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Tigers drop first of season to Panthers

10 February 2013 By Kyle Casey, Staff Writer No Comments

Towson opened the 2013 season with a 9-7 loss to High Point Friday afternoon at Vert Stadium.

The win for High Point was the University’s first in collegiate lacrosse. The Panthers jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but the Tigers offense answered back with two goals of their own.

The teams traded goals in the second quarter, tying the game 3-3. But soon after, the Panthers went on a three-goal run to take a 6-3 lead in the third quarter. The Panthers held on to the lead for the remainder of the game.

A late fourth quarter goal by junior midfielder Andrew Hodgson cut the High Point lead to 8-7. But one last offensive push in the game’s final minute turned out to be unsuccessful for the Tigers.

Head Coach Shawn Nadelen was surprised by his team’s loss, noting that the Tigers looked well-prepared entering Friday’s game.

“I thought that we drastically underachieved in what we’ve shown what we can do from the past four weeks of practice and competition,” he said. “I thought we played well and had great opportunities in the game but we just didn’t capitalize on them.”

Sophomore attack Cory Dobyns offered a bright spot for the team. The transfer from Drexel led Towson in scoring with four goals in his first game as a Tiger.

“Cory is probably the hardest worker on our team,” Nadelen said. “He definitely cares the most in how he prepares each day and at practice. He has great energy and emotion as a leader. He comes in to study film and work on his own. He’s a guy who obviously made the most of his opportunities in the game.”

While Dobyns capitalized on his opportunities, the rest of the team struggled to execute.

Only Hodgson, junior midfielder Thomas DeNapoli and senior attack Matt Hughes were able to net a goal of their own.

The team also struggled to maintain possession, turning the ball over 19 times.

Faceoffs added to the Tigers’ problems as they only won eight of the game’s 21.

Nadelen said he hopes his team can learn from this loss, saying it should grab the attention of his players.

“I like to think that it’s a wakeup call for our guys and how they feel about themselves,” he said. “We have to be able to be very sharp and focus every game.”

Two Tigers recorded career-high stats against the Panthers, as junior midfielder Jordan Fortman forced three turnovers and senior goalkeeper Andrew Wascavage recorded six ground balls.

The Tigers return to action Saturday as they host Johns Hopkins, ranked No. 7 in the nation, at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The game begins at 7 p.m.

Nadelen said he hopes to see a team with a sense of urgency and passion in this week’s practice leading up to Saturday’s showdown against the Blue Jays.

“I’d love to see a lot more intensity, excitement and focus,” he said. “Our players will have a big chip on their shoulders and will be ready to prove to each other that they can count on each other come game time.”


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