By: Tyler Beard, Assistant Sports Editor
Junior attackman Ryan Drenner’s four goals and three assists helped keep No. 11 Towson undefeated in a 10-7 win against No. 17 Georgetown Saturday.
“I’m happy to see the strong week of practice we put in as a team come through with a really strong team effort out there on the field,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We knew Georgetown was going to come in hungry. They played a tough Notre Dame team the week before and we knew how important this game was to both teams.”
Towson’s (3-0) defense forced 14 turnovers in the game and redshirt senior goalie Tyler White finished with 11 saves.
“We came out hot right away and got a turnover on the first face-off and we just build off that,” senior defenseman Mike Lowe said. “We just used everyone’s energy and gave it 110 percent for all of our plays and that turned into them making a couple of mistakes and us capitalizing on them.”
The Tigers’ offense worked quickly against the Hoyas (0-2) in the first quarter, as Drenner scored his first goal in the first two minutes of the game.
The Hoyas tied the game a few minutes later, but freshman midfielder Jon Mazza’ first career goal put the Tigers back on top.
Drenner added two more goals, which gave the junior a hat-trick in the first quarter and extended Towson’s lead to 4-1.
“I think a lot of teams are expecting me to be more of the feeder now after last year and I think defenses are looking for me to pass first and shoot second,” Drenner said. “This year, I’m just trying to be as aggressive as I can while still looking to feed.”
Drenner now leads the Tigers with 13 points, eight goals and five assists on the season.
It was more offense for Towson in the second quarter, as redshirt freshman attackman Ian Kirby scored his fourth goal of the season on an extra-man possession. All of Kirby’s goals this season have come off of extra-man possessions.
Georgetown’s offense picked up at the end of the second quarter, with three straight goals in the last four minutes of the first half. The run cut Towson’s lead to 6-4 at halftime.
Both teams traded a pair of goals in the beginning of the third quarter, but two man-up goals from junior attackman Joe Seider and Kirby pushed the Tigers ahead 9-5 with 14 minutes left in the game.
Seider added his second goal of the game 10 minutes later, which helped put the game away for Towson.
The Tigers now have the third best scoring defense in the nation, averaging 4.67 goals per-game.
“We believe in what we do offensively, defensively, at the face-off and our specialty areas,” Nadelen said. “We know that they can put us in the position to be successful and win. If we don’t do those things well, then we know we’re going to struggle. Fortunately we’ve been able to earn wins over tough teams, especially in this last game.”
Towson finished off its three-game home stand and will face the No. 7 Loyola Greyhounds (3-0) in a road matchup. Loyola defeated Johns Hopkins and Virginia this season, both Top-10 teams.
The game is Wednesday at 4 p.m.