NEWARK, Del. – A trio of hat tricks and a hot first quarter led the Towson men’s lacrosse team to a 12-7 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win over host Delaware, the Tigers’ highest offensive output of the season.
Four goals from Joe Seider led the day as Max Siskind and Justin Mabus put away three goals apiece. Ben McCarty and Spencer Parks contributed one goal each. Five different players for Towson (8-3, 2-0 CAA) finished with assists as Parks, Seider, who tied a career-high with five points, McCarty, Tyler Konen and Mike Lynch had helpers.
While improving to 6-0 in weekend games this season, Towson won its 50th CAA game since the league began sponsoring men’s lacrosse in 2002. The Tigers are just the second CAA team to hit the milestone and now hold a 50-25 record in the league.
“Being able to put enough goals on the board to win games is good, and that’s what we’re looking for,” said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen, who improved to 4-0 against Delaware. “We capitalized on the opportunities we had. Max (Siskind) is a play maker and does great things, with or without the ball, he’s tough to handle and tough to prepare for. Other guys chipping in, (Justin) Mabus stepping up and having a good game was great. The more guys involved, the tougher it is to prepare for us.”
Delaware (4-8, 0-3 CAA) was led by three players with two goals each in Tom Holland, Brian Kormondy and Jeff Heath, all seniors. Beau Jones finished with a game-high three assists while Holland and Paul Major had one helper each.
Towson got another strong effort redshirt junior Tyler White, who finished with a dozen saves, stopping four in each of the final three quarters. Matt Hoy played the final two, making a pair of saves. Delaware played two keepers, with Connor Peaks getting the start but suffered the loss after being pulled 10 minutes into the game. Brett Anton carried the Hens the rest of the way, making seven saves.
The Tigers, winners of four straight over Delaware, took advantage of three extra-man chances, scoring twice. Seider scored the first man-up goal in the first quarter while Siskind put one away in the third. The Tiger downers were called into action just once, keeping the Hens off the board.
Despite the result, Delaware out-shot the Tigers by one, 38-37, overcoming a 15-2 shot differential after the first quarter. The Tigers aimed for efficiency, hitting the cage with 20 of their 37 shots.
Faceoffs were a tale of two halves as Towson went seven-for-12 in the opening 30 minutes, but Delaware won eight of the final 11 draws. Towson’s Alec Burckley won 10 of his 22 chances as Blue Hen Tyler Barbarich took 13 of 20 victories.
For the second time this season, Towson scored six goals in the first quarter. Four different Tigers, Mabus, Seider, Siskind and McCarty, scored the first four goals of the game before Mabus potted his second with 6:20 left in the first period. Seider finished off the Towson run with an extra-man blast. Konen, Seider, Lynch and Parks had first quarter helpers as Towson took a 6-1 lead by quarter’s end.
The scoring efforts slowed in the second quarter as the teams combined for three goals. Two got two from Parks and Seider, both unassisted. The Hens scored between Towson’s goals as Heath scored from Jones. Towson held an 8-2 advantage at halftime.
Towson reeled off three in a row to open the second half, with Mabus potting his third of the night, followed by back-to-back goals from Siskind, including the extra-man chance. The Hens rattled off three in a row Heath, Holland and Kormondy. Towson’s defense, which ranks third in the country in goals allowed per game, settled in as Delaware ripped off 29 shots in the second half. Seider scored his fourth of the game on a bullet shot with 13:23 left to play, with McCarty getting the assist. The Hens scored the final pair of goals in the game.
The Tigers play their second-straight road game next weekend as Towson takes on CAA newcomer Fairfield, winner of its last five games. Game time is set for 2 p.m. at Rafferty Stadium. Fans can follow the action on the Towson Sports Network.