Penn State shuts down Towson offense
Towson had no answers for Penn State on Saturday night, as the No. 19 Tigers lost 8-1 to the Nittany Lions at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
“Hats off to Penn State for a terrific game,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “They brought their best to the field and we didn’t. It was frustrating to watch; careless turnovers, stick-work and as fundamental
of game, we just weren’t good at the fundamentals.”
Towson (8-4, 2-2 Colonial Athletic Association) had its fair share of struggles in the game. Its only goal came from freshman midfielder Michael Lynch with 54 seconds left.
It would have been the first time since 1970 that Towson failed to record a goal if Lynch hadn’t scored on the late effort.
The Tigers had their offensive struggles and scored only one goal off of 23 shots.
“Offensively across the board, we had a very difficult time just passing and catching,” Nadelen said.
Penn State (5-6, 1-2 CAA) took control of the game from the start and was led by freshman midfielder Mike Sutton and sophomore attack T.J. Sanders, who each had two goals.
Another stat that didn’t favor Towson was winning just 4-of-13 face-offs. However, Nadelen said the stat was misleading.
“The number is a little misleading because I thought we controlled more coming out of the draw than they did,” he said. “We just couldn’t earn the ball off the ground.”
“Face-offs were going to be a huge part of this game,” Nadelen continued. “Penn State operates with two face-off guys who are both at 62 percent [face-off winning percentage] and that’s impressive. I thought
we were terrific at earning the ball right off the draw, but we just couldn’t get it off the ground.”
The Tigers’ lack of offensive production has Nadelen concerned, however he feels his team can learn from game tape and correct their mistakes.
“At this point in the season, you’ve definitely played a much different way and I guess that’s comfort,” said Nadelen. “We’ll definitely look at the film and evaluate what we’re doing and why we’re doing it.
Scoring 14 goals in the last three games offensively is a big concern of mine and that’s what we really have to try and identify.”
Towson has two games left in the regular season, both at home.
The first game is a conference matchup against the Drexel Dragons (8-4, 3-1 CAA).
The Dragons are led by senior midfielder Ben McIntosh, who has 32 goals this season, and senior attack Nick Trizano, who has 26 goals of his own.
The Tigers will try and get back on track against the Dragons on Saturday.
The opening face-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.