a six-goal Quaker run that extended Penn’s lead to 10-4 at 10:58 in the third.
DeNapoli and Mabus teamed up again for DeNapoli’s first goal in three games at 10:03 before Mike Powersscored for Penn, and the game entered its second lightning delay with 7:18 remaining in the third frame. Both teams had one hour and 53 minutes to wait before resuming play.
The Quakers were quicker off the restart, scoring three of the next five goals to hold a comfortable 14-7 advantage with 9:22 left in the game.
Towson continues to wait for its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament seed. The Tigers’ fate depends on the outcome of this weekend’s CAA contests.
COLLEGE MEN’S LACROSSE: Penn 15, Towson 9
Penn (7-3) 2-4-6-3/15
Towson (8-5) 3-1-3-2/9
GOALS: PENN – Doktor 3, Bock 2, Hilburn 2, Brown, Belinsky, Losco, McCallion, Staller, Power, D. Feeney, Tudor; TOW – Seider 3, Mabus 2, DeNapoli, Siskind, Drenner, Athens. ASSISTS: PENN – Brown 3, Belinsky 2, Bock; TOW – DeNapoli 2, Mabus 2, Cuccinello. SAVES: PENN – Feeney (13, 59:02, 9 GA), Lopes (1, 00:58, 0 GA); TOW – White (7, 56:49, 15 GA), Hoy (0, 3:11, 0 GA). SHOTS: PENN – 46; TOW – 33. GBs: PENN – 33; TOW – 22. FACE-OFFs: PENN 17-28; TOW – 11-28. EMO: PENN – 0-3; TOW – 1-4. ATT: 446.