A 5-0 run in the third quarter helped the Tigers secure an 11-8 win in the home opener against High Point on Saturday.
The Tigers came into Saturday’s game with revenge on their minds, as last year, Towson lost to High Point in the school’s first-ever collegiate lacrosse game.
“I’m excited for our team to get the first win of the 2014 season in the first game of the year,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “These guys came out and played start to finish. I don’t think we executed as well
as we wanted to in the first half, but in the second half we did much better.”
The Tigers (1-0) came out slow in the first half and didn’t capitalize on some key opportunities, including a two-man advantage and another man advantage right before the half.
High Point (0-2) went into halftime with a 5-4 lead, as Towson only managed four goals off of 25 shots in the first half.
But Towson came out of the half looking like a whole different team and cleaned up the sloppiness. The Tigers scored five straight goals in the third quarter, which included two goals from senior attack Thomas
DeNapoli and freshman attack Joe Seider.
“We were getting good opportunities in the first half, but we just needed to dial in and cash in on those opportunities,” Nadelen said. “Coming out of the huddle before the third quarter, our motto was to finish
and I think it was a little more focus from our offense on those opportunities.”
DeNapoli finished the game with a team-leading four goals and also had an assist.
High Point goalie Austin Geisler had nine saves in the first half, but DeNapoli credited a change in tactic that helped the Tigers get goals in the second half.
“[Geiseler] had my number definitely in the first half,” DeNapoli said. “We were getting similar looks all half, but difference was the first half we couldn’t really finish and by the second half we were shooting
away from his body and not into him. A couple went in for us and we went on a little run.”
Seider finished the game with three goals and an assist. It was the freshman’s first-career hat-trick and it came on his birthday.
“I didn’t really think about my birthday; it was just cool to be out there playing for the first [time] in my college career,” Seider said. “I didn’t really think about the goals. I just wanted to win and help out my
team as much as I can.”
Seider also praised the Tigers defense, which shut High Point out in the third quarter and limited the team to just three goals in the second half.
“Our defense is the best I’ve seen, so going to practice against them all day is no different than game-time,” Seider said. “Practice is almost playing a real game because of practicing with that defense all of the
Towson will look to take the momentum of this win onto the road next Saturday as the Tigers take on in-state rival Johns Hopkins.
Face-off from Homewood Field is scheduled for 4 p.m.