Tigers top Blue Hens
A seven-goal run allowed the Towson to erase an 8-4 deficit, as the Tigers beat the Delaware Blue Hens 11-8, extending their winning streak to six games.
“It was a huge comeback; especially to start our [Colonial Athletic Association] play,” senior attacker Thomas DeNapoli, who finished the game with a goal, said. “I think we did a good job in the second half of finishing opportunities we were missing in the first half. It also helped to control the [face-offs] in the second half.”
The Tigers (7-2, 1-0 CAA) started off the game slow, as the Blue Hens (5-4, 0-2 CAA) took a quick 5-0 lead in the first quarter.
A goal from junior midfielder Justin Mabus at the end of the first quarter helped cut the lead to 5-1, which helped end a shaky start for Towson.
“We started the game really slow and out of character, and we weren’t communicating or sliding correctly as we normally would,” senior captain defenseman John Fennessy said.
The Tigers began to come alive in the second quarter, though, with goals from DeNapoli, junior midfielder Greg Cuccinello and freshman attacker Ryan Drenner.
Towson went into halftime trailing 8-4, but would go on to have a big run in the second half.
Freshman attack Joe Seider opened up the third quarter with a goal, his 13th of the season.
The offense began to open up after Seider’s goal, as the Tigers poured on three more goals to tie the game at 8-8 going into the fourth quarter.
“It’s a true testament to the hard work and resiliency of the defense to be able to come back from a four-goal deficit and shut down a real lethal Delaware offense,” Fennessy said.
Towson controlled the momentum in the fourth quarter, as sophomore midfielder Ben McCarty scored his second goal of the game to give the Tigers their first lead of the game.
The Tigers dominated possession for the rest of the fourth quarter and added two more goals from Drenner and senior attack Devin Grimaldi, giving the Tigers an 11-8 win.
The Blue Hens’ remained scoreless in the second half.
“Being down by four goals at half and allowing them to score eight goals in one half is completely unacceptable to my stand and the defense’s standard of play,” he said. “We were able to gather ourselves at the
half and brought the fight to them in the second, and that was the game changer.”
The Tigers have now won six straight games since the 20-4 loss against Loyola.
“Since the tough loss to Loyola, it’s really brought our team together and made us realize that any given day we can easily lose,” Fennessy said. “It’s great to know the team is willing to do anything to win and we
know we’re going to have to bring the same level of play, if not more, if we want to protect title as the reigning CAA Champions.”
Towson continues conference play on Saturday, as the team travels to take on the Hofstra Pride (5-3, 2-0 CAA).
The Tigers will go for their seventh straight win at 7 p.m.