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Towson lacrosse tries to bounce back Wednesday at Loyola

Posted on 18 February 2014 by WNST Staff

Date Wednesday, Feb. 19 | 3 p.m.
Location Baltimore, Md. | Ridley Athletic Complex


TOWSON, Md. -
 Towson Lacrosse (1-1) makes its second trip down Charles Street in five days to take on No. 9 Loyola (1-1) on Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Ridley Athletic Complex. The game will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.

The Series: The Greyhounds’ 14-9 win last season on Feb. 20 gave Loyola the edge in the all-time series, 28-27. That win was the latest in a string of six straight victories for the ‘Hounds. The teams first met in 1959 – Towson’s second season as a program. Loyola pulled out an 8-6 victory in ’59. The Greyhounds’ present win streak dates to Feb. 23, 2008, a 13-8 decision at Unitas Stadium.

Last Time Out For Towson: Junior co-captain Greg Cuccinello notched his third career hat trick with four goals in Towson’s 15-8 loss at No. 11 Johns Hopkins on Feb. 15. Four other Tigers had one goal apiece. Freshman Ryan Drenner recorded three assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Tyler White recorded a career-high 18 saves, the most saves by a Tiger since April 6, 2013 when then-senior Andrew Wascavage made 20 saves against UMass.

Scouting the Greyhounds: Loyola is coming off a 12-11 overtime thriller over then-No. 9 Penn State on Feb. 15. Nikko Pontrello scored the game-winning goal 19 seconds into overtime for the win. Pontrello and Tyler Albrecht lead the team in goals (5). Justin Ward‘s seven points are a team-best. He is the ‘Hounds’ assist leader (6). Jack Runkel starts in net for Loyola. He has a goals-against average (GAA) of 12.97 and a save percentage of .405. Graham Savio is the primary face-off man. He has won 19-of-26 at the “X” for a .731 percentage.

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Towson begins lacrosse season with scrimmages at Maryland Saturday

Posted on 24 January 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Towson Lacrosse kicks off its 2014 season with a pair of scrimmages at Maryland with Villanova on Saturday, January 25. Bucknell will also participate in the exhibitions, which are scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m.

The Tigers will play Villanova at 12:30 p.m. on the J. Logan and Louise Schutz Football Practice Complex and Maryland on Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium at 2:30 p.m.

Towson was picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) in 2014 in a preseason poll by the league’s head coaches.

Maryland finished 2013 with a 10-4 overall record, losing 16-8 to Cornell in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Terrapins finished first in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) with a 2-1 league mark. They return two of their 20-plus-goal scorers from last season, Mike Chanenchuk (23g, 14a) and Jay Carlson (20g, 2a) as well as goalie Niko Amato (7.98 goals-against average (GAA), .594 save pct.)

Villanova ended last season 7-8 overall and 5-1 in the Big East. The Wildcats defeated Georgetown, 15-12, in the first round of the league tournament before falling to Syracuse, 13-9. Kevin O’Neil (15g, 12a) and John Kluh (17g, 9a) are ‘Nova’s returning leading scorers. Goalkeeper Reed Carlson returns for his junior season after finishing 2013 with a 10.28 GAA and a .479 save percentage.

The Tiger return eight starters and 26 letter winners from a team that overcame an 0-3 start to 2013 and upset two ranked teams en route to its first CAA title since 2005 and 11th NCAA Tournament appearance. Thomas DeNapoli and Andrew Wascavage earned honorable mention All-America honors from the USILA. Five Tigers earned All-CAA honors.

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Towson’s DeNapoli, Wascavage pick up All-American honors

Posted on 23 May 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON MEN’S LACROSSE PAIR EARNS ALL-AMERICAN HONORS
Andrew Wascavage and Thomas DeNapoli Garner USILA Honorable Mention All-America Accolades

TOWSON, Md. - Senior Andrew Wascavage and junior Thomas DeNapoli have been selected as Honorable Mention All-Americans, the USILA announced on Thursday.

It is the first such honor for both players. They join 40 other Tigers who have earned Division I All-American honors since 1980. The pair are the Tigers first honorable mention All-Americans since midfielder Christian Pastirik earned the honor is 2010.

“I am extremely excited about Andrew and Thomas receiving All-American recognition,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “They both had terrific years and are very deserving of it. For Andrew to finish his senior year playing his best lacrosse and be considered one of the best goalies in the Division I was what allowed our team the opportunity to win the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship and earn a berth to the NCAA tournament.

“Thomas’s offensive production was extremely impressive and I expect him to have an even better senior year.  I am proud to have had the opportunity to coach these young men and to have them represent Towson Lacrosse in all they do.”

Wascavage was Towson’s starting goalkeeper in 2013. A captain and one of only four seniors, he finished the year with a 9.33 goals-against average (GAA) and a .592 save percentage. Wascavage started all 18 games this season, playing 1067:32 minutes and facing 665 shots. He scored his first career assist and point when he assisted on junior John Fennessy’s goal against St. Joseph’s on April 27. Wascavage’s .570 career save percentage is the best in Towson history and his 9.55 career GAA stands him fifth all-time at Towson. He earned Most Outstanding Performer honors at the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Tournament after posting 26 saves, a .591 save percentage and a GAA of 9.00 in two games.

“I am really happy about receiving this award,” said Wascavage. “It’s a great honor. Being an All-American is something you set a goal for when you start playing college lacrosse and I’m glad to have reached my goal.”

DeNapoli was selected first-team All-CAA by the league’s head coaches after leading Towson in goals (41), assists (19) and points (60). He also earned All-CAA Tournament honors after scoring three goals on five shots and posting three assists for six points over two games. The junior tallied the game-winning goal in the CAA championship to assure the Tigers their first league crown since 2005. He became just the sixth Tiger since 1971 to score 40 or more goals in a season and the first to do so since 2001. A starter in all 18 games, DeNapoli posted eight multi-goal games, including a career-high seven goals at UMBC and six at No. 17 Drexel. In six of those games he notched hat tricks.

“It is very special,” said DeNapoli. “A lot of players dream about being an All-American. I share this award with every single player on my team. I’m really happy for Andrew since he hasn’t received the kind of recognition this season he deserves.”

The Tigers finished their season 10-8 overall – their first 10-win season since 2005 and first winning season since 2007. Towson won the CAA Tournament title and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Towson run ends with Tourney loss to Ohio State

Posted on 12 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Columbus, Ohio – No. 3 Ohio State held No. 17 Towson to two goals in the second half en route to a 16-6 win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament Sunday afternoon at Ohio State.

Towson (10-8) scored two of the first three goals before Ohio State (12-4) asserted itself, scoring four straight goals and holding an 8-4 lead at halftime. The Buckeyes’ defense improved in the second half, holding Towson scoreless for 14:46 over the second and third quarters and for 12:27 over the third and fourth quarters.

Junior Andrew Hodgson led the Tigers with a hat trick, while senior Matt Hughes posted two goals for the second straight game. Logan Schuss had a game-high six points on three goals and three assists for Ohio State. Senior Andrew Wascavage made eight saves for the Tigers, while Greg Dutton stopped seven shots for the Buckeyes.

“I want to commend Ohio State on an excellent game today,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “That said, we can’t make as many mistakes as we did today, we can’t allow them so many opportunities as far as possession times. They are a very balanced team and a very dangerous offense.

“I’m extremely proud of our team this year, and how they competed from the start to the finish. We didn’t start strong, but we finished strong. We were one of 16 teams to play in the NCAA tournament. A lot of people didn’t give us a chance, but our guys believed in themselves and put in the effort to get us to this point, back into the conversation as being a top team in the country.”

The Tigers won the opening face-off and worked the ball quickly down into the Buckeyes’ defensive zone. Sophomore Greg Cuccinello moved down the left side of the field and passed to Hughes who was waiting right in front of the cage. Hughes continued his stellar end-of-season play, posting the game’s first goal at 14:13.

Just under five minutes later, Schuss equalized for OSU unassisted at 9:16. The Tigers got strong play from their defense in the first quarter, particularly sophomore JoJo Ostrander and junior Jordan Fortmann. A caused turnover by Ostrander late in the third quarter led to a goal from Hodgson, off a feed from sophomore Justin Mabus, that gave Towson a 2-1 lead at 5:37 in the first quarter.

OSU’s King knotted the score at 2-2 with under two minutes remaining in the first quarter, and Carter Brown gave the Buckeyes the lead with 29 seconds left in the quarter, 3-2. Ohio State picked up a controversial David Planning goal as time expired on the first frame to hold a 4-2 advantage.

A series of quick passes led to King’s second goal for the Buckeyes at 14:09 in the second, but Towson’s Hodgson answered with his second of the game at 13:31 to inch the Tigers closer, 5-3. King’s third goal and a fast break tally from Dominique Alexander at 5:40 pushed the Buckeyes’ margin to four, 7-3. Hodgson then notched his second hat trick of the season with 2:06 left in the half. But confusion over the timer and possession led to another Ohio State goal, and the Buckeyes held an 8-4 advantage at the half.

Ohio State went on a tear in the second half, outscoring the Tigers 8-2 over the two frames. Cuccinello scored a goal at 2:52 in the third quarter and Hughes added his second at 5:26 in the fourth for Towson.

Towson finishes the season at 10-8, 4-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).

NOTES: Towson scored first for the eighth time this season (6-1) … Senior Matt Hughes scored two goals for the first straight game … Junior Andrew Hodgson posted his fourth straight multi-goal game and second hat trick of the season … the game marked Towson’s 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since 2007.

College Men’s Lacrosse: No. 17 Towson 6, No. 3 Ohio State 16
Towson (10-8)              2-2-1-1/6
Ohio State (13-3)          4-4-4-4/16

GOALS: TOW – Hodgson 3, Hughes 2, Cuccinello; OSU – King 4, Schuss 3, Brown 3, Planning 2, Alexander, Evans, Kapinos, Liddil. ASSISTS: TOW – Cuccinello, DeNapoli, Mabus; OSU – Alexander 3, Schuss 3, Planning 2, Brown, Crawford, Evans, King. SAVES: TOW – Wascavage (8, 60:00, 16 GA); OSU – Dutton (7, 60:00, 6 GA).SHOTS: TOW – 23; OSU – 40. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 23; OSU – 34. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 5-24; OSU – 19-24. CLEARS: TOW – 14-16; OSU – 14-15. EMO: TOW – 0-0; OSU 2-4. ATT: 2358.

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Towson visits Ohio State Sunday for NCAA Tournament opener

Posted on 11 May 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
Both No. 17 Towson and No. 3 Ohio State earned their conference automatic qualifiers to the NCAA Tournament with 11-10 wins in their respective title games. The Tigers come into today’s contest on a three-game win streak, while the Buckeyes have won six straight games.

Updating the Tigers
Towson won their fourth Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) tournament trophy and first since 2005 with an 11-10 win over No. 9 Penn State on May 3. Sophomore Greg Cuccinello scored his second hat trick of the season and senior Andrew Wascavage made 12 saves. The Tigers are making their 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament.

Scouting the Buckeyes
Ohio State is the 2013 ECAC champion after running the table at the conference tournament. The Buckeyes are 4-2 at home but had a 6-1 record on the road. One of those wins came against a common opponent – Penn State (10-9 in OT). This season, OSU won its first four games before trading wins and losses over the next five games. Ohio State comes into Sunday’s contest on a six-game win streak. The Buckeyes score 11.20 goals per game and convert on 50 percent of their man-up opportunities. They also win 56.3 percent of their face-offs.

Last Time Out vs. Ohio State – March 20, 2007 (Towson 10, Ohio State 8)
Towson jumped out to a 6-1 lead but had to turn back a furious Ohio State rally as the Tigers held on for a win in the teams’ first meeting in 40 years. Joel Dalgarno, Kevin Buchanan, and Jeff Ryan each had two goals to lead the Buckeyes. Towson’s Jonathan Engelke led all scorers with five goals.

Towson-Ohio State Series History
Ohio State owns a slim 3-2 advantage in the all-time series between the teams. Towson and OSU played four times in the 1960s; the Buckeyes won three. The last meeting between the teams occurred on March 20, 2007 when Towson claimed a 10-8 victory at home.

Towson-Ohio State By the Numbers

All-Time Series Record Ohio State leads, 3-2
at Towson Towson leads, 1-0
at Ohio State N/A
at Neutral Sites N/A
at Unknown Sites Ohio State leads, 3-1
First Meeting 1962 – Towson 6, OSU 3
Last Meeting 3/20/07 – Towson 10, OSU 8
Streak Towson +1

 

 

 

 
Towson in the NCAA Tournament
This year is the the Tigers’ 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and first since receiving an at-large bid in 2007. The Tigers have reached the Final Four twice – in 1991 and in 2001. In 1991, Towson played in the national championship game, falling to No. 1 North Carolina, 18-13. The Tigers are 7-10 overall in NCAA Tournament games and have a 3-1 record in first round contests. Towson has not reached a Final Four since the tournament expanded to a 16-team field.

2×2
For just the second time in Towson history, both the men’s and women’s lacrosse teams are in the NCAA Tournament in the same season. The last time the Tigers accomplished this feat was 2005. In the 2013 NCAA Tournament fields, there are just eight schools that have men’s and women’s lacrosse teams in the NCAA tournaments – Penn State, North Carolina, Maryland, Duke, Loyola, Notre Dame, Denver and Towson.

 

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Towson stuns Penn State for CAA title, NCAA Tournament berth

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Towson stuns Penn State for CAA title, NCAA Tournament berth

Posted on 03 May 2013 by WNST Staff

University Park, Pa. – The Towson men’s lacrosse team (10-7) withstood a late rally from No. 9 Penn State (12-4) to defeat the Nittany Lions, 11-10, and claim its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) title since 2005 Friday afternoon at PSU Lacrosse Field.

PSU outscored Towson 4-3 in the fourth quarter to try and rally from an 8-6 deficit at the end of the third. The game was tightly contested until late in the second quarter and into the third when the Tigers broke it open with a five-goal run.

Towson was making its first appearance in a CAA final since 2010, when the Tigers fell to Delaware, 12-9 on May 8. Today’s championship is Towson’s fourth title in its ninth appearance at the CAA Tournament. Towson’s Thomas DeNapoli, Jordan Fortmann and Ben McCarty were named to the All-Tournament team. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage received Most Outstanding Player. It is Head Coach Shawn Nadelen’s first CAA championship.

Sophomore Greg Cuccinello’s second hat trick of the season led the Tigers. He also had one assist. DeNapoli added two goals and two assists, while senior Matt Hughes scored his fourth and fifth goals in four games.

TJ Sanders’s three goals led the Nittany Lions. Jack Forster and Shane Sturgis each posted two goals. Goalie Austin Kaut made six saves.

McCarty opened the game’s scoring with his seventh goal in two games off a pass from DeNapoli at 11:10 in the first quarter. The Tigers took a 2-0 lead at 10:25 when sophomore Cuccinello beat PSU’s Kaut middle right.

Penn State struck back with a three-goal run starting at 9:28, getting scores from Forster, Kyle VanThof and Steven Bogert. But DeNapoli cut short the rally with his 40th goal of the season at 2:05. Hughes caused a Penn State turnover, picked up the ground ball and fed it to DeNapoli for the score. Hughes capped the quarter with his seventh goal of the year and, fourth in four games, with one second left.

The Nittany Lions started the second quarter on another three-goal rally when Forster connected with Tom LaCrosse on a fast break at 13:53. Sanders scored at 11:11 and Gavin Ahern followed at 10:18 to give PSU a 6-4 lead.

Junior Andrew Hodgson notched a goal for Towson at 6:59 when Towson worked the ball around the back of the net to Cuccinello who fed Hodgson. He dodged a defender and beat Kaut high to low from 12 yards out. His goal inched Towson to within one, 6-5, and Mabus’ tally at 4:28 pulled the Tigers even, 6-6.

Cuccinello started the third quarter with a bullet at 12:30 to put Towson up, 7-6, before Hodgson scored just over eight minutes later to give the Tigers an 8-6 advantage they carried into the fourth quarter.

The final frame was a wild one, seeing a total of seven goals – four in the final four minutes. Cuccinello posted his final goal of the game at 13:19 from 13 yards out, but the Lions showed they still had some fight when Sanders scored his 41st of the season 45 seconds later. Hughes answered with his second of the game when freshman Dan Livingston cleared the ball and passed to a waiting Hughes right in front of the goal at 6:51. That put Towson up three,10-7.

Towson was whistled for a slash at 4:54 and Penn State capitalized just 24 seconds into the penalty with a Sturgis goal at 4:31 to make it 10-8. DeNapoli posted his 41st of the year at 2:33, unassisted to increase the Tigers’ lead to 11-8. It gave Towson just enough breathing room to withstand Penn State goals from Sturgis and Sanders, at 2:14 and 1:42 respectively.

With the win, the Tigers earned the CAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament. They will find out their opponent during the NCAA selection show on Sunday, May 5.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Towson 11, No. 9 Penn State 10
Towson (10-7)               4-2-2-3/11
Penn State (12-4)           3-3-0-4/10

GOALS: TOW – Cuccinello 3, DeNapoli 2, Hodgson 2, Hughes, 2, Mabus, McCarty; PSU – Sanders 3, Forster 2, Sturgis 2, Ahern, VanThof, Bogert. ASSISTS: TOW – DeNapoli 2, Cuccinello, Livingston, Mabus; PSU – Ahern 2, Manley 2, LaCrosse, Zittel. SAVES: TOW – Wascavage (12, 60:00, 10 GA); PSU – Kaut (6, 60:00,11 GA). SHOTS: TOW – 32; PSU – 35. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 21; PSU – 33. FACE-OFFS: TOW –5-24; PSU – 19-24. CLEARS: TOW – 22-24; PSU – 19-23. EMO: TOW – 0-2; PSU 2-2. ATT: 796.

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Towson clinches spot in CAA title game with win over Drexel

Posted on 01 May 2013 by WNST Staff

University Park, Pa. – Sophomore Ben McCarty scored a career-best six goals to lead Towson men’s lacrosse (9-7) over Drexel (11-4), 11-8, and into the CAA Finals Wednesday evening at PSU Lacrosse Field.

McCarty’s six goals led all scorers. Junior Andrew Hodgson contributed two goals, while sophomore Justin Mabus had three assists. Senior Andrew Wascavage made 14 saves for Towson. Robert Church led Drexel with five points (3g, 2a).

The Tigers advance to the CAA Finals for the first time since 2010 when they defeated UMass in the semifinals before falling to Delaware in the championship game.

Towson’s McCarty opened the scoring with an unassisted goal at 11:27 when he beat Drexel’s Cal Winkelman top left. Drexel quickly equalized at 10:41 when McIntosh received a feed from behind the goal and snuck a shot past Wascavage high left.

But the Tigers reeled off two quick scores to take a 3-1 lead at 8:26 when DeNapoli notched his 39th of the season at 9:38 and McCarty found the back of the net again. Drexel’s Hank Brown kept the Dragons in it with a tally at 7:51. Sophomore Rob Zoppo added a goal for Towson at 3:18 off a pass from classmate Cory Dobyns to increase the Tigers’ lead to two, 4-2.

Towson opened the second quarter with an EMO goal from Hodgson, assist to sophomore Mabus, after Drexel was called for delay of game – a 30-second penalty. Senior Matt Hughes extended the advantage to 6-2 with his sixth goal of the year at 11:52 when he scored from just outside the crease.

McCarty notched his first career hat trick at 5:38 in the second to give the Tigers a five-goal lead, 7-2, and continued his offensive explosion at 1:14 when an extra-man goal from just outside the crease off a dish from Mabus.

The Tigers kept rolling to start the third quarter when Hodgson took a pass from DeNapoli and fired a shot from distance past Winkelman to put Towson up 9-3 at 12:36. However, Drexel mounted a comeback over the next four minutes. The Dragons’ fourth goal came off an odd play. Drexel committed a turnover but the ball was checked out of a Tiger defender’s stick and rolled in the goal. It was credited to Church at 11:25. He scored two more times – at 8:50 when his bounce shot skidded in and then again six seconds later off a face-off.

But McCarty stopped the Dragons’ rally with his fifth goal at 8:00 to keep Towson in front, 10-6. The Dragons didn’t go away. After Towson was called for off-sides, Chris Frederick caught a pass just outside the crease and scored. McIntosh scored his second at 3:05 in the third on an EMO chance to inch the Dragons to within two, 10-8.

McCarty equaled his season goal total (6) when he scored on a man-up opportunity at 10:37 in the fourth off a Mabus pass to give Towson some more breathing room, 11-8. The Tigers’ defense held Drexel scoreless in the fourth quarter to seal the win.

The Tigers will face No. 1 Penn State in the 2013 CAA Tournament final on Friday, May 3 at 3 p.m.

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Towson opens CAA Tournament Wednesday against Drexel

Posted on 30 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Updating the Tigers
Towson finished the 2013 regular season with a 13-6 win over visiting Saint Joseph’s Saturday, April 27 at Unitas Stadium. Juniors Thomas DeNapoli and Andrew Hodgson each had two goals and three assists in the win. Junior John Fennessy scored his first career goal on a 65-yard shot off a feed from goalie Andrew Wascavage.

Towson at the CAA Tournament
The Tigers have made eight appearances in the league tournament since joining the CAA in 2002. Towson is 9-5 overall in the tournament and has won three conference tournament titles. The Tigers are 2-0 against Drexel, 3-0 against Hofstra, 1-1 versus UMass and have never played Penn State in the CAA Tournament. They are 1-1 on the road in the tournament. This season is the first time Towson has been a No. 3 seed. The Tigers’ last win in the tournament came on May 5, 2010 when the No. 1 seed Tigers defeated No. 4  seed UMass 13-6.

CAAs – Tigers vs. Dragons
Towson and Drexel have met just twice in the CAA tournament. Both times, the Tigers have come out the victors. In 2003, the No. 1-seeded Tigers handily defeated the Dragons, 17-2 in the semifinals before winning the title. In 2009, the teams played again. Towson claimed an 10-2 victory as the No. 2 seed over the No. 3 seed Drexel. Both games were in the semifinals.

A New Experience
Only 12 current Tigers have experience at a CAA Tournament game in their careers - Thomas DeNapoli,Andrew Hodgson, Matt Hughes, John Fennessy, Andrew Wascavage, JoJo Ostrander, Billy Choiniere, Rob Zoppo, Jordan Fortmann, Justin Mabus, John Paukovits, and Greg Cuccinello. Of those players, only Hughes has played in two CAA tournament games.

Towson-Drexel Series History
Towson leads the all-time series, 37-7. It began in 1962 and was contested annually until 1973 when it went on hiatus for seven years. The Tigers have separate win streaks of 23 games (1965-1997) and 10 games (1999-2007) against the Dragons.

Towson-Drexel By the Numbers

All-Time Series Record Towson leads, 37-7
at Towson Towson leads, 16-2
at Drexel Towson leads, 11-3
at Neutral Sites N/A
at Unknown Sites Towson leads, 10-2
First Meeting 1962 – Drexel 14, Towson 7
Last Meeting 2013 – Drexel 14, Towson 11
Streak Drexel +3

 

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Towson picks up easy win over St. Joe’s

Posted on 27 April 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Junior John Fennessy, sophomore Max Siskind, and freshman Chris Vetter each scored their first career goal as Towson Lacrosse (8-7, 4-2 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) claimed a 13-6 victory over Saint Joseph’s (5-11, 1-5 CAA) Saturday evening at Johnny Unitas® Stadium.

Sophomore Greg Cuccinello posted his first career hat trick with a career-high four goals, while juniors Thomas DeNapoli each scored a pair of goals for the Tigers. DeNapoli also dished out a career-high tying three assists in the win. Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage recorded 12 saves, including 10 in the second half.

Fennessy opened the scoring at 13:14 with a 65-yard shot that bounced into an empty net after SJU’s Austin Keen left the crease. Almost three minutes later, Cuccinello scored his first goal of the game off an assist from Hodgson. Siskind scored just under a minute later, beating the Hawks’ keeper from just outside the crease. Cuccinello took advantage of a man-up opportunity off a feed from DeNapoli at 5:35 – exactly four minutes after Siskind’s tally. Hodgson gave Towson a 5-0 lead when he shot while falling to the ground and found the back of the net.

Joe McErlean finally got the Hawks on the board 12 seconds into the second quarter. Senior Matt Hughesscored for Towson at 12:59 to push the lead back to five goals before Johnny Simanski posted a goal for St. Joe’s at 3:35. Hodgson gave the Tigers a 7-2 lead with 2:24 remaining in the first half.

The third quarter was quiet offensively. DeNapoli tallied his first goal of the game off a feed from Hodgson at 6:44. The third different Hawk to score for SJU was Williams when he beat Wascavage high left at 4:58. But Cuccinello’s third goal of the game – his first career hat trick – and Vetter’s tally at 1:30 extended the Tigers’ advantage to 10-3.

The Hawks scored back-to-back goals at the start of the fourth frame when Williams added his second and Will Abbott picked up a ground ball off a SJU face-off win, took it down and scored. However, sophomore Cory Dobyns tallied his first goal back after missing two games with an injury when he buried a pass from DeNapoli at 13:00.

Saint Joseph’s continued to hang around. Williams posted a hat trick with a goal at 10:42 to inch the Hawks to within five, 11-6.

Towson next faces Drexel in the CAA Tournament semifinals at Penn State on Wednesday, May 1 at 5:30 p.m.

NOTES: Fennessy, Siskind, and Vetter each scored their first career goals … Hughes scored a goal on Senior Night … Cuccinnello posted his first hat trick …

College Men’s Lacrosse: Saint Joseph 0, Towson 0
Saint Joseph’s (5-10, 1-4 CAA)               0-2-1-0/0
Towson (7-7, 3-2 CAA)                           5-2-3-0/0

GOALS: SJU – Simanski, McErlean; TOW – Hodgson 2, Cuccinello 2, Siskind, Hughes, Fennesy. ASSISTS:SJU – Dougherty; TOW – DeNapoli 2, Hodgson, McCarty. SAVES: SJU – Keen (X, 60:00, X GA); TOW – Wascavage (X, 60:00, X GA). SHOTS: SJU – 15; TOW – 29. GROUND BALLS: SJU – 7; TOW – 11. FACE-OFFS: SJU – 5-11; TOW – 6-11. CLEARS: SJU – 6-9; TOW – 4-4. EMO: SJU – 0-2; TOW 1-1. ATT: 1739.

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Towson wraps regular season Saturday with visit from St. Joe’s

Posted on 26 April 2013 by WNST Staff

Opening Face-Off
With the loss at No. 17 Drexel last weekend, Towson secured the three seed in the 2013 CAA Tournament held at Penn State. Saint Joe’s is coming off a midweek loss to Marist, 14-6. Today’s game is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. and can be heard live on the Towson Sports Network on www.towsontigers.com with Spiro Morekas and former Tiger midfielder Hunter Lochte calling the action.

Updating the Tigers
Towson’s six-goal tear in the third and fourth quarters couldn’t fully erase a nine-goal run Drexel put together on Saturday as the Tigers fell, 14-11, to the No. 17 Drexel Dragons. Junior Thomas DeNapoli scored six goals and added an assist to lead Towson. Seniors Andrew Wascavage and Jake Graves split time in net.

Scouting the Hawks
Saint Joesph’s is being out-scored by nearly 3.5 goals per game and are just 12-58 in extra-man opportunities. Opponents are winning the ground ball battle 438-361, causing more turnovers (104-88) and taking control at the “X,” winning 169-292 face-offs (.579). The Hawks come into today’s contest on a four-game losing streak. Pat Swanick (22g, 6a), Matthew Sarcona(14g, 5a) and Michael Dougherty (13g, 7a) are the three Hawks in double figures for goals.

Last Time Out vs. Saint Joseph‘s - April 28, 2012
(SJU 6, Towson 3)
Nearly one year ago, Saint Joseph’s used a three-goal third quarter to pull away from Towson and claim a 6-3 win over the Tigers in Philadelphia. Rob ZoppoCarl Iacona and Michael Brashears each scored a goal for Towson.Ryan McGee led all players with a hat trick and one assist for four points.

Towson-Saint Joseph’s Series History
This series is one of the newest in program history, which started in 2011 when the Hawks joined the CAA. The teams have split the series, each winning at home.

Towson-Saint Joseph’s By the Numbers

All-Time Series Record Tied 1-1
at Towson Towson leads, 1-0
at SJU SJU leads, 1-0
at Neutral Sites N/A
at Unknown Sites N/A
First Meeting 2011 – Towson 15, SJU 2
Last Meeting 2012 – SJU 6, Towson 3
Streak SJU +1

 

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