By: Tyler Beard, Assistant Sports Editor
The No.7 Tigers picked up their second Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) win of the season after the team defeated the University of Massachusetts Minutemen 11-8, Saturday.
“I’m glad we came out of there with a tough win against UMass,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We battled to earn that win and made the proper adjustments in the second half.”
Towson (10-1, 2-0 CAA) was led by senior attackman Spencer Parks and junior attackman Joe Seider, as both players led the team with three goals each against UMass (4-6, 0-2 CAA).
“They were very important for us,” Nadelen said about his attackmen. “UMass is tough defensively. Joe was tuned up for us in warmups and he came out with energy and confidence. He had shots that put the goalie on his heels and Spencer also hit some keys shots for us.”
The Tigers struggled out of the gate, as the Minutemen scored two straight goals in the first quarter. However, the Tigers responded with a 4-0 run, including two goals from Seider and one goal from Parks with six seconds left in the first quarter.
Towson held onto the lead deep into the second quarter, with goals from junior midfielder Tyler Young and freshman midfielder Jon Mazza, but UMass ended the half with two straight goals and tied the game at 6-6.
Seider and Parks put the team ahead with goals early in the third quarter, which gave Seider a hat-trick and his 23rd goal of the season. The Minutemen scored right after, but Parks responded with his third goal and put the Tigers ahead 9-7 before the third quarter ended.
The Minutemen kept answering, with a goal in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter. However, the Tigers held them back with a goal from junior attackman Ryan Drenner and a game-sealing goal from senior defenseman Mike Lowe, which was his first goal since the 2014 season.
“Every game is important and every CAA game is a little tougher because we all know each other,” Nadelen said. “We’re just going to take this one game at a time. We had a strong second half, but we need to be able to put together a full 60 minutes in these games.”
Towson’s next game is a home matchup against the Delaware Blue Hens (4-8, 1-1 CAA). The team is led by junior attackman Paul Major, who leads the Blue Hens with 19 goals, and redshirt freshman attackman Andrew Romagnoli, who has 17 goals and seven assists.
The Tigers won 12-7 in last season’s matchup against the Blue Hens. Both teams square off on Saturday at noon.