EMMITSBURG, Md. — Behind another career best outing from Tyler Canto, the No. 10/No. 7 Towson University men’s lacrosse won its first road game of the 2019 season with a 12-7 victory at Mount St. Mary’s Friday afternoon.
Canto, the NewDay USA Male Student-Athlete of the Week, made 18 saves at Waldron Family Stadium. Brody McLean contributed a career-best six points on five goals and one assist for the Tigers (2-0).
Mount St. Mary’s (0-2) got a four-point effort from Joe Bethke, who notched three goals and had one assist. Chris DiPretoro and Matt Haggerty logged one goal and one assist apiece.
How it Happened
Despite losing the first three faceoffs of the game, Towson racked three-straight goals. Brody McLean scored the first two of the game. Luke Fromert notched his first of the day with 8:41 to go in the first quarter on a Brendan Sunday feed.
Mount St. Mary’s pull back within one on goals from DiPretoro and Luke Frankeny. Towson led 3-2 at the end of the first quarter.
After sputtering in the season opener on the man-up, Towson reeled off three unanswered goals with the extra-man advantage. Sunday, Brody McLean and Fromert scored in succession across a seven-minute span. Timmy Monahan assisted on the second two goals of the run.
Monahan scored his first goal of the season on a Koby Smith transition feed for a 4-0 Tiger quarter and a 7-2 advantage at the break.
The Tigers continued the run into the third quarter, including another Fromert tally on the extra man. Defensive midfielder Zach Goodrich pegged his second goal of the year with Smith on the back end.
McLean ended the run with a strike at 8:04 on an unassisted goal.
Mount St. Mary’s scored three straight over the end of the third quarter and start of the fourth. Stephano Mastro tallied his marker at 6:01 of the third, followed five minutes later by Bethke on the man-up, followed by a second-straight extra-man goal to open the fourth.
The Tigers scored back-to-back goals from McLean and Andrew Beachem. Smith assisted McLean followed by a Fromert feed to Beachem.
The Mountaineers scored twice in the final three minutes as Matt Haggerty scored on a Jack Mangan feed followed by Bethke’s final of the game.
Behind the Numbers
Despite the final score, the stats were relatively even. Towson out-shot the Mountaineers 39-36, aided by a 14-6 advantage in the second quarter.
Towson had an equal number of ground balls while limiting the Mount to 33.
At the X, Alex Woodall went 12-of-20 while backup faceoff man Jack McNallen got his first career action and won his first chance.
In goal, Canto made 18 saves, including eight in the third quarter and another five in the fourth to seal his second career win.
Both teams struggled in the clearing game as Towson gained the zone on 23 of the 28 chances while Mount St. Mary’s went 21-of-25.
After struggling in the opener, Towson’s man-up unit went four-of-six, including a three-of-four second quarter.
Smith caused three turnovers while snagging three ground balls. Woodall led the Tigers with seven loose balls while Canto had six.
The Tigers improved to 2-0 for the first time since the 2017 campaign.
Head coach Shawn Nadelen won his 74th game at the helm of the program.
Towson improved to 14-1 all-time against Mount St. Mary’s, winning the last 13 matchups.
Next Up for Towson
Towson is off for the next eight days before heading to our nation’s capital for a showdown with Georgetown.
The Hoyas were ranked 17th in the USILA Coaches Poll and 16th in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll.
Georgetown (1-0) takes on Robert Morris Saturday afternoon at Cooper Field, the site of next week’s matchup.