Maryland, Loyola, Towson dancing; Hopkins’ streak ends at 41

May 06, 2013 | WNST Staff

TOWSON, Md. – Following its 11-10 win over No. 9 Penn State in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship game, the CAA Champion Towson University men’s lacrosse team will face No. 10 Ohio State at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in the first round of the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m. on ESPNU.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to be in the NCAA Tournament,” said Head Coach Shawn Nadelen. “Ohio State is a team that we haven’t played in a while, and I’m looking forward to preparing for them. They have had a great season. It’s going to be a challenge.”

Towson will be playing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2007. The Tigers’ best finish came in 1991 when Towson reached the championship before falling, 18-13, to No. 1 North Carolina on May 27, 1991.

The Tigers (10-7) won their first CAA championship since 2005 and fourth overall with their victory over PSU on May 3. Towson was led by redshirt freshman Ben McCarty‘s seven goals in two games, including a career-best six against Drexel in the CAA semifinals on May 1. Senior goalkeeper and tournament Most Outstanding Performer Andrew Wascavage made 12 saves against Penn State, while sophomore Greg Cuccinello led the Tigers with four goals in the title game.

Towson is led by junior Thomas DeNapoli‘s 41 goals, 18 assists and 59 points. Wascavage ranked in the top five in the nation in save percentage and saves per game last week.

Ohio State (12-3) earned the tournament’s No. 3 seed after winning the ECAC championship with an 11-10 victory over No. 4 Denver. The Buckeyes are led by Logan Schuss‘s 40 goals, 23 assists and 63 points. Three other players have 20-plus goals. Greg Dutton backstops OSU. He has a goals-against average of 8.61 and a save percentage of .541. The Buckeyes are on a six-game win streak.

The Buckeyes own 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 times. The last meeting between the teams occurred on March 20, 2007 when Towson claimed a 10-8 victory at home.