TOWSON, Md. – After all of the pomp going into Senior Day, the Towson University men’s lacrosse team carried that over onto the field as the 16th ranked Tigers upended No. 9 Hofstra University 10-8 at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium.
The Tigers put up 15 points in the game on 10 goals and five assists, with all 15 of those points coming from the Class of 2017. Tyler Young had a career with four goals while Joe Seider had a hat trick as well.
By virtue of the win, the Tigers (8-4, 4-1 CAA) will host the upcoming Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Men’s Lacrosse Championship next weekend. Towson earned the No. 1 seed with the win and will play No. 4 Drexel (6-7, 3-2 CAA) on Thursday at 5 p.m. at Unitas ® Stadium. The second semifinal will pit No. 2 Hofstra (11-2, 3-2 CAA) against No. 3 UMass (6-7, 3-2 CAA) at 7:30 p.m. The CAA Semifinals will be carried on the Lax Sports Network.
The 2017 CAA Championship game will be played at 1 p.m. and broadcast on the American Sports Network (ASN).
How it Happened
After a deadlocked first 10 minutes of the game, Hofstra broke through with a Dylan Alderman goal.
Towson leveled the game 30 seconds later as Mike Lynch potted his 13th goal of the year unassisted to end the first quarter tied 1-1.
Hofstra stung back-to-back goals early in the second quarter to take a 3-1 lead as Brendan Kavanagh and Ryan Tierney scored back to back. Alderman had the helper on Tierney’s goal.
The Tigers answered with a two-goal run of its own to tie the game for a second time as Seider and Young pegged unassisted markers 30 seconds apart at 11:34 and 11:04.
Hofstra regained a one-goal lead at 9:59 as Josh Byrne scored unassisted for a 4-3 Pride lead.
With the clock winding down, Towson knotted the game at 4-4 as Ryan Drenner beat his defender off the line after a Tiger timeout. Drenner extended his point scoring streak to 25 games as he scored with just five seconds to go in the half.
Towson continued to roll with four straight goals in the third quarter, including a pair from Young to start the frame. Seider scored the game’s only extra-man tally at 2:15 of the period, followed by his third of the afternoon at 1:19. Hofstra was held off the board in the third quarter.
The Pride snapped a 20-plus minute scoreless drought at 13:25 as Alderman notched his second goal of the day at 13:25, followed by his third at 9:17 to make it a two-goal game, 8-6, in favor of Towson.
One minute later, Young capped his career day with his fourth goal of the afternoon on a feed from Lynch.
Hofstra once again made it a two-goal game at 9-7 with an Alex Moeser goal at 2:52 with Tierney on the backend.
With the 30 second clock on as the Tigers were killing the clock, Drenner scored his 23rd of the season from the top of the box while Hofstra keeper Jack Concannon was out of the goal.
The Pride made it interesting with four seconds left as Jimmy Yanes scored in transition on a dish from Brett Osman, but Towson’s faceoff specialist Alex Woodall continued his dominante day at the X and won the final draw for the 10-8 win.
Behind the Numbers
The Tigers outshot the Pride 35-27 including 13 attempts in the third quarter during the five-goal burst.
Towson controlled the faceoff X all day as Woodall won 14 of his 22 chances. The Pride trotted out three players, including a longpole, but none of the trio could get winning streaks in against Woodall.
The Tigers picked up 30 ground balls, with 11 coming in the key fourth quarter. Hofstra managed 23 grounders.
A key stat entering the game was clearing, with Towson going a perfect 14-for-14. The Pride cleared 18 times on 22 qualifying chances. Towson has cleared the ball successfully on 48 consecutive attempts.
Towson senior goalie Matt Hoy made five saves in his Senior Day victory, while Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Jack Concannon stopped eight.
Only two penalties were enforced during the game as Towson’s Jack Adams was called for a slashing penalty in the first quarter and Hofstra’s Tierney was called for unnessecaery roughness in the third. Seider had the game’s only extra-man goal as the Tiger downers held Hofstra off the board.
Drenner scored the 156th point of his career and moved into the program’s top-10 list. He is in a four-way tie with Ryan Obloj (2000-03), Jules Siskind (1977-79) and Jonathan Engelke (2004-08).
Seider logged his 114th career goal, moving him into third all-time in program history ahead of Englke. He needs 11 goals to catch Kevin Sturm’s 125 from 1995-97, 99.
Seider now has three career hat tricks in four career games against the Pride, including two in the last two seasons. He also logged a four-goal game against Hofstra in his rookie season.