Season ends for men’s lacrosse on first day of CAA tournament
Towson blew a 9-6 fourth-quarter lead en route to an 11-10 overtime loss to the Drexel Dragons on Friday afternoon in the Colonial Athletic Association semifinals in Philadelphia, Pa. The loss ends the season for Towson.
“Unfortunately, everything good has to end eventually,” senior captain and defenseman John Fennessy said.
After a Drexel rally, Towson (8-7) managed to tie the game at 10 in the fourth quarter, but a goal from Drexel’s (11-4) Ryan Belka gave the Dragons the win in a close battle.
The Tigers started the game off in a two-goal hole, but goals from junior midfielder Justin Mabus and sophomore midfielder Ben McCarty helped them claw back.
Things began to click offensively for the Tigers in the second quarter, as the offense put up four straight goals and to take a 6-5 lead into the half.
“This game was huge and it was all about us,” Fennessy said. “From the moment we started game planning for them, we knew that we had to play great.”
Drexel opened up the third quarter with a quick goal, but then the Tigers scored three straight goals and took a 9-6 lead.
However, things fell apart in the fourth quarter, as Towson allowed four straight Drexel goals and the team found itself trailing 10-9 with two minutes left in the game.
“Lacrosse is a game of runs and they made the necessary runs to win this game,” Fennessy said.
The offense came back, though, with a goal from senior attack Devin Grimaldi and helped send the game in overtime. However, Drexel sealed the win with 3:33 left in overtime, sending the Dragons to the CAA championship game.
Junior attack Greg Cuccinello led the Tigers with three goals and McCarty finished with two goals.
Freshman attack Joe Seider had a goal in the game and finished the season with 23 goals, which led the team.
“I thought we left everything we had on the field out there,” senior captain and attackman Thomas DeNapoli said. “We had a couple missed opportunities and bad breaks and that game could have went our way. I’m real proud of this team this season battling through a ton of adversity the whole year and getting this far in the CAA playoffs. The result wasn’t what we had wanted, but I’m still proud of them regardless.”
Fennessy echoed the same thoughts as DeNapoli, and spoke about what the season meant to him.
“I’m not happy about how the season finished, but I am thankful that I was a part of it,” he said. “We also had an extremely young team which at times made some youthful mistakes. I hope the younger guys appreciated this season as much as I have and do whatever they can to give them another opportunity to fight for a CAA Championship.”
The Tigers will lose Peter Athens, DeNapoli, Fennessy, Grimaldi, Andrew Hodgson and Max Siskind next season to graduation.
Towson will look to come back next season with a more experienced group and try to get back into postseason play.