TOWSON, Md. – For a third-straight season, the Towson University men’s lacrosse team ended the season for Drexel University as the top-seeded Tigers knocked off fourth-seeded Drexel 8-4 on Thursday night at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium.
Towson (9-4) advances to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) championship game for a third-straight season and the fourth time in the six-year tenure of head coach Shawn Nadelen. The Tigers will face the winner of the second semifinal game between No. 2 Hofstra and No. 3 UMass. Game time is slated for 1 p.m. on the American Sports Network on Saturday at Unitas ® Stadium on Saturday, May 6.
How It Happened
Towson senior attackman Tyler Konen got the scoring started just 92 seconds into the game as he drove along goal-line extended and buried the game’s first shot in the top right corner.
Drexel (6-8) tied the game eight minutes later as Marshal King and Reid Bowering connected on a give-and-go down the middle.
The Dragons took their only lead of the contest at 13:47 defensive midfielder Cam Harris scored in transition for his second goal of the year.
Towson knotted things back up at 2-2 as Mike Lynch bulleted home his 14th of the year, going through the legs of Drexel keeper Jimmy Joe Granito. Lynch’s classmate Ryan Drenner had the assist, his 21st of the season.
Five minutes later, Towson continued its scoring run with another Lynch goal as Joe Seider hit the middie with a swing pass, setting Lynch up with a free dodging lane. Lynch went high past Grantio for a 3-2 Tiger lead.
The Tigers took a 4-2 lead into half as Tyler Young extended his goal streak with his ninth of the year at 3:16.
Towson continued the scoring run 38 seconds into the fresh half as Mike Lynch hit Konen with a feed as the latter slipped through the Dragon defense.
Young capped the Tigers’ five-goal run at 12:47 as classmate Matt Wylly drew a double team on a dodge down the right and threw a pass over to Young, setting Towson up with a 6-2 advantage.
Drexel end a long scoring drought with King’s second of the night at 6:41. Will Manganiello had the feed on the play.
Towson sophomore Jon Mazza struck late in the third quarter as he threw a wormburner shot along the ground which slide past Granito with 52 seconds left in the stanza. Towson had a 7-3 lead through 45 minutes.
Both teams scored once in the final frame as Towson’s Joe Seider scored the 23rd of his season with 2:30 left. Drexel cut the final score in half with a Cole Shafer marker at 1:20 with King on the back end.
Behind the Numbers
Towson nearly doubled Drexel in total shots, ripping off 40 while the Dragons managed 21. Towson put 26 of its 40 shots on goal.
Dragon keeper Granito made 18 saves in the tilt as Towson controlled time of possession. Granito made six saves in the second and another seven in the third quarter.
The Tigers dominated the faceoff X as sophomore Alex Woodall, who was named First Team All-CAA, won 14 of his 16 faceoffs along with nine ground balls.
Towson had a perfect clearing percentage for a fourth-straight game, going 14-for-14. The Tigers’ riding unit forced four Drexel turnovers on the clear as the Dragons went 19-of-23.
The Tigers’ man-down unit held Drexel off the board in a game with just two penalties, both against Towson.
Drenner extended his point-scoring streak to 26 consecutive games his lone assist. Seider is now on a 13-game point streak, all coming this season.
Towson reaches the CAA Championship game for a 10th time since joining the CAA for the 2002 season.
Up Next for Towson
The Tigers will take on the winner of No. 2 Hofstra versus No. 3 UMass on Saturday.
Game time is slated for 1 p.m. at Johnny Unitas ® Stadium on the American Sports Network.