PHILADELPHIA — It’s always a brawl when Towson University and Drexel University get together and Saturday’s Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) regular season finale did not disappoint.
The Towson men’s lacrosse team used a late fourth-quarter surge to knock off the Dragons 11-9 at Vidas Field, securing a number-two berth in the upcoming CAA Championship.
Towson (9-4, 4-1 CAA) had four-point days from Timmy Monahan and Brendan Sunday. The former scored four times while the latter had two goals and two assists. Junior netminder Tyler Canto made 17 saves for the Tigers.
Drexel (6-7, 3-2 CAA) was led by three goals from Reid Bowering while Matthew Varian had two goals and five assists. Drexel scored three times on the extra-man, getting seven chances. Jimmeh Koita won 17 of the game’s 24 faceoffs.
With the win, the Tigers share a claim to the CAA Regular Season Championship after a 4-1 finish in league play.
How it Happened
Towson played a majority of the opening period on defense after getting called for three penalties in the first five minutes. Bowering scored first but the game was leveled a minute later as Monahan scored his first.
The Tigers took a one-goal lead 90 seconds later on a strike from Jake McLean, but the lead was short lived as Bowering tied the game for a second time. Towson regained a one-goal difference on Monahan’s second.
Drexel went on a three-goal run with markers from Collin Mailman, Marshal King and Varian in succession for a 5-3 lead with 4:19 to play in the half. The Tigers trailed by one at the break after Monahan completed the hat trick at 2:30 of the second on a feed from Sunday.
Towson connected goals early in the third for a 6-5 advantage on back-to-back goals from Sunday. Drexel knotted the game at 6-6 on a Ryan Genord goal at 6:10 of the third before Towson regained a two-goal, 8-6 lead on goals from Brody McLean and Monahan.
The Dragons surged across the third and fourth quarters with three goals from Chris McLallen, Varian and Bowering to take a 9-8 lead.
Despite a tough day at the X, Jack McNallen came up clutch in the fourth, winning half of the period’s draws, including two of the next three to score twice. McNallen tagged Drexel for an insurance goal four seconds after Jake McLean logged what stood up as the game-winning goal at 2:14 of the fourth.
Behind the Numbers
Facing a potent offense, Towson weathered the storm as Drexel uncorked 54 shots, including 19 in the final frame. Canto made 17 saves, including 12 in the final 30 minutes for the win. Ross Blumenthal made eight saves in goal for the Dragons.
Turnovers plagued both teams as the Tigers had 17 miscues against 18 for Drexel.
The Dragons had a 17-of-24 day at the X from Koitah, who grabbed 11 ground balls. For the first time in 2019, the Tigers had a sub-50 percent day at the X while being out ground-balled 29-18.
Freshman longstick midfielder Mo Sillah caused three turnovers in the game while snapping up one ground ball.
Up Next for Towson
With the win, Towson secured the number two spot in the upcoming CAA Championship Tournament.
The Tigers will head to the University of Amherst for the semifinals on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.
Towson will take on third-seeded Delaware at Garber Field in Amherst, Massachusetts.
More information on the upcoming league tournament will be available on TowsonTigers.com as the information becomes available.