CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A decisive second quarter was the difference Sunday afternoon as the No. 1 Towson University men’s lacrosse team fell 18-11 at the Sportsplex at Matthews against No. 3/No. 2 Cornell.
Luke Fromert tied a career high with four points for the Tigers (5-1) with two goals and two assists. Brendan Sunday added three points on two goals and one helper while the Tigers got 22 faceoff wins and 17 ground balls from Alex Woodall.
Cornell (4-1) out-scored the Tigers 9-1 in the second quarter after trailing 5-3 after 15 minutes of play. Clarke Petterson finished the game with eight points on eight goals taking 10 total shots. Joe Piatelli added six points on four goals and two assists. Chayse Ierlan made 10 saves in his first career start.
How it Happened
Towson jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first two minutes as Koby Smith scored in transition on a long feed from Zach Goodrich. Sunday tacked on his first a minute later on a dish from Grant Maloof.
Cornell broke up the Tigers’ run at 11:14 on Petterson’s first of the day on a Jeff Teat assist.
The Tigers scored another pair of back-to-back goals as Fromert logged two at 10:10 and 9:07. Cornell scored its second from Petterson before Smith logged his second of the afternoon at 4:49 on a breakout pass from Tyler Canto in goal.
The Big Red got the final goal of the first quarter, which sparked an eventual nine-goal run. Petterson scored five times in the run.
Towson halted the run with 5:36 to play in the second quarter as Jack McNallen scored the first goal of his career after winning one of his four faceoffs. Petterson ended the quarter with a marker at 2:06 for an 12-6 Cornell lead at the break.
Cornell opened the third quarter with a goal at 13:59 before Timmy Monahan logged a marker at 8:53. The Big Red posted back-to-back goals at 7:47 and 4:15 from John Piatelli and Jonathan Donville.
Timmy Montgomery scored the first goal of his career on an extra-man chance with 45 seconds to play in the third quarter.
The two teams scored three goals each in the fourth quarter. Andrew O’Dare got his first while Maloof scored his second of the day. Sunday scored the final Tiger goal of the Event at 5:00 of the fourth quarter. Jake McCulloch scored twice while Piatelli added one in the quarter to end the game.
Behind the Numbers
Towson out-shot the Big Red 44-32 but only put 21 shots on goal. Cornell scored on over half of its 32 total shots.
The Tiger goalkeepers, Canto and second-half sub Shane Brennan combined for eight saves. Canto made six in the first half, including four in the first frame.
Woodall won 22 of his 26 faceoffs as he moved into sole possession of second-place all-time in Towson history with his 473 wins as a Tiger. McNallen won four of his six attempts as well.
Woodall finished with 17 ground balls as Towson won the ground ball battle 46-33.
Turnovers hurt the Tigers as Towson committed 23 in the game, including eight in the second quarter.
Towson struggled on the extra-man, scoring three times on 11 qualifying opportunities. Cornell, however, was held without a man-up goal on two chances.
Up Next for Towson
The Tigers return to North Carolina next weekend as Towson takes on Duke University.
The Blue Devils were ranked fifth in the most recent USILA Coaches’ Poll.
Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Koskinen Stadium.