Tigers survive Midshipmen surge
A 9-1 first half run by the Tigers propelled host Towson to a 14-9 win over Navy on Wednesday, extending its winning streak to four games.
“I give all the credit to our team, as our players came out with great energy and executing at a high level in the first half and continuing to play hard in the second half when Navy came out as a different team,”
Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said.
Towson (5-2) put on an offensive show against Navy (3-3) in the first half, as eight different Tigers were able to score the first nine goals.
“It was impressive,” Nadelen said. “That’s great production and having those many guys score is something we’ve seen in practice. Everyone talks about the marquee guys, but the more guys that can contribute,
the better we’ll be.”
Captain senior attackman Thomas DeNapoli finished the game with two goals and two assists.
“We were really hitting our shots tonight and the last two games I think we’ve really found our offensive game,” said DeNapoli, who now has 11 goals and 13 assists this season. “We have a couple freshmen out
there who are starting to get into a groove and we’ve been getting really good looks all season.”
One of the freshmen DeNapoli was referring to was attackman Joe Seider, who finished the game with two goals and now leads the Towson with 12 goals this season.
“The leadership from the older guys has been important, especially at the attack,” Seider said. “Thomas really coaches us up and midfielders like [Justin] Mabus and [Cuccinello] help teach confidence.”
Captain junior attack Greg Cuccinello, who led the Tigers with three goals in the game, echoed the praise of the freshmen on the field.
“We have a lot of freshmen players for us who are extremely talented,” he said. “Joe and Ryan Drenner are just really stepping up and playing with more confidence.”
Freshman attack Ryan Drenner scored his sixth goal of the season, while freshman midfielder Mike Lynch scored his first career goal on a long outside shot.
The Tigers had their struggles in the second half though, as Navy found a way to break through the defense to score eight goals.
However, Towson kept up the offensive output and a goal by Seider with less than five minutes left in the game helped clinch the win.
Captain defenseman John Fennessy, who had a ground ball in the game, talked about the defense’s play and the success they’ve had.
“We pride ourselves on individual defense, but you can never say there’s just one guy play defense,” he said. “It’s seven guys as a unit and just working together as been our concept. We’re a young team just
trying to work together and to get better.”
The Tiger defense has been impressive as of late, only giving up four total goals in the first halves of the last three games.
Towson’s next game is an in-state rivalry against the UMBC Retrievers (3-2).
The game is on Tuesday at Johnny Unitas Stadium and will face-off at 7 p.m.