Towson dominates Hopkins in lacrosse season opener

February 09, 2019 | WNST Staff


TOWSON, Md. — Behind a total-team effort, the Towson University men’s lacrosse team dominated visiting No. 7 Johns Hopkins 17-8 Saturday afternoon at a sun-splashed Johnny Unitas Stadium.
Towson’s 17 goals represent the most goals ever scored in a single game by the Tigers against Johns Hopkins, eclipsing 16 during the 1994 playoffs.

Brendan Sunday led the Tigers (1-0) with a career-best eight-point effort behind six goals and two helpers. Senior faceoff man Alex Woodall racked three points on two goals and one assist while winning 21 of the game’s 28 faceoffs. Tyler Canto, making his first career start, stopped 10 Blue Jay shots in his first win.

Seventh-ranked Johns Hopkins (0-1) was paced by four points from Cole Williams with three assists and one goal. Three other Jays, Joey Epstein, Forry Smith and Connor DeSimone, recorded two points apiece.

How it Happened

After Smith scored the opening game three minutes into the season, Sunday leveled the game just seven seconds later after Woodall won the draw.
Back-to-back goals from Hopkins at 8:00 and 1:56 from DeSimone and Jack Keogh, respectively, put Hopkins up 3-1 before Sunday once again tied things at 2-2. Epstein logged his second point with 48 seconds left in the opening stanza on his first career goal, sending the Tigers into the brief pause trailing 4-2.
The second quarter belonged to the Tigers as Towson reeled off eight-straight goals in 15 minutes while keeping the Blue Jays off the board. Brody McLean scored back-to-back unassisted goals, including a dart to the top corner at 13:28.
Sunday fed Grant Maloof with 11:22 to play in the half, followed by a pole goal from close defender Koby Smith at 9:01.
First-team All-American Zach Goodrich muscled his way to his first goal of the year at 7:48, followed by Sunday’s fourth of the afternoon, resetting his career high.
Jake McLean capped the second quarter with an unassisted marker at 1:09, putting Towson up 10-4.
Out of the break, Sunday tacked on his fifth of the day before Hopkins ended the Tigers’ 9-0 run with a goal from Taite Cattoni at 11:34 of the third.
But the Tigers got back on the scoring way with four-straight goals from four different sources. Luke Fromert, Brody McLean, Koby Smith and Woodall all scored in succession to end the third frame 15-5.
Hopkins got a three-goal effort in the fourth quarter as Williams, Kyle Marr and Forry Smith all scored. Marr scored at 7:35 of the period, followed just three seconds later by Sunday’s sixth goal. That tied the NCAA record for fastest goals by opposing teams.

Behind the Numbers

Towson controlled nearly every facet of the game, including a 50-34 edge in total shots. The Tigers put 32 of their 50 shots on goal. It marks the first time since May 11, 2016 the Tigers reeled off more than 50 shots.
The Tigers controlled loose balls as well, grabbing 43 while limiting Hopkins to just 18.
Woodall had a big day at the faceoff X, winning 21 of his 28, one win shy of tying his career-best. Woodall snagged 17 ground balls on the day, the most by one player in the Shawn Nadelen Era (2012).
Towson has won three-straight regular season games over opponents ranked seventh in the USILA Coaches’ Poll.
The Tigers have now won three-straight games at Johnny Unitas Stadium over Johns Hopkins, dating back to a 7-5 win on Feb. 10, 2015.
Towson improved to 6-2 in season openers under Nadelen, as well as a 6-2 mark in home openers.