Posted on 26 February 2012 by WNST Staff
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
TIGERS COMPLETE SEASON-OPENING ROAD TRIP AT NO. 13 LOYOLA
Towson Looks to Defeat Greyhounds for First Time Since 2007
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.
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.
Posted on 25 February 2012 by WNST Staff
|Date||Saturday, February 25, 2012|
|Location||Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex|
|Series Record||Towson leads, 27-26|
|Last Meeting||Loyola 3, Towson 2 – Feb. 26, 2011 at Towson|
The Greyhounds play their second game of the year on Saturday, February 25, 2012, when they host Towson University at 1 o’clock on Awalt Field at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Towson enters the game with a 1-1 record after defeating Jacksonville to open the season before falling at Johns Hopkins.
The Loyola-Towson rivalry is the most played series in the history of men’s lacrosse at both schools. Saturday’s game will be the 54th all-time meeting between the teams, dating back to 1959, the first year of intercollegiate lacrosse at Towson.
Of Loyola’s opponents, only Towson (53) and Penn State (50) have played the Greyhounds 50 or more times. Johns Hopkins will play Loyola for the 50th time later this season, and Georgetown will meet the Greyhounds for the 35th time next month.
Towson holds a slight 27-26 advantage in the series, but Loyola has won the last four.
Last year’s game was a defensive affair, as the Greyhounds won 3-2 when Matt Langan scored with 3:41 to play to put Loyola ahead.
In The Polls
Loyola moved up to No. 13 in the USILA Coaches’ Poll, and 16th in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Rankings after its 13-8 victory over Delaware.
Towson is receiving votes in the coaches version.
Loyola won its season opener for the third-straight year, defeating Delaware 13-8 last Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. The Greyhounds trailed, 3-0, after the first quarter, but they scored five in a row to go up 5-4 at halftime.
Lusby Makes Return
Eric Lusby returned to game action after missing all but two games of the 2011 season. Now a graduate student, Lusby tore his right ACL in the 2010 NCAA First Round game against Cornell. He attempted to come back last year, but he saw limited action against Navy and Towson and was shut down to rehab the injury for the remainder of the season.
Lusby burst back onto the scene against Delaware, scoring the Greyhounds’ first goal of the game on an extra-man opportunity, and the 2010 All-ECAC First Team member tallied three more in the second half. The four goals were a career-high for the Severna Park, Md., native.
Lusby was third on the 2010 team in goals with 20 as a member of the team’s first midfield unit. This year, Lusby has moved back to his natural position of attack.
Sawyer Shows Same Form
Mike Sawyer picked up where he left off a year ago, tallying three goals and assisting on Eric Lusby’s first, in the win over the Blue Hens. Sawyer led Loyola last season with 31 goals and 36 assists.
The Delaware game was Sawyer’s 11th career multi-goal game and the 14th multi-point effort of his tenure at Loyola.
Before the season, Sawyer was named to the Preseason All-ECAC Team and was named to the Face-Off Yearbook Preseason All-America Honorable Mention.
Ratliff Earns ECAC Honor
Scott Ratliff was honored as the ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week for the second time in his career on Monday after picking up a career-high seven ground balls against Delaware.
Ratliff helped key Loyola’s possession and defensive efforts in the final three quarters when he helped J.P. Dalton win 14-of-21 face-offs.
Ratliff also had two caused turnovers, and the long-stick midfielder scored the fifth goal of his collegiate career in the third quarter when Michael Bonitatibus made a clean save and sent a pass to Ratliff who executed a one-man clear and scored in transition.
Loyola was successful on all three of its extra-man opportunities in the game against the Blue Hens, scoring three man-up goals in the second quarter during its 5-0 run.
Patrick Fanshaw, Eric Lusby and Mike Sawyer each scored EMO goals of the Greyhounds, and Fanshaw added another at the end of a Delaware non-releasable penalty just as the teams returned to even strength.
The Greyhounds extra-man unit was seventh nationally with a .420 (21-of-50) conversion percentage in 2011.
Bonitatibus Wins First Start
Junior Michael Bonitatibus made his first collegiate start in goal for the Greyhounds against Delaware after having played less than two minutes prior to this season.
Bonitatibus, who played 65 seconds in his collegiate debut last year at Duke, made seven saves for the Greyhounds and allowed just eight goals. He also picked up five ground balls and caused two turnovers.
Bonitatibus became the first Loyola goalkeeper to win his starting debut in nearly 11 years. The last was Mark Bloomquist who also defeated Delaware, 8-7, on February 24, 2001.
Second Half Scoring
Loyola continued a trend from the last two years in the opener against Delaware, making adjustments at halftime to outscore their opponents in the third quarter and second half. The Greyhounds outscored the Blue Hens 5-1 in the third quarter and 8-4 after the break.
Loyola outscored its opponents 69-52 after halftime last season (including two overtime goals) despite being outscored 54-39 in the first halves of games.
The Greyhounds scored 34 third-quarter goals to their opponents’ 27. In 2010, they outscored opponents 41-24 in the third quarters of games and 76-55 overall after halftime.
Dalton At The ‘X’
After Delaware won all four face-offs in the first quarter, J.P. Dalton dominated play at the ‘X’ for the Greyhounds in the final three quarters. He finished the game by winning 14-of-25 (.560), going 14-of-21 (.667) in the last 45 minutes.
Dalton, who entered the game having won 30-of-58 restarts in his first three years at Loyola, won 5-of-7 in both the second and third quarters as Loyola gained and extended the lead.
Four players made their regular-season debuts for Loyola against Delaware and four made their first starts in Greyhound uniforms.
Sean O’Sullivan (Army) and Chris Layne (North Carolina) both took the field and started for the first time as Greyhounds after transferring from other schools. Kevin Ryan saw action in the midfield for the Greyhounds after not playing in 2011 as a freshman.
Nikko Pontrello made his collegiate debut as the only freshman to play for Loyola. He responded well, scoring a goal and assisting on Phil Dobson’s first collegiate tally.
Michael Bonitatibus and Justin Ward also made their first collegiate starts for the Greyhounds.
Greyhounds Picked Second In ECAC
The Greyhounds were picked to finish second in the ECAC Lacrosse Leagues by the head coaches of their peer schools. Loyola received 54 points in the poll, trailing only Denver University which had 61.
Mike Sawyer returns in 2012 as the team’s leading scorer after finishing last year with 31 goals and five assists for 36 points. He took 124 shots during the 2011 season, 59 more than anyone else on the team.
The Greyhounds also welcome back one of their top scorers from two seasons ago. Eric Lusby, who will play as a graduate student this year, returns to the lineup after missing all but two games last year following a knee injury in the 2010 NCAA Championships. Lusby scored 20 goals and assisted on five from the Greyhounds’ midfield in 2010.
Two other players who scored 10 or more goals a year ago are back in 2012 for the Greyhounds Patrick Fanshaw returns after tallying 12 goals, six of the extra-man variety, last season, and Davis Butts is also back after tallying 10 goals and five assists.
Loyola’s midfield will be bolstered by the addition of two transfer student-athletes that have joined the program. Juniors Chris Layne and Sean O’Sullivan will suit up for the Greyhounds after spending previous seasons at North Carolina and Army, respectively.
Layne, who is the younger brother of former Loyola All-American Steve Layne, scored five goals as a sophomore on the Tar Heels’ second midfield after playing in 15 games as a short-stick midfielder during his first season in Chapel Hill.
O’Sullivan played two seasons at West Point, scoring 16 goals as a midfielder in 2010. He earned All-Patriot League Second Team honors following his sophomore season, as well.
The Greyhounds return two starters on close defense, their top two long-stick midfielders and top three short-stick defensive middies in 2012, forming a cohesive group on the defensive end of the field.
Senior co-captain Dylan Grimm is joined on defense by another returning starter, junior Reid Acton. Grimm finished his first year as a starter, 2011, with 22 ground balls and 11 caused turnovers, while Acton tallied 19 and 15, also in his first season as a starter.
The duo is joined by sophomore Joe Fletcher who played in 13 games and started one as a freshman. Fletcher saw considerable time as an extra-man and fourth defender for the Greyhounds a year ago.
Scott Ratliff and Kevin Moriarity created a formidable long-stick midfield duo last year, combining for 50 ground balls and 22 caused turnovers. Ratliff also added three goals and three assists on the offensive end of the field.
Josh Hawkins, Pat Laconi and Kyle Duffy return as short-stick middies for the Greyhounds after each saw action in all 13 games last year.
Record At Ridley
After going 4-1 at Ridley Athletic Complex last season, the Greyhounds opened their third year at the stadium with a 13-8 win over then-No. 19 Delaware. Loyola is now 9-3 all-time at Ridley.
Posted on 22 February 2012 by WNST Staff
Posted on 22 February 2012 by WNST Staff
ON AIR: Wednesday’s game can be seen live on ESPN3 with John Sadak handling the play-by-play duties and Vince Angotti providing analysis.
SETTING THE STAGE: The Tigers are set to host Delaware, one of the hottest teams in the Colonial Athletic Association, on Wednesday, Feb. 22 at the Towson Center Arena. The Tigers have lost six straight since topping UNC Wilmington at home on Jan. 28, while the Blue Hens are riding a six-game winning streak. Wednesday will be the final home game for three Towson seniors who will be honored pregame. Wednesday’s game is being sponsored by PNC BANK, the official bank of Towson University.
ROB’S CAREER NIGHT: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo, who has scored in double figures in five straight games, poured in a career-high 20 points to go along with 13 rebounds against New Hampshire on Saturday. In a pair of games last week, the forward averaged 19.5 points, 13.0 rebounds and shot 52.2 percent from the field.
BATTLE DOWN LOW: Wednesday’s game will feature two of the best rebounders in the country. Delaware’s Jamelle Hagins currently ranks fifth in the NCAA averaging 11.2 rebounds per game. Hagins is first in the CAA in both total rebounds and defensive rebounds (8.6/game). Towson senior Robert Nwankwo is fourth in the league averaging 9.6 rebounds and the forward leads all CAA players with 4.2 offensive rebounds per game. Hagins and Nwankwo are also two of the top players in the country in blocks per game. Both are Top 25 nationally in rejections with Hagins averaging 3.0 and Nwankwo recording 2.5 per contest.
SCOUTING THE BLUE HENS: Delaware comes into Wednesday’s matchup with the Tigers as one of the hottest teams in the CAA. The Blue Hens have won six straight and are currently tied for fifth-place in the league standings. Delaware boasts the second ranked scoring offense in the conference, averaging 68.3 points per game. Sophomore Devon Saddler is second in the CAA averaging 18.6 points per game. The Blue Hens have also been solid defensively, rejecting 4.9 shots per game to rank second in the league in blocks. Junior Jamelle Hagins is second on the team in scoring (12.9 ppg), but his biggest contributions come on the defensive side of the floor. The forward averages a CAA-leading 11.2 rebounds per game and his 3.0 blocks per game is second in the conference.
LAST TIME OUT: Towson senior Robert Nwankwo posted his 13th double-double of the season, but a balanced New Hampshire squad outlasted the Tigers to pick up a 72-58 BracketBuster win Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Tigers won the battle of the boards (38-37) for the 10th time in the last 11 games. Towson also committed a season-low eight turnovers, but the Tigers were dominated from beyond the arc. New Hampshire made 10 three-point field goals, including a 6-for-15 shooting clip in the second half, while Towson was only able to hit two of its 17 attempts from deep. Tiger sophomore Marcus Damas had 11 of his 13 points in the second half and now has 20 double digit scoring games this season. The forward handed out a team-high four assists, but missed all eight of his three-point field goal attempts. Freshman Deon Jones put forth a solid effort with eight points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
HONORING OUR SENIORS: Prior to Wednesday’s 7 p.m. tip, Towson will honor its seniors. A short ceremony honoring Bryan Blackstone, Deyon Cook, Robert Nwankwo and four senior managers will take place approximately 10 minutes prior to tip.
Posted on 20 February 2012 by WNST Staff
CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Loyola University Maryland junior long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff earned the first ECAC Lacrosse League Defensive Player of the Week honor of the 2012 season Monday, the conference office announced.
Ratliff led the Loyola possession effort on Saturday afternoon as the Greyhounds defeated No. 19 Delaware, 13-8, to open the 2012 season. The native of Marietta, Ga., finished with game-highs of seven ground balls and two caused turnovers, and he also scored a transition goal for the Greyhounds.
His seven ground balls set a new career-high.
Ratliff helped Loyola overcome a 3-0 first-quarter deficit that the preseason Colonial Athletic Association favorite had built. The Greyhounds went 0-of-4 on face-offs, and the Blue Hens picked up nine ground balls to Loyola’s four, during that first quarter.
For the rest of the game, Loyola was 14-of-21 on restarts, and the Greyhounds led 30-19 in ground balls, thanks in large part to Ratliff’s efforts on the ground. Nearly three-quarters of the way through the third quarter, Loyola goalkeeper Michael Bonitatibus made a clean save on a point-blank Delaware shot, and he found Ratliff running to the top of the box to start a clear.
Ratliff executed a one-man clear, faked a pass at the top of the Loyola box to freeze an onrushing defender, and he then shot a low, hard shot for his fifth career goal.
The award is the second of Ratliff’s career after he earned the same honor from the ECAC on March 28, 2011.
Loyola is back in action against Towson University on Saturday afternoon at Ridley Athletic Complex. Face-off is scheduled for 1 o’clock.
Posted on 18 February 2012 by WNST Staff
BALTIMORE – Eric Lusby returned to the Loyola University Maryland men’s lacrosse lineup Saturday afternoon after missing most of last season with a knee injury, and he finished with a career-high four goals in the Greyhounds’ 13-8 victory over 19th-ranked University of Delaware at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Lusby scored Loyola’s first goal, 2:59 into the second quarter, on an extra-man opportunity, sparking a 5-0 run that saw the Greyhounds rally from three down to two up in the span of less than six minutes.
Delaware (2-1) dominated play in the first quarter and led 3-0 when Nick Diachenko scored with 2:15 left in the frame.
The Greyhounds, however, had a long possession to start the second, and then got the ball back when goalkeeper Michael Bonitatibus made a save on Diachenko. After Loyola cleared the ball, Mike Sawyer took a shot that went off the cross bar, but Delaware was whistled for a check to the head, putting the Greyhounds on the extra-man.
Twenty-five seconds into the possession, Sawyer slipped a pass to Lusby who wound up and shot from almost 15 yards out, scoring his first goal since 2010.
Lusby tore his right ACL in the 2010 NCAA First Round game at Cornell. He attempted a comeback last season, but the injury hampered him early, and he received a medical redshirt after playing slightly in just two games.
The Greyhounds scored again to pull within two when Sawyer took a Sean O’Sullivan pass, faked a pass of his own and shot from 12-plus yards, scoring an extra-man goal of his own at 6:05.
Just 31 seconds later, after another Loyola face-off win, Davis Butts used a spin move at the top of the right alley, drove toward the goal and scored high-to-low, tying the game at 3-3.
Loyola’s run continued when Delaware drew another illegal body check penalty on the ensuing face-off. Blue Hens goalkeeper Chris Herbert saved a Sawyer shot, but the ball trickled outside the crease where Patrick Fanshaw picked up the ground ball and dumped a shot over Herbert’s shoulder to put Loyola in front for the first time with 5:03 to go in the half.
J.P. Dalton won another face-off for Loyola, his fifth in a row, and Fanshaw scored again off a Justin Ward pass with 4:22 on the clock, putting the Greyhounds up, 5-3.
Delaware got one back on a Grant Kaleikau goal 1:22 before the break, sending the teams to the locker room with Loyola up, 5-4.
Dalton’s play at the ‘X’ was key to Loyola’s 5-0 run that covered 5-minutes, 39-seconds. Delaware’s Dan Cooney won all four restarts in the first quarter, but Dalton won the first five of the second, helping the Greyhounds control possession and the quarter’s tempo.
“I thought that after we settled down, J.P. made it a battle out there,” Head Coach Charley Toomey said. “This is one of J.P.’s first games where he’s taken all of the face-offs in his career, and we are asking a lot of him to win the face-offs and then play offense. He really went out there and did a great job of getting the ball out to our wings, and that started to change the game for us.”
Dalton finished the game with a 14-of-25 mark at the ‘X’, winning 5-of-7 in both the second and third quarters.
“I don’t think that we were whistle-ready to start the game,” Toomey said. “(Delaware) had played two games, and we were not as sharp, but I think we started to let the game come to us a little bit more, and that’s when good things started to happen.”
Neither team was especially sharp to start the third quarter, as Loyola hit two posts with shots on its first possession, and the Blue Hens misfired on their first three.
Jeff Fletcher caused a Kaleikau turnover, picked up the ground ball and started a Loyola clear near the nine-minute mark in the third, a possession that culminated when Lusby rolled at the top of the right alley and fired a shot into the upper left corner of the net with 8:29 on the clock.
Herbert saved two O’Sullivan shots on Loyola’s ensuing possession after the Greyhounds controlled the face-off, and Delaware took the ball into its offensive end.
Connor McRoy ripped a shot from inside eight yards, but Bonitatibus saved it cleanly and quickly threw an outlet pass to Scott Ratliff who executed a one-man clear to the offensive zone.
Ratliff faked a pass at the top of the box, freezing an onrushing Delaware defender, and he scored in the unsettled situation, pushing Loyola’s lead to three.
Less than a minute later, Sawyer used a spin move at goal-line extended on the left side, got free and shot from inside 10 yards for his second goal of the game.
Dalton and Ratliff again combined to win the faceoff, and after a Ward shot went high, Lusby took an O’Sullivan pass and shot on Herbert. The shot initially appeared to be thwarted by Herbert, but it tricked loose and rolled over the goal line to give Loyola a 9-4 lead with 3:58 left in the third quarter.
A Loyola penalty led to a Delaware extra-man goal 40 seconds later, this one scored by Brenden Gilson, but Lusby struck again 41 ticks later, spinning to his right and scoring.
His four goals were a career-high after he had scored three on four previous occasions.
Delaware scored twice in the first five minutes of the final quarter, cutting Loyola’s lead to 10-7 when Kaleikau assisted on a Danny Keane goal, but Loyola ran over three minutes off the clock after that, and Phil Dobson scored his first collegiate goal with a low-to-low shot form 15 yards out.
Loyola again wound down the clock, and after killing more than two minutes, Delaware got the ball back, but Ratliff caused a Blue Hens turnover, and Loyola went back on the offensive.
Nikko Pontrello, playing in his first collegiate game,wrapped around the crease and scored with 3:46 left in the game.
The teams traded goals after that, Delaware scoring on the extra-man, and Sawyer tallying his third of the game, man-down with 33 seconds to play.
Bonitatibus made his first collegiate start in the game and finished with seven saves, five ground balls and two caused turnovers.
Loyola picked up 34 ground balls to the Blue Hens’ 28, led by Ratliff’s seven. The Greyhounds also held a 44-23 shot advantage in the game, and they were a perfect 16-of-16 clearing the ball.
The victory was Loyola’s third-straight in season-openers and 19th in a row over Delaware.
The Greyhounds return to action next Saturday when they host Towson University at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex.
Posted on 11 February 2012 by WNST Staff
2012 Towson University Men’s Lacrosse
Game Notes: Game #1 at Jacksonville
Feb. 11, 2012 | 1 p.m. | Jacksonville, Fla.
TOWSON OPENS SHAWN NADELEN ERA AT JACKSONVILLE SATURDAY
Tigers and Dolphins Meet for First Time Ever in Men’s Lacrosse
Opening their 54th season of college lacrosse, the Tigers will travel to Jacksonville University on Saturday afternoon to face the Dolphins in the first-ever meeting between the two teams. Opening face-off from D.B. Milne Field is set for 1 p.m. The game will be broadcast on TowsonTigers.com and joined in progress on WNST-AM 1570 after the Tiger men’s basketball game against James Madison concludes.
Nadelen to Make Debut as Tigers’ Head Coach
After spending seven years as an assistant coach, including the last two seasons as the associate head coach, Coach Shawn Nadelen will make his head coaching debut when the Tigers travel to Jacksonville on Saturday afternoon. A 2001 graduate of Johns Hopkins University, Nadelen was named as the seventh head coach in the 54-year history of Towson men’s lacrosse on May 31. He replaces Tony Seaman, who posted a 99-93 record in 13 years with the Tigers.
A Quick Look Back at Last Year
The Tigers posted a 3-10 record last year and missed the Colonial Athletic Association Tournament for just the second time since joining the league in 2002. Five of the Tigers’ losses were by a one-goal margin and two of the Tigers’ three wins occurred at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Junior attackman Matt Hughes was the Tigers’ leading scorer with 18 goals and 6 assists while defenseman Marc Ingerman was a second-team All-CAA selection.
Scouting the Dolphins
Entering their third season as a Division I program, the Dolphins posted a 5-10 record last year, including a 3-3 mark in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Led by TJ Kenary, the Dolphins advanced to the MAAC semi-finals for the first time in program history before losing to Siena. Kenary scored 21 goals with 7 assists while goalkeeper Peter DeLuca posted an 11.60 goals against average while stopping 50.8 per cent of the shots he faced. Coach Guy Van Arsdale is in his first season at Jacksonville.
Nice to Meet You
The Tigers and the Dolphins will be facing each other for the first time in men’s lacrosse when the two teams meet on Saturday afternoon. Jacksonville is one of two teams that the Tigers will be playing against for the first time; Towson will host Mercer on Mar. 21 at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
The Tigers will be playing in the 54th season opener when they visit the Dolphins on Saturday afternoon. However, the Tigers will be looking to snap a four-game losing streak in season openers after losing a 10-6 decision against Johns Hopkins last year at Unitas Stadium. The Tigers enter the 2012 season with a 23-30 all-time record in season openers.
For Openers, Part II
Towson first-year Coach Shawn Nadelen is looking to become the fifth coach in the program’s history to open his head coaching tenure with a victory. Of the previous six coaches at Towson, only Bob Melville and Ross Sachs have lost their first game as the Tigers’ coach.
Nadelen Among Nation’s Youngest Division I Head Coaches
Towson Coach Shawn Nadelen begins his head coaching tenure as one of the youngest head coaches in Division I men’s lacrosse. Nadelen, who will turn 33 on Apr. 16, is one of 12 coaches who are under the age of 40 years old. Marist College Coach Keegan Wilkinson is the youngest head coach in the nation at 27 years old while Robert Morris first-year Coach Andrew McMinn is 29 years old.
Boys of Winter
Saturday’s game between the Tigers and the Dolphins will mark the earliest start to a season in the 54-year history of the Towson men’s lacrosse program. The previous record for the earliest start in school history occurred last year when the Tigers hosted Johns Hopkins on Feb. 19. It is also the earliest start in the brief history of the Dolphins’ program. North Caro
Heading Down South
Saturday’s game between the Tigers and the Dolphins will mark the furthest south that Towson has ever traveled for a men’s lacrosse game. Prior to Saturday, the Tigers’ southern-most travel was to North Carolina for games against Duke, N.C. State and North Carolina. The Tigers will fly a total of 735 miles to Jacksonville for the game on Saturday.
A Friend Turned Foe
When the Tigers open the season on Saturday afternoon, they will be playing against a former Tiger midfielder as Brock Armour, ‘10 is a member of the Jacksonville coaching staff. A four-year letter winner for the Tigers from 2007-10, Armour played in 52 career games and scored 15 goals with 19 assists. As a senior, he played in all 15 games and tallied four goals with 10 assists. Armour, a native of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, is in his first season as a member of the Dolphins’ coaching staff.
Pack Your Bags
The Tigers will open the season by playing their first three games away from Johnny Unitas® Stadium. It is the first time since the 1994 season that the Tigers have played three straight true road games to open the season (Towson played three games away from home in 2005, but one of them was a neutral site game against Air Force that was played at the University of Denver). In 1994, the Tigers opened the season with three straight road wins at Villanova, Maryland and Penn State.
Of the Tigers’ 13 games last season, 10 of them were decided by four goals or less. In addition, the Tigers played in six one-goal games and lost five of those six contests. Since the start of the 2010 season, the Tigers have played in 22 games that have been decided by four goals or less, including 11 one-goal games.
A Little Something Extra
Senior midfielder Michael Brashears ranked second on the Tigers last year with three extra-man goals, including a pair of extra-man goals against Drexel on Apr. 23 at Vidas Field. In fact, all seven of Brashears’ career goals have been scored in extra-man situations. He scored four extra-man goals as a sophomore, including a pair of extra-man goals against Drexel.
Hughes is Huge for Tigers Away from Home
Junior attackman Matt Hughes enjoyed playing away from Unitas Stadium last year, scoring 11 of his team-high 18 goals in the Tigers’ six road games. He posted a pair of three-goal efforts against Mount St. Mary’s on Mar. 5 and at Navy on Mar. 15. Hughes also had two goals with an assist at Delaware on Mar. 26 before a two-goal performance against Penn State on Apr. 16. It was a large contrast to Hughes’ freshman season when he tallied 11 of his 13 goals at home.
Iacona, Kenyon Named as Tigers’ Team Captains
Senior midfielder Carl Iacona and senior defenseman John Kenyon were named as the Tigers’ 2012 team captains prior to the team’s scrimmage against Albany on Feb. 4 by a vote of the team. Iacona is a two-year letter winner who has played in all 28 games for the Tigers since transferring from St. John’s University after his freshman season. He has scored 14 goals with seven assists in the last two years. Meanwhile, Kenyon is a three-year letter winner who ranked second on the team with 38 ground balls last year. He has played in 42 career games and has 50 ground balls.
Up Next for the Tigers
The Tigers will continue their season-opening three-game road trip next Friday when they travel to second-ranked Johns Hopkins for a 5 p.m. match-up against the Blue Jays. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.com in addition to airing on WNST-AM 1570. It will mark the 40th all-time meeting between the two teams in a series that Johns Hopkins leads by a 36-3 margin. The Blue Jays earned a 10-6 victory last year at Unitas Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
Posted on 09 February 2012 by Glenn Clark
Local college lacrosse season kicks off (you won’t believe this) THIS Saturday. You’ll hear the Towson Tigers visit Jacksonville right here on the flagship home of Towson University athletics, AM1570 WNST.net.
Before the season officially kicked off, I visited Loyola University Maryland’s Ridley Athletic Complex Wednesday for Baltimore lacrosse Media Day to talk to the area coaches. Here’s your chance to hear what the local coaches have to say about their respective teams.
Starting with new Towson coach Shawn Nadelen…
Next up is Johns Hopkins Blue Jays coach Dave Pietramala…
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Posted on 06 February 2012 by WNST Staff
CARL IACONA, JOHN KENYON NAMED AS 2012 TOWSON CAPTAINS
Seniors to Lead Tigers Into Season Opener at Jacksonville on Saturday
TOWSON, Md. – Senior midfielder Carl Iacona (Massapequa H.S./Massapequa, N.Y.) and senior defenseman John Kenyon (Santa Fe Christian H.S./Del Mar, Calif.) have been selected as team captains for the 2012 Towson University men’s lacrosse team, it has been announced by Coach Shawn Nadelen.
“We went through the fall and winter without captains and we continued to preach to the players that they need to lead and lead well,” Nadelen said. “There are certain characteristics that a person needs to have in order to be a leader. I felt like we needed to identify the guys who would be our leaders this week and I felt that Carl and John were the perfect choices to serve as our captains.”
A two-year letter winner for the Tigers, Iacona has played in all 28 games since transferring from St. John’s University after his freshman season. As a junior, he scored three goals with five assists and started seven games. He scored a goal with an assist against Delaware and contributed a goal against Johns Hopkins and Maryland.
Iacona scored 11 goals with two assists as a sophomore while appearing in all 15 games. He ended the season by scoring a goal in seven straight contests, including a pair of two-goal efforts against Massachusetts.
“It’s definitely special to be named as a team captain for this season and it is certainly a privilege,” said Iacona. “When you look at past captains of this team, it means something special to be named in the same category. I want to make sure that I do my part to make sure we play well every day and to be a leader for this team.”
A three-year letter winner for the Tigers, Kenyon played in all 13 games last year and ranked second on the team with 38 ground balls. He also contributed 12 caused turnovers, good for third on the squad. He recorded a career-high six ground balls against Delaware and posted five ground balls against Navy while winning four of eight face-offs.
Kenyon has played in 42 career games and has 50 career ground balls.
“It’s an honor to serve as a captain for the 2012 season,” Kenyon said. “We have so many great players and so many people who can be leaders. I really hope that I can help take our team to the next level and achieve great things.”
Led by Iacona and Kenyon, the Tigers will open their 2012 schedule on Saturday, Feb. 11 at Jacksonville University at 1 p.m.