Towson falls at Loyola, 20-4
The Tigers weren’t able to get anything going against in-state rival Loyola, as the Greyhounds ran away with a 20-4 win Wednesday in Baltimore.
“We just didn’t play with energy and we came out flat,” junior captain midfielder Greg Cuccinello said. “We tried getting that energy in warm-ups, but it just wasn’t there and we came out with zero emotion.”
The Greyhounds (2-1) came out on a roll in the first quarter, taking a commanding 10-0 lead. The early big lead made it hard for the Tigers (1-2) to rebound and was too much to come back from.
“We were flat and it’s hard to come back from a deficit like that,” senior attack Thomas DeNapoli, who was held scoreless, said. “It was a tough game, but I think in the future we just have to hold our composure and just play until the whistle.”
Towson kept Loyola in check in the second quarter, but only managed to score one goal and faced an 11-2 deficit going into the half.
It didn’t get much better in the third quarter either, as the Greyhounds scored four more goals and shutout the Tigers.
That gave Loyola a 15-1 lead going into the fourth quarter, as Towson couldn’t find an answer on both the offensive and defensive ends.
“As a team effort, we just played below our standards of play,” captain senior defenseman John Fennessy said. “This was a hard pill to swallow for us, but we just have to take notes from this one.
“As captain of the defense, I take responsibility on this,” Fennessy said. “It’s tough to give up 20 goals, but hopefully teams see this and decide to take us lightly, thinking we aren’t that good. I believe there’s a positive out of every game and one is we’re on a better foot than we were last season.”
Loyola was much more efficient on offense, landing 27 shots on goal compared to Towson’s 12.
A positive in the game was how the Tigers only won one less face-off than the Greyhounds. Face-offs were an issue in the game against Johns Hopkins, but it was more level against Loyola.
Loyola’s junior attack Nikko Pontrello had four goals in the game, while sophomore Tyler Albrecht had three goals.
While it was a tough loss, Cuccinello still believes his team can compete with some of the best teams in the nation.
“We don’t think teams like Loyola or Hopkins are better than us,” Cuccinello, who finished the game with one goal, said. “We’re a good enough team to go on runs like this these teams can do.”
Freshman attack Joe Seider also scored his fifth goal of this season.
“I think we have all the talent in the world we just need to put it all together and calm down a little bit,” Seider said. “It’s a long season and we’ve only been through three games so we are perfectly fine.”
The Tigers have Georgetown (2-0) coming up on Saturday and Cuccinello talked about how a win can change the tide.
“The best medicine for a rough game is to come back with a win,” Cuccinello said. “We need to play with more energy and pride. If we do that, then we should be able to take care of business.”
DeNapoli spoke on a similar note.
“It’s a huge game [Georgetown],” DeNapoli said. “We can get this taste out of our mouth. We’ll do some film study, work hard in practice and hopefully get the win on Saturday.”
Towson will try to hand the Hoyas their first loss of the season on Saturday at the Johnny Unitas Stadium at 12 p.m.