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McGlynn connects from half court at buzzer to lift Towson in CIT (video)

Posted on 19 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ADVANCES IN CIT ON MCGLYNN’S HALF COURT BUZZER-BEATER

Tigers win 24th game and move on to play at East Tennessee State on Friday

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Sophomore guard Four McGlynn nailed a game-winning shot at the buzzer just inside the half court line to propel Towson to a 63-60 victory over USC Upstate in the opening round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament inside the Hodge Center on Wednesday night.

Towson (24-10), which trailed by as many as 15 points, took a 60-58 lead with seven seconds remaining on a driving layup by seniorJerrelle Benimon. After Ty Green of USC Upstate scored to tie the game with 1.6 seconds left, McGlynn launched a three-pointer from 45-feet out at the buzzer to give the Tigers their first ever postseason victory.

Benimon led the Tigers with 20 points and nine rebounds while Marcus Damas and Mike Burwell tallied 11 points each.

Towson moves on to the second round of the CIT where the Tigers will take on East Tennessee State on Friday at 7 p.m.

USC Upstate (19-15) shot 58.3 percent in the first half and used nine points and five rebounds from Jodd Maxey to build a 39-26 lead at halftime. The Tigers roared back though in the second half, scoring the first 11 points out of the intermission to pull within 39-37.

Towson took its first lead of the game at the 8:33 mark of the second half when Benimon found senior Rafriel Guthrie for a fastbreak lay-up to give the Tigers a 51-50 advantage. Towson pushed its lead out to 55-52 on a layup from sophomore Timajh Parker-Rivera, but Upstate scored the next six points to go back up by three.

Maxey put Upstate ahead 58-55 with just over four minutes remaining when he hit a baseline jumper off a feed from Greene. Damas answered for Towson two possession later with a three-pointer from the wing to tie the game 58-58 with 3:08 remaining.

The two teams went scoreless for the next three minutes before Benimon gave Towson a 60-58 lead with a basket in the lane with seven seconds remaining. Following an Upstate timeout, Greene took the inbounds pass, raced the length of the floor and converted a layup to tie the game with 1.6 seconds left on the clock.

Benimon threw an outlet pass up the court where a waiting McGlynn lifted a shot over the Upstate defense that found its way into the bottom of the net.

Towson shot 48.3 percent in the second half after opening the game shooting just 31.3 percent in the first 20 minutes. The Tigers had eight steals, their third most this season, which led to a 24-8 advantage in points off turnover.

Towson’s meeting with East Tennessee State on Friday will be the first between the programs on the hardwood.

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Towson continues hot streak with win over UMBC

Posted on 18 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Senior Devin Grimaldi scored the go-ahead goal with 5:39 remaining and started a three-goal run as the Tigers (6-2) won their fifth game in a row, a 10-8 non-conference victory over rival UMBC (3-4) at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

With the win, Towson is off to its best eight-game record since 2001. In 2001, the Tigers also started the season with a 6-2 record en route to an appearance in the NCAA Tournament semi-finals and 14-4 mark.

Grimaldi’s goal gave Towson a lead it would never relinquish in a game that was tied seven times.

With 4:31 left, senior Max Siskind gave Towson a 9-7 advantage when he scored an extra-man goal. Just 1:02 later, freshman Mike Lynch extended the lead to 10-7 when he scored the first goal of his college career.

With 38 seconds remaining, senior Zach Linkous cut the deficit to 10-8 when he scored an extra-man goal for the Retrievers.

“It’s exciting to earn tonight’s victory,” said Towson Coach Shawn Nadelen. “UMBC is a dangerous team and we responded with a great effort. With our offense, if we hold teams to under 10 goals, we have a great chance of winning.”

UMBC scored the final two goals of the first half to take a 6-5 lead at intermission. Sophomore Pat Young scored with 46 seconds remaining in the half to give the Retrievers their halftime lead.

In the second half, the Tiger defense shut down UMBC and held the Retrievers scoreless until 8:47 remained in the game. By that time, Towson had taken a 7-6 lead before Jack Gannon’s goal tied the game for the seventh and final time.

With 4:24 remaining in the third quarter, Siskind scored off a pass from Greg Cucinello to tie the game at 7-7. With 1:14 left in the period, senior Thomas DeNapoli’s second goal of the game put Towson ahead, 7-6.

UMBC outshot Towson by a 23-18 margin in the first half. However, the Tigers outshot the Retrievers by a 19-11 margin after intermission.

Freshman goalkeeper Connor Gordon made 14 saves for the Retrievers while sophomore Tyler White had 12 saves for Towson.

“Tyler was terrific,” said Nadelen. “He did a great job keeping us in the game until we could get a lead.”

The Tigers return to action on Saturday evening when they host Delaware in their first Colonial Athletic Association game of the season. The Tigers won the CAA championship last season.

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Towson makes first postseason appearance since 1991 Wednesday at USC Upstate

Posted on 18 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO FACE SOUTH CAROLINA UPSTATE IN CIT FIRST ROUND ON WEDNESDAY
Tigers making first postseason appearance since 1991 NCAA Tournament

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Towson will make its first postseason appearance since 1991 when the Tigers visit USC Upstate on Wednesday in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The game, set to tip at 7 p.m., can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Damon Lewis calling the action. Fans can also sign up to watch this game and all the CIT games by going to the tournament’s website.

Towson (23-10) hasn’t played a postseason game since the 1991 NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will look to continue the CAA’s impressive run in the CIT. CAA squads have a 9-4 record all-time in the CIT, with Old Dominion winning the championship in 2009.

Towson is led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation with 21 double-doubles and leads the Tigers in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. All-CAA Third Team selections Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie, along with Mike Burwell make up one of the most important senior classes in Towson history.

USC Upstate (19-14) posted the second-most wins in its school history during the Division I era with 19 wins in 2013-14. The Spartans opened the season with a thrilling 64-63 victory at Virginia Tech to post the schools first-ever win over an ACC school. Upstate went on to knock off South Carolina 74-68 later in the year for its first-ever win over a team from the SEC.

The Spartans finished 11-7 in conference play and reached the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament for the second straight year, falling to eventual champion Mercer in double overtime.

Upstate seniors Torrey Craig and Ricardo Glenn each earned all-conference accolades at the conclusion of the season. Craig was named to the All-A-Sun first team after leading the league in scoring while ranking fourth in rebounding. Glenn paced the A-Sun in rebounding, offensive rebounds and field goal percentage on his way to a second team selection.

Wednesday’s game will be the first ever meeting between Towson and USC Upstate in men’s basketball.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 17 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionAuto Racing: NASCAR Auto Club 400 (Sunday 3pm from Fontana, CA live on FOX); Golf: PGA Tour Arnold Palmer Invitational (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 12:30pm live on Golf Channel 2pm live on NBC. All golf from Orlando), Champions Tour Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic (Friday 12:30pm Saturday & Sunday 5pm from Biloxi, MS live on Golf Channel), LPGA Tour Founders Cup (Thursday & Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Phoenix live on Golf Channel); MLS: DC United @ Toronto FC (Saturday 4:30pm from Toronto live on MLS Direct Kick)

10. Michael Jackson The Immortal World Tour by Cirque du Soleil (Tuesday & Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Arena); Rich Vos (Thursday-Saturday Magooby’s Joke House); Pablo Francisco (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (Friday & Saturday Timonium Fairgrounds); Muppets Most Wanted“, “Divergent” and “50 to 1” out in theaters (Friday) American Hustle“, “Saving Mr. Banks“, “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” and “Frozen” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

I’ve been known to support the very important work they do at BBBBQ. In large part because they have mother effing pickle kabobs available there.

Also, this. (Language NSFW)

9. The Neighbourhood (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head Live); Marsha Ambrosius (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Matt Schofield (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Mike Doughty (Saturday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage); Asking Alexandria (Wednesday 6:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Switchfoot (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Drive-By Truckers (Saturday 8pm Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club); Bob Schneider (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); Shamrock Fest feat. Dropkick Murphys/Carbon Leaf (Saturday 3pm RFK Stadium); Eddie Money (Friday 8:30pm The Hamilton); Foster The People “Supermodel” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

The Neighbourhood does all those songs you like.

I enjoy the work of Matt Schofield.

Forrester used to use a Mike Doughty song on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” all the time. For good reason.

I could listen to Bob Schneider sing this song ALL NIGHT.

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UMBC tries to snap funk Tuesday night at Towson

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

The UMBC Retrievers and Towson Tigers will meet for the 45th time on Tuesday, March 18 at TU’s Johnny Unitas Stadium. The opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. Gary Stein and Kevin O’Neill have all the play-by-play action beginning at 6:55 p.m. and video streaming is available via the Towson Sports Network.

RETRIEVER UPDATE: SR A Matt Gregoire matched  his career high with five goals and sophomore linemate Nate Lewnes added a career-best four scores, but the Retrievers dropped a 17-15 shootout to host High Point at Vert Stadium on Saturday. UMBC slipped 3-3 on the season and 0-2 on the road. The loss was UMBC’s first when scoring 15 or more goals since an 18-15 setback at Towson on Feb. 28, 1998. The Retrievers scored 30 goals in their 1-1 week and have averaged 12.4 goals per game in their last five outings. Gregoire has scored all 18 of his season’s goals in the last five games and SO M Jack Gannon has produced seven goals and eight assists in his last four contests.

TIGER UPDATE: In their last outing, nine different Tigers scored at least one goal in Towson’s (5-2) 14-9 victory over Navy last Tuesday evening at Unitas Stadium. The Tigers held a 9-1 lead at the half after holding the Mids scoreless in the second quarter. Towson has won four consecutive games since a 1-2 start to the season. SR A Thomas DeNapoli leads the squad with 24 points on 11 goals and 13 assists. Junior netminder Tyler White has stopped exactly half of the shots directed at him in seven starts and has a9.66 goals against average.

LAST YEAR’S MEETING/SERIES RECORD: Visiting Towson used a late 5-0 run to overcome a UMBC lead and defeated the Retrievers, 12-9, in blustery conditions at UMBC Stadium on March 19, 2013. UMBC was led by freshman midfielder Pat Young, who scored three goals and added an assist and junior face-off specialist Phil Poe, who controlled 15 of 25 draws, but a pair of Tigers stood out in their victory. DeNapoli scored seven goals and added three assists in the game, while senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made 15 saves on the evening. The Retrievers never trailed in the game until 1:29 remained in the third quarter.

The two beltway rivals have faced-off 44 times, in each year except for 1986, since 1970. Towson leads the all-time series, 29-15, and has won two straight after the Retrievers took four of five in the series. Nine of the last 11 meetings have been decided by three goals or less.  

WHO’S UP NEXT: UMBC finishes its three-game road swing and plays its final non-conference game of the season when the Retrievers visit Mount St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 22 at noon.

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Towson looks to continue hot streak Tuesday against UMBC

Posted on 17 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Looking for its fifth-straight win, Towson Lacrosse hosts UMBC on Tuesday, March 18 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

Updating the Tigers
Nine different Tigers scored at least one goal as Towson stretched its win streak to four games with a 14-9 decision over Navy on March 11. Junior Greg Cuccinello led the way with a hat trick while senior Thomas DeNapoli had four points (2g, 2a). Towson took a 9-1 lead at the break before Navy came out recharged and ready to fight back. The Tigers assisted the Mids’ comeback bid by committing five of their six penalties in the second half.

Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC’s last-second comeback effort at High Point fell short, 17-15, Saturday. The Retrievers are now 3-3 on the year. UMBC trailed 10-7 at the half but managed to cut the deficit to one goal on three occasions, including twice in the fourth quarter. However, HPU scored two goals in 14 seconds to salt away the win. The Retrievers are led by senior attackman Matt Gregoire‘s 18 goals. Sophomore middie Pat Young is the other UMBC player in double figures for goals (11). Freshman goalie Connor Gordon has played the majority of time in net for the Retrievers and has a 10.68 goals-against average (GAA) and a .542 save percentage.

Towson/UMBC Series History
The cross-town series is one of Towson’s longest, beginning in 1970 with a 10-7 Tiger victory. The Tigers have a winning record no matter where the games have been played; they are 12-7 when playing at Towson. The Tigers were dominant in the series from the mid-’80s to the late ‘90s, winning 12 straight. Towson has won the last two meetings but by narrow margins. The Tigers claimed a 12-11 win on April 4, 2012 and a 12-9 victory on March 19, 2013.

Last Time Out Versus UMBC – March 19, 2013 (Towson 12, UMBC 9)
Behind Thomas DeNapoli’s seven goals and 10 points, the Towson men’s lacrosse team defeated UMBC, 12-9, at UMBC Stadium. The game was close at the start. UMBC scored first and stayed a goal ahead until the Retrievers took a 5-3 lead at 10:55 in the second quarter. But that advantage didn’t last long as DeNapoli scored his first man-up goal of the year just under four minutes later. He tied the game at eight apiece at 2:37 with his sixth goal of the game. That score keyed a five-goal run for the Tigers that sealed the win. Towson limited UMBC to two goals in the second half.

Next Up:
Towson kicks off Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play and ends its five-game homestand with rival Delaware on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m. at The U.

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Towson accepts big to CollegeInsider.com postseason tournament

Posted on 16 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON ACCEPTS COLLEGEINSIDER.COM TOURNAMENT BID
Tigers will play on Wednesday at South Carolina Upstate

TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University men’s basketball team has accepted a bid to play in the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT), marking the Tigers first postseason appearance since 1991.

Towson (23-10) will play University of South Carolina Upstate (19-14) in a first round road game on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Hodge Center in Spartanburg, S.C.

The CIT, which features a 32-team field made up of non-BCS programs, is in its sixth year of existence. All 31 tournament games are played on campus sites with the CBS Sports Network broadcasting the semifinal and championship rounds.

Towson’s last postseason tournament appearance was in the 1991 NCAA Tournament when the Tigers fell to Ohio State, 97-86. That was the second of two straight NCAA Tournament appearances for Towson.

Led by a stellar senior class that has won a combined 41 games the last two seasons, Towson head coach Pat Skerry is excited for his team to experience postseason play.

“We’re extremely excited for the opportunity to play in the College Insider.com Postseason Tournament,” said Skerry. To keep our program moving forward, it’s vital to play in the postseason. With our highest RPI ever (96) and a school record 23 wins, our kids deserved to keep playing.

“The fact that our team would have been in the postseason last year but didn’t have that opportunity, it’s important that we do this for them. Many former CAA championship level programs – VCU, George Mason and Old Dominion – have all partaken in the CIT or CBI. What I really like about the CIT is that you have to be above .500 to qualify and that’s why you saw five Top 100 RPI teams in it last year.”

Towson played an extremely difficult non-conference scheduled this year, posting a 9-6 record. All six of the Tigers non-conference losses came away from home and all six opponents qualified for postseason play. Villanova, Kansas, North Dakota State and Stephen F. Austin all reached the NCAA Tournament, Sam Houston State was also selected for the CIT and Oregon State qualified for the CBI.

Towson finished in second-place in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 13-3 record. The No. 2 seed was the Tigers highest ever in the CAA Tournament. Towson handed Delaware, who won the league title and earned a No. 13 seed in the NCAA Tournament, its first conference loss of the season after the Blue Hens started league play 11-0. After sweeping both regular season meetings against William & Mary, the Tigers fell to the Tribe in the CAA Tournament semifinals, 75-71.

Towson is led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation with 21 double-doubles and leads the Tigers in scoring, rebounding, assists and blocks. All-CAA Third Team selections Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie, along with Mike Burwell make up one of the most important senior classes in Towson history.

Wednesday’s opponent, USC Upstate posted the second-most wins in its school history during the Division I era with 19 victories in 2013-14. The Spartans opened the season with a thrilling 64-63 victory at Virginia Tech to post the school’s first-ever win over an ACC program. Upstate went on to knock off South Carolina 74-68 later in the year for its first-ever win over a team from the SEC.

The Spartans finished 11-7 in conference play and reached the semifinals of the A-Sun Tournament for the second straight year, falling to eventual champion Mercer in double overtime.

Upstate seniors Torrey Craig and Ricardo Glenn each earned all-conference accolades at the conclusion of the season. Craig was named to the All-A-Sun first team after leading the league in scoring while ranking fourth in rebounding. Glenn paced the A-Sun in rebounding, offensive rebounds and field goal percentage on his way to a second team selection.

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Towson F Benimon picks up NABC All-District honor

Posted on 13 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BENIMON NAMED FIRST TEAM NABC ALL-DISTRICT 10
Senior forward averages 18.9 points and 11.5 rebounds per game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Towson University men’s basketball senior forward Jerrelle Benimon was named first team National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 10, the organization announced on Wednesday.

Benimon, a two-time Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Player of the Year and 2013 Honorable Mention Associated Press All-American, also earned first team NABC honors last season.

Benimon has led Towson to a Division I school record 23 wins this season and a second-place regular season finish in the CAA.

The senior leads the Tigers in scoring (18.9 ppg), rebounding (11.5 rpg), assists (3.6 apg) and blocked shots (1.2 bpg). He also tops Division I with 21 double-doubles and his rebounding average ranks third in the country. Benimon’s 378 rebounds this season is a Division I school record at Towson and ties him with Navy’s David Robinson for the second-most rebounds in a season in CAA history.

Benimon was joined on the NABC All-District first team by Devon Saddler and Davon Usher of Delaware,Frantz Massenat of Drexel and Marcus Thornton of William & Mary. The second team consisted of Scott Eatherton of Northeastern, Chris Fouch of Drexel, Zeke Upshaw of Hofstra, Willis Hall of College of Charleston and Andre Nation of James Madison.

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Cuccinello, DeNapoli lead Towson past Navy

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Nine different Tigers scored at least one goal in Towson’s (5-2) 14-9 victory over Navy (3-3) Tuesday evening at Unitas Stadium.

The Tigers held a 9-1 lead at the half after holding the Mids scoreless in the second quarter. Navy came out of the break recharged and fought back, outscoring the Tigers 8-5 and holding them scoreless for over 11 minutes between the third and fourth quarters.

Junior Greg Cuccinello led the Tigers with three goals. Senior Thomas DeNapoli added four points on two goals and two assists. Freshman Joe Seider was the third Tiger to have a multi-goal game (two goals). Gabe Voumard led the Mids with three goals.

“Very excited by our team’s effort the past two days,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Our scout team did a great job preparing us for what we knew Navy would bring in regards to their energy, their hustle, their toughness. I think that prepared us a great deal for us to come out and defend against it.”

The Tigers had another hot start to the game, similar to the 12-9 win over Marist just four days prior. Towson scored the game’s first three goals, one of which was freshman Mike Lynch‘s first career goal. The Tigers seemed to have free reign to shoot and score from all over the field.

Tucker Hull‘s goal at 2:29 in the first quarter was Navy’s only tally in the first half, and the Mids actually scored an own goal at 12:57 in the second frame  after the Tigers committed a turnover to keep Towson’s scoring rally going. Senior Max Siskind scored on a very pretty fake at 10:27 in the second before Cuccinello scored his first EMO goal of the year at 6:00 and sophomore Brian Bolewicki posted his first goal (4:22, second quarter) since missing three games with an injury.

It was a different story in the second half, as Navy came out and scored five of the next seven goals to cut Towson’s lead to 11-6 at 13:47 in the fourth quarter. Cuccinello snapped Navy’s run with Towson’s first goal in 11:11 with his diving unassisted goal at 11:23.

Navy outshot the Tigers 31-28 and won the face-off battle 17-10. The ground balls were equal (29-29), but Towson was 2-3 on EMO chances, while the Mids were just 1-6.

Towson returns to action on Tuesday, March 18 when the Tigers host UMBC at Unitas Stadium at 7 p.m.

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Navy visits Towson for in-state showdown Tuesday night

Posted on 11 March 2014 by WNST Staff

2014 Navy Men’s Lacrosse Game Specifics
Game 6 Navy (3-2, 2-1 PL) at Towson (4-2, 0-0 CAA)
Date and Faceoff March 11 at 7:00 pm ET
Location Towson, Md. | Johnny Unitas Stadium (11,198)


Game Preview

• The Navy men’s lacrosse team (3-2, 2-1 Patriot League) will step away from conference action and make the short trip to Towson to battle the 4-2 Tigers Tuesday evening.  The 13th edition of the Navy-Towson series is set for a 7:00 pm faceoff at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
• The game will be streamed online for FREE via TowsonTigers.com and NavySports.com.  Live stats will also be available at both sites NavySports.com.
• The Mids are coming off perhaps their best all-around performance of the season, dealing Lafayette an 11-3 loss last Friday in Annapolis.  With the game tied up at 2-2, Navy outscored the Leopards 9-1 over the last 36 minutes of action.
• Rookie Joe Seider and sophomore Chris Vetter each pitched hat tricks to lead Towson to a 12-9 victory over Marist last Friday night.  The Tigers scored 5 goals in the first and third quarters to secure the win.

Taking the Field In …
10 – Navy has lost just five games (57-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 11-0 under Sowell when scoring 10 or more goals (5-0 in 2012, 3-0 in 2013, 3-0 in 2014).
9 – Navy senior Tucker Hull has produced a combined 9 points in the three previous games he has played against Towson.
8 – Hull has scored a point in each of the last 8 contests … the last time he did not score was against Lehigh on March 30, 2013.  Fellow attack T.J. Hanzsche owns Navy’s longest point and goal-scoring streak, having posted a point in 11 straight games.
7 – The Mids are ranked 7th nationally in three team categories:  faceoff winning percentage (61.3), man-down defense (79.2) and scoring defense (7.60).
6 – Hull needs 6 goals to join Navy’s all-time goals scored list with 73.  He would also join teammate Sam Jones as one of just nine active NCAA players to score 70 plus goals and register 50 assists.
5 – Navy senior attackman Sam Jones is ranked No. 5 nationally in points per game, averaging 5.00 points.
4 – Jones has produced hat tricks in 4 of the 5 games this season and has 14 over the course of his career.
3 – The Mids have won just 3 of their 11 road games over the last three years and have lost 8 straight.
2 – Third-year Navy head coach Rick Sowell is 2 wins from earning his 100th collegiate victory.  He owns a 98-99 record in 15 years as a head coach.
1 – Freshman Brady Dove won 12 of 17 draws against Lafayette last Friday to move into No. 1 on Navy’s faceoff wins list by a freshman with 67 on the year.  The record was previously held by Mike Haertel (1997) with 64.

Scouting the Tigers
• After dropping back-to-back games to nationally-ranked programs, third-year Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen has led the Tigers to wins in each of the last three contests.  Towson has wins over High Point (11-8), Georgetown (8-7), Mount St. Mary’s (9-1) and Marist (12-9), while dropping decisions to Johns Hopkins (15-8) and Loyola (20-4).
• The Tigers are coming off a 12-9 victory over Marist last Friday night that saw Towson twice score five goals in a quarter (1st, 3rd).
• Senior midfielder Thomas DeNapoli is leading the Towson offense with 20 points on a 9 goals and a team-high 11 assists.  He paced the team with 2 goals and 3 assists against Marist last Friday.
• Rookie attack Joe Swider has scored a team-high 10 goals and dealt out 3 assists, while fellow newcomer Ryan Drenner has contributed 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists.
• While Nadelen has looked to four different players to take faceoffs this season, sophomore Conor Pequigney and freshman Alec Burckley have taken the majority of the draws.  Pequigney is 30 for 67 (44.8), while Burckley is 23 for 40 (57.5)
• Junior Tyler White has taken over the starting goalkeeper duties from Andrew Wascavage who graduated following the 2013 campaign.  White has given up 57 goals (9.77 GAA) and made 60 saves (51.3).
• Senior John Fennessy anchors the defensive unit which is surrendering 10 goals per game.  Fennessy leads the team with 7 caused turnovers and owns 12 ground balls.  Meanwhile, sophomore defenseman Nick Gorman owns a team-best 17 ground balls and has forced four turnovers by the opponent.

Navy vs. Towson – The Series
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Towson marks the 13th game in a series that, prior to 2010, was discontinued following the 1997 campaign.
• Navy holds a 7-5 series advantage winning, however Towson owns a 4-2 record in games played on its home field.
• 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 2-3 record against Towson all-time … he was 1-1 against the Tigers at Stony Brook and lost the only meeting with Towson while at Dartmouth.  In his first season at the Academy, he directed the Midshipmen to a 10-6 victory over the Tigers at Towson but fell short a year ago at home in an 8-7 loss.
• The winning team has reached double digits in nine of the 12 meetings, including four of the last five contests.

Navy Vs. the CAA
• The Mids own a 74-18 all-time record (80.4) against the current six-member Colonial Athletic Association, playing all six of the programs.
• While Navy has a flawless record against Drexel (1-0), it has seen the most action against Penn State (38 gms) and enjoyed great success against the Nittany Lions, winning 94.7 (36-2) of the games.  However, the last time the two programs played was in 2003 when they were both members of the ECAC Lacrosse League.
• This is the fourth straight year Navy has faced a team from the CAA.

Weekend Rewind
• The Mids are coming off perhaps their best all-around performance, scoring an 11-3 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette last Friday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.  With the game tied up at 2-2, Navy outscored the Leopards, 9-1, over the last 36 minutes of action.
• Navy has now won 15 of the 16 games played in the series, including all 10 played in Annapolis.
• It was the fewest goals surrendered by Navy since its 8-2 win over sixth-ranked Johns Hopkins on April 21,2012.  Meanwhile, it was the fewest goals Lafayette has scored since dropping a 10-3 decision to Army on March 24, 2012.
• Navy’s starting offensive lineup scored 10 of the 11 goals and dealt out 3 of the 6 assists.
• Senior attack Sam Jones paced the team with 5 points on 3 goals and 2 assists.  It marked Jones’ 4th hat trick this season and the 14th over his career.
• Attack men T.J. Hanzsche and Tucker Hull extended their point scoring streaks.  Hanzsche owns a team-best 11-game point and goal-scoring streak, while Hull has produced a point in 8 straight games.
• Senior long pole Pat Kiernan scored his first goal of the season and 10th of his collegiate career … he is now tied as Navy’s top scoring defenseman of all-time with Zack Schroeder (2007-10).
• Freshman faceoff specialist Brady Dove won 12 of the 17 draws against Lafayette and in doing so became Navy’s all-time leader in faceoff wins by a freshman, posting 67 wins on 109 attempts through five games.  The previous record was 64 set in 1997 by Mike Haertel.  He also moved into 16th on Navy’s career faceoff wins leader board.
• Sophomore goalkeeper John Connors turned in 13 saves and a career-best 81.3 save percentage.
• Senior defenseman Nik Mullen held Lafayette leading scorer Brian Bock to just an assist.  Additionally, he posted in a career-high three caused turnovers and picked up two ground balls.

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