Towson falls to rival Hopkins, 15-8
A 7-0 run by Johns Hopkins in the third quarter helped lead the No. 11 Blue Jays to a 15-8 win against Towson on Saturday at Homewood Field.
“I think we had a great effort as a team, but it was a tale of two halves,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We didn’t do a good job in the third quarter and got dominated at the face-off.”
The Tigers (1-1) had their struggles, committing 17 turnovers in the game and also only winning 9-of-26 face-offs.
The game started off in favor of Hopkins (2-0), as the Blue Jays had a 3-2 lead going into the second quarter.
But junior midfielder Greg Cuccinello came out firing in the second quarter; scoring three straight goals to give Towson a 5-3 lead.
Cuccinello would finish the game with four goals for his third career hat trick. It was his first points of the season, as he was held scoreless against High Point.
“I was looking a little harder off-ball this game and that’s what opened things up for me,” Cuccinello said. “This year, I have to work harder at playing against the long pole, which I did today.”
Johns Hopkins rebounded quickly and responded with three goals of their own to take a 6-5 lead at the half.
Senior attack Max Siskand opened up the third quarter with a quick goal to tie the game at 6-6. However, it was all Johns Hopkins from there on.
The Blue Jays strung together seven straight goals in the third quarter to take a commanding 13-6 lead going into the final period of the day.
In that time frame, the Tigers committed six turnovers, lost eight straight face-offs and only managed to take one shot.
“It was a tough third quarter,” senior attack Thomas DeNapoli said, who was held scoreless in the game. “As an offense, you get antsy when you don’t have the ball for a while and you try making a homerun play, which result in some turnovers.”
Hopkins would go on to win the game 15-8, but the Tigers still saw some positives in the game.
“It’s a tough loss, but we came out strong and played real well in the first half,” DeNapoli said.
Freshman Joe Seider, who scored his fourth goal of the season in the first quarter, weighed in on what the team can take from the game.
“I think we have everything we need on to win big games like that, we just need to execute them a little better,” he said.
Another positive from the game was the play of junior goalie Tyler White, who had an 18-save performance.
“I think he played very well and we wished we could have helped him out a little more in the game,” Nadelen said.
The Tigers have a quick turnaround, as they play again on Wednesday against another in-state rival, the Loyola Greyhounds (1-1).
“We can’t let one loss become two and we need to prep well against another crosstown rival. We have to be focused for every day,” Cuccinello said.
“We have to review the film and understand where our errors are,” Nadelen said. “We’re going to move forward through film and practice, as we’re going to be going against a really good Loyola team on Wednesday.”
The Tigers will try and win one on the road against the Greyhounds on Wednesday at 3 p.m.