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Towson wraps regular season Tuesday with visit from Penn

Posted on 22 April 2014 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers close the regular season Tuesday evening with the Quakers. Penn finished its Ivy season with a 9-3 win over Dartmouth. The Quakers have one more game left – against Saint John’s on Friday, April 25.

Updating the Tigers
Towson has now lost two straight after a 13-7 defeat to No. 18 Drexel on April 19 at home. Junior Justin Mabus recorded his first career hat trick to lead the Tigers. Prior to the contest Towson honored its six seniors, and at halftime, the Tigers celebrated the 40th anniversary of their 1974 college division national title with a midfield ceremony.

Scouting the Quakers
Penn comes into Tuesday’s contest on a four-game win streak. The Quakers finished their Ivy League season with a 9-3 win over Dartmouth that capped a 4-2 overall league record. Penn had a tough schedule in 2014, facing four nationally ranked teams and coming out of those contests with an even 2-2 record. Five players have 10 or more goals, and eight have 10 or more points this season. Their goalkeeper, Brian Feeney, is ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA in goals-against average, save percentage and saves per game.

Towson-Penn Series History
The Tigers and the Quakers have met just twice and split those games. Towson defeated Penn on April 26, 2008, 18-12, at home. Exactly a year later, the Quakers earned a 10-6 victory in Philadelphia.

Last Time Out vs. Penn: April 26, 2009 (Penn 10, Towson 6)
Led by three goals from Justin Schneider, Towson University built a 6-4 lead over the University of Pennsylvania in the first three quarters before the Quakers used a six-goal run over the last 15 minutes to earn their second win in three games, 10-6, over the Tigers at Franklin Field. Craig Andrzejewski and Morgan Griff each tallied a hat trick to lead the Quakers. Rob Wheeler made nine saves in net for Towson.

Three Things to Watch
1. Coming in hot. The Penn defense has limited its last four opponents to 23 total goals. The Quakers are 18th in the NCAA in scoring defense, and close defender Mat McMahon is 17th in the nation in caused turnovers. The Tigers have struggled on offense recently, scoring just 20 goals in their last four games.
2. Offense-Defense. Towson’s defense is none too shabby itself, ranking 25th in scoring defense (9.23) and 13th in man-down defense (7.11). Penn is one of the lower-octane offenses Towson has faced recently, with leading scorer Zack Losco scoring just 24 points.
3. First to last. Coming into the end of the season, Towson is being outscored in the first and last quarters of games. Penn is being outscored in the first and second, while the Quakers have seized control of the fourth quarter (30-18). Both Penn and Towson are even with their opponents in goals scored in the third quarter. This game could come down to who gets off to the hotter start.

Next Up
The Tigers’ opponent for the CAA Tournament semifinals will be determined this weekend with the conclusion of CAA regular season play.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)

10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)

This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.

These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?

9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.

I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.

Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?

I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.

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Towson welcomes Drexel for Senior Night Saturday

Posted on 18 April 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson hosts No. 18 Drexel on Saturday, April 19 in the Tigers’ Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season finale at 7 p.m. at Unitas Stadium. Both teams have clinched berths in the CAA tournament, which begins on April 30.

Opening Face-Off
Towson will honor its six seniors tonight in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Tigers are coming off an 8-1 loss to Penn State at home on April 12. Drexel comes into tonight’s contest riding a four-game win streak after a 13-9 win over UMass last weekend.

Updating the Tigers
Freshman Mike Lynch scored with 54.7 seconds left to keep the Tigers from being shut out by Penn State, 8-1, last weekend. Towson struggled with turnovers throughout the contest.

Scouting the Dragons
Drexel comes into the game ranked 18th in the nation after posting a 13-9 win over UMass. Seven different Dragons scored in the victory. Nick Trizano led the way with a hat trick. Drexel has now won four straight, and a Dragon victory tonight would clinch the number two seed and the right to host a CAA tournament semifinal game.

Towson-Drexel Series History
Towson has dominated this series over its history, holding a 38-7 advantage all-time. However, Drexel has held its own in the last five games, winning three including the first meeting between the teams in 2013. In the second meeing – during the CAA semifinals – Towson exacted revenge by defeating the Dragons, 11-8, en route to winning the 2013 CAA title.

Last Time Out vs. Drexel: May 1, 2013 (Towson 11, Drexel 8)
Ben McCarty scored a career-best six goals to lead Towson men’s lacrosse over Drexel, 11-8, and into the CAA Tournament final. McCarty’s six goals led all scorers. Andrew Hodgson contributed two goals, while Justin Mabus had three assists. Andrew Wascavage made 14 saves for Towson. Robert Church led Drexel with five points (3g, 2a). The Tigers advanced to the CAA finals for the seventh time overall and first since 2010 when they defeated UMass in the semifinals before falling to Delaware in the championship game. McCarty scored three goals in each half. Towson led 9-3 at the start of the third quarter before stalling offensively and allowing five goals. The Tigers righted the ship in the fourth, holding the Dragons scoreless for the win.

Three Things to Watch
1. The Avengers. This is the first meeting between the teams since Towson defeated Drexel in the CAA semifinals. The Tigers performed poorly against Penn State last weekend, the team Towson beat for the 2013 CAA title. Will there be a hangover?
2. Six was the magic number. A Tiger scored six goals in each of the meetings between the teams last season - Thomas DeNapoli did so in the 14-11 loss on April 20 before Ben McCarty did so in the CAA semifinal win. Will either player or any Tiger be able to lead the offensive production like that this year?
3. Offense, defense, special teams. The Dragons have scored 49 goals in their last four games (12.25 gpg) and are averaging 11.75 gpg for the season. Towson has scored 22 in the same span and is averaging just 8.42 gpg. On the other hand, Drexel allows opponents 10.42 gpg to the Tigers’ 8.92 gpg allowed. Towson is also fourth in the nation this week in man-down defense, killing 75.6 percent of their penalties. Drexel leads the CAA with 1.58 EMO goals per game and is second in the league in man-up scoring percentage (.388).

Senior Day
The Tigers will honor their six seniors Saturday evening. Seniors Peter Athens, Thomas DeNapoli, John Fennessy, Devin Grimaldi, Johnny Gallagher and Max Siskind will be recognized, along with their parents in a brief, pre-game ceremony. The Ferrante scholarship will also be awarded to a member of the junior class.

Next Up
Towson finishes its regular season with nationally ranked Penn on Tuesday, April 22 at 7 p.m. in Unitas Stadium.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm from Columbus live on MLS Direct Kick); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 6am Saturday 7:30am Sunday 9am from Monte-Carlo live on Tennis Channel)

10. PEEPShow (Tuesday-Monday Carroll Arts Center); Spring Football Festival (Saturday 12pm McHenry Row); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday Baltimore Museum of Industry); Baltimore Green Week (Saturday-Monday throughout Charm City); “Transcendence” out in theaters (Friday); Philomena“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “The Nut Job” and “Ride Along” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Here’s your annual reminder that there’s only one thing that matters on Easter (despite the fact that Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Staburst Jelly Beans are the vastly superior Easter candies)…

Yes, it’s Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict and it’s more important than anything else.

9. Pat Green (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Alter Bridge (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Eric Hutchinson/Saints of Valory (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Charm City Devils (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Keller Williams (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); French Montana (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Saturday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Cloud Nothings (Wednesday 8pm Black Cat), Andrew WK (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Stephen Marley (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Local H (Saturday 6:30pm DC9); NEEDTOBREATHE “Rivers In The Wasteland”, Nas “Illmatic XX” and Sevendust “Time Travelers & Bonfires” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I enjoy the work of Eric Hutchinson, friends.

I also enjoy the work of Saints of Valory.

I’m not particularly witty this evening. I’m just going to say “Charm City Devils” and we can move forward.

And here’s a tune from the new NEEDTOBREATHE record. Let’s all move forward from here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n1oH9q4vgc

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Towson looks for sixth straight win Saturday against Delaware

Posted on 21 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson Lacrosse (6-2) will try to protect a five-game win streak when the Tigers end a three-game homestand with Delaware (5-3, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) on Saturday, March 22 at 7 p.m.

Road Closure
Due to a construction project, Osler Drive will be closed on Saturday evening. Fans are advised to take an alternate route. From Charles Street:  divert at Emerson and route through West Village, reconnecting at Osler and to the stadium.

Coming from York Road Bypass, fan should continue south on York Road to Cross Campus and to Osler to approach the stadium.

Opening Face-Off

Towson’s 2013 CAA title defense begins Saturday against the Blue Hens. Towson extended its win streak to five games with a 10-8 win over UMBC on March 18 at home. Three Tigers scored two goals apiece en route to the win. Delaware lost its Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) opener to Hofstra, 11-9.

Updating the Tigers
The Tigers outlasted beltway rival UMBC on Tuesday, March 18 by the score of 10-8. The game was tied seven times. Seniors Max Siskind, Devin Grimaldi and Thomas DeNapoli each scored two goals. Junior Justin Mabus had two assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White made 12 saves on the day.

Scouting the Blue Hens
Delaware, whose win streak was the team’s longest since the 2010 season, jumped out to a 6-3 lead early in the second quarter, but the Pride scored six unanswered goals over the span of the second and third periods to take control and win their fourth straight game. A goal by Mike Malave with 9:58 left in the third quarter broke a 6-6 tie and put Hofstra up for good.

Towson-Delaware Series History
This is one of Towson’s oldest series. Starting in just the third season the Tigers had a program, the teams have met 54 times in the last 52 years. Towson has won six of the last nine meetings. Thirty-one have been decided by three goals or less; the Tigers are 19-12 in those games. Of the 31 matchups decided by three goals or fewer, 13 have been one-goal margins of defeat. Delaware holds the edge in those games, 7-6.

Last Time Out vs. Delaware: March 22, 2013 (Towson 7, Delaware 6 (ot))
Andrew Hodgson and Ben McCarty teamed up on the game-winning goal in overtime as Towson men’s lacrosse defeated Delaware, 7-6, at Delaware Stadium. For just the second time all season, Towson scored first and took a 2-1 lead into the second quarter. However Delaware scored five straight goals to take a 6-3 lead midway through the third quarter. The Tigers scored back-to-back goals in the fourth to trim the Hens’ lead to 6-5 with 8:09 remaining in the game and got last-minute heroics from Greg Cuccinello, who scored with 2.6 seconds left in regulation on a dribbler to send the game into overtime. Hodgson buried a high-low shot past the Delaware keeper from 13 yards out for the game winner with 1:45 showing on the clock in overtime.

Let’s Get It Started
The Tigers are 9-3 all-time in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) season openers. Towson joined the CAA in 2002 and celebrated with an 18-4 win over Delaware. The Tigers and the Blue Hens have met six times in Towson’s CAA openers; the Tigers are 4-2 in those games. Tonight’s contest is the fifth-straight time Towson and UD have faced off in the Tigers’ league opener.

Next Up

The Tigers play the first of back-to-back road games when they take on the Hofstra Pride on Saturday, March 29 at 7 p.m.

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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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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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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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Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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