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.