VESTAL, N.Y. – It was a career day for Max Siskind, who started his first game of the season for the No. 16 Towson men’s lacrosse. The redshirt senior buried four goals while linemate Ryan Drenner finished with a hat trick, lifting the Tigers to a 9-8 win over host Binghamton at Bearcats Sports Complex.
The non-conference win was Towson’s sixth of the year, the second time in the last four years the Tigers have won six regular season non-conference games and improving head coach Shawn Nadelen to 21-15 in non-league games.
Siskind scored back-to-back goals midway through the fourth quarter to break the game open, which ended 6-6 at the end of the third. Joe Seider tacked on a marker with 2:54 for security before Binghamton made it a one-goal game with 29 seconds left, 9-8.
Binghamton won the ensuing faceoff, but a Bearcat turned the ball over to Drenner, who applied pressure in the ride to secure the Towson (6-3) win on the road.
In addition to Siskind’s four goal, Towson got another four points from Drenner’s three goals and one assist. Seid er and Spencer Parks, who moved to the midfield, tallied one goal apiece. Tyler Konen and Ben McCarty each logged two assists while Parks and Seider had one helper apiece.
Sean Gilroy paced the scoring for Binghamton (2-4) with a hat trick of his own. Zachery Scaduto and Emmett O’Hara notched two goals each while Tucker Nelson accounted for the final Bearcat goal. Five of Binghamton’s eight goals were assisted with Scaduto logging two while DeLuca, Nelson and O’Hara had one each.
Towson’s defense held its opponent to single digits for a seventh-straight game, the second time in as many years the Tigers have managed a run that long. Tyler White backed the fifth-ranked scoring defense with nine saves, including eight in the first half. The Tiger man-down unit held Binghamton off the board on two extra-man chances.
White’s opposite, Tanner Cosens, made nine saves as well. The Bearcat’s man-down squad allowed the Tigers one goal on one chance as Parks tagged the man-up goal with 10:49 left in the first quarter, Towson’s first extra-man goal since Feb. 22 at Navy.
The Tigers won the faceoff battle with 12 wins to Binghamton’s nine. Alec Burckley won nine of his 16 draws while Jed Yousefi won three of his four. Longstick midfielder Pat Conroy took one faceoff at the end of the game. The Tigers committed just one faceoff violation, coming in the first quarter.
Towson controlled the pace of the offense with 36 shots against the Bearcats’ 29. Seider led the game with 10 attempts while Siskind and Justin Mabus took six each.
The Tigers jumped out to another hot start as Drenner finished the first quarter with a hat trick while Parks tacked one on as well. Towson took a 4-2 lead at the end of the first quarter and added to that lead 16 seconds into the second as Siskind buried his first since the Georgetown win on Feb. 22.
Binghamton roared back to tie the game at 5-5 with 7:46 left in the first half on three-straight goals in a four-minute stretch. O’Hara, Nelson and Gilroy combined goals for the run to deadlock the non-conference game at halftime.
The first half of the third was slow on offense before Siskind snapped a 22-minute scoreless drought for the Tigers, potting a pass from Konen at the 7:39 mark. The Tiger defense held Binghamton off the board for nearly the entire third quarter before Scaduto dropped in a goal with 1:32 to tie the game at 6-6.
Towson out-scored the Bearcats 3-2 in the fourth quarter to finish off Binghamton. Siskind deposited the first two goals of the quarter to give Towson an 8-6 edge. Binghamton pulled within one again, 8-7, with 4:51 to go before Seider scored his insurance goal. Binghamton made a valiant effort at a comeback with 29 seconds left, making it 9-8 Towson. But a costly turnover after the faceoff sealed the road victory for the Tigers.
The Tigers return to Johnny Unitas ® Stadium next weekend as Towson opens Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play with UMass on Saturday at noon.