Tigers Fall To Drexel in Home Finale
Andrew Wascavage Makes Career-High 21 Saves
TOWSON, Md. – Towson junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a career-high 21 saves, but Drexel scored the final six goals of the game to upended the Tigers, 13-5, Saturday night at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.
The loss ties Towson (7-6, 2-3 CAA) with Hofstra for the fourth and final CAA Tournament playoff spot with just one game remaining. The Tigers hold the tiebreaker over the Pride due to their 10-9 double overtime win on March 31. A Towson win at Saint Joseph’s next Saturday would lock up a playoff bid for the Tigers.
Drexel (6-7, 4-2 CAA) outshot Towson 49-16 and outscored the Tigers 7-1 in the second half. The Dragons are now locked into the third-seed for the CAA Tournament and they will travel to second-seeded Penn State for the semifinal round.
For the second straight game senior Matt Lamon and Wascavage shined for the Tigers. Lamon scored a pair of goals for the second consecutive game and Wascavage made 15 or more saves for the fourth straight game. In his last four outings, Wascavage has a total of 70 saves.
Drexel grabbed control of the game early, scoring five of the first six goals. Lamon had the Tigers’ only score in the first quarter as he tied the game at one midway through the period. Drexel’s Ben McIntosh capped the Dragon run with a goal at the 8:50 mark of the second quarter that increased the lead to 5-1.
Towson battled back and scored three of the next four goals to go into halftime down just 6-4 despite being outshot 28-8 in the opening half. Senior Sean Maguire scored his team-leading 19th goal of the season to start the Tiger run and he was followed by goals from senior Carl Iacona and Lamon.
Drexel’s Brendan Glynn, who recorded a hat trick for the Dragons, scored less than three minutes into the third quarter, but Towson’s Andrew Hodgson countered for the Tigers with his 11th goal of the season midway through the period to cut the Drexel lead to 7-5. It was all Dragons the rest of the way though as they scored late in the third quarter and then netted three goals in the first 2:46 of the fourth quarter to all but seal the win.
“Not to take anything away from Drexel, but it makes it very frustrating when you beat yourselves,” said Tiger head coach Shawn Nadelen. “We had so many mental mistakes, poor decisions and poor execution of plays. Drexel is a good defensive team and they were able to expose some weaknesses tonight.”
The Tigers were held to just one second half goal after scoring no goals in the second half against Penn State.
Towson was hurt all night by turnovers, committing 20 in the game. It was the second most turnovers of the season only trailing the 21 committed at Johns Hopkins on February 17.
The Tigers close out their regular season on Saturday, April 28 at Saint Joseph’s. Opening face-off is set for 12:30 p.m.
Tonight’s game was delayed for an hour and a half because of lightning in the area. Towson also recognized its 14 seniors, who were playing in their final home game, during a pregame ceremony.