TOWSON, Md. – A pair of hat tricks and a dominant day at the faceoff X helped lead the No. 18 Towson University men’s lacrosse team to its first win of the 2018 season as the Tigers topped visiting Mount St. Mary’s 15-13 Saturday afternoon.
Jon Mazza and Brendan Sunday tallied three goals apiece for Towson (1-1) while faceoff specialist Alex Woodall won 21 of his 31 draws. Mazza finished the day with five points thanks to a pair of assists.
Mount St. Mary’s got a game-high four goals from Luke Frankeny while Brenden McCarthy had five points on two goals and three assists.
How it Happened
Mount St. Mary’s (0-2) jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first five minutes of the game as Frankeny and Matt Haggerty scored at 12:16 and 9:55, respectively.
Towson responded with two goals in 67 seconds, both unassisted goals coming from Sunday.
The Mountaineers regained the lead at 6:56 after Chris DiPretoro put the visitors up 3-2.
Towson junior Grant Maloof got a feed from across the box from junior Timmy Monahan, logging the first point as a Tiger for Monahan.
Mount St. Mary’s took its third lead of the game at 4:06 of the first as Rich Holle scored his second of the year on a feed from DiPretoro.
Towson snagged a 5-4 lead at the end of the first quarter. Mazza scored his first of the day at 1:07, followed by a strike from All-American Zach Goodrich. After a turnover on a faceoff, Mount keeper Matt Vierheller attempted an outlet pass that Goodrich picked off on the crease, allowing the defensive midfielder a falling-down goal.
The Tigers changed goalies after the first quarter as Josh Miller stepped in. He allowed one goal in the first quarter on DiPretoro’s second of the day.
After that Mount goal, it was all Towson for the remainder of the half as the Tigers reeled off seven-straight goals over the final 10:30 of the half, all from different sources.
Sunday got his first career hat trick at 10:30, followed by the first career goal for freshman attacker Phil Wies on a feed from Mazza.
Monahan got his first goal as a Tiger at 4:19, followed 30 seconds later by Mazza’s second of the afternoon.
Mount St. Mary’s took three penalties over the final four minutes of the game, setting up a final burst for the Tigers. Stephano Mastro served a bench penalty before Joshua Davies was called for a slash. Kevin Verkler also took a slash with 1:06 left in the half.
After struggling on the extra-man last weekend at Johns Hopkins, Towson ripped off three-straight man-up goals. Two Canadians, Brody McLean and Dylan Kinnear scored on assists from Monahan and Mazza, respectively. Maloof added a third man-up goal at 43 seconds on a dish from a third Canadian, Jean-Luc Chetner. Towson took a 12-5 lead at the break.
Mount St. Mary’s came out strong in the third, scoring three-straight goals. Frankeny got the scoring going at 11:44 before Hagerty struck following an offsides penalty against the Tigers.
The run was finished by Jack Mangan at 8:26 of the third, cutting Towson’s lead to 12-8. Mazza got his second-career hat trick against Mount St. Mary’s with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Mount St. Mary’s out-scored the Tigers 5-2 in the final frame, with Haggerty and McCarthy starting the period with goals at 12:32 and 10:10, respectively.
Towson got back-to-back goals in a seven-second stretch as Chetner scored his second goal of the year, setting up Woodall at the X. The specialist won the draw and collected his own ground ball, charging down through the middle of the Munt defense and scoring his seventh-career goal.
Mount St. Mary’s kept things interesting with three unanswered goals to finish the game. McCarthy scored once at 5:27, followed by back-to-back goals from Frankeny, including an extra-man goal with 1:58 to play.
Woodall’s won the final faceoff and drew a penalty after his counterpart, Sam Stephan, was called for a slash. Towson finished the game off thanks to that penalty.
Behind the Numbers
Towson out-shot the Mountaineers 38-34, including 29 shots in the first half. Mount St. Mary’s scored on five of its first eight shots.
Woodall won 21 of his 31 draws, becoming the first Tiger since 2005 to win at least 20. Matt Eckerl won 20-of-25 against Cornell on May 14, 2005.
The big specialist grabbed 14 ground balls, the most by a Tiger in the Shawn Nadelen Era (2012).
Up Next for Towson
Towson returns home next weekend against Georgetown.
Game time is set for noon at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium.