Conquering Mount St. Mary’s

By: Tyler Beard, Staff Writer

Towson won its second straight road game, defeating Mount St. Mary’s, 7-4, Friday afternoon.

Sophomore attacker Joe Seider led the Tigers (3-1) with three goals, giving him 10 goals this season.

“I think our shots started falling a little more in the second half,” Seider said. “The goalie definitely played very well but we also helped him out by shooting at his body and not across his body. I don’t think I was doing anything special; the offense just played our game and I got a couple opportunities and tried to bury them.”

Seider has three multi-score games this season and leads the team in points and goals.

Towson had 44 shots against Mount St. Mary’s (1-2), but goalie Matt Vierheller came away with 17 saves.

“The offense was working against what their defense was trying to do,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “We had some great looks and only a handful of bad ones. Their goalie did a real good job though.”

Mount St. Mary’s opened the game with a goal in the first 30 seconds. Seider tied the game up 10 minutes later and the teams were tied at 1-1 at the end of the first quarter.

Both teams managed to score one goal each before halftime and went into the half tied at 2-2. The Tigers had their opportunities though, with 19 shots in the first half.

Towson pulled away at the end of the third quarter, when redshirt senior midfielder Andrew Hodgson scored with two seconds left and put the team ahead by two goals at 5-3.

“The game plan was for us to be aggressive and we were able to set up for the shots that we wanted,” Hodgson said. “It’s tough when you go up against a hot goalie, but all in all, we got the job done.”

Sophomore attackman Ryan Drenner gave the Tigers a 6-3 lead with a goal in the fourth quarter, which helped put the game away.
Towson outshot Mount St. Mary’s 25-9 in the second half.

Sophomore midfielder Alec Burckley won 10-of-15 face-offs in the game, which drew praise from Nadelen.

“I could see Alec hadn’t been happy with his previous performances and needed to revamp himself in practice,” Nadelen said. “I was real happy for him.”

The Tigers have two games left on their road trip. Hodgson, though, said the transition is not a hard one for this team.

“We get ready the same, prepare the same way and come out with a business-like mentality,” he said. “When the whistle blows, it’s a battle no matter where you have to play at.”

Towson’s next game is against Navy (2-2) on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

“We have to come out and play from the start,” Nadelen said. “Navy is a very talented team that’s going to be looking for a win. They’re a well-conditioned team.”

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