NEWARK, Del. — After trailing by three through 15 minutes, the 13th-ranked Towson University men’s lacrosse team stormed past host Delaware for a 14-12 Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win on the road.
Towson (8-4, 3-1 CAA) got a six-point, five-goal effort from midfielder Grant Maloof, who scored on all five of his shots on goal. Brendan Sunday chipped in four goals and one assist. After taking a high hit, Towson’s All-American faceoff specialist Alex Woodall was spelled by Jack McNallen, who finished the day going 14-of-23 at the X with nine ground balls.
Delaware (10-3, 3-1 CAA) had four-goal days from Dean DiSimone and Joe Eisele. Blue Hen netminder Matt DeLuca, who entered the game averaging nearly 14 saves per game, made just eight stops.
How it Happened
Delaware struck first and often in the opening period, out-scoring the Tigers 5-2 in the first 15 minutes. Jake Govett scored for the Hens before Luke Fromert leveled things for Towson a minute later. DiSimone scored for a one-goal lead before Sunday tied things for a second time.
The Blue Hens capped the first stanza on a three-goal run from Charlie Kitchen, Clay Miller and DiSimone.
Towson answered back with a four-goal burst to open the second quarter. Maloof deposited his first of the day before the Tigers ripped off three-straight extra-man tallies from Sunday, Maloof and Brody McLean for a 6-5 Towson lead.
The Blue Hens retook a 7-6 lead on back-to-back goals from Eisele before Sunday and Timmy Monahan scored back-to-back for an 8-7 Towson lead at the break.
Towson’s surge continued into the second half as Maloof scored back-to-back followed by Sunday and McLean on a feed from non-relative Jake McLean. Maloof soaked an illegal bodycheck, setting up another extra-man chance. The middie cashed in on that chance for his fifth of the day.
Delaware made it a two-goal game again as DiSimone, Jackson Finigan, Eisele and DiSimone again scored in succession. Monahan stopped the bleeding for the Tigers with a marker at 5:57 of the fourth. The Blue Hens scored the final goal of the game with 22 seconds to play for a 14-12 final.
Behind The Numbers
Maloof finished with a game-best five goals, scoring on all five shots on goal. He had 10 total shots on the day. Sunday was efficient as well, scoring four times on six shots.
Woodall went five-for-five in the first quarter at the X with four ground balls before McNallen came in relief.
Towson’s Tyler Canto made 10 saves in goal, playing in 58 minutes. He was spelled for 90 seconds after taking a cross checking penalty in the first half. Shane Brennan did not make a save in relief.
The Tigers’ clearing game continued to improve as Towson went 22-of-24. Delaware cleared on all 27 qualifying attempts.
Towson collected 36 ground balls while limiting Delaware to 26, aided by a 19-of-28 total day at the faceoff X.
Towson’s extra-man unit was deadly on Saturday, scoring on all four chances. The Tigers’ penalty kill was equally efficient, thwarting all five attempts for the Hens.
Up Next for Towson
Towson closes out the regular season next weekend in the City of Brotherly love.
The Tigers wrap things with Drexel at Vidas Field for a noon faceoff.
CAA Tournament seedings will be on the line. Tiebreaker scenarios will be available later next week.