TOWSON, Md. – Spreading the wealth led the way for the No. 15 Towson University men’s lacrosse team as the Tigers collected their second-straight Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win, topping the University of Massachusetts 11-8 Saturday afternoon at Johnny Unitas Stadium,
Eight different players scored for Towson (6-3, 2-0 CAA), while senior attackman Ryan Drenner logged four assists, tying a career-high. Seniors Mike Lynch and Joe Seider scored two goals apiece.
The Tigers extended their win streak to six over the Minutemen (4-6, 1-1 CAA) while getting to 2-0 in the CAA for a third-straight season, the first time in program history the Tigers have gone 2-0 in three-straight years in the CAA.
How it Happened
Towson opened the game on a 6-0 scoring run. Jon Mazza kicked off the run with an unassisted goal at 6:32 in the first quarter. Dylan Kinnear followed with a pair of goals, the first a man-up goal assisted by Drenner at 2:25. Sieder had the assist on Kinnear’s second to open the second quarter with 14:07 left on the clock.
The Tigers scored three goals over a four-minute span. Matt Wylly netted an unassisted goal at 13:18, followed by Mike Lynch’s first of the day, assisted by Drenner at 10:05. Cole Robertson scored unassisted at 9:18.
UMass ended Towson’s 6-0 run with an unassisted goal by Gianni Bianchin with 7:40 left in the first half.
The Tigers and Minutemen traded goals for the rest of the second quarter. Lynch netted his second of the day, a man-up goal, from Denner at 6:53. UMass’s Dan Muller scored two-straight, his first man-up from Buddy Carr at 5:31 and the second from Grant Consoletti at 2:59.
Joe Seider had the Tigers’ final goal of the first half, scoring on a pass from Drenner with 1:27 remaining. That goal gave Towson an 8-3 lead after the first 30 minutes of play.
UMass opened the second half scoring as Tyler Bogart capitalized on a pass from Jake Marino with 12:42 on the clock.
Towson’s Brian Bolewicki scored a no-look, back-breaker from Tyler Konen at 11:40 to regain Towson’s five-goal lead, 9-4.
The Minutemen capitalized on man-up opportunity at 6:48 as Bianchin netted a pass from Ben Spencer.
Seider posted his second goal of the day with 1:05 left in the third quarter. He capitalized on a pass from Mazza.
UMass scored with 32 seconds remaining in the third quarter as Mueller scored from Spencer.
The Minutemen opened the fourth quarter with a goal from Carr, assisted by Bogart at 8:12 to bring the game within three, 10-7.
Towson’s Zach Goodrich potted an unassisted goal at 7:57 to secure the win for the Tigers.
Carr scored the final goal of the game for the Minutemen, this time from Marino with 2:52 left on the clock.
Behind the Numbers
Towson outshot UMass 42-27, including 15 in the second quarter. It was their fifth game this season with 40 or more shots. Lynch and Seider both neared double-digit shots as they recorded nine and eight, respectively.
The Tigers held a slim edge in the ground ball game as they won 22, compared to the Minutemen’s 20. Zach Goodrich snapped up a game-best eight ground balls.
Alex Woodall won 12-of-22 faceoffs and added six ground balls.
Each team capitalized on extra-man opportunities, scoring on two of their chances. The Tigers had six chances while the Minutemen had four.
Miller made six stops in goal for the Tigers. The Minutemen split time between D.J. Smith and Sean Sconone. Smith had seven saves in the first half while giving up eight goals. Sconone came in during the final 30 minutes of play, recording six saves and only giving up three goals.
By limiting UMass to single-digit goals, the Tigers improved to 51-8 when holding opponents below 10 goals under head coach Shawn Nadelen.
The Tigers opened CAA play with a 2-0 mark for a third-straight season, the first time since joining the league in 2002 Towson opened league play with a 2-0 record.
Towson is now 8-4 all-time against the Minutemen, running its win streak to six against UMass. The Tigers have now won three-straight over UMass at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium.
Bolewicki is the first Tiger player with two game-winning goals this season, joining his marker against Mount St. Mary’s in the season opener. Prior to today’s game, the Tigers had five different players with a game-winning goal.
Drenner extended his point scoring streak to 22 games in a row as he finished with a career-high tying four assists.
The Tigers have now won 57 CAA games since joining the league in 2002, extending their own conference record.
Towson hits the road for two-straight conference games.
The Tigers travel to CAA rival Delaware on April 15 for a 7 p.m. game.