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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 improves to 3-0 in CAA with win over UMass

Posted on 06 April 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Junior Devin Grimaldi posted his first career hat trick, and senior Andrew Wascavage added a season-high 20 saves as Towson (7-5, 3-0 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) defeated UMass (5-6, 0-3 CAA), 9-5, on Saturday afternoon at Unitas Stadium.

After a first quarter where neither team scored, Towson ran out to a 6-1 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter on goals from six different players. Grimaldi tallied two of his three goals early in the fourth quarter – insurance Towson needed later when UMass closed the game on a furious three-goal run.

Sophomore Greg Cuccinello tied his career high with two goals. Sophomores Rob Zoppo, Cory Dobyns and Ben McCarty and junior Thomas DeNapoli each posted a goal for the Tigers. Wascavage’s 20 saves are a season high and fell one short of his career high. UMass had five different players - Kyle Smith, Matt Whippen, Connor Mooney, Colin Fleming and Will Manny - score goals. Zach Oliveri made 10 saves in net for the Minutemen.

For just the third time all season, Towson got on the board first. Dobyns took a behind the head shot off a pass from Grimaldi at 12:40 in the second quarter. Smith took advantage of an extra-man opportunity at 6:02 in the second when the Tigers were called for a 30-second hold, but Towson then scored five unanswered goals to take its 6-1 lead.

Whippen stopped the Tigers’ run with an unassisted goal at 1:38. However, Grimaldi scored back-to-back and Cuccinello added his second when he ripped a shot past Oliveri, beating the goal high left. UMass began its comeback with 5:03 left in the game on a goal from Manny. Mooney and Fleming added their tallies at 4:21 and 3:30 in the fourth, respectively, but the effort fell short.

The Tigers return to action on Saturday, April 13 when they travel to University Park to face No. 13 Penn State.

NOTES: Grimaldi’s hat trick was the first of his career … his four points on the day were a career high … Towson is 3-0 when scoring first this season … the last time the Tigers were 3-0 in the CAA was 2010 … Towson’s win snaps UMass’ three-game win streak in the series … this is the fourth straight game the Tigers have limited their opponent to less than nine goals and fifth time in the last six games … Juniors Thomas DeNapoli and Andrew Hodgson and senior Andrew Wascavage continued streaks – DeNapoli and Hodgson each have a point in 13 consecutive games, while Wascavage has made 10+ saves in 13 straight contests.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Towson 9, UMass 5
UMass (5-6, 0-3 CAA) 0-1-1-3/5
Towson (7-5, 3-0 CAA) 0-2-4-3/9

GOALS: UMASS – Smith, Whippen, Mooney, Fleming, Manny; TOW – Grimaldi 3, Cuccinello 2, Zoppo, DeNapoli, Dobyns, McCarty. ASSISTS: UMASS – Smith, Sokol; TOW – Zoppo 2, Grimaldi, Hodgson. SAVES: UMASS – Oliveri (10, 60:00, 9 GA); TOW – Wascavage (20, 60:00, 5 GA). SHOTS: UMASS – 40, TOW – 35. GROUND BALLS: UMASS – 25, TOW – 20. FACE-OFFS: UMASS – 13-18; TOW – 5-18. CLEARS: UMASS – 12-12; TOW – 22-25. EMO: UMASS – 2-3; TOW – 0-2. ATT: 1027.

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Towson rallies to top Delaware in CAA opener

Posted on 22 March 2013 by WNST Staff

BALTIMORE, Md. - Junior Andrew Hodgson and sophomore Ben McCarty teamed up on the game-winning goal in overtime as Towson men’s lacrosse (5-5, 1-0 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA)) defeated Delaware (2-7, 0-2 CAA), 7-6, Friday evening 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 sophomore 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.

Towson is now 4-2 in CAA season openers against the Blue Hens.

“Our team played tough all night but missed some good opportunities in the first half,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “I was proud of the way we dug in during the fourth quarter and overtime to earn the win against a strong Delaware team.”

Sophomore Cory Dobyns and Hodgson led the Tigers with two goals. Sophomores Justin Mabus and Cuccinello and junior Thomas DeNapoli each scored a goal for Towson. Redshirt sophomore Rob Zoppo, Hodgson, DeNapoli and McCarty each added an assist. Senior Andrew Wascavage made 13 saves in net for TU. Ian Robertson and Nick Diachenko each posted two goals for Delaware. Connor Peaks made 11 saves for UD.

Towson and Delaware split the face-offs eight apiece, and the Tigers outshot the Blue Hens 42-27 and picked up 29 ground balls to UD’s 27.

Dobyns scored his 16th of the year just outside the crease off a feed from Zoppo at 8:40 in the first. Mabus notched his second goal in two games when he scored unassisted just over two minutes later. Diachenko followed with the Blue Hens’ first of the game at 4:14. DeNapoli extended his points streak to 11 games when he notched the Tigers’ third goal of the half at 12:31 in the second for a 3-1 Towson lead.

But Delaware scored the next three straight goals to lead at the break. The Hens continued to generate offense at the start of the third. Robertson scored his second of the game after a failed Towson clear to give UD a 5-3 lead at 10:38 then assisted on Beau M. Jones’ goal at 6:05.

The Blue Hens extended their lead to three goals when Jones and Robertson teamed up to beat Wascavage high left. Dobyns ended a 29:54 scoring drought for the Tigers with an EMO tally at 12:37 in the fourth. Hodgson’s unassisted goal with 8:09 to go in the game inched Towson within one, 6-5.

Cuccinello’s ninth goal of the year forced overtime, and the Tigers won the opening face-off in the extra period. McCarty rifled a pass to Hodgson who was waiting 13 yards out and ripped his shot past Peaks for the winner.

Towson returns home to Johnny Unitas® Stadium to host CAA foe No. 10 Hofstra on Saturday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m.

NOTESTowson and Delaware met in the Tigers’ CAA opener for the sixth time and fourth straight … Towson is 4-2 in those games … Thomas DeNapoli extended his points streak to 11 games with his goal in the first quarter … After not scoring in the first eight games, Justin Mabus has now posted a goal in back-to-back games … Towson scored first for just the second time in 2013 … The Tigers suffered through a 29:54 scoring drought in the middle of the game … Cory Dobyns scored his team-leading seventh EMO goal … He came into the week ranked tied for second in the nation in EMO goals … This was the third time this season Towson required overtime … The Tigers are now 2-1 in overtime this season.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Towson 7, Delaware 6

Towson (5-5, 1-0)     2-1-0-3-1/7

Delaware (2-7, 0-2)       1-3-2-0-0/6

GOALS: TOW – Dobyns 2, Hodgson 2, DeNapoli, Mabus, Cuccinello; UD – Diachenko 2, Robertson 2, Fitzgerald, Jones. ASSISTS: TOW – Zoppo, DeNapoli, Hodgson, McCarty; UD – Jones, Robertson. SAVES: TOW – Wascavage (13, 62:15, 6 goals allowed); UD – Peaks (11, 62:15, 7 goals allowed). SHOTS: TOW – 42; UD – 27.GROUND BALLS: TOW – 29; UD – 27. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 8-16; UD – 8-16. CLEARS: TOW – 13-16; UD – 12-15.EMO: TOW – 1-4; UD – 0-4. ATT: 325

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Towson picks up big mid-week win at Navy

Posted on 12 March 2013 by WNST Staff

ANNAPOLIS - Behind a five-goal second quarter, Towson men’s lacrosse (3-4) powered through to defeat Navy (3-4), 8-7, on Tuesday evening at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

Towson got off to a slow start, allowing Navy to take a 3-0 lead. Senior Andrew Wascavage made six stand-up saves that frame for Towson. Sophomore Cory Dobynsbroke the ice for the Tigers at 10:38 in the second, scoring off a Rob Zoppo pass. His goal kicked off a scoring run where Towson posted five of the next seven goals to finish the half tied at five. Junior Thomas DeNapoli, Zoppo, and Hodgson each tallied an unassisted goal from about 12 yards out over a span of 1:33 to knot the score at 4-4 with 3:38 left in the half. Dobyns and Zoppo paired up again just before the half to tie the game again, 5-5, with 16 seconds showing on the clock.

Dobyns and junior Andrew Hodgson each had a pair of goals for Towson. Navy’s Bryce Dabbs led the Mids with two goals. Wascavage made 14 saves in net for the Tigers, while Nolan Hickey stopped seven shots for Navy. The win marked the first time Towson has defeated the Naval Academy in Annapolis.

“Against a great team like Navy, you’re obviously fortunate to come away with a win,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “It was a big win for our guys, rebounding from a tough overtime loss to Marist. It gives us confidence and really shows the coaching staff what we can do.”

Navy scored two quick, tough goals to start the second half and go up 7-5 with 7:17 remaining in the third quarter. Junior Andrew Hodgson posted his first man-up goal since his freshman year at 4:10 off an assist from Dobyns (7-6).The Tigers evened it at 7-7 on junior Devin Grimaldi’s second career goal assisted by senior Neil Hutchinson and took their first lead of the game on an unassisted tally, and eventual game winner, from sophomore Greg Cuccinello at 10:28 in the fourth quarter.

Next up, Towson travels to No. 17 Duke on Saturday, March 16 for a 1 p.m. contest with the Blue Devils.

NOTES: Towson fared well from 10-15 yards out, scoring four goals from that distance … junior Devin Grimaldiscored his second career goal … junior Andrew Hodgson scored his first man-up goal since 2011 … the win marked the first time Towson has beaten Navy in Annapolis … Towson was not called for any penalties and went 1-3 on EMO.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Towson 8, Navy 7
Towson (3-4)     0-5-1-2/8
Navy (3-4)         3-2-2-0/7

GOALS: TOW – Dobyns 2, Hodgson 2, Cuccinello, DeNapoli, Grimaldi, Zoppo; NAVY – Dabbs 2, Voumard, Jones, Durkin, Heneveld, Hull. ASSISTS: TOW – Zoppo 2, Bolewicki, Dobyns, Hutchinson; NAVY – Voumard, Hull, Jones. SAVES: TOW – Wascavage (14, 60:00, 7 goals allowed); NAVY – Hickey (7, 60:00, 8 goals allowed).SHOTS: TOW – 28; NAVY – 35. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 29; NAVY – 30. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 7-19; NAVY – 12-19. CLEARS: TOW – 20-25; NAVY – 17-20. EMO: TOW – 1-3; NAVY – 0-0. ATTENDANCE: 824.

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Towson drops heartbreaker to Marist in OT

Posted on 09 March 2013 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - Despite a career-high five goals from junior co-captain Thomas DeNapoli, Towson men’s lacrosse (2-4) fell, 10-9 in overtime, to Marist (4-0) when the Red Foxes’Jack Doherty scored with one second left in overtime Friday night at Unitas Stadium.

DeNapoli finished the night with his fourth-straight hat trick. Classmate and co-captain Rob Zoppo tied his career high with a pair of goals, while junior Andrew Hodgson and sophomore Greg Cuccinello each had one tally apiece. Doherty led Marist with four goals, and Drew Nesmithadded three scores in the win.

“Obviously any overtime game you lose is frustrating,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “I’m very, very upset…I feel really bad for the guys. I thought we played pretty hard but got careless in the second half, especially offensively. The third quarter really allowed them to get some momentum and really get back into it.”

Marist got on the board quickly with a Nesmith goal just 30 seconds into the first quarter. However, Zoppo and DeNapoli teamed up to give Towson the lead, 2-1, by the 11-minute mark in the first. The Red Foxes bounced back with two of their own tallies before the Tigers ran out to a 5-3 advantage at the start of the second quarter with goals from DeNapoli, Zoppo and Hodgson.

Towson remained in front, never by more than two goals, until Nesmith scored on an extra-man opportunity when the Tigers were called for slashing. The Red Foxes were 1-for-3 in EMO chances on Friday. Starting with Nesmith’s man-up goal, the Red Foxes scored five of the next seven goals for the win. DeNapoli tallied the Tigers’ two goals in the third quarter, scoring just 11 seconds apart to put Towson back in front, 9-8, with 6:33 left in regulation.

Senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage made a season-high 15 stops for Towson. Marist’s Dave Scarcelloposted a 12-save game.

Towson returns to action on Tuesday, March 12 at Navy at 7 p.m.

NOTES: DeNapoli’s five goals were the most by a Towson player at home since Blake Best and Tim Strattoneach tallied five goals in an 18-12 win over Penn on April 26, 2008 … they  were the most goals by a Tiger regardless of location since Will Harrington posted five goals at Stony Brook on March 6, 2010.

College Men’s Lacrosse: Marist 10, Towson 9 (ot)
Marist (4-0)        3-3-3-0-1/10
Towson (2-4)     4-3-2-0-0/9

GOALS: TOW - Thomas DeNapoli 5; Rob Zoppo 2; Andrew Hodgson 1; Greg Cuccinello 1; MAR – Jack Doherty 4; Drew Neswmith 3; Joseph Radin 1; Mike Begley 1; Patrick Eaker 1. ASSISTS: TOW – Hodgson 2; Cuccinello 1; Neil Hutchinson 1; MAR – Nesmith 2; Aedan Herman 1; Jim Marks 1; Radin 1; Connor Rice 1. SAVES: TOW – Wascavage (15, 63:59, 5 goals allowed); MAR -Scarcello (12, 63:59, 9 goals allowed). SHOTS: TOW – 39; MAR – 40. GROUND BALLS: TOW – 35; MAR – 35. FACE-OFFS: TOW – 10-23; MAR – 13-23. CLEARS: TOW – 18-20; MAR – 19-23. EMO: TOW – 0-3; MAR – 1-3. ATTENDANCE: 679.

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Towson tops Japanese team in fall ball lacrosse

Posted on 26 September 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. - The Towson men’s lacrosse team defeated visiting Keio University, 11-4, in an international friendly Wednesday evening at Unitas Stadium.

“It was a great evening,” said head coach Shawn Nadelen. “We were happy to welcome Keio University to Towson. They are the premier lacrosse-playing school in Japan, and we were honored to host them.”

Playing international rules did not slow down the Tigers. Towson got plenty of early shots. Junior Thomas DeNapoli scored at 16:37 in the first quarter, unassisted. Keio University displayed good ball movement and tallied an equalizer at 8:10 in the first quarter when Keisuke Ishiguro connected with Makoto Takahashi for Keio’s first goal. Playing at an up-tempo pace, Towson poured in four more goals to take a 5-1 lead at the first intermission. DeNapoli scored again off a feed from Junior Devin Grimaldi, who also fed sophomore Cory Dobyns before scoring Grimaldi off a pass from junior Andrew Hodgson. Dobyns and DeNapoli combined for the last Towson goal of the first quarter.

The final three quarters featured fewer goals as both teams settled in. Red-shirt sophomore Robby Zoppo scored two goals – one each in the second and third quarters – for Towson. Zoppo won a gold medal with the US Men’s U-19 National Team at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) Tournament in July 2012.

“It was good to shake off the rust,” said Nadelen. “We wanted to install a few things. We have 16 fresh faces on the team this year, so it was a good experience for them to get out on the field.”

Towson outshot Keio 42-24 and won 13-of-19 faceoffs. The Tigers continue their fall season with the Play for Parkinson’s Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 6 when they face Air Force and Virginia at 10 a.m. and noon, respectively.

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Towson’s Zoppo helps USA to nice start at FIL Championships

Posted on 16 July 2012 by WNST Staff

ZOPPO AND TEAM USA OFF TO A 2-1 START AT FIL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
Towson midfielder and Team USA Captain has netted a goal and dished out an assist

TURKU, Finland – Towson University midfielder Robby Zoppo, a captain of the United States Men’s National Under-19 Team, has scored a goal and dished out an assist as Team USA is off to a 2-1 start at the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championships in Turku, Finland.

Team USA started pool play with a 24-6 win over Australia on July 13. Zoppo posted a goal and an assist in the victory.

Team USA was upset though on the second day of the tournament, falling to Canada, 11-9 in overtime. Canada became the first team to defeat the U.S. in U19 international play since sanction competition began in 1988. The U.S., which has won all six gold medals contested, is now 38-1 all-time.

Zoppo and Team USA did bounce back on Sunday though, cruising past England, 20-1, in its third pool play game. The team will have its first day off on Monday before facing the Iroquois at 1 p.m. local time and 6 a.m. in Turku on Tuesday. It will be the final pool play game of the competition.

Stay tuned to TowsonTigers.com for more updates on Zoppo and Team USA throughout the competition.

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Towson M Zoppo named national team captain

Posted on 09 July 2012 by WNST Staff

TOWSON’S ZOPPO VOTED AS A CAPTAIN OF UNITED STATES UNDER-19 MEN’S LACROSSE NATIONAL TEAM
Robby Zoppo of Towson, Stephen Jahelka of Harvard and Zach Oliveri of UMass voted  tri-captains for team USA

TOWSON, Md. – Towson University midfielder Robby Zoppo was voted as one of the captains of the 2012 United States under-19 men’s national lacrosse team, head coach Tim Flynn revealed. Zoppo along with defenseman Stephen Jahelka of Harvard and goaltender Zach Oliveri of UMass will serve as tri-captains of the squad.

The captains were selected by a player vote at the team’s training camp at Bryant University in Rhode Island, where the 23-player group has been since Friday. The team will continue to train through Monday, when it leaves from New York for Finland, site of the FIL Under-19 World Championships.

The tournament begins July 12th in Turku, Finland, with opening ceremonies and runs until July 21 with the championship game. The U.S.’s first game is against Australia at 7 p.m. local time Friday, noon Eastern Standard Time.

Jahelka, Oliveri and Zoppo represent different areas of the field for Team USA, thus leadership will be spread around, although no attackmen were among the group voted captains.

Zoppo, a Baltimore native who played at Calvert Hall (Md.), is one of the older members of the team as a rising redshirt sophomore at Towson, where he played in 14 games during the 2012 season. For Team USA, he’s been used as a short-stick defensive midfielder and has shown an ability to play both ends of the field, using speed to his advantage.

The U.S. has won six straight gold medals since sanctioned U19 world competition began in 1988. In the most recent championship game in 2008, Team USA defeated Canada 19-12 behind 19 saves from Adam Ghitelman and three goals and two assists from then-captain Craig Dowd.

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