Men’s Lacrosse: Tigers Roll Past Paladins At Unitas

By: Tyler Beard, Assistant Sports Editor 

No. 11 Towson’s 9-0 run led the team to a 15-6 victory over the Furman Paladins Saturday afternoon.

The Tigers (7-1) had 11 different goal-scorers in their highest scoring game of the season. 

“It feels great when you have confidence in every single person that’s on the field,” senior midfielder Ben McCarty said. “It’s not a ‘me’ offense, it’s a sharing the ball offense and it makes things easy. You might have a good shot, but we’re looking for a great shot to improve our opportunities more.”

McCarty, senior attackman Spencer Parks, redshirt junior midfielder Brian Bolewicki, junior midfielder Tyler Young and junior attackman Ryan Drenner finished with two goals each.

“I’m pleased with the way our team opened up the game and came out in the first quarter with great energy and executing at a high level offensively,” Head Coach Shawn Nadelen said. “I thought we did a good job getting our shots on cage in good spots and defensively, we were able to get some big stops.”

Towson’s run again Furman (0-7) started with two straight unassisted goals from McCarty and Drenner. Two goals each from Young and Bolewicki capped off a 7-0 first quarter for Towson.

Junior midfielder Alec Burckley won 7-of-8 face-offs in the first quarter for the Tigers and finished the game 14-of-20. 

“Alec Burckley was a big help in earning some big face-offs early in the game,” Nadelen said. “It allowed the momentum to push our way and to earn those opportunities that we did and I’m glad we were able to keep that pace up for the majority of the game.”

The offense slowed down for the Tigers in the second quarter though, as the team only scored one goal. The Paladins’ offense came alive with three straight goals from attackman Jonah Moore, which cut the lead to 9-3.

However, Towson put together a 5-0 run that put the team ahead 14-3 and the game out of reach.

The big lead allowed for the younger players to get into the game and sophomore midfielder Cole Robertson scored his first career-goal for the Tigers.

“It’s a lot of fun to see them put their hard work out on the field,” Drenner said about the younger players getting the chance to play. “We see what they can do every day in practice so it’s really nice being able to watch them.”

Towson’s defense’s six goals allowed brought its season’s average to 7.1, which is tied for fourth in the nation.

The Tigers’ next game is a home matchup against the Binghamton Bearcats (1-4) Saturday at 3 p.m.

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