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Towson Looks To Extend Hot Streak Wednesday Against UMBC on WNST

Posted on 03 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off Seeking its fifth straight win Wednesday, Towson welcomes crosstown rival UMBC to Johnny Unitas® Stadium. The Tigers are coming off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program on Saturday at Hofstra. Towson trailed by six goals with 11:27 left in the game, but it mounted a furious rally and won the game, 10-9, in double overtime on a Justin Mabus strike. Wednesday’s game against the Retrievers will be the final non-conference contest for the Tigers this season. The game is also sponsored by the University Store and they will be providing 200 rally towels to the first 200 fans in attendance. Opening face-off is set for 7:30 p.m. and fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Towson (6-3, 2-0), which is ranked No. 19 in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, has won four straight games, including each of its first two CAA contests. The Tigers are off to their best start since opening the 2007 season at 7-3 before advancing to the NCAA Tournament that year. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli is coming off a career night at Hofstra. The midfielder had a career-high six points (3g, 3a) to lead Towson to a dramatic come-from-behind win. Of the sophomore’s three goals, two came in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying tally with two seconds remaining in regulation. DeNapoli’s three goals tied his career-high and his three assists set a new career best.

Scouting the Retrievers
UMBC (3-4, 1-0 America East) was listed as receiving votes in the latest Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll after topping Hartford, 16-12, on Saturday. The 16 goals scored was a season high for the Retrievers. Junior attackman Scott Jones, who scored four goals against Hartford, leads UMBC with 21 points. Jones has scored in 13 consecutive games and has multiple points in 12 of those contests. Junior attackman Joe Lustgarten posted a career-high five goals and eight total points in the win over Hartford on Saturday. Lustgarten, the current America East Player of the Week, leads his team with 11 assists and is second with 18 points. Junior goalkeeper Adam Cohen is sixth in the nation with 12.29 saves per game.

Towson-UMBC Series History
The Tigers and Retrievers will be meeting for the 43rd time tonight. Towson has only played Loyola (54) and Delaware (53) more often in its history. The Tigers own a 27-15 advantage in the all-time series, including a 10-7 win the last time these squads met at Unitas Stadium on April 7, 2010.

Joining the Rankings
The Towson men’s lacrosse team broke into the national rankings this week. The Tigers find themselves ranked No. 19 in this week’s Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. It’s the first time Towson has been ranked since checking in at No. 20 in the May 3, 2010 poll. The Tigers narrowly missed being ranked in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) poll as they are the top squad in the receiving vote’s category. The Colonial Athletic Association boasts three schools in the Top 20 as Towson joins No. 2 Massachusetts and No. 16 Penn State in the rankings.

Stellar Rookie
Freshman midfielder Justin Mabus was selected as the CAA Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks, it was announced by league officials on Monday. Mabus, who is tied for the team lead with nine assists this season, did his damage this past week at No. 20 Hofstra by netting the biggest goal of his young career. The freshman capped off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program by scoring the game-winning goal with just 38 seconds remaining in double overtime.

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Towson Freshman Mabus Honored Again by CAA

Posted on 02 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Justin Mabus Named CAA Rookie of the Week for Second Straight Week

RICHMOND, Va. – Freshman midfielder Justin Mabus has been selected as the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Lacrosse Rookie of the Week for the second time in as many weeks, it was announced by league officials on Monday.

Mabus, who leads the Tigers with nine assists this season, did his damage this week at No. 20 Hofstra by netting the biggest goal of his young career. The freshman capped off the largest fourth quarter comeback in the 53-year history of the program by scoring the game-winning goal with just 38 seconds remaining in double overtime.

Mabus’ goal gave the Tigers a dramatic 10-9 victory in a game they trailed 9-3 in the fourth quarter.

UMass’ Will Manny won Player of the Week honors after scoring eight goals and dishing out seven assists in a pair of victories for the second-ranked Minutemen.
Mabus and the Tigers will be seeking their fifth straight win on Wednesday, April 4 as they host crosstown rival UMBC at Johnny Unitas® Stadium at 7:30 p.m.

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UMBC A Lustgarten Honored By America East

Posted on 02 April 2012 by WNST Staff

Cambridge, Mass.-UMBC junior attackman Joe Lustgarten (Wading River, N.Y./Wading River) was named America East Conference Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for games ending March 31, 2012.

Lustgarten smashed career highs with five goals and eight total points, leading host UMBC to a 16-12 victory over Hartford in the America East Conference opener for both squads.

The 5’10, 160-lb. southpaw surpassed his previous single-game top totals of three goals and four points by the 6:27 mark of the second quarter as contributed a point on five of UMBC’s first seven goals, scoring four times and helping on another. He is the first Retriever to score eight points in a game since Ryan Smith had five goals and three assists vs. Albany in the 2008 campaign.

Lustgarten, who scored five goals on six on the night, has eight goals and four assists in his last two contests vs. Hartford. He leads the squad with 11 assists and is second with 18 points.

UMBC faces cross-town rival Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Wednesday evening.

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Towson Looks to Extend Streak Saturday Night at Hofstra on WNST

Posted on 31 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
The Tigers (5-3, 1-0 CAA) will be seeking their fourth straight victory when they travel to Hempstead, N.Y. to take on No. 20 Hofstra (4-4, 1-1 CAA) Saturday evening. The contest will be the first CAA road game for Towson, which is 2-2 away from Johnny Unitas® Stadium this year. Opening face-off is set for 7:00 p.m. and fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
With a 5-3 overall record, Towson boasts its best mark after eight games since the 2007 season in which the Tigers started 5-3 as well. Towson ended that year with a 9-7 overall record and advanced to the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers have seen a number of significant contributions during their winning streak, including a four-goal effort from senior Matt Lamon against Mercer and a three-assist day for freshman Justin Mabus against Delaware. Six different Towson players have double-digit points for the season, led by Sean Maguire’s 20 points on a team-high 15 goals and five assists. With Mabus’ three assists against the Blue Hens, the rookie now leads the team in that category with nine. The well balanced Tiger offense is coming off a game in which five different players registered two goals.

Scouting the Pride
After starting the season 1-2, Hofstra has won three of its last five games and is ranked No. 20 in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll. The Pride have played three nationally-ranked foes, topping then-No. 20 Delaware (13-5) and falling to current No. 15 Fairfield and No. 6 Notre Dame. The loss to the Fighting Irish occurred in overtime while the setback against the Stags was a triple overtime heartbreaker. Junior Adrian Sorichetti paces Hofstra with 27 points on 18 goals and nine assists while goalkeeper Andrew Gvozden ranks second in the CAA averaging 11.12 saves per game.

Towson-Hofstra Series History
The Tigers and Pride will be meeting for the 43rd time on the lacrosse field Saturday. Towson has only played Loyola (54) and Delaware (53) more often in its history. The Pride own a narrow 24-18 advantage in the all-time series history, including four straight wins. The last time the Tigers won in Hempstead was April 17, 2004.

Tigers Receiving Votes In National Polls
Riding a three-game winning streak, the Towson men’s lacrosse team received votes in the latest United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association (USILA) national poll. After the 20 ranked teams, the Tigers are in a group along with Bryant, Drexel, Yale, Navy, Harvard, Robert Morris and UMBC that are receiving votes and on the brink of breaking into the national Top 20.

CAA Honors Mabus
After dishing out three assists and scoring his first goal of the season last week, Towson freshman Justin Mabus earned CAA Rookie of the Week honors, the league announced Monday. Mabus currently leads the Tigers with nine assists in just six games.

In The National Rankings
Towson ranks Top 10 in the nation in a pair of categories. The Tigers are second in the country in shot percentage by scoring on 37.4 percent of their shots. Only Bucknell (41.0 percent) ranks higher. Additionally, the Tigers are eighth in the nation in man-up offense. In 22 man-up opportunities this season, Towson has tallied 11 goals.

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Towson Tops Delaware in CAA Opener

Posted on 24 March 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Five different Tigers posted multi-goal games as Towson cruised past rival Delaware, 13-8, in its Colonial Athletic Association opener Saturday evening at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Towson (5-3, 1-0 CAA), which never trailed in the game, has now won three straight for the first time since the 2010 season. The five-goal margin of victory is the Tigers’ largest against the Blue Hens since an 18-4 win on March 23, 2002.

“We were very pleased with our energy, focus and execution tonight,” said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen. “It was our most complete game of the year and it came against and extremely talented Delaware team. The great thing is we are getting better and improving. We’re going to enjoy this win, but we have some extremely tough games ahead.”

Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli recorded a career-high four points with two goals and two assists to lead the Tigers. Senior’s Sean Maguire and Matt Lamon, sophomore Andrew Hodgson and freshman Robby Zoppo also posted multi-goal games for the Tigers.

Junior Ian Mills was impressive once again for the Tigers, winning 17 of 25 face-off’s. Junior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage was solid in the cage, posting eight saves and picking up his fifth win of the season.

For the second straight game, Towson got on the board less than five seconds into the game as Mills took the opening draw and fed Lamon for his eighth goal of the season before four ticks could come off the clock. Freshman Justin Mabus and Zoppo followed with goals and the Tigers led 3-0 less than seven minutes into the contest.

Delaware (3-6, 0-2 CAA) would score three of the next four goals to cut the Tiger lead to 4-3 at the end of the opening period. After the teams exchanged goals early in the second quarter, Zoppo and Maguire registered consecutive goals for Towson to give the Tigers a 7-4 halftime advantage.

After an even 2-2 third quarter, the Blue Hens remained within striking distance down just three goals entering the final period. Maguire posted his team-high 15th goal of the season at the 13:13 mark of the fourth quarter, but consecutive Delaware goals would bring the Blue Hens to within 10-8 with 8:39 remaining.

Towson would close the game strong though, netting three goals in a 2:20 span to seal the victory.

The Tigers outshot the Blue Hens by a 36-29 margin and went 3-for-6 in extra man opportunities.

Towson will play its first CAA road game of the season on Saturday, March 31 at No. 19 Hofstra. Opening face-off from Hempstead, N.Y. is set for 7 p.m.

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Towson Hopes to Bounce Back Saturday at Stony Brook

Posted on 17 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
After splitting a pair of home games, the Towson men’s lacrosse team returns to the road this weekend to take on Stony Brook. The non-conference matchup is set for 1 p.m. on Saturday. Fans can catch the game live on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Coming off a 10-6 loss to Navy on Tuesday, Towson will return to the road for the first time in three weeks. Senior attackman Sean Maguire, who is riding an eight-game point streak, leads the Tigers with 11 points on a team-high nine goals to go along with a pair of assists. Senior Carl Iacona is coming off his first multi-goal game of the season and classmate Matt Lamon has four points in his last two outings.

Scouting the Seawolves
Stony Brook enters Saturday with a 1-4 record, but the Seawolves lone win came against nationally-ranked Delaware. After dropping its first three games to open up the 2012 season, Stony Brook topped the Blue Hens on the road, 7-6, on March 10. In their last outing on Tuesday, the Seawolves fell, 11-9, at home to St. John’s. Senior Russ Bonanno leads the team with 13 points on eight goals and five assists. Junior goalkeeper Sean Brady has played all but 30 minutes in the cage for the Seawolves and boasts a 10.44 goals-against-average with 39 saves.

Last Year’s Towson-Stony Brook Meeting
Towson attackman Matt Hughes scored a game-high three goals, including the eventual game-winner with 9:50 left in the fourth quarter, as the Tigers earned a 9-8 non-conference victory over fifth-ranked Stony Brook University at Johnny Unitas® Stadium. Led by Hughes, who posted his third “hat trick” in the last four games, the Tigers defeated a top five opponent for the first time since April 27, 1996 when they defeated fifth-ranked Johns Hopkins by a 13-12 margin at Homewood Field.

Towson-Stony Brook Series History
The Tigers and Seawolves will be meeting for just the third time in the series history on Saturday. In 2010, Stony Brook picked up a 14-11 home win and Towson responded last year with a narrow 9-8 victory on its home turf.

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Navy Runs Past Towson in 2nd Half

Posted on 13 March 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON—Navy (3-3) bounced back from a 2-1 halftime deficit to outscore Towson (2-3) 5-1 in the third period and go on to defeat the Tigers, 10-6, on Tuesday night in front of 1,485 fans at Unitas Stadium.  The win was the second straight for the Midshipmen.

The two teams played a sloppy first half that saw more turnovers (20) than shots (18).  Navy’s only goal in the first half came at 52 seconds left in the first quarter on a goal by Erik Hoffstadt off an assist from Gabe Voumard.

“Sometimes it’s not what you say, but what you don’t say and I really didn’t say much at the half,” said Navy head coach Rick Sowell. “I just told them that it was going to come down to whoever wanted it more. I think our guys showed how much they wanted to win.  I’m not sure what it was in the first half, but it wasn’t lacrosse.  We invented ways to turn it over in the first half.”

“The poise we didn’t have in the first half we played with in the second half and it led us to some great opportunities to put the ball in the net,” said senior co-captain Taylor Reynolds.

The Mids took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring five-consecutive goals to take a 6-2 lead.  Sophomore long stick Pat Kiernan got things going for Navy with a beautiful over the shoulder shot off an assist from Tucker Hull to tie the game at two just 2:33 into the third quarter.

Navy would take its first lead of the game less than two minutes later when Hull scored off an assist from Nikk Davis and then Hull made it 4-2 thanks to an assist from Reynolds.

Bryce Dabbs put the Mids up three at 5-2 with 1:27 left in the third quarter as Davis assisted for the second time in the quarter and then Reynolds capped the run 25 seconds later off an assist from Hull.

The Mids continued to pile up the goals in the fourth quarter as Navy stretched the lead to 10-4 on goals by Reynolds, Durkin, Voumard and Dabbs before the Tigers scored two goals in the final 30 seconds to provide the final score.

The Navy defense was strong all night, forcing 13 Towson turnovers.  Austin Miller and Kiernan led the defensive effort with two caused turnovers.  Kiernan added four ground balls, while Ian Crumley had three.  R.J. Wickham  was solid in goal, coming up with nine saves.

“We are starting to get everybody on the same page on defense.  The unity is there.  Matt Vernam did a great job of leading the defense tonight and Pat Kiernan is an impact player for us.”

Hull, who is second in the country in scoring (5.4 points per contest), led Navy with five points (2 goals, 3 assists), while Reynolds added four (2 goals, 2 assists).

Logan West had a good night at the X, winning 11 of 19 faceoffs and scooped up eight ground balls.

Navy returns home on Saturday to face Patriot League foe Holy Cross in a 1:30 PM contest.

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Sowell, Nadelen Meet For First Time Tuesday Night at Towson

Posted on 13 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Game Preview
• Fresh off its 12-7 victory over Patriot League foe Lafayette this past Saturday, the Navy men’s lacrosse team will step away from conference action to face Towson on Tuesday evening … meeting for just the 11th time in series history, the Mids and Tigers will face off at 7:30 pm at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
• The Mids are coming off their most complete game of the season which featured a balanced offensive attack … eight different players scored goals for the Midshipmen, including Tucker Hull, who pitched his fourth hat trick of the season, and rookie middie Gabe Voumard and sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan, who scored two goals apiece … the Mids dismantled a Lafayette defense that came into the game as the nation’s third-ranked scoring defense, giving up fewer than seven goals.
• Towson is coming off a 10-8 win over Mount St. Mary’s, but needed a three-goal fourth quarter to capture the win … the Mount held an 8-7 lead with nine minutes to go in the game, but the Tigers scored three in a row, including the game-winner by Matt Hughes with four minutes remaining.

Taking the Field In …
10    Navy has lost just five games (48-5) when scoring 10 or more goals since the start of the 2004 season … Navy is 2-0 this season when reaching 10 goals.
9    Sophomore attackman Sam Jones pushed his point-scoring streak to nine-straight games after dealing out an assist against Lafayette last Saturday … he opened the season with a remarkable nine-point (5-4) effort against VMI … it’s the most points scored by a Navy player since Dennis Nealon produced 12 points against Washington College  on March 20, 1991.
8    Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull has recorded eight hat tricks in his 18-game Navy career, including four this season … Hull has also produced eight points in a game twice this season, including a three-goal, five-assist effort against Lafayette.
7    The Mids’ two wins this season have been when they held their foe to seven goals.
6    Four players lead Navy with six takeaways apiece this season, including sophomore long pole Pat Kiernan who force four Lafayette turnovers on Saturday.
5    Five of Navy’s 2012 opponents are ranked in the 2012 USILA Coaches Poll – Johns Hopkins (2), Maryland (7), North Carolina (T11), Lehigh (T11) and Colgate (17) – while Bucknell is also receiving votes.
4    Navy has lost four of the five games against Towson which were played on the Tigers’ home field … Navy’s lone win at Towson was an 8-7 decision on April 17, 1993 … the Mids have lost three in a row in Towson.
3    Sophomore midfielder Erik Hoffstadt has scored points in each of the last three games and all three points (1G, 2A) have come on extra-man.
2    Six different players scored two goals (Nikk Davis, Tucker Hull, Sam Jones, Jay Mann, Taylor Reynolds, Andy Warner) in last year’s 14-11 win over Towson.
1    Over the last four seasons, 23 (9-14) of the Mids’ 65 contests have been decided by one goal … Navy has lost five-straight one-goal games.

More on the Tigers
• First-year head coach Shawn Nadelen has led the tigers to a 2-2 record, nearly equalling last year’s win total (3-10) … the Tigers have bookend wins over Jacksonville (12-10) and Mount St. Mary’s (10-8) with losses to nationally-ranked Johns Hopkins (12-6) and Loyola (13-6) in between).
• Eleven different players have scored goals for the Tigers this season, including senior attackman Sean Maguire who has produced 10 points on a team-high eight goals and two assists … meanwhile second-year midfielder Thomas DeNapoli stands second in scoring with nine points on seven goals and two assists … DeNapoli is coming off a strong performance against Mount St. Mary’s, netting a hat trick.
• Sharing time in goal are senior Travis Love and junior Andrew Wascavage … Wascavage has played in all four games, giving up 34 goals (11.33 GAA) and making 33 stops (49.3) … Love has played in two games, surrendering nine goals (9.00) and posting 12 saves (57.1).
• Junior Matt Thomas has handled the majority of the faceoff duties (26-57, 45.6), while juniors Warren Kalkstein (6-19, 31.6) and Ian Mills (7-11, 63.6) have also pitched in.
• Towson, meanwhile, is ranked No. 2 nationally in shot percentage (37.4) and is seventh in extra-man offense (57.1) … the Tigers struggle mightily on man-down, however, as they are ranked 60th (41.7).

Series History
• Tuesday’s contest between Navy and Towson marks only the 11th game in a series that, prior to 2010, was discontinued following the 1997 campaign.
• Navy holds a narrow 6-4 advantage, losing four of the five  games played at Towson … conversely, the Mids are 5-0 in games played in Annapolis.
• 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 1-2 record against Towson … he was 1-1 against the Tigers at Stony Brook and lost the only meeting with Towson while at Dartmouth.

2011 Navy-Towson Recap
• Navy scored the game’s final six goals while the defense held Towson scoreless over the last 18 minutes of play to earn a 14-11 victory over the Tigers at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.
• Both teams utilized extended runs throughout the game, as momentum shifted from one sideline to the other.  Towson opened up a 3-0 lead with under five minutes to go in the opening frame, before the Mids heated up and poked in a pair of goals, including a beautiful lefty shot from freshman Sam Jones on the right wing with under 40 seconds to play.
• The Mids knotted the game at 3-3 when junior attackman Taylor Reynolds used his speed to wrap around the left side of the cage and fire off a rocket to the right post.  Not only did the shot come hard an fast out of Reynolds’ stick, he had almost no angle as was witnessed by keeper Travis Love who never budged.
• The two teams would trade goals over the next two minutes before Towson would once again mount a run that featured sophomore attackman Matt Hughes scoring the first of his game-high three goals.
• Trailing 7-4 with five minutes remaining in the opening half, the Mids, much like the Bucknell game, rallied and scored three goals in the final three minutes including two in the final minute.  Sophomore middie Jay Mann stuck his five-yard shot in at the three-minute mark, followed by a well-executed extra-man goal by Jones on the crease with 51.8 seconds left.  Navy evened the score at seven-all when senior midfielder Andy Warner found rookie attackman Tucker Hull open just behind the plane of the goal and Hull turned his shoulder and sent his ankle-biter in with just 1.7 seconds before intermission.  Warner was credited with assists on all three goals just before the half.
• Scoring its fourth-consecutive goal, Navy struck first in the second half as Warner sent his pass across the field to junior midfielder Nikk Davis who then found Hull for the goal at 13:46.
• Navy’s lead, however, would be short-lived, as an extra-man goal by senior attackman Tommy Beach at the 9:36 mark triggered a four-goal run by the Tigers.  Hughes would score two of the four goals, including the last in the run that had Navy’s coaching staff bewildered.  Junior midfielder Carl Iacona was clearly offside, so obvious, in fact, that Iacona dropped the ball because he thought the official had whistled him for the infraction.  Once the madness subdued, Iacona wisely snatched the ball up and took off for the goal.  Chased down around the crease, he made a diving pass to Hughes, who curled around the left side of the net and sent his shot past Navy junior keeper RJ Wickham.
• With 3:04 remaining in the third quarter, Towson held an 1-8 advantage.  Remarkably, it would be the Tigers’ final goal of the game.
• Meanwhile, after being held scoreless for better than 12 minutes, Navy finally got on the scoreboard when freshman Harrison Chaires’ shot on extra-man bounced off the keeper’s stick and over his head for the goal.
• While Chaires’ goal certainly pushed the momentum in the Mids’ favor, Navy went on to score three goals in three minutes to start the final quarter, including a goal by Warner with 10:06 to play that put the lead back in Navy’s hands.  Meanwhile the goal just 32 seconds prior to Warner’s was a high-to-low beauty that hugged the left post by senior midfielder Kevin Doyle  who notched his first goal of the season.
• Navy extended its lead with an unassisted goal by Mann with 3:55 remaining and Warner put the game out of reach when he broke free from a double-team that included the goalkeeper, and punched in his second goal of the evening on an open goal.
• Warner led all players with a career-high eight points on two goals and six assists.  He is the first Navy player to register eight points in a game since Jon Birsner dealt out eight assists against Colgate on March 19, 2005.  Meanwhile, the six assists by Warner are the most by a Navy player since Birsner produced six helpers against Holy Cross on March 26, 2006.
• While Navy’s offense continued to shine, so, too did faceoff specialist Logan West, who finished the contest just one win shy of tying the school’s all-time single-game record.  West won 19 of the 29 draws and picked up eight ground balls along the way.

Towson Ties
• Mark Goers, the Director of Physical Education Operations who has been with the Navy lacrosse program since 2002, is a 1995 graduate of Towson … he is the Tigers’ all-time leader in faceoff win percentage (70.2) and ranks fourth with 375 faceoff wins.
• First-year Towson assistant coach Anthony Gilardi served as an assistant coach at Navy from 2009-11 under Richie Meade.

Navy-Lafayette Rewind
• In a game that featured three times and three lead changes, the Mids utilized a four-goal run in the second half to take the lead for good and capture their first Patriot League victory of the Rick Sowell era.
• The win snapped a three-game losing streak by the Mids who had last seen a win nearly a month prior against VMI on Feb. 11.
• The win also snapped a two-game road losing streak dating back to last season when the Midshipmen were a dismal 1-6 on the road.
• Sophomore attackman Sam Jones, who dealt out an assist in the second quarter, extended his point-scoring streak to nine-straight games.  His goal-scoring streak, however, was snapped at five games as he came up empty against the Leopards.
• Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull scored three goals and added five assists en route to producing his eighth-career hat trick and the fourth this year (VMI-6, Jacksonville-3, Bucknell-3, Lafayette-3).
• Freshman Gabe Voumard turned in back-to-back goals for the Mids early in the game, marking his first-collegiate points.
• Second-year long pole Pat Kiernan played his most complete game, causing a team-high four turnovers, picking up five ground balls and scoring a career-high two goals.
• Sophomore attackman Austin Heneveld scored his first goal of the season, while junior Jordan Seivold, who is playing both ways this season, recorded his first point in what was his first appearance of the year.

Meet the Mids
• Navy will hold its annual “Meet the Mids” event this Saturday following its game against Holy Cross (12:00 pm) at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

Patriot League Boasts Nation’s Top Two Scorers
• The nation’s top two point producers hail from Patriot League institutions according to this week’s NCAA statistics report.
• Colgate junior Peter Baum is leading the country with his 5.83 points per game (26G, 9A), while Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull stands second, averaging 5.40 points per contest (15G, 12A).
• Baum is also the nation’s top goal producer (4.33), while Hull is tied for ninth, scoring 3.00 goals per game.
• Hull has registered hat tricks in four of the five games this season.
• Hull is also ranked among the top 10 in assist per game, dealing out 2.40 per contest.

A Tip of the Hat
• Navy sophomore attackman Tucker Hull is tied for 18th among the nation’s career hat trick leaders.
• Hull has punched in three or more goals in eight of the 18 games over his two-year career, including four of the five contests this season.
• Hull is the only sophomore listed among the top 20.
• Hull stands alongside Siena’s Danny Martinsen and Chris Roth.
• Siena’s Bryan Neufeld leads the pack with 24-career hat tricks, while Denver senior Mark Matthews is just one behind.

Mirror, Mirror
• Through five games, Navy has scored 79 points on 50 goals and 29 assists … so, too, has Navy’s opponents … as in the exact same totals, 79 points on 50 goals and 29 assists.
• Having played just two Patriot League games, Navy has scored 21 goals, as has its foes, Bucknell (14) and Lafayette (7).

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Towson Returns to Action Tuesday Against Navy on WNST

Posted on 13 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Towson will be looking to win consecutive games for the first time this season as the Tigers host Navy at Johnny Unitas® Stadium on Tuesday evening. The game, which is sponsored by Under Armour, will be broadcast on WNST-AM 1570 with Spiro Morekas and Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Now 2-2 on the season, the Tigers will be looking to remain perfect at home after topping Mount St. Mary’s 10-8 in their home opener March 3. Sophomore Thomas DeNapoli tallied a team-high three goals to lead Towson past The Mount and the midfielder is now second on the squad with seven goals. Senior attackman Sean Maguire tallied his third multi-goal game of the season in the win and he now leads Towson with eight goals and 10 points.

Scouting the Midshipmen

Navy snapped its three-game losing streak Saturday by topping Lafayette, 12-7, on the road. After opening the year with a win at VMI, the Midshipmen dropped contests against Jacksonville, No. 4 North Carolina and Bucknell. Navy’s only common opponent thus far with Towson is Jacksonville. The Midshipmen lost by a 13-7 score while the Tigers upended the Dolphins 12-10 in their season opener. Both games were played in Jacksonville. Navy is led by standout sophomore Tucker Hull, who has a remarkable 27 points on 15 goals and 12 assists. Classmate Sam Jones is second on the squad with 16 points on nine goals and seven assists.

Last Year’s Towson-Navy Meeting
After four lead changes and five ties Navy executed a late 6-0 run to rally from a three-goal third quarter deficit and hand Towson a 14-11 loss in Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. The 10th meeting between the two schools on the lacrosse field more resembled a ping-pong game with back-and-forth lead changes and momentum swings. But Navy mounted the final charge that erased an 11-8 Tigers’ lead with 3:04 left in the third quarter that lifted the Midshipmen to victory. Matt Hughes led the Tigers with three goals in the loss.

Towson-Navy Series History
The Tigers and Midshipmen will be meeting for the 11th time on the lacrosse field tonight. Navy owns a 6-4 advantage in the series, but Towson has won two of the last three meetings.

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Letters From Sylvia Mackey, Sandra Unitas Address Forgotten Widows

Posted on 06 March 2012 by WNST Staff

Letters Taken From FourthAndGoalUnites.com…

My husband played 18 years in the National Football League – 17 seasons with the Baltimore Colts and one with the San Diego Chargers.

My husband completed 2,830 passes for more than 40,000 yards and 290 touchdowns during his NFL career. He threw at least one touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games – an NFL record that still stands today.

My husband was honored as the league’s Player of the Year three times. He was named All-Pro six times and selected for the Pro Bowl 10 times.

My husband was the quarterback of the 1958 NFL Championship Game – the first “sudden death” playoff game – that launched the nearly 54-year lucrative partnership between the league and television.

My husband suffered numerous injuries during his NFL career, including a broken nose, punctured lung, damaged knees, a shattered knuckle, ligament and ulnar nerve damage to his right arm, and broken ribs. He played through many of those injuries and, years later, when he lost the use of his right hand due to a football injury, the league he loved and the union he supported denied him disability benefits.

My husband worked diligently to protect not only himself and his family, but also his teammates and their families. A team leader on and off the field, my husband was greatly concerned about those who couldn’t afford health insurance following their NFL careers.

My husband chose the pension option that would continue following his death, to ensure that I would be covered. Recently I learned that I – along with more than 300 other widows of retired players who were receiving their pensions and died prior to August 4, 2011 – am excluded from the Legacy Benefit.

My husband – like so many pioneers of the league – helped build the league and the union. While the league has offered assurances that they will rectify the situation, the union has remained silent.

My husband would be appalled.

Sandra Unitas, widow of NFL Hall of Fame QB John Unitas

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