TOWSON, Md. – A scoreless second half doomed the No. 12 Towson men’s lacrosse team, which suffered its first Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) loss of the season, 9-2, against a desperate Hofstra team.
The Pride kept their playoff hopes alive with the win. Towson has a spot locked in the upcoming league tournament, with the potential to host the CAA Championships at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
“Congratulations to Hofstra. They came down here with the mentality and effort needed to win the game today,” said Towson head coach Shawn Nadelen. “They showed up on the field ready to go. We did not. They were obviously able to earn the win pretty easily against us today.”
Prior to the game, Towson honored five seniors in Greg Cuccinello, Andrew Hodgson, Justin Mabus, JoJo Ostrander and Max Siskind. Junior defensive midfielder Dan Livingston was presented with the Joseph Ferrante Award.
Towson (9-4, 3-1 CAA) got its two goals from sophomore Ryan Drenner, his first multiple-goal effort since scoring a hat trick at Binghamton on March 21. Junior Spencer Parks logged an assist on Drenner’s second goal, which came during an extra man opportunity. Sophomore Joe Seider had his 14-game scoring streak come to an end.
Hofstra (5-8, 2-2 CAA) had just four goal scorers for its nine goals, paced by Sam Llinares’ four markers, two of which came with an empty net. Trevor Kupecky and Korey Hendrickson had two goals apiece while Brier Davis accounted for the ninth. Brian von Bargen finished with two helpers while Kupecky had one dish.
The turning point in the game came early in the second quarter with the Pride up 2-0. Starting keeper Jack Concannon had a broken stick, allowing Chris Selva to sub on. The backup finished the game, allowing both goals but got the win behind 12 saves.
Towson keeper Tyler White had six saves, including four in the second half. Matt Hoy came in for the final five minutes but did not make a save.
Returning from an injury suffered last weekend in a Towson win at Fairfield, Alec Burckley won seven of the 12 faceoffs he took. Pat Conroy went 50 percent at the X, winning one. Tyler Young was strong on the wing for the Tigers, collecting two groundballs. Three Tigers, Ostrander, Nick Gorman and Jack Adams, snared three groundballs apiece. Both teams collected 21 loose balls.
Both squads went one-for-two on extra-man chances. Despite Towson’s first weekend loss of the season, the Tigers out-shot the Pride by a narrow 29-28 margin. Towson, which leads the NCAA in fewest turnovers per game, lost the ball just four times.
Hofstra, which is now tied with Towson for most CAA wins since 2002 (51), jumped out to a 2-0 lead, scoring once in the first quarter before potting a second just 46 seconds into the second quarter. It was Towson’s biggest deficit since trailing 5-3 at Navy on March 3.
Drenner and the Tigers responded with back-to-back markers to tie the game, including Drenner’s man-up goal. Parks logged the 13th assist of his season on the play.
Towson’s third-ranked defense held strong but the Pride scored seven unanswered goals to take control of the game, including two empty net goals in the final three minutes, both scored by Llinares.
The Tigers head to Drexel’s Vidas Field next weekend for a crucial CAA match up. Opening faceoff between the Tigers and Dragons is set for 1 p.m.